DIY: How to Flex Seal Your Own Gutter Like a Pro
And Save Thousands of Dollars...
- Flex Seal Spray
- Painter’s Tape
- Drop Cloth
Not again. If it’s not the water heater breaking, there’s a kitchen sink clog or a gutter leak. That’s the name of the game with homeownership. Home repair crises sometimes arrive without warning. And there you are standing there, calling your repairman to rack up another insanely high bill. But there’s a better way to fix these type of problems with Flex Seal.
Let’s say you need to seal your gutter. Over the years, gutters rust and often get tiny pin holes. Leaks often come from around the seams, too. Most homeowners spend between $170 and almost $500 on these type of gutter repairs. Some spend even as much as $900.
But keep in mind, leaky gutters are very common. So over time, you could easily pay a repairman thousands of dollars to fix your gutter. Or you could do it yourself with Flex Seal.
Step 1: Clean and Dry
Before you do anything, make sure your gutter is clean. Prop your ladder securely against your house so that you can reach your gutters. Consider having a friend keep your ladder in place while you are on it. Remove any type of twigs and/or leaves that have built up over time. Then, you can flush the gutter using a water hose. Once your gutter is clean, use a drop cloth to wipe it dry. (It’s very important that the surface is dry before you move along to Step 2.)
Step 2: Tape It Off
Next, run wide painter’s tape along the complete edge of the gutter. This will prevent the seal from spraying on unwanted areas.
Step 3: Flex Seal It
Grab your can of Flex Seal (If you’re out, go here to get more), and shake it vigorously for about a minute. In a sweeping motion, spray on a nice even coat from a distance of 8 to 12 inches. Take your time to focus on those holes and seams and the larger surrounding area around them. Feather the edges. Be sure not to move so slowly that the Flex seal starts to mound.
Please be sure to let your first coat dry for 24 hours before you spray another coat. Apply a few coats until the holes are completely filled. Allow 48 hours to fully cure.
In three easy steps, you’ve saved yourself thousands of dollars for years to come, and you’ve learned to seal your own gutter just like a pro.
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By: Nick Wade
P.S. Flex Seal comes in 11 different colors: white, black, clear, brown, almond, silver, green, blue, red, terra-cotta, and yellow. Go here to grab your favorite colors.