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To DIY, or not to DIY? That is the question that most homeowners face whenever they’re embarking on projects on their house. Gutter installation is not an exception.
Some homeowners are seriously considering climbing up the roof and doing it themselves. If you’re one of those homeowners, this article might be helpful.
In this piece, we’re going to explain the pros and cons of both DIY gutter installation and hiring professionals to do the hard work for you.
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DIY Gutter Installation
Buying your own materials, climbing up your roof, and installing the gutters yourself might actually help you save some dollars. But it’s not completely free. Since, as we’ve said, you still have to buy your gutter materials, or tools if you don’t have anything yet.
Aside from the money-saving benefit, the best thing about DIYs is that you can do it at your own time and at your own pace. You don’t have to do it in one go just because you have a deadline. You’re basically the boss, so you can do it anytime you want.
But if you have a partner, sorry mate. You already know who’s the real boss. You probably have to finish it as soon as possible.
Hiring Guttering Professionals
If you think you don’t have a knack for anything that involves construction tools, you might be better off with hiring the experts for this one. Also, if you’ve got the budget for it, why not?
All you have to do is to find the best companies that offer gutter installation and gutter cleaning services. Then make a deal, pay up and just sit back on your couch while drinking some ice-cold beer.
Although hiring professionals will certainly cut deep through your budget, it’s still a win-win situation. Just imagine how much effort you’re going to exert in scouring the city for the best hardware stores and climbing up the roof if you decide to install them yourself.
Also, it could be extremely difficult for you if you don’t have the proper tools in the first place. So, if you’ve got some dollars to spare, don’t hesitate to call the experts.
Things to Keep in Mind Before Going for the DIY
1. We’re saying this right off the bat: You can hurt yourself. Especially if you’re the type who’s really not familiar with any kind of housework.
You might be able to save on the guttering expenses, but if something happens to you (knock on wood), you might spend a heftier amount on medical expenses.
So if you’re not sure you can do it, just hire the experts.
2. If you don’t have any clue about gutter installation, learning it might be time-consuming. This will not work in your favor if you’re on a tight deadline because you have other things to attend to. Or if the rainy season is just around the corner and you still have a lot of things to fix in the house.
3. If you decide to DIY, you’d probably save some cash on labor fees. But if you hire guttering professionals instead, you can also save some money on the materials.
That’s mainly because these guttering services always buy in bulk so they get discounts that you won’t normally get if you buy them yourself in a hardware store.
4. There’s no margin of error for these kinds of projects. If not done right, it’s either you let it be and compromise the entire gutter system. Or you end up hiring others to fix your mistakes.
So we highly suggest hiring professionals instead if you’ve got the budget. But if not, make sure not to mess up.