Gutters are among the most important part of your house. They keep water from spilling onto your deck or puddling up in your basement and causing damage to your home. Gutters are also an essential part of keeping rainwater out of storm drains that lead to our local waterways. When gutters get old, they can start leaking and need replacement or repair before you have a huge problem on your hands!
Looking for New Gutters?
This blog post will give you 10 factors to consider when buying new gutter systems for your house, so you know what kind is best for you.
Gutters are made from different materials. The material you choose will depend on your needs and budget, but it is important to know the pros/cons of each type before deciding!
What You Should Know About Buying New Gutters for Your Home
1) Metal gutters can be more expensive than other types like PVC or aluminum because they last longer (25+ years) so if cost is not an issue and you do not want to hassle with gutters in the future, metal might be the way to go.
2) PVC gutters are a great option if you are looking for something that is inexpensive and easy to install.
3) Aluminum gutter systems can be more expensive than PVC, but they last longer (15+ years) so it's worth the investment in some cases! Aluminum also does not rust or corrode as other metals do so they can stand up more so to the elements.
4) Gutters are important for the home's foundation and should always be installed by a professional.
5) Make sure the gutter company you choose is licensed and insured. They should also offer a warranty on their work. This is important because you want to know that if something goes wrong, they will be there for your needs! It is always better when the company has been in business and knows what it takes (and how much) timewise so as not to have any issues down line with installation or the gutter's lifetime expectancy.
6) Ask questions to your installer. You want to make sure they are also asking you the right questions. This way, if there are any problems down line with installation or your gutter's lifetime expectancy (or anything else), then it can be addressed beforehand and not after!
For example: What is my roof type? Is this a new home construction project that needs gutters or are their existing gutters to be removed?
7) Get an extra quote for your new gutters. You want to make sure you are getting the best price for your new gutters, but the price isn't everything. Some installers charge less but their work is often poor.
8) Ask for references. You want to make sure you are getting a company that has been in business long enough and is reputable, so ask them if they have any customer referrals or testimonials!
If not: Ask the installer what their warranty covers before signing anything - this way there are no surprises down line with installation issues or life expectancy of your new gutters. You will want something that lasts!
9) Consider the material. There are many different materials that gutters can be made from, and each one has its own benefits or disadvantages - so make sure you know what is best for your home before making a purchase!
10) Never hire anyone that knocks on your door after a storm. These are typically gutter vendors trying to make a quick dollar with no reputation.