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Q. How do I select an eavestrough contractor?
A: At the time of the contractor’s call, confirm their status with your local licensing board, you can get a good idea of what the contractor will be like when you meet with them for an evaluation of your home’s needs. The contractor should be able to answer all your questions in a professional matter and should not pressure you at all. The contractor should be able to provide you with a sample of the suggested eavestroughr so you can see the colors, sizes and thickness of the material. And finally, it’s a good idea to ask the contractor for references of jobs they’ve done in your area so you can actually see the finished product and get some feedback from homeowners about the experience.
Q. When is it necessary to replace eavestroughs?
A: If you start noticing that your home’s exterior has any mold on it or peeling paint, that may be a sign that your eavestrough need replacing or fixing. Leafs and debris can cause fire hazard/damage to your home. Weight from clogs and debris can cause an eavestrough to pull away from a house or sag. They may not be sloped properly and not doing their job of channeling water away from your home. Another sign that eavestroughs aren’t working properly is if your basement is damp or there are cracks in the foundation. The eavestrough could have been clogged and the water is forced to overflow over the sides causing water buildup around your foundation. Getting a eavestrough professional to come over and assess the problem is the best idea. The rain gutter specialist can match you with the right person with the job.
Q. How can I know which eavestrough is the right one for my house?
A: Typical standard rain gutters for a single home with shingle roof should be 5” .For a tile roof you better go install a 6” eavestrough, the reason for that is that the tile roof extend about 1” to 3”over the roof line so we want to make sure that the gutter is really going to work and not to over shoot the water over the gutter. The contractor should recommend the right gutter for your home, but at the same time provide you the different prices of the 5″ and 6″.
Q: How do I stop eavestroughs from overflowing?
A: If your eavestroughs overflow, either the gutters or downspouts are clogged, or they are too small to handle the volume of runoff. If they’re not stopped up, install new, larger downspouts first. If that doesn’t solve the problem, have larger gutters installed by a professional gutter installer.
Q: How many times a year do I need to clean my troughs?
A: Plan to clean gutters at least twice a year – more often if the roof is directly beneath trees. Only take on this task yourself if you know you can work safely from a ladder or the roof. If your roof is higher than a single story or you’re unsure of your job’s safety, you’re better off hiring a professional.
What causes huge icicles at the edge of the roof even though there is an eavestrough system in place?
Ice will form in winter if you have eavestroughs / gutters or not. However, icicles are usually the result of poor insulation or ventilation (usually both) within your attic.
Q: Do I need to be home while the work is being done?
A: No. All we need is access to an exterior electric power outlet
Q: ARE YOU INSURED?
A: Yes! We are fully insured for personal injury and damage
Q: Do you offer free estimates?
Under most circumstances there is no charge for us to come out to your home and give you a quote. There are some circumstances however that charges may be required to complete certain estimates. This would be explained to the customer in advance. We do not offer free estimates on smaller repairs. A minimum service charge of $295.00 is applicable on most repair calls.
While an estimate may be free to the homeowner it does cost the contractor time and money to come out to your home and complete an estimate. While we appreciate the opportunity to give you an estimate we do so under the premise that we have a reasonable and fair opportunity of getting the job and completing the work for you.