Although people often view them as decorative trim pieces, gutter systems are vital parts of residential roofing structures. They collect runoff from your roof and carry it to downspouts to be dispersed a safe distance from your foundation to protect your exterior cladding and trim, interior wall supports, roof decking, etc. Before you sign a contract for gutter installation, however, there are a few questions that you should ask your contractor.
What Should I Ask Before Buying New Gutters?
What Type of Gutters Do You Offer?
The two materials that are commonly used in gutter construction are aluminum and galvanized steel. Galvanized steel used to be the primary material because it was malleable and easy to work with, but it was prone to decay and corrosion. Today, most gutter contractors prefer aluminum as it is durable, not easily corroded, strong, and can be formed at the job site with a gutter machine. Wood and copper can also be used in gutter production. As for shapes, you can find box, half-round, and custom styles.
Do You Install Seamless Styles?
Sectional styles require seams to connect the individual sections. Every seam has the potential to allow a leak to develop. Seamless styles only need to be seamed at the corners, reducing the possibility of leaks.
What Type of Fasteners Do You Use?
Attaching a gutter with nails that penetrate through the fascia and into the rafter is a quick and easy method that was once the standard method. Unfortunately, the runoff’s weight can cause nails to pull out, allowing the gutter to sag or detach. Screws are more reliable because they will not pull out or corrode. However, you want to make sure that your contractor uses screws that are at least 2.5 inches in length. Shorter screws will not penetrate the fascia, which was never intended to be the only support for a gutter full of water.
If Needed, Can You Repair My Fascia Boards?
Every experienced Austin roofing company knows that rotted or broken fascia boards are often impossible to see until an existing gutter is removed. Many roofing companies that offer gutter installation offer roofing repair services, including the repair or replacement of fascia boards. Once your new gutters are installed, you do not want to remove them to repair a fascia that allows water or pests to enter your home.
Are Your Workers Full-Time Employees or Subcontractors?
Subcontractors add a layer of complexity to the project. Full-time employees eliminate any confusion over who is responsible for the work’s quality and ultimate satisfaction.
Can You Provide Proof of Your Insurance?
At the very least, your contractor should be able to provide you with proof of his general liability and workers’ comp policies. This protects you if an employee of the contractor damages your property or suffers a job-related illness or injury.
How Long Will the Job Take?
Although there are exceptions, reliable roof contractors can typically complete an installation in no more than two days. On the first day, the contractor will remove the existing gutter system, make any needed repairs, and haul away the debris. On the second day, the new system is installed. Depending on the weather, the season, and the job’s complexity, it may be possible to complete the work in a single day.
What Services Are Offered by Alpha Roofing?
Alpha Roofing offers an extensive line of residential and commercial roofing services, including installing standing seam, and other types of metal roofs, flashing, skylights, asphalt shingles, and flat roofs. We also offer moss and debris removal, damage inspections, roof repairs, and chimney repairs. If you would like a free roofing inspection and job quote, simply fill out the online form or call us in Round Rock at 512-777-1086.