General gutter questions and help

Old 05-16-14, 01:13 PM
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General gutter questions and help

I am planning on replacing my gutters (they're old, beat to **** and leaky) but I know nothing about them:

What is the best type of material?

I've seen companies that have a truck roll out to the site and make the gutters on-site - is that the norm or do they need to be ordered to a specific size and delivered?

Any idea on cost? I live in the Seattle area and currently have metal gutters

How hard are they to install?

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There is no gimmick to the guys who make there own on site, seamless is the best way to go, and although it's not a terribly difficult task for a homeowner to otherwise piece together a system themselves, barring of course the obvious, such as high roof lines, etc., I suggest getting two or three prices from local professionals, and hire it done. I'm all in favor of rolling up my sleeves and jumping into all types of projects, but my experience has been that this is one area where you may very well be money ahead to hire it.
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This is a DIY site but I hire gutter installation because I want the seamless ones the pros can make for me. Every joint in a DIY job is a place you can get a leak.
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Seamless aluminum is the only way to go. The professionals will be there and gone before you can even set up the ladders. I think it took a total of about two hours including clean up when I had my old house in Mountlake Terrace done. That was about 15 years ago and part of a larger contract so I can't cite any price.
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Get a few different bids so you can compare - most companies charge by the foot so you can usually do this with a few phone calls instead of having someone come out.
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I have some buddies that do it and for some reason $3.50/ft sticks in my head. I would assume that's materials only and that labor to install is not included in that. Maybe they told me 3.50 to run... 3.50 to install. I forget.

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