The Tools of the Trade Needed for Installing Copper Gutters

The various tools required for installing copper gutters do not differ much from the tools you will use to install other types of gutter systems. It is important to keep in mind that copper is much heavier than more common materials like aluminum, so it is important to prepare for the extra weight and how you will accommodate it during installation. Otherwise, be sure that you have the following tools handy.   Quality Ladders Ladders are some of the most important tools a gutter installer can have in his or her arsenal. It is ideal to have several ladder sizes available to you, and it is also important to make sure you buy good quality ladders that will provide ample… Continue reading »

Gutter Cleaning: When to DIY vs. When to Call a Pro

Most homeowners have cleaned their gutters at one point at another, even though it is a task that just about everyone dreads. Although it may seem common to see homeowners cleaning their own gutters – whether they do so on the roof or with specialty tools – there are times when it may be best to call a pro. Learning more about this is important not only for your home, but also for your personal safety. Here’s what you should know.   What’s Involved in Gutter Cleaning? For the most part, cleaning your gutter is a matter of reaching inside the gutter system and pulling out debris like leaves, pine needles, acorns, twigs – anything that can fall out of… Continue reading »

Safety Tips When Handling or Using a Ladder

Ladders are important pieces of equipment that come in handy for numerous repairs. In fact, it’s difficult to thoroughly clean or inspect your gutters without one. Below, you will learn more about ladder safety to prevent injuries any time you use or handle a ladder.   Basic Safety Rules The American Ladder Institute points out that: many of the rules associated with ladder use are simply common-sense safety rules, that apply to any task. Of these, here are some of the most important: Do not climb a ladder if you are dizzy, tired, or prone to losing your balance.   Do not use a ladder in high winds or during a storm.   Always wear slip-resistant shoes.   Never attempt to… Continue reading »

DIY Rain Gutter Installation

  At GutterSupply.com, we cater to both the professional contractor as well as homeowners wanting to tackle the job on their own. Whether for budgetary reasons or because they simply like learning something new, a lot of people find hanging their own gutters both satisfying and easy to do. A big benefit to taking on this type of project yourself is the amount of money you can save in installation costs. Recently a GutterSupply.com customer saved thousands installing his own copper gutters on his Seattle home. After teaching himself to solder using a 300W soldering iron he bought on eBay, he was able to install the entire system for just $2,500 in supplies and materials ordered from GutterSupply.com. This is… Continue reading »

Why Trying to DIY your Own Gutters Could End up Disastrous

  While there are numerous home repair projects that can be undertaken in a DIY capacity, gutter replacement should not be considered as one of them. Here are a few reasons why it is best to leave this particular type of work to the professionals.   You Could Injure Yourself Every year, thousands of home owners are injured as a result of falling off roofs and ladders while trying to replace gutters. While some of these injuries are minor such as bruises, scrapes and sprains, many others are far more serious, such as broken bones, concussion or even paralysis. In many cases, you will end up spending more money on medical bills – and possibly a replacement ladder as well… Continue reading »

Gutter Cleaning & Installation Tips

We all know how important it is to install gutters properly and keep them clean.  But do you know the best ways to accomplish these tasks?  Here are some tips of the trade every homeowner and professional should know. Gutter Cleaning Tips  Dress for the job – To stay both safe and comfortable while cleaning a gutter system, it is important for you to come prepared.   Always wear a long-sleeve shirt, rubber-soled shoes, and protective gloves when working. Clean gutters before the rainy season – Don’t leave the gutters full of leaves and debris right before the wet season.  No matter which region you live in it is important to clear the way for the increased amounts of precipitations ensuring… Continue reading »

The Basics of Ladder Safety

As professional gutter contractor, climbing up and down a ladder hundreds of times a day is just part of the job.   It can be an exhausting and treacherous task and one of the main reasons why homeowners hire a professional to do the work.  In fact, the Center for Disease Control reported that 43% of all fall fatalities in the last decade involved a ladder.*  The height at which the fall may occur only makes the risks of this jobsite hazard even more dangerous.  For this reason, it is important that all contractors keep ladder safety in mind each and every time they climb. Follow these guidelines for proper ladder safety:Before you begin working: Prior to setting up your ladder,… Continue reading »

The Contractor’s Guide to Staying Safe on the Jobsite

For gutter installation contractors, much of their work is completed outdoors and often at heights that would make the average person a little queasy.  The nature of the job carries with it many hazards to avoid especially when working alone.  Staying safe on the jobsite is not only important for your health but also for the success of your small business.  Imagine being hurt on the worksite and not being able to work for weeks.  Taking just a few extra precautions, using some simple protective tools and being smart about how you work can all help keep you protected while on the clock. Here are a few safety rules that every gutter installation contractor should know: Use the Right Gloves… Continue reading »

7 Tips for Installing Christmas Lights on Gutters

The holiday season is officially here and along with it the hurried scramble to get the lights hung outside before the cold snow and weather comes.  While you may want to rush through the process, it is important to take time to ensure that the lights are not only safe and secure but also aren’t causing unnecessary damage to your gutters, eaves, soffits, and siding.  Taking just a few extra steps can safeguard your home’s exterior from avoidable wear and tear while allowing you to transform your house into a festive and decorative masterpiece. Here are seven tips on safely securing Christmas lights to the gutter system and surrounding areas: Take time to measure before you begin.  Use a long… Continue reading »