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Considerations Before Purchasing New Gutters

16 February 2018

Investing in new gutters can be a daunting task.  Making an uneducated decision can lead to a wet basement, landscaping erosion, and wasted money.  If you’ve identified the need for new gutters at your home, the utilization of this cheat sheet can allow you to carefully screen potential gutter contractors so that your final decision is one you feel good about.

Rating with the Better Business Bureau: The Better Business Bureau works tirelessly to research area businesses and make sure that they engage in ethical practices.  They not only track consumer complaints, but the method in which a company addresses them.  You’re doing yourself a disservice but not verifying what a contractor’s rating is prior to signing a legally binding contract with them.

Installation Team Expertise: The task of hanging gutters is not an amateur skill.  In order for the gutters to properly disperse water, they must have a gradual slope.  Gutters that do not have enough support brackets will soon pull away from a home.  If gutters are placed incorrectly in relationship to the roof, they will pull away.  These skills take time to learn.  This is why we feel strongly about employing installers whose only task is gutter installation.  Their skillset exceeds those of installers that toggle between products, but fail to specialize in any.

Attachment to Your Home: Believe it or not, there are gutter gizmos in today’s marketplace that attach directly to your roof.  The issue with this is that this approach almost always voids your roof’s warranty because leaking is almost a certainty.  LeafGuard® Brand Gutters attach to your home’s fasica board, alleviating this concern.

Gutter Toppers vs LeafGuard®: While gutter topper devices exist, they are nearly impossible to match exactly with the preexisting lower portion of gutters.  In addition, this configuration is notorious for clogging and frequently is attached to your shingles.  Even more frustrating is the fact that many topper devices fall within the same price category as LeafGuard® Brand Gutters.  LeafGuard® Brand Gutters win favor with our clients because they are custom made for your home from a single piece of aluminum 20% thicker than basic systems and attach directly to your home’s fascia board.

Seamless Design: From an aesthetics standpoint, seamless gutters simply look better.  In terms of functionality, seamless gutters alleviate the concern of water leaking through when seams weaken over time.