Having gutters expertly installed on your home has many benefits. Gutters help protect your home's foundation and siding from water damage and prevent soil erosion around your foundation's perimeter. If you're searching for a gutter installer, asking them the right questions is critical for ensuring you find a professional that meets your needs.
Here are a few questions you should ask a gutter contractor before hiring them.
Do You Have Any References?
Ask for a list of past installations that you can view. A reputable professional will have several happy customers and be proud to showcase their work. Go for a drive and check out the other gutter systems that the company installed. Look for quality installation that has stood up against the elements. If the company isn't willing to provide references, think twice about hiring them.
In addition to checking out the company's past work, look for reviews on the internet. Ask any friends and family if they have worked with the installation company as well.
What Type of Gutter Material Do You Recommend?
From steel and vinyl to aluminum or copper, gutters are available in a variety of materials. The type of material that works best for you is dependent upon several factors, including your budget, your location, and the length of gutters you will need for your home. For example, if your budget is modest, vinyl gutters are probably a good option.
A reputable gutter installation company will not try to sell you products that won't work with your budget or are beyond your needs.
Can You Give Me a Detailed Estimate and Contract?
Finally, although the final cost of labor, parts, and installation time might vary slightly, a reputable professional will first provide you with an estimate. Ask specifics about the estimate, including if the cost of gutters is per foot. The estimate should also include the amount of time required to tear down your old gutters, install new gutters, and clean up.
Typically, unless the weather isn't favorable, it shouldn't take more than two to three days to complete the project. If you determine the estimate is fair and you've researched the company, you should be provided with a contract that is the same as or very similar to the estimate. Ask the installer about the type of insurance they carry and if there is a guarantee or warranty available.
Asking the right questions can ensure you find the right gutter contractor for you and your budget.