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All Weather Gutter FAQ

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Questions You Should Ask!

1. Do you have liability insurance?
2. What size gutter will you be installing on my house?
3. What material is the gutter made from?
4. How do you install your gutter, spike and ferrules or hidden hangers?
5. Can you match my trim color?
6. Does your estimate include tear off, haul away and taxes?
7. Do you offer a labor guarantee?
8. How long will it take to install new gutter and down spouts?
9. If I decide to use your company, how long before you can have my job done?
10. Do you need any money down to start my job?
11. Do you accept credit cards?
12. How do I arrange for a quote?
13. How do you install gutter systems?
 

1. Do you have liability insurance?

Our answer:  yes. We have a $ 2,000,000 marine aggregate policy though American Family Ins. that covers damage to your home or personal property. We can have a certificate specific to your home address either faxed or mailed to your home straight from our agents office prior to any work being performed, at your request. Want to see our Insurance Form?

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2. What size gutter will you be installing on my house?

Our answer: We install 5” rain gutter. There are 3 standard sizes of gutter 4”, 5” and 6”. 4” which is typically installed on new construction because, quite frankly, it’s the cheapest system for the building contractor to have installed. The flashing is turned into the back edge of the gutter so it is all one unit and has to be installed on a bare deck prior to shingles being installed on the roof. Because of this cost saving feature the gutter will have sags and rises as the building settles that can not be compensated for due to the nature of the way the gutter is formed and installed, therefore it will hold water in areas and will rust out quickly. 5” rain gutter does not have this disadvantage and can be pitch to the downspouts for proper drainage. Our price includes the cost to install a 1” x 2” flashing under the shingle and into the back of the gutter to insure that the water goes into the gutter instead of getting behind it causing a leak. 6” gutter is a commercial grade gutter and is impractical for most residential needs.

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3.  What material is the gutter made from?

Our answer: Aluminum. There are 4 types of material being use to manufacture gutter today, PVC vinyl, steel, aluminum and copper.  PVC or plastic gutter sold by do-it-yourself stores come in 10’ sections that have to be installed with gaskets or seams every 10 feet so are prone to leaks at those unions. And quite frankly even if you installed this type of gutter on a regular basis this system is very difficult to get it to “look” right and is very inferior to a seamless gutter for a number of reasons, appearance and practicality being only two. Steel gutters, although the strongest material is susceptible to rust. If debris is allowed to rest in the gutter it will hold moisture causing the gutter to fail within 20 years. Copper is not just beautiful, it is very durable and is meant to be a 100year system to go on a 100year roof, i.e. slate, concrete tile or terracotta tile. Due to its longevity and the cost of material it is an expensive system to install and therefore aluminum is the best choice for most installations. Aluminum will not rust and is twice as thick as steel gutter so will stand up to hail and ladders being leaned against it as well as steel. Because of those reasons and the fact it has a manufacturer’s warranty of 40 years on the paint and material it is the system we recommend the most.

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4. How do you install your gutter, spike and ferrules or hidden hangers?

Our answer: hidden hangers. There are several ways to hang gutter but spike and ferrule or hidden hangers are the most common. With spike and ferrule there will be a spike or nail that is driven though the front lip of the gutter into a ferrule (a sleeve that keeps the proper distance of the gutter) though the back and into the fascia board (the wood that the gutter is mounted to) and finally, if the crew did its job properly (some don’t bother marking where the rafters are) into the rafter tail for a solid mount. Although this installation, if done properly is the most solid way to mount a gutter it has many drawbacks. The first being the fact that it is visible on the outside of the gutter and if the installer did not hit the rafter tail freezing water will cause the nail to back out over time and eventually the system will fail because the hole becomes too large to hold the nail properly. Even if the rafter is hit, after an installation using this system your rafter end will have a large hole from the nail making future systems difficult to install without failing.

With hidden hangers there is nothing visible on the outside of the gutter making a ”clean” appearance very pleasing to the eye. The hanger grabs the front lip and a screw is run though the back of the gutter and fascia board into the rafter tail, making a mount that will not back out over time with freeze and thaw. Some companies use nails for this installation saving time and money on labor and material but end up with the same problem as spike and ferrule, they back out over time. You will never find a nail in any of our jobs, we only use screws.

