Guttering on a house not only protects your biggest investment from water damage, it also adds beauty and value to the house. But is installing guttering an easy DIY project, or is it something best left to the pros?
Do you know the different types of gutter materials which are available and which type is best suited for your home’s exterior? Should you decide to make it a DIY project, research will be needed on your part to choose between vinyl, metal, wood or PVC. A professional gutter installer will know the best choice for your home.
Professional gutter installers are not afraid of heights, are you? If you are, installing home guttering yourself is not a good idea.
Several pieces of equipment are needed for installing home guttering. The pros already have their equipment, but a homeowner may have to purchase the needed tools, so add that to the DIY budget. A sturdy ladder, tool belt, electric drill and screws are some of tools needed to install guttering. Don’t forget the need for another pair of hands. Guttering is relatively lightweight, but the pieces are long and unwieldy at least one helper will be needed when making gutter installation a DIY project.
The majority of gutter installation is done on a ladder, but some of the work takes place at ground level. Once the guttering has been installed at the roof lines, will you know how to install the down spouts? The down spouts catch the water from the roof line gutters and carry the water away from the house. The water from the downspouts must be directed to a location away from the home’s foundation and away from other structures and walkways. If not, the cascading water, which at times has tremendous force, will erode the soil under the house, driveway or walkway causing them to become unstable. The excess rain water runoff could also seep back into basements and cause structural damage. Underground or above ground drain pipes, rain gardens and rain barrels are some options that can be used for water runoff and containment. A professional gutter installer will help you decide the best water runoff option for your home and landscape.
Installing guttering is not an impossible DIY project, but it is not an easy project. Let the professionals handle this one and contact NC Gutters Guys for your gutter needs.