Despite Tough Economy, Johnson Roofing Advises Homeowners to Leave Gutter Installation Off DIY List

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Seattle area roofing and gutter specialist advises against DIY gutter installation for homeowners looking to save money. Many factors beyond material cost conspire to make professional gutter installation a solid value.

In the present economy many homeowners are expanding their home improvement DIY list. Many projects can be completed for a fraction of the cost, as long as homeowners have both the time and the inclination. This is not necessarily the case for installing new gutters however. Johnson Roofing and Gutters, a Seattle based roofing company, has drawn on nearly 30 years of experience to compile the best reasons to hire a professional to install your gutters.

Installation Accessories Add Up
While aluminum or steel gutters are inexpensive, $3 - $8 per 10’ section, the materials required to install them are not. Hangers, couplings, adhesives and downspouts all add up quickly.

Transporting Gutters
Gutters consist of long pieces of molded metal. Transporting seamless gutters is nearly impossible since they are made in one piece to avoid seams. Instead of trucking lengths of pre-shaped gutters across town, many professional installers unroll and cut aluminum gutters on site. Because they are a single piece, it also takes more hands to install them - which brings us to…

Falling
Yes, we can all agree that falling is no fun and a great reason to hire a trained professional. Anytime you are considering hiring a company to do labor that might send you to the hospital, you should factor it in. Ladders can be dangerous.

Damaging Gutters
The same qualities that make seamless aluminum gutters so popular are also their biggest flaw, namely their pliability. They can be shaped in long, continuous sections to avoid seams, but the aluminum is prone to bending. Ladders are particularly problematic when improperly placed against gutters during installation. Professionals are used to dealing with this.

The Right Pitch Angle
Pitch angle is crucial to proper gutter installation. Gutters rely on this angle to funnel water towards downspouts. The trick is to utilize the proper pitch, allowing gravity to move water, while not ruining the aesthetic of the house. Professional gutter installers take pride in both the form and function of their products.

Unforeseen Roof Problems
Sometimes roofs can develop low spots because of a settling foundation. In this case, additional work must be done to raise these spots so that water does not pool. Hiring a gutter specialist, who also does roof repair, will save you time and money.

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