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5. Can you match my trim color?

Our answer: Most likely, we have over 20 colors to choose from. They have a baked on enamel finish that the manufacture warranties for 40 years. Unless your house has an unusual trim color like pink or purple chances are we have a match or something that will complement your existing color so there is NO PAINTING necessary. Of course if you are the type that has to have an exact match, then any of the colors can be painted over with no priming necessary.

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6. Does your estimate include tear off, haul away and taxes?

Our answer: Yes, but we do not give ”estimates”, the word implies that we don’t know how much it will cost but are guessing! We know exactly how much it will cost and are not afraid to tell you in writing. Our quote will have a break down on the left side explaining what and how much you are being charged for each component of the gutter system, i.e. gutter, downspout, tear off and haul away. Flashing is usually included in the price unless otherwise stated on the quote, and we will always install it if there is no existing flashing. We have nothing to hide with our quote and if we do your job you will only pay what the quote says, if we missed something, then that is our fault not yours and you will never be asked for more money.  Some companies will give you a ”fake” estimate or a ”lowball” on purpose meaning they don’t include the tear off and haul away or more common, omit the taxes leaving that surprise until after you have signed the work order and the work has been performed, leaving you no choice but to pay. They do this so they have the lowest estimate while you are shopping around but if you don’t make it clear beforehand they can easily end up with the highest price.

Companies that subscribe to these practices are in my opinion unethical and will usually use inferior materials and labor leaving you not only paying to much but with a poor installation as well. Even if you get that great deal, the sour taste of a poor installation will far outlast the sweetness of a low price.

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7. Do you offer a labor guarantee?

Our answer: Yes, we offer a 10 year labor guarantee for the very reasons we mentioned above. Most companies will give a 1 year at most, but some will give you a 3 or 5 year FOR A PRICE. Because we use the best materials and the more time consuming installation practices we have no problem with backing up your job with the best labor guarantee in the business. FOR FREE, IN WRITING!

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8. How long will it take to install new gutter and down spouts?

To truly answer that question we would have to see and measure up your house, but, an average house can be completed in as little as 2 hours, larger homes can take a day or two, but most are completed the same day. It will depend on size, type of roofing material, degree of pitch and accessibility.

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9. If I decide to use your company, how long before you can have my job done?

Because of the quick nature of the installation, we are constantly searching for more work and can usually have your house installed and completed to your satisfaction within 3 business days of your acceptance of the contract. Occasionally we do get backed up to a week but seldom longer than that, and if we are we will tell you prior the giving you a quote.

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10. Do you need any money down to start my job?

Our answer: No. We do not ask for any money down however, we would like to receive payment after you are satisfied with the installation. Most jobs are less than $1,000.00 materials, labor and taxes, and take less than a day to install so any company needing money down prior to installation should send up a red flag in my opinion. Large apartment complexes where tens of thousands of dollars in materials are needed would be the only reason a down payment would be needed.

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11. Do you accept credit cards?

Our answer: regrettably no, due to the relatively low cost and non-emergency nature of gutter installation, we do not get much call for credit card acceptance and therefore its not worth the expense involved in accepting them. However, if you are looking to finance the gutter work we can make arraignments to set up a payment plan that is manageable for both parties concerned. Just ask at the time of quote.

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12. How do I arrange for a quote?

Due to the fact that the gutter is on the outside of the house we can stop by and give a QUOTE without you even being home, and with the knowledge gained at this site you can feel comfortable knowing exactly what you are getting for your money. We encourage you to get three quotes! Please contact us for days & times that fit your needs.

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All Weather Gutter, Inc. services the following Colorado, Denver Metro Communities (if you don’t see yours JUST ASK!):
- Arvada - Aurora - Bow Mar - Brighton - Broomfield - Castle Pines North - Castle Rock - Centennial - Cherry Hills Village - Columbine Valley - Commerce City - Edgewater - Elizabeth - Englewood - Federal Heights - Franktown - Glendale - Golden - Greenwood Village - Highlands Ranch - Kiowa - Lakeside - Lakewood - Larkspur - Littleton - Lonetree - Louisville - Morrison - Northglenn - Parker - Sheridan - Superior - Thornton - Westminster - Wheat Ridge -