As the new year starts getting into the swing of things, home maintenance is probably coming to the forefront of your mind. It’s always a good feeling to start your new year fresh - with a clean and repaired home that is ready for whatever the next 12 months will bring. One of the most neglected - yet important - parts of home maintenance involves the gutters. Keeping your gutters clean is essential to protecting your home, especially in a rain-heavy location like Fort Myers.
Consistent cleaning can prevent a lot of gutter damage, but sometimes your gutters will just need to be repaired, due to severe weather, or just plain old wear and tear. It may be tempting to try and repair your gutters on your own, however, that isn’t a very good idea. Here are 5 reasons why you shouldn’t attempt a DIY gutter repair.
Repairing gutters are no easy task - they involve numerous trips up and down ladders, many times carrying heavy objects with you. Professionals are trained in safe repair practices; they take many precautions to protect themselves from the dangers of roof and gutter repair, and use safety measures and personal protective equipment that may not be available to a non-professional. Additionally, our repair professionals are insured against any injury or liability from working on your gutters. If anything were to happen, the homeowner would not be responsible for their injuries.
Off the shelf gutters are made to fit most houses, which means that they are not custom designed for your home’s needs. As such, gutters from a home improvement store will most likely have seams. Seams are weak points in a gutter, and will be the first to sink and sag over time. By using a professional repairer, you can be sure that the gutters are suited to your specific house, and are designed to take your home’s needs into consideration.
One of the biggest downfalls of a DIY project is that it is never what it seems at the surface. Although you may think you know exactly what your project needs, that is not usually the case. As your project moves forward, you will often find there are additional steps and materials you need to finish the project. This typically means more trips to the store, more of your time wasted, which could be better used for other projects or spending time with your family. By hiring a professional, you can limit all of these issues and streamline your gutter repair process, ultimately saving you time and money.
Hauling is Hard
Another aspect of gutter repair that most DIYers don’t think about is what to do with your gutter after you have taken off the damaged portion. Most trash companies won’t take a broken gutter off of the street, therefore the pieces will need to be transported to a dump site. This can prove to be difficult if you do not have a big enough car to take away the gutter materials. Renting a truck just to remove your gutter debris is an additional hassle that will not happen should a professional be contracted to do the repair for you.
Finally, our work comes with a 10 year warranty, which means our repairs are guaranteed. If you were to DIY your gutter repair, none of that work - or materials - would be protected. So if your home’s gutters were to fail 6 months, or even 2 years later, you will have to either hire a professional then, or repair the gutters again yourself. With our warranty, you do not have to worry if your gutters need to be repaired again within the next 10 years - we have you covered.
There are a few detriments to DIY gutter repair, all of which can be resolved should you enlist professional help. We would be more than happy to take a look at your gutters and determine what needs to be fixed and how to best protect your house from water damage. We take our roofs seriously, and we are looking forward to getting started on your gutter repair project today. For your free estimate, please contact us either by filling out our easy online form or by calling us at (239) 694-1056 to get started today!