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The Anatomy of a Rain Gutter System - Best Gutter and Roofing - Philadelphia PA suburbs

Q: WHY DO I NEED RAIN GUTTERS AND DOWNSPOUTS?

A: Rain gutters collect the rainwater from your roof.  Downspouts, collect and redirect the water to ground drains or areas of your property which has good, safe drainage. Without rain gutters rain water would damage wood fascia boards, rafters and windows or  pool at the foundation of your home or splash into your garden or flower beds leaving unsightly stains on you stucco or siding.

Q: WHAT ARE SEAMLESS GUTTERS?

A: Seamless or Continuous rain gutters are gutters which are custom formed at your property using a seamless gutter machine. Each piece of rain gutter is cut specifically for your home. Before seamless rain gutter machines were available, they had to be brought to your home in 10-12 foot sections and pieced together for the long sections of your home.

Q: WHAT ARE HAND CUT CORNERS?

A: There are a couple of methods used in the rain gutter industry to make a “corner” or “turn” in your gutter system. The most common method is to use a pre-fabricated corner, often referred to as a “box miter”. Box miters are screwed on to 2 adjoining lengths of gutter. If installed and sealed properly, box miters can and do work however because each box miter actually produces 3 seams, They have a higher potential for future leaks.

“Hand cut corners” are crafted on the spot using a process of cutting the gutter on a precise angle and overlapping the 2 ends. After trimming off any excess metal, the result is a single seam, clean and professional looking corner. Hand cut corners do require more skills, more patience & more accurate measurements, however, the end result is well worth it.

Q: I WORK DURING THE DAY, DO I NEED TO BE HOME FOR THE ESTIMATE?

A: Yes, we can come by your home during the day, inspect your home, take measurements and begin to put together an estimate. We prefer however, that you are home for the estimate so that we can discuss the installation process, downspout locations, colors and any challenges we may face at you particular property. We also like to establish the gutter or downspout shape that you prefer and weather or not your home might benefit from leaf protection. We would be glad to come to your home on a weekend if that makes it easier for you to be home for the estimate.

Q: DOES A BEST GUTTER OFFER ANY DISCOUNTS OR PROMOTIONS?   

A: Yes we do. Our standard discounts are 1) seniors discount.  2) contractors discount (must have active license #)   3) New customer discount (see link).  We strive to always give our customer a fair and honest price. Since quality workmanship and quality parts and materials is our #1 goal, we may or may not be able to match our competitors price however, you can feel confident in knowing that we will far exceed our competition in quality, functionality, and customer service.

Q: HOW LONG DOES THE JOB TAKE TO COMPLETE?

A: Every job is different. Most jobs can be completed in one day however for larger homes it can take longer. All of our estimates clearly state the estimated time the job will take. Barring any unforeseen issues or changes which may extend the job, we should accomplish the job within the estimated time frame.

Q: HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE PER FOOT?

A: This is a very common question. The answer however is not so simple. Some companies like to lure you in with the promises of a low low price per foot. Be cautious, sometimes there are hidden charges which are not included in that base rate. Also, keep in mind that you may be trading quality workmanship and quality materials for that low price. Factors which contribute to the final price are…

1)  Material type: (aluminum is generally the most economical and copper prices are constantly changing)
2)  The type of roof you have: (tile roofs are generally a bit more because they cannot be walked on as easily as a composition roof)
3)  The height of your home: (single story homes will give you lower rates than a 2 or 3 story home)
4)  Trees, wires, and other obstacles:  (the more obstacles there are in our way the longer the job will take)

At Best Gutter and Roofing we warranty and guarantee our work. Quality and Customer service are really important to us.  We use the highest quality materials, use more brackets, use longer and thicker screws, hand cut every corner, and to make sure your gutters work properly, we water test every piece of gutter on your home before we leave your property.

Q:  HOW LONG IS MY WARRANTY?

A: Standard warranties are 5 years workmanship and 30 years material. Warranties can be upgraded to 10 year workmanship and 50 year material for a small fee.

Q: HOW DO I KNOW WHEN TO REPLACE GUTTERS?

A: The first sign of rust is one good indication. Appearing as little orange speckles, they show through the paint and will develop rusty colored stains at the end of the downspouts. Indicators such as rust can be spotted via regular maintenance procedures.

Q: HOW ARE GUTTERS SIZED?

A: Gutters are often sized according to the roof area they drain

* 5″ K-style gutters are the residential industry’s standard.
* 6″ K-style gutters are used for larger roofs.

Q: WHAT TYPE OF GUTTERS ARE RIGHT FOR MY HOME?

A: We recommend that you choose a gutter system that is durable and that comes with a warranty to prove it. Aluminum gutters and downspouts are thick and durable enough to withstand the elements. An alternative to aluminum is copper. Copper roof drainage products don’t rust or pit like ordinary aluminum gutter products and are actually stronger. Our technicians can help you decide which system will work best for you.

Q: HOW DO I MAINTAIN A DEBRIS FREE GUTTER SYSTEM?

A: In order to maintain a free-flowing and clog-free gutter system, remove leaves, acorns, sticks and other debris using a hose blowers.  Consider getting a gutter cleaning maintenance and cleaning contract.   You may also consider having gutter screens or gutter covers installed. Gutter covers will prevent debris from entering the gutter.  Be careful when

 Q: WHY DO I NEED TO HAVE GUTTERS?
A: The purpose of a gutter system is to allow water to be moved away from your foundation. Without gutters, moisture would flood the area around your foundation causing basement leaks, mold, fungi, and other unwanted problems.

Q: WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO REPLACE MY GUTTERS?
A: The first sign of rust is one good indication. Appearing as little orange speckles, they show through the paint and will develop rusty colored stains at the end of the downspouts. Indicators such as rust can be spotted via regular maintenance procedures.

Q: HOW ARE GUTTERS SIZED?
A: Gutters are often sized according to the roof area they drain

* 5″ K-style gutters are the residential industry’s standard.
* 6″ K-style gutters are used for larger roofs.

Q: WHAT IS THE RIGHT GUTTER FOR MY HOME?
A: We recommend that you choose a gutter system that is durable and that comes with a warranty to prove it. Aluminum gutters and downspouts are thick and durable enough to withstand the elements. An alternative to aluminum is copper. Copper roof drainage products don’t rust or pit like ordinary aluminum gutter products and are actually stronger. Our technicians can help you decide which system will work best for you.

Q: WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO MAINTAIN MY GUTTER SYSTEM?
A: In order to maintain a free-flowing and clog-free gutter system, remove leaves, acorns, sticks and other debris using a hose. You may also consider having gutter screens or gutter covers installed. Gutter covers will prevent debris from entering the gutter.

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