An Ounce of Prevention

About 5 years ago, the neighbors behind me put an addition on the back of their house. The addition included new gutters. Their backyard has lots of big trees. Their house is a light gray brick house.  However, at the corner where the addition connects to the original house, the brick is now a mossy green color. This area always looks wet and green. There is no doubt that this moisture has found its way down to the foundation walls of the house. The soil has even eroded away in this area. This could easily be avoided if the homeowners simply cleaned out the gutters. Yes, they do have newer gutters but they can’t do their job if they are full of debris. Gutters, like everything else on your house, have to be maintained. When I look over in that direction, all I see are future $$$ signs. This is going to be an expense fix if it’s left go much longer. Foundation problems on a house can get real costly. They could simply call Alloy Gutter Company if they don’t want to do their own gutter cleaning. When Alloy cleans you gutters, you avoid paying the high price of deferred maintenance. As the old saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Material Drops

Alloy Gutter Company provides material drops for both contractors and homeowners wanting to install their own gutters.  We will need some information from you so that we can provide you with an estimated price BEFORE we get to your job site. Also, this will assure that we have all the items that you need loaded on our truck. The following is a list of information we will need:
  • WHEN do you need the material drop
  • WHERE do you want the material dropped (the address)
  • What COLOR gutters
  • TOTAL length of all the gutters
  • Number of downspout pipes
  • Number of A & B elbows
  • Number of inside and outside miters
  • Number of left and right end caps
  • Number of brackets
  • Number of outlets
  • Rivets (do you need them?)
  • Caulk (do you need it?)
Don’t be too concerned if your measurements are not exact. We will measure everything up once we arrive on site. We will make any adjustments that are necessary before running off any materials. Your quoted price will be adjusted according to the final amount of material that is run off. Of course, Alloy Gutter Company installs gutters. However, if you’re a contractor who wants to install your own gutters or a DIY homeowner, give Alloy a call. Depending on the color and location, most material drops can be done on the same day or the next day!

Common Gutter Problems

The most common gutter problem we hear about is clogged gutters.  Clogged Gutters can cause a number of problems for homeowners.  Your gutters can get so clogged that they will be rendered useless.  The weight of the debris can actually cause your gutters to sag and pull away from your house.  Debris in you gutters can also create a solid bridge causing water to cascade over the gutters ruining your foundation.  We recommend you get your gutters cleaned at LEAST once a year to avoid such problems and if you have many trees around home we would suggest you get them cleaned twice a year.  If you choose to do nothing it will likely result in some expensive repair costs.  Another suggestion we often tell our customers is to install leaf protection.  We offer 3 different types which can suit your needs. Another very common problem we receive about gutters is leaking at the corners.  This problem can easily be fixed by sealing the corners from the inside with gutter sealant.  Small holes in the gutters can also be repaired with the gutter sealant.  If you have a larger hole you will require a patch.  Again, if leaks are not taken care of your foundation will start to erode away causing you some expensive repair bills. We receive many calls for improperly pitched gutters. What this means is that the water is not draining properly into the downspouts and is collecting in the gutters themselves.  If you notice that you are experiencing any of these problems call Alloy Gutter Company to take care of them.  We will gladly come out and give you a free estimate.

What to Expect on the Day of your Gutter Installation

New Residential House; Architectural Asphalt Shingle Roof, Vinyl Siding If you’re a homeowner, we will call you a day or two before to set up an installation date. Also, on the day of your installation, we will call to give you the timeframe of when the installation crew will be arriving at your home. You DO NOT need to be home for the installation. However, some homeowners prefer to be on site. If you are not on site and questions arise, we will contact you by phone. When the crew arrives at the job site they will park in the street. If street parking is not available they will park in the driveway. If you have any special parking concerns let us know and Alloy Gutter Company will be happy to accommodate your requests. The crew will set up and start running out your seamless gutters. During this time, they will be in contact with the office staff.  If you have any questions or concerns during the installation, please call the office or let one of the crew members know. Once the work is complete, the crew will clean up the job site and haul away your old gutters. If you are at home, they will knock on the door to let you know the job is complete. They will collect any money due at this time. Any COD’s can be paid by cash, check or credit card. For credit card payments you can call the office to give credit card information or we will be contacting you shortly. Your receipt will be mailed or emailed to you on the next business day. Alloy Gutter Company will do everything we can to assure that your gutter installation goes as smoothly as possible. Just ask if you have any other questions. We are confident that once your installation is complete you will refer your friends and family to Alloy!

