They say contractors are generally hard to work with mainly because most of them often want to rip off their clients. This is of course, not true especially when it comes to gutter installation. As you will soon realize it is always about establishing a good working rapport with your contractor. That means trusting your contractor and ensuring that the contractor brief on a regular basis on how your gutter installation project is progressing. In other words, you as the client should fulfill your duties. The contract should also do the same until the gutter installation project ends. But there is still more you need to know. Read on to find out.
Timely updates as already hinted is one of the main factors you need to establish before even the project begins. Agree with your contractor how you will be updated. This is always necessary where the project is a massive one that may stretch beyond a month. Timely updates will help you know when you can move in back to your house with your family. It will also help you know on time if the project will be delayed. That way, you can take into account how much more you will have to spend on the project until the end.
Lastly, always inform your contractor on time if you have plans to put the project on hold for a while. Give the contractor reasons for doing so. The client could turn out handy and help you consider other alternatives on affordable materials that may make you rethink your decision to pause the project. The main thing here is to make a point of communicating with your gutter installation contractor. The contractor should on the other hand get back to you on time just to let you know project progress, expenses and emergencies.
Just how can one find a gutter installation contractor that won’t try to rip one off? Homeowners often ask this question several times. Of course it always comes after one has been a victim of guttering contractors who fail to deliver or stick to their word. They promise value for money and deliver something else. So just how can one escape such contractors? Are there tale tell signs that one should consider as red flags and run before becoming a victim of substandard services? There are certainly signs. You only need to be on the lookout for them. Here is how to go about it.
Licensing – it stands out as an obvious consideration. It is not that obvious. As a matter of fact, it is not obvious at all. There are several mid-size gutter installation service providers today operating without licenses. The danger that often comes along with hiring such contractors is the fact that you may not be able to make a claim against them should anything go amiss during the gutter installation project. This is simply because no insurance company will cover an unlicensed company. No home insurance company will also accept liability occasioned by the negligence of an unlicensed gutter installation service provider.
Reputation is yet another factor you may want to consider. The fact that a contractor is known well across your neighborhood should tell you something about what to expect. A good name is simply a sign that the contractor will never let you down.
Finally, consider experience and reputation at the same time. You will be taking a big risk hiring an inexperienced gutter installation company to take on a massive gutter installation project. You will also be taking a huge risk hiring any company with negative reviews on their service delivery. Don’t take such gambles. Stick to the experienced and reputable.
What do you do when your roof starts leaking or your wall starts retaining water? Most owners consider roof repairs. A few consider rain gutter re-installation. Turns out the latter are always right. Turns out too that a good number of homeowners with faulty rain gutter systems did not do their homework right when looking for their gutters. So how do you avoid the same mistakes? It is easy. Simply consider the following tips.
Know Your Environment
Start with knowing well where you live. What is the average temperature? What’s the average precipitation like? What about the average rainfall? Consider too the foliage around and above your roof. When armed with the right information, it will be easy to choose a good rain gutter system. Steel will be good in extremely hot areas. The best option however in extreme weather conditions is aluminum.
Know what’s available
There are all kinds of rain gutter systems on the market today. The most popular type is aluminum and vinyl in that order. Both of them can be easily found at most home improvement stores. Aluminum is better than vinyl for several reasons. Vinyl is good but is susceptible to extreme cold and brittleness.
Consider Your Options
Sectional gutters may seem ideal if you are on a budget. But how long can they last? That is where seamless gutter systems creep in. They are popular for all the right reasons. They do not leak and can go for years without maintenance. That said and done, churn out what you have to and sacrifice for a seamless gutter system. Keep in mind that it is not easy to fix seamless gutters on your own. Seek the services of an expert. Then clean your gutter and get rid of debris as often as you can. That is the only way you will have a long lasting rain gutter system that will offer you value for money.
Choose a Reputable Gutter Repair and Installing Company
Forget about the repair part. Focus on installation. After all, prevention is better than cure. Choose a company that is well known for its work. Check on their personnel. Are they skilled? Are they friendly? Check too on what their clients have to say about them. It is one thing to have a good rain gutter system and another to hire an incompetent company to do the fixing. Such things as BBB rating may be good pointers to companies that won’t let you down.
Think about the best gutter you have ever laid your eyes on. Then picture what it takes to have that kind of a gutter. Chances are, you have the image of a homeowner who spends a lot on the gutter as far as regular gutter maintenance and inspection are concerned. You are wrong. Gutter inspection and gutter maintenance don’t have to be costly projects. It gets better with gutter replacement. It doesn’t have to be costly to be successful. It often boils down to one’s budget and of course, preferences when it comes to the kind of guttering material one desires.
Always note that there are no standard fees for gutter replacement projects. One contractor will charge you more for the project and another will charge you less. That is why you must take time to find out who has the best deals in town. Simply request quotes from different service providers then compare them and decide which service provider has the best offers. In the end, you want to save money but you also want to end up with that appealing gutter. Taking time to compare prices is the ‘price’ you will have to pay if you are to find a contractor that will not let you down.
Lastly, find out if there are any extra services you will receive from your contractor. In other words, take advantage of complementary services. It may be something as simple as gutter cleaning for a year or free tips on how to ensure your gutter doesn’t develop glitches regularly. Whatever the service is, go for it. You will save money and in the process build a good relationship with your gutter replacement contractor. You may therefore have an easy time with the contractor anytime you need their services once more. A good relationship is as they say, everything in business.
It is normal to go for gutters that last. All homeowners want them. Unfortunately, there are setbacks that occasionally creep in when one least expects. What then follows is brainstorming in damage control ideas that can help you put things under control once again and get back your gutter to its normal functioning. This is sometimes not easy, especially where one was not financially prepared. The best you can do therefore is to be always ready for anything. Set some money aside for such emergencies or have your home covered by a comprehensive insurance policy. Then ready for any of the following.
There is very little you can do to prevent rust. In fact, going for guttering materials coated in stainless steel seems to be to only thing you can do to prevent rusting. It gets worse in coastal areas where humidity is always high. Rusting is simply a common occurrence in these areas. Talk to a gutter replacement expert to help you find out guttering alternatives that can withstand the weather conditions around you.
Unlike rust, you can prevent mold. Use zinc strips made for washing gutters. You don’t have to worry about how to use them. Place them on top of the gutter. Rain water will trickle down the gutter with traces of zinc which will eventually prevent mold. Quality gutters may not force you to use the zinc strips from time to time as they can withstand mold. Not so with average gutters. That is in fact one of the main reasons why you must never be afraid of investing in expensive yet quality gutters.
It happens a lot. One simply ignores his or her gutter. The gutter then breaks down and forces one to consider replacement. Don’t be that kind of a homeowner. Make a habit of checking out your gutter for flaws and glitches and fix them.