With proper maintenance and cleaning, your gutters should last between 20 to 30 years. When it comes time to replace them, while it might sound nice to just find the first person with a gutter machine, there are a number of steps that you need to take in order to ensure that your gutters are installed correctly and will last.
Your first step is to ask those around you whom they recommend. Start by asking your neighbors as their homes are similar to your own and therefore, the people that did theirs will be familiar with the area and the type of houses in it. If that gets you nowhere, ask friends and family, as well.
After you have the names of several roofing contractors, go online and check them out. Check out how long they have been in business and if they are licensed and insured. In addition, it is also a good idea to check reviews, as well as each company’s standing with the Better Business Bureau.
Once you have narrowed your choices down to three or four, call and ask them to come out and give you an estimate on the job. When they come to your home, be sure to ask what type of gutters they install as there are those with seams and seamless. Contractors that use seamless gutter machines are generally better as there are fewer leaks and other issues associated with them.
Additional questions to ask include the type of material used to make the gutters, whether it is aluminum, vinyl or steel, and how they will be attached to your home. Moreover, you should also ask who will be doing the installation. You need to know if these people work for the company you are getting the estimate from or if they are sub-contractors. In addition, you should also ask how long the job is expected to take and who is responsible for clean up.
Before you make your final decision as to which roofing contractor to use, be sure to ask about extras. These include leaf guards and gutter art. Leaf guards are screens that are installed on the inside of your gutters and make it so that you do not have to clean out your gutters. They keep dirt, debris, and leaves out.
Gutter art is an embossment that can be placed on your gutters with a special attachment to the gutter machine. There are several to choose from and they truly make your home stand out. There are stars and stripes, swirly lines, and the roofing company with the right machine can also make them look like the crown molding that is found within your home, as well.
When choosing a roofing contractor, be sure to go with your gut and not with the lowest price. You need to feel confident in your decision as it is not cheap to fix or replace and it is meant to last a long, long time.