Home Inspections and Gutters

Are you purchasing a new home? If so, you are most likely going to have the property inspected before signing the final paperwork. One of the most crucial things every house needs is a properly functioning gutter system. The following is a list of things that the gutter portion of your home inspection should include:
  • gutters should be free of clogs
  • gutters should not have holes or gaps at the joints
  • gutters should not be sagging or pulling away from the house
  • gutters should be properly pitched
  • downspout drains should have extensions
The gutters will be unable to do their job if anything on this list needs to be corrected. You don’t want to put off any necessary repair work; improper water drainage can damage the structural integrity of your new house. This could result in thousands of dollars of damage. Let Alloy Gutter Company repair or replace the gutters BEFORE you move into your new home. With over thirty five years of experience, we are the company to call. Congratulations on your new place!

Do I have to be Home for my Gutter Estimate?

Every day at Alloy Gutter I receive many calls for estimate requests.  Numerous people ask if they have to be home when our estimator comes out, and our answer is no.  If you have any questions prior to us coming out we will write that information down for the estimator. Of course, if you prefer to meet we would be glad to do so.  Our seasoned estimator goes around the outside perimeter of your home measuring the length of gutter that is needed along with how many downspouts should be purchased.  The estimator then draws a detailed diagram and takes several photos of your home and sends it into our estimating department. These diagrams and photos allow our estimator to reference particular parts of your home while also viewing actual pictures. From there, our estimators can go over in detail with you any questions you have about your gutter placement.

Gutter Terminology 101

Downspout - A pipe for conveying rain water from a roof or gutter to the ground or to a drain. Downspout Extensions – Are just what they sound like.  They extend the downspout to drain the water farther away from your foundation. Elbow - Elbows are fittings that attach to the downspout. One end of the gutter elbow is crimped so that it can fit inside another elbow or downspout.  Elbows come in to styles A or B.  An "A" style elbow refers to an elbow that, when attached to a downspout, angles the downspout frontwards and backwards.  A "B" style elbow refers to an elbow that, when attached to a downspout, angles the downspout from right to left or from left to right (sideways). End Cap – Is a flat formed piece that is placed at the end of a gutter section. Expansion Joint – A joint in a long run of gutter designed to allow for thermal expansion and contraction. The experts at Alloy Gutter Company will determine when an expansion joint is necessary. Fascia Board – is a wooden board that covers the ends of rafters. Flashing – is a strip of metal used to stop water from penetrating the junction of a roof with another surface. Gutter – is a shallow trough fixed beneath the edge of a roof for carrying off rainwater. Gutter Pitch – is to ensure that the gutters drain properly toward the downspout. Miter – is a joint made between two pieces of gutter material at an angle of 90°, such that the line of junction bisects this angle.  There are two types of miters, inside or outside. Outlet – is a cut made in a run of gutter so a downspout can fit in its place.

What are the Different Types of Leaf Protection that Alloy Gutter Offers?

At Alloy Gutter we offer 3 different types of leaf protection.  Based on our 39 years of experience we believe these three types of leaf protection are the best options for our customers.  The three types of leaf protection we offer are strainer, shelter, and helmet. Strainer style leaf protection sits in the gutter and has been compared to a spaghetti strainer.  This is the most requested type of leaf protection and for good reason.  It is the most cost effective and lasts for many years.  Strainer is not visible from the curb.  It does not require any maintenance and keeps the leaves, twigs and branches out.  It fits both 5” and 6” K style gutters.   Shelter style leaf protection provides an ultra-low profile that is barely visible from the ground.  It comes in an assortment of colors. You do not need to replace your current