There are a lot of factors that go into choosing the right gutter contractor for your home. While there is no real cut-and-dry method to choosing one, there are some steps that you can take to make it easier on yourself. Ultimately, you will be the one who has to decide if the gutters will be installed by the company or if you will do it yourself. By following these simple tips, you should be able to choose the best company to fit your needs.
First, trust. Trust is very important in any intimate relationship, including that you have with your gutter company. You need to feel comfortable that they’re being completely honest with you regarding the timeline and price of what they’ll deliver as well as the quality of their work. When it comes to having your gutters installed, seamless installation is the only way to go. A seamless installation is where the installer places the gutter at such an angle that water won’t leak out onto the ground below.
When you ask your local roofing contractor about installing gutters, you should also ask them about the length of time it will take to install gutters down on your property. If you want to save money, and you want to install gutters fast, you should look for a roofing contractor who offers a speedy, but less expensive installation. Of course, it’s not a good idea to let a roofing contractor install your gutters if you have plans to replace the gutter system soon. Always work with a reputable company, so you can rest easy knowing your roofing system is in good hands.
Next, hire a gutter cleaning company. Gutters can get very dirty, and they shouldn’t be neglected. However, if they aren’t cleaned regularly, they can become clogged, and then that can lead to leaks and mold buildup. If you want to avoid those issues, and if you want to save yourself a lot of hassle and a lot of money, hire a contractor to clean them for you.
Next, talk to your contractor about whether or not you should hire a landscape company for installation. If you’re a do-it-yourself type, you might think it’s okay to tackle the job by yourself. However, landscape companies are more experienced and know more about gutters than you do. Also, landscape companies usually come with more equipment, and they know how to better use it. A good contractor will also be able to offer you a guarantee on the work they’ll do, which is another great benefit to hiring them to install your gutter systems.
Before you get started with any of this, make sure your gutters are clear. That can be done easily by getting a good bird’s eye view of your roof at all angles from the ground. Then, assess how much space is actually in use on your roof, as well as where your gutters are. You should have an idea of how much work your gutter installation is going to require before you go out and buy your materials.
When you’ve assessed the amount of space you need for installation, and the space that your gutters will take up, the next step is to talk to your contractor about what type of installation you should choose. Do you want seamless gutters, which means that when water goes through them, it flows uninterrupted? Or are you more interested in the rain shower heads, where water comes down in streams and then trickles down into the holding tank? Or maybe you’re more interested in the attachment to the roof, where you can just install the pieces wherever they fit. The type of installation you choose depends largely on the size of your home, the space you have available, and what types of features you’d like to have on your home.
After you’ve chosen the type of installation you prefer, you should make sure to discuss the cost with your prospective gutters and downspouts contractor. Because gutters are relatively expensive to install, this is an area where you should get price quotes from several contractors. Be sure to get several different price quotes because while prices may vary widely from one company to another, the bids from various contractors will likely be similar in price. After you’ve received price quotes, compare the number of materials involved in each construction project, as well as the time it takes to complete the job, the contractor’s experience, and the design of your dream gutters and downspouts. Choose a contractor with the appropriate skill set, reasonable price, and a history of quality work to ensure that your gutter installation will be a seamless and low-cost affair.