ProShield Gutter FAQS
Ordinarily, only one to two days, but we will call you much sooner!
Naturally, we would prefer that you be home so we can answer any questions you might have. Many of our customers, however, have purchased rain gutter systems from us and have never seen our estimators or installation people!
Unless you have a very large or complex house, we will have your work completed in one day.
A rain gutter (also known as eaves trough, eaves channel guttering or simply as a gutter) is a narrow channel, or trough, forming the component of a roof system which collects and diverts rainwater shed by the roof.
A rain gutter may be a:
- Roof integral trough along the lower edge of the roof slope which is fashioned from the roof covering and flashing materials.
- Discrete trough of metal, or other material that is suspended beyond the roof edge and below the projected slope of the roof.
- Wall integral structure beneath the roof edge, traditionally constructed of masonry, fashioned as the crowning element of a wall.
The main purpose of a rain gutter is to protect a building’s foundation by channeling water away from its base. They also help to reduce erosion, prevent leaks in basements and crawlspaces, protect painted surfaces by reducing exposure to water, and provide a means to collect rainwater for later use.
The answer is NO.
All rain gutters do the same job. They catch the rain water that falls from your roof, then contain and control this water to the ground.
However, rain gutters come in all shapes, sizes, materials, colors and quality. Some are pre-formed and joined together with connectors (such as the gutters you buy at your local lumber yard), and some are custom made specifically for your home (seamless).
Because the seamless type of rain gutter is custom made, the material used, the various component parts, the layout plan, the installation, and the quality of workmanship will not be consistent from company to company.
There is no “best gutter”. There is the best gutter for the job. As with most products, there are strong points and weak points in the various rain gutter systems. Putting up a rain gutter in an environment that it’s not well suited for, is a waste of time and money.
For most homeowners, seamless aluminum (continuous aluminum) rain gutter will give you the most bang for the buck. It’s available in about 20 colors and Aluminum coil usually comes painted from the factory.
Seamless Copper is considered the top of the line. It can last for hundreds of years. Copper carries a certain “status”. It is, of course, more expensive. Although copper doesn’t take paint well, few people who buy copper actually want it painted. Copper will oxidize and the oxidation is turquoise. This is similar to rust on steel, except it is not caused by the metal breaking down (corrosion). The resulting “patina” finish is a very sought after look. This turquoise marbling adds texture, color, and a richness to copper that is unequaled by any other metal. But like rust it can stain. If you live in an area that has a heavy marine layer, be aware that you may experience some staining from the condensation that drips off the copper gutter.
This is one of the most often asked, and most controversial questions in our industry. Again, I’ll state “there is no best leaf screen, only the best one for your job, budget, and appeal”. There are three ways to keep leaves, debris, and other objects from clogging gutters. These are leave strainers, leaf screens, and solid gutter covers.
Leaf Strainers are screens or devices put over the hole to the downspout. If you can keep the hole from being blocked, the gutter will not overflow. However, this is not a substitute for frequent gutter cleaning.
Leaf Screens do just that, they screen out leaves. They are made of heavy wire mesh and when placed on the gutter, will let water in and block the leaves. However, they will let in dirt and smaller debris. Therefore, gutters still have to be cleaned, but not as often as gutters without leaf screens.
Gutter Covers (Gutter Guard™) are solid metal covers that fit over the gutter in such a way that they actually separate the debris from the roof water. They work on the principal of surface adhesion. That’s to say that water will stay attached to metal even when the surface changes angles. That’s where the debris separates from the roof water. It’s fascinating to watch, and it’s very effective in preventing debris from entering the gutter.
In deciding which one is best, you need to consider several things. How bad is the problem, how much will it cost, what will it look like, how often will I need to clean the gutters, and how effective is it for my situation? This is where the expertise of a local, reputable, and experience rain gutter contractor is invaluable. Deal with a contractor who offers a variety of products. Do your homework and ask a lot of questions.
If you have steel or vinyl gutters, you will need to replace them eventually. How you tolerate maintenance on you home will determine when you should replace the gutter.
If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t want to be bothered with the time and money repairs demand, you should replace your gutters at the first signs of rust. Rust will often show up as little orange speckles that show through the paint, rusty colored stains at the end of the downspouts, or at gutter seams that are separated and leaking. Gutters rust from the inside out. When they begin to show rusting on the outside, the inside is rusting through. Often, however, because of standing water, the gutter may need to be repaired in just one or two areas.
If you’re handy and don’t mind a few hours working on a ladder, you can repair the gutter yourself, and avoid replacing it for years. Keep in mind that just like a worn suit, you can’t keep patching it forever. You may want to repair them for the rainy season, and plan on having them professionally replaced during the off season, when gutters are usually on sale.
As with any profession, there are people at the top of the ladder, at the bottom of the ladder, and some who can’t even find the ladder. Rain Gutter Contractors are no different.
Because rain gutters are not a large investment, homeowners often put to little thought into purchasing them. They take the first bid they get, or worse, take the lowest.
If you have never purchased rain gutters, do a little homework. Talk to your friends and neighbors and find out what kind they have and if they’re satisfied with their choice in rain gutter. Were they happy with the contractor? Talk to people who have had their rain gutters on for years, then find out who the contractor was.
- If you live in a new area, ask your builder.
- If you use the yellow pages or Internet, talk with several rain gutter contractors.
