Dealing with stormy weather and torrential rains are problematic enough for Durham homes without having to deal with flooding caused by gutter issues. Clogged or damaged gutters can cause much more damage than a storm or rain itself can. A gutter clogged by dirt, leaves, or other debris can create overflow of water and will no longer direct it to its proper drainage points.
Broken gutters could cause unnecessary leaks in your roof and put your home at risk for water damage. It is important to make sure you have functional working gutters on your home, but who can you trust to repair or install new gutters?
1. Are they reputable?
You want to start off asking the obvious questions. How long have they been in business? Are they known for good business practices? Do they have favorable testimonials and word of mouth referrals? You want to make sure the business you are choosing has an excellent level of expertise repairing gutters.
2. Are they local?
Local businesses are not going anywhere. The owners and workers tend to take more pride in the work they do and it can be seen all over the town or city they reside in. Establishing themselves in the community they service helps stimulate business and maintain a competitive edge. As a homeowner, choosing a local business ensures you will have good customer service and someone around to honor your warranty or guarantees if it should come to that.
3. What size of gutters do they install?
Back in the day most houses came with standard gutter sizes. However, in today’s marketplace there are many different styles of roofs and consequently different types and sizes of gutters. You will want to make sure to ask what types and size of gutters do they repair and install so you can feel confident in their ability to meet your needs, especially if you are a home owner with a new style of roofing. If you live in a location with heavy rains, it is likely you have a higher capacity gutter system and will want to be sure your contractor has the expertise required.
4. Do they ensure proper leveling?
Even if the best brand of gutters are purchased and installed, they will not function properly if they are not leveled correctly. Improper leveling can lead to the very same issues that require the repairs in the first place. Without a gutter being properly pitched you may have those leaky roofs and pools of water in the yard anyways and have to spend your time scheduling a re-install.
5. Are they bonded and insured?
Some contractors will be able to offer incredibly low prices that seem to good to be true. In most instances they are. Guttering and roofing companies pay higher premiums than other companies in the industry due to the nature of their work.
As a result, some of this is expense is passed on to the consumer. This is to your benefit however, as it frees you from any liabilities that may arise from worker injuries and accidents. The next time you are in need of gutter repair, use these 5 tips to select the contractor that works for you.
The two most critical parts of any home is the roof and the structure itself. Your home’s structure is what will keep it standing, protecting you and your family from the danger of outside elements and providing stability. In the same manner, the roofing system protects the inside of your home, preventing critters, weather, and debris from coming inside and causing damage.
Just as the foundation makes the entire home standing strong, the roof plays a major role as well. In order for the roof to funnel water properly, you must have good gutter systems in place. Gutters are critical, so make sure you choose a professional who can get the job done right. Improperly installed gutters will work against your home, and not with it.
Water on a roof naturally flows down the sloped angles of the roof. When your roofing system has properly installed gutters, water will collect along the edges of the roof and flow toward the corners of the house where it can drain down through the gutters and away from your house.
The reason gutters are so important is that without them, water would collect near the base of the house, weakening the foundation over time. This is sure to be a serious problem for the structure and stability of your home over time.
Maintaining Seamless Gutters
Seamless gutters should be carefully inspected as least once a year. Walk around your property on a day with no rain, and check that the gutters are sturdy and intact. Look for any cracks or places that seem unstable. If you find anything that concerns you, call your roofer to come and inspect the gutters and the roof.
Additionally, on a rainy day, check the gutters again and make sure the rainwater is flowing down the gutters. You are looking to see if the water flows easily without leaking or drips from other places on the roof.
The water should not pool or puddle at the base. Once you’ve checked the water flowing properly through the downspouts, make sure that the bottom of the downspout stops at least two feet away from your home. Again, you want to see to it that no water is pooling near the foundation of the home.
If your home has older gutters, there is a high chance that water will leak from them. This is because they are not seamless like today’s modern gutter designs. Seamless gutters are much more aesthetically pleasing, as well as more functional.
Modern gutter installation doesn’t have to be super costly. Our roofing experts can quickly install seamless gutter systems quickly, and at a price that might surprise you! You will be guaranteed a gutter system that is totally free of drips and leaks.
Choosing the right roofing system can be overwhelming and confusing for many homeowners. Our qualified professionals will take the time to help make the process easy and speedy!
Contact us today for your gutter repair, or installation needs!