It may be tempting to do certain home improvement projects, such as gutter installation, yourself. However, this isn’t always the best idea. There are some real advantages to hiring a professional for gutter installation in Fairfax.
Working up high on a ladder can be dangerous. Many people fall off ladders each year. Professionals have more experience working in these conditions and have the proper insurance to cover and potential injuries that could happen.
Those who aren’t very experienced with do-it-yourself home improvements like gutter installation in Fairfax may accidentally install gutters at the wrong pitch, which would make them less effective. Gutters can wind up sagging or falling down if they aren’t properly installed.
In some cases, the home may need some repairs before the gutters can be safely installed. Professionals will be able to spot eroded or rotten shingles or fascia boards and fix these.
Certain types of gutters really need to be installed by professionals. These include the seamless gutter systems that are custom made just for your home. These are too bulky for a homeowner to install. These gutters are less likely to leak but are more expensive to purchase and install.
It typically costs between $547 and $1,317 to have gutters and downspouts installed. The cost is worth it, however, when you think of the purpose of the gutters. Gutters help direct water away from your home and limit damage to the siding and potential leaks into the basement. The cost of the gutters themselves can vary quite a bit depending on the material chosen. Vinyl is the least expensive, ranging from about $4 to $8 per piece, while copper is the most expensive at $40 to more than $100 per piece. Aluminum and steel fall in between in price. Seamless gutters range in price from about $800 to $5,000, depending on the material chosen and the size of the home. Don’t forget that you’ll need to pay to have any old gutters removed and disposed of, which typically costs around $100. A professional may be able to dispose of the old gutters for less than it would cost you.
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