Gutter Companies: How to Choose the Right One

Gutter Companies: How to Choose the Right One2020-12-31T20:30:41+00:00

Finding the right gutter company is becoming an increasingly important decision as volatile weather patterns are becoming more common.  Those who have had the chance to witness a couple of serious downpours can appreciate the critical role that gutter systems and downspouts play.  Selection among gutter companies is wide ranging across the country.  It goes without saying then that the quality of work that these contractors perform is crucial to protecting your home.  So how do you choose the best gutter installation in your area?  Continue reading for some very helpful tips and to download our seamless gutter contractor hiring guide.

Whether you live in NY, FL, TX or CA, an inch of rainfall might sound insignificant.  However, when it falls on an average-size roof, that one inch adds up to nearly 2,000 gallons of water coming off the eaves of your rooftop. That’s not a small quantity of water that has the potential to create a lot of damage if your seamless gutters aren’t up to managing the flow.  Yet even with the central role your gutters play in keeping the inside of your house dry, homeowners rarely give gutters a second thought until they clog, need repair or need replacement.

How Much Does It Cost To Have Gutters Replaced?2020-01-23T06:33:40+00:00

The 3 prominent factors to consider are house size, material used  (ex. copper vs. aluminum) and sectional vs. seamless kinds.

Prices can range anywhere between $5 and up to $30 per foot.  It varies as a function of materials used for the gutters.  For example, sturdy, high-quality copper gutters will meet the high end of the price range compared to vinyl, galvanized and aluminum gutters.

Additionally seamless gutters are more expensive than sectional gutters due to the fact that they require less maintenance and don’t leak nearly as much as sectional types.

Do I Really Need To Have Gutters On My House?2020-01-22T22:37:14+00:00

The answer:  Most Likely

Dry areas that don’t get seasonal rain may be able to go without, however, most homes do need gutters.  Gutters prevent damage to your home’s foundation, sidewalks, and interior as they channel thousands of gallons of water off of your roof.

Without gutters you’ll eventually be looking at a soil erosion situation and/or damage to your mulch and garden beds.

Soil erosion can cause your foundation to settle resulting in uneven floors and cracked walls and chimnies.

What Are The Best Type Of Gutters?2020-01-23T05:12:15+00:00

Of course this isn’t an easy question  but if popularity is a good indicator of “best” then we recommend the 5″ aluminum K style gutter.  In most cases this product is sufficient to do the job and is the industry standard.  Paired with micro-mesh gutter guards this product provides very reliable protection.

How Often Do You Need To Clean Your Gutters?2020-01-23T05:38:58+00:00

Before answering this question let’s look at the most common problems that occur when gutters don’t get cleaned.

Loose gutters are the result of rotted leaves, debris and small twigs accumulating weight and pulling at the system, potentially damaging your trim or siding.

Ice dams are formed when gutters become clogged and water flows over the gutter and freezes.  This can cause catastrophic damage when the water begins to thaw and travel to the inside of your home.  Having ice dams steamed off is a much worse investment than just having a high quality heated gutter guard installed by a local professional.

Pests like rodents, ants and mosquitoes find debris ridden gutters to be welcoming habitat.  With the continued uptick in cases of mosquito transmitted viruses such as EEE and West Nile virus, homeowners would do well to utilize a micro-mesh gutter guard that completely prevents pests and all debris from entering gutters in the first place.

Given these issues, one has to consider their environment and tend to cleaning accordingly.  It is advisable to clean your gutters at least bi-annually.

Do Any Gutter Guards Actually Work?2020-01-23T05:50:57+00:00

We only recommend Gutterglove Pro gutter guards and Gutterglove Icebreaker as a heated gutter guard.  They work fantastically well, are super strong and have micro-mesh holes only 550 microns wide.  They also fit on any gutter.

Are Gutter Guards Worth The Cost?2020-12-31T20:30:00+00:00

Absolutely . . . depending on which gutter guards you have installed.  Many gutter guard types sold at big box stores barely suffice as a break even investment due to their poor design and quality.

If a homeowner has their gutters cleaned twice a year at $150 per cleaning, they will have paid $3000 over a decade and have little to show for the money spent.  Having the best gutter guards installed however, eliminates gutter cleaning entirely and often last for the life of  your gutter, easily recouping your investment.

The years 2018 and 2019 saw record rainfall especially in the West North Central states, seemingly due to weather instability.  Click here to view data analysis and some of the anomalies that occurred.

Having steadfast quality gutters reduces the issues that your home could potentially encounter without gutters.  A few of these problems include: soil instability around the house, which can lead to foundation complications, flooding in or around the structure, water damage to sheetrock, and cracks in patios and driveways. Water can also lead to stained pavers and bricks.  Finding a professional gutter installer is essential to ensuring your home can withstand all weather conditions.

It’s highly likely that your home already has gutters, but in the event that you are considering replacing dingy, aged and leaky gutters or you’ve decided to finally   have seamless, galvanized steel, or even copper gutters installed, it’s nigh time to select a local gutter company.  Finding a professional, highly qualified contractor nearby has some distinct advantages like potential total cost savings and hometown courtesy and communication.  A local installation expert will already be familiar with weather patterns, leaf and foliage density and seasonal wind activity around your neighborhood.

Don’t forget to ask your home improvement contractor about components like gutter guards, rodent guards, splash blocks and downspout screens.  These accessories can help make maintenance of your gutter system much easier to non-existent.

Consider these five things when hiring a gutter company:

  • Reputation. In this trade, contractors and homeowners alike rely on reputation.  A good reputation is a seal of approval for fantastic service.  It serves as a barometer of integrity and trustworthiness.  Make sure to reference your local Better Business Bureau to see if the company you have in mind is in good standing.
  • Reliability. Whether it’s gutter guard installation, gutter repair or replacement,—you need to be able to depend on your contractor to show up on time and to complete the work to be done in an efficient manner.
  • Quality. Measuring quality isn’t easy, but you’ll recognize it when you see it. Homeowners are pretty good at knowing when a tradesman has cut corners. It’s adviseable to find a pro whose reputation precedes him, so that when it comes hiring time, you can be fairly certain that you will receive exceptional work.
  • Courtesy. When you invite an installer onto your property, have the expectation that he will be courteous and professional. Of course you should also expect him to respect your home as a worthy place whose order and condition should be taken seriously.
  • Value. Finally, the gutter installation company that you choose should provide top notch quality at a great value. You have the right to know the full scope of the work that you’re paying for and why the work was necessary to be performed.

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