Spring is here and many St. Louis homeowners are anxious to get started on home improvement projects.
While there are plenty of things for an eager DIY homeowner to do, installing gutters is not one of them. You need professional help from a certified gutter company to make sure that the important details such as slope and hanger spacing are done perfectly. This is an addition to your home that you will have for years, affecting its curbside appeal. To ensure it is done right, ask your professional gutter installation some relevant questions beforehand.
Does Your Company Have Insurance and Are You Licensed?
Before allowing any type of business to work on your home you should always verify that they have insurance and are licensed to do the work contracted for. Insurance is imperative to protect you in the event that someone is injured during the course of the job. Reputable companies will always be happy to share their licensing and insurance information with you as well as references to prior work.
Will the Roof Line Be Affected by the Gutter Installation?
With gutter work you need to also think about your roof. A roof installation comes with a warranty that may be affected if the gutter installation disturbs the roof line. Speak with the gutter installers about what areas, if any, of the roof will be involved and then check your roof warranty to ensure it will not be affected. When a gutter company has years of experience they already know the ins and outs of a roof warranty and how to keep it intact.
What Kind of Warranty Do You Offer?
This is also a good time to talk with your gutter installer about the warranty on your new gutters. There should be a manufacturer’s warranty for all of the hardware. A reputable guttering company should also offer a warranty on their work.
How Long Will the Gutter Installation Take to Complete?
Ask about the time frame for the new gutter installation. They usually take no more than one day to complete, but bigger homes or complex architecture could extend that to an extra day. Find out what the plan is if unexpected inclement weather delays or interrupts your gutter installation.
Can You Help Me Choose the Best Products for the Gutter Installation?
Enlist the help of your gutter company to choose the best products to suit your needs and taste. This is a long-term investment that is front and center on your home; you want to make sure that it is not only a functional one but attractive as well. There are products like copper gutters and round gutters that not only do the intended job well, they make your home look fabulous while doing it. With years of experience, the gutter installer can steer you in the right direction to finding the product that will best enhance the exterior.
What Kind of Gutter Maintenance Do You Offer?
After the installation is complete, talk with your gutter installer about gutter maintenance. You should work out a schedule with them to come out to your house at least two times a year, once in the spring and again in the fall to clean out the gutters and perform an inspection of them. This will go a long way towards protecting not just your new gutters, but your home as well.
As the homeowner, it is your right to ask as many questions as you want of your gutter company. This is your investment and you should feel at ease about making it. Contact Scott-Lee Guttering Company at (314) 756-9440 to answer your questions about gutter installation for your home.
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