If your existing gutters are sagging, have holes and leaks, or are constantly overflowing, then it’s about time to upgrade your system and install new high quality gutters. There are different styles and options you can consider, from traditional vinyl and sheet metal materials to more sophisticated seamless, copper systems. To help you decide on the best gutter solution for your home, here are some important questions you can ask your installer before buying.
1. “Are Your Gutters Seamless?”
Seamless gutters are continuous gutters with no seams or cuts. Unlike sectional gutters, they minimize leaks and are easier to clean from organic litter and debris. Modern homes usually utilize a seamless gutter system because it provides a custom-fit and sleeker architectural look.
2. “Do You Use Nails or Screws to Fasten the Gutters?”
Using nails is an older method when installing gutters. The nails poke holes in the gutters and pass through the inside so they can be attached to the fascia board. Nails tend to pull out over time due to the weight and flow of water in the gutter. On the other hand, screws don’t pull out or corrode. Be sure that your gutter expert uses long-form screws to fully support the gutter.
3. “Are the Installers Your Employees or Subcontractors?”
One of the factors when choosing a contractor is whether or not full-time employees will work on your home. Working with company employees ensures that you’ll get the same level of service from everyone on the jobsite. They are also likely to have general education and training from the company to do their jobs more effectively.
4. “Are Your Workers Insured?”
It’s important to make sure that your roofer or gutter installer has liability insurance and compensation binders, which cover both your home and their employees. This shows they claim responsibility and that they sincerely care for the welfare of their people.
5. “What About the Cleanup?”
Reputable contractors will clean up the jobsite immediately after the work has been completed. This is to prevent accidents, such as tripping over materials or getting injured by lost nails in the grass.
Protect your home from cost-cutting tactics. Turn to Tedrick’s Roofing, a premier provider of residential and small commercial roofing and gutter services. Call us at (253) 499-9660, or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation. We serve customers in and around Federal Way, WA.