Dealing with stormy weather and torrential rains are problematic enough for your home without having to deal with flooding caused by gutter issues. Clogged or broken 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? Here are 5 questions to ask before you hire a gutter repair company.
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.