- Consider selecting those contractors who have been in business the longest, and have solid reputations. These are the ones that usually do it right.
- Be cautious when a company claims “20 years experience” and a 24 year old “owner” shows up.
- Some contractors will advertise “I’ll beat anybody’s price!” (What they don’t tell you is that they will cut every corner to do it).
- Ask for references, talk with past customers who have had their gutters on for at least five years.
- Ask for trade affiliations, copies of their liability insurance, workers compensation insurance, business license, and contractors license.
- Check with your Better Business Bureau and your Department of Consumer Affairs, Contractor License Board.
- You will rarely offend a legitimate contractor by asking these questions and asking for copies of insurance certificates.
Keep this in mind, if a contractor cuts corners by not carrying insurance and proper licenses, he won’t hesitate to cut corners on the quality of your job.
Fly-by-Night companies give the industry a bad name. We all want to see them out of business!
We really cannot tell you how much it will cost to install new gutters on your house, you will have to schedule a free estimate, at the end of your estimate you will know exactly the cost of all the materials needed and the labor, estimates will take less than an hour to complete
Absolutely! No job is too small or too big for us. We strive to give you the best service you deserve, therefore, we do not discriminate against small jobs, we install from one or two pieces of gutters to whole apartment complexes or an entire subdivision!
Absolutely, after the job is completed our organized crews clean the work area so not to leave a mess for our customer. The gutters and downspouts that were removed from your house are neatly loaded in the truck and discarded of properly. We believe that you should not see anything of our work but the clean lines of your new seamless gutters when we are finished.
Why Choose Us?
- Constant Owner interaction means no project manager or multiple people trying to make decisions.
- The highest quality products and with many small details that often go unnoticed by other contractors, let’s take your gutter project to the next level.
- Quality Control. The owner is hands on throughout the project, if any problems or issues arise they can be dealt with immediately.
- Nonstop communication – The key to the success of your project is good communication. And, a big part of communication is listening. From the beginning of a project to its end, our company places a high priority on listening – to you, your needs and wishes.
- Warranty – We have the best warranties in the business.
What Our Happy Clients Had To Say
” They came to our house same day as call. He gave us an estimate and proceeded to fix our gutter on the spot as more rain/snow was in our immediate forecast. He raised our gutter in a problem area so that it would drain, something the installers of the gutters should have done in the first place. He secured our boards to the house with much larger screws and straightened out damage that had been done to fascia and soffit. He even cleaned up the mess that came out of the gutter with a blower. This is the first time I have ever been pleased with any service to our house. It was beyond my expectations! ”
” It was amazing. These guys installed metal gutter guards and were VERY professional and cleaned up after themselves. I would hire them again in a heartbeat. I watched them installed the guards, very detailed oriented, used many screws and also used a trash bag to keep gutter garbage out of the landscaping. THESE GUYS ARE AWESOME!!! ”
” My experience worked out well. They were timely and efficient. There were two people here doing the work. ”
” I have seen a huge improvement in the water problems around my home since Pro Shield repaired my gutters. There is no longer water draining around the foundation of the house. I know for a fact the gutters were cleaned because I went outside and saw them all the way to the top of the roof digging gunk out and disposing of it. They cleaned up after themselves which I loved. Pro Shield provided valuable consultation to me on how to handle a couple of problem areas. They even came back and advised me against doing something that I had requested because it would not have looked right. They did this even though it meant that my final bill would be less than they had quoted. ”
” It was pleasure for me to work with Pro Shield during the last two months. I am completely satisfied with conversation we had today about couple small things to do to finish the job. I believe that my client is very happy with job you’ve done for his house. I will be glad to see you again on my future projects. ”
” Pro Shield replaced the soffit on the front of our house and replaced all of the gutters. It took a while for them to get back to us, but we think that is because it was the holiday season and he was extremely busy, and for good reason: They do great work at a fair price. Best contractor that we have dealt with. ”
” The crew arrived when they said they would, worked quickly and neatly. I have no complaints. ”
” I called the company and agreed to meet the crew at the house the next day. They were there on time and awaiting my arrival. He looked at the situation, quoted me a price and we agreed on a date for the service to be performed. He and his crew arrived on time and replaced all of the gutters on the back of the house with 6″ continues gutters and downspouts along with “Gutter Guard” gutter inserts. I am very satisfied with the work and the professionalism of the people. ”
” I wanted to say thank you so much for helping with my home. Your crew was very polite, professional and respectful of my home from start to finish. ”
” Your Guys are Awesome- True Professionals, much thanks! ”
” Excellent. Assessed the situation quickly, and the crew was quick and efficient. ”
” Great job on my home! I couldn’t be more pleased with what you did for us. I am a very picky customer and you exceeded our expectations. Good luck moving forward. ”
” They installed two new downspouts to our gutter system. They were very professional and very knowledgeable about where to best place the new downspouts to make our gutters work more efficiently. This was proven after installation when we had a very hard rain for several days. The new downspouts took care of the problem we had been having with water spilling over the gutters. We are very happy with the results and will call Pro Shield if any future need arises. We highly recommend him. ”
” The gentlemen were fast, friendly and efficient. My gutters look great. They left no mess. Actually my back patio looked better than before they came because they blew it off for me. I have nothing but good things to say. ”
” They were excellent. They were responsive, arrived when scheduled, were polite, did the work quickly and even went out of their way to thoroughly clean up the debris. I couldn’t ask for better service. ”