Gutters and downspouts are a vital part of a home's plumbing, and their proper installation, maintenance and use helps ensure proper run-off from the rooftop when it rains. While there are many easy-to-install DIY guttering systems sold out there, it is important for homeowners to leave gutter installation work to the professionals.
Here's why it is important to opt for professional gutter and downpipe installation.
Gutter and downpipe installation can be a dangerous job.
Installing gutters and downpipes on your roof involves working at height (from the rooftop), meaning the risk of a fall accident is inherent. The risk of falling is higher for installers working from steep-sloped rooftops. Because safety should always be a top priority for any homeowner looking to improve their home, it is best to hire a professional gutter and downspout installer whenever there is a considerable safety risk involved. A professional installer will know what measures they should put in place to ensure optimal safety during gutter and downpipe installation.
Gutter and downpipe installation is more complicated than it seems.
Though installation of gutter and downpipe systems may seem like an easy job, it requires some level of knowledge, skill and experience to execute properly. Guttering systems comprise several pieces of material that must be secured around certain areas of the roof to ensure efficient transfer of rain from the rooftop to the drainage system. The installer must be diligent enough not to leave any leaky spots in the guttering system. Otherwise, dripping may cause extensive structural damage to the roof and other key areas of the house.
Gutter and downpipe installation requires proper drainage channels.
Before installing a guttering system on a roof, homeowners will need to think about where all the rain will go once it runs off the roof. This means they should have a proper plan with regards to the drainage of run-off from the roof. A professional gutter installer can help homeowners to plan for drainage ditches ahead of time so that their residential landscapes don't get damaged due to poor drainage of rain flowing down from the roof.
Unknown to many people, the various licensed guttering installers offering their services in various areas across Australia are actually plumbers — roofing plumbers to be exact. While you can save on installation costs by installing gutters and downpipes yourself, you should never overlook the importance of hiring a professional, as explained above.