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By Stacey in Greenacres, WA on 2/22/2006


Hi,

Has anyone installed their own rain gutters?  I need to get gutters installed and was told it was a relatively simple project which could save me about $1,000 if we do it ourselves.  I wouldn't want to take on a task that could create problems in the future if not done properly, but on the other hand, we have noticed that most of the subs we have hired have much lower standards than ours (even when they come with good references) and we quite often have to fix their mistakes, or insist on work being done to a certain standard.  If we are going to pay someone else to do a sub-standard job and then my husband will have to fix it anyway, we might as well just do it ourselves from the beginning.

I'd love feedback from anyone who has done this with either positive or negative results.  Also, what materials and systems do you recommend, whether subbing out or diy?  Seamless? Seamed? Aluminum, vinyl, stainless steel, etc.??

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Stacey


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By Kenneth in Lees Summit, MO on 2/23/2006


When I built my house, I did a lot of work myself both to control cost and quality.  I subbed out my gutters, it simply wasn't cost effective and the seamless gutter installers really get better quality product.

With seamless gutters, you take a sheet of aluminum from a roll and they form the gutter profiles on-site.  If you are DIY, you get to purchase already formed gutter profiles in lengths of 10-12', and this simply isn't as nice of an installation.

My gutter installer used Alcoa 25-year warranty aluminum, available in about 25 different colors.  I found one that matched my paint color perfectly, allowing for painting prior to gutter installation (better for my schedule).  For what I got, I simply couldn't have done it any faster, cheaper, or better if I attempted to DIY.  This isn't true of most trades, but for guttering I would recommend getting some bids and realistically looking at your cost savings potential.


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