Register free!
Search
 
     

The Green Industry's Resource Center


Click for Weather
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 12-30-2006, 10:59 AM
jrock32 jrock32 is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: St. Louis, MO
Posts: 3
Gutter Installation/Contractors?????????

I know this is a landscape forum, but I couldnít find anywhere else to start. Iím an old LCO who sold his company a year ago and looking into another business venture. Iím located in the St. Louis area and thinking of getting into the gutter business. We have a lot of hail and windstorms in this area and think it could be a lucrative business. Plus, new constructions seems to be on an up swing.
Iíve found 5" -6" gutter machines, new and used ranging anywhere from $3000-$12,000.00. I have a truck and enclosed trailer, but need a machine, material, stands, tools, etc.....
What would my start up cost be? Is there a high profit margin? Any idea of material cost per foot and what a ballpark charge per foot is in my area or yours?
Any and all help/suggestions would be appreciated.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 12-30-2006, 01:46 PM
tacoma200's Avatar
tacoma200 tacoma200 is offline
LawnSite Fanatic
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Southern Kentucky
Posts: 5,427
I don't know but the guys doing the "gutter helmet, leaf guard, etc" type of installs seems to be the hot seller in my state right now. They advertise heavily on radio and in the papers. I don't know if you buy a franchise or can go about it independently.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 12-30-2006, 03:22 PM
jrock32 jrock32 is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: St. Louis, MO
Posts: 3
Thanks for the reply. Im more interested in installing the actual gutter. The leaf gaurd/gutter helmet, would be something I would get into a few months down the road. Or sooner if there is a high demand.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 12-31-2006, 12:13 PM
CSALawnServiceInc CSALawnServiceInc is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: North Port, FL
Posts: 41
Gutter Installation

I install gutter as a day job while I'm building my Lawn business. Gutter installation requires a good deal of knowledge about aluminum and also alot of liability is taken on with the installs. I am familiar with the Florrisant area of St. Louis and yes there is money to be made in gutters but just be sure that you can make the installs right. Good luck with your decision and try to up sell to 6" only to make more profit.

Craig
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 12-31-2006, 01:34 PM
jrock32 jrock32 is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: St. Louis, MO
Posts: 3
What selling techniques do you use to up sell to a 6". I that steep roofs should go with 6", but what benefits does a 5" have over the 6" on a standard pitch? Thanks for the information, ya'll have been great.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 12-31-2006, 03:14 PM
CSALawnServiceInc CSALawnServiceInc is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: North Port, FL
Posts: 41
First of all, if you only sell 6", then you only need one machine. The machines that do both 5" and 6" are hard to switch back and forth and tend to get out of adjustment. You are correct about the steel roof, they definitely need 6" gutter. the benefits for 6' are the bigger the gutter the more it holds. (obviously) Also use 3x4 downspouts to get the water off the roof faster and also more profit for you. The standard I saw when in St Louis was 5" gutter with 2x3 downspouts so you may have to just stick with 5" if people are resistant to the up sell to 6". Do some research in your area and see what other companies are selling. Also learn how to do hand miters and stay away from box/ strip miters. They are weak and will leak. Good luck with it.

Craig
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 01-01-2007, 06:43 PM
JimLewis's Avatar
JimLewis JimLewis is online now
LawnSite Fanatic
 
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Beaverton, OR
Posts: 6,511
Quote:
Originally Posted by tacoma200 View Post
I don't know but the guys doing the "gutter helmet, leaf guard, etc" type of installs seems to be the hot seller in my state right now. They advertise heavily on radio and in the papers. I don't know if you buy a franchise or can go about it independently.
Yah, same thing here. I'd bet those guys get most of the new business around here. Most people already have gutters. What they want are gutters that don't ever get clogged. And they are willing to pay top dollar for it.

My office manager just paid some serious bucks to have some installed on his house this year. I was amazed at how much money they made for what was a relatively small and quick job.
__________________
Jim Lewis
Lewis Landscape Services - Oregon
"kickin' grass and takin' names"


www.lewislandscape.com - Portland Oregon Landscaping Company

landscape design Portland Oregon
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 01-02-2007, 09:54 AM
ozd12005's Avatar
ozd12005 ozd12005 is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: middle of the earth
Posts: 341
Great money in gutters if you own a machine, Gutter guards are a pita and I dont install them. Keep in mind all the materials that you need for gutter installation

gutter coils
gutter brackets
nails
inside/outside miters
end caps
zip screws
gutter seal
downspout caps
trim coils (for flashing)
downspouts

another way to make more profit is to buy an elbow machine, if you dont have or want to get one add A & B elbows to the above list
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump





Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©1998 - 2012, LawnSite.comô - Moose River Media
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:11 AM.

Page generated in 0.09325 seconds with 9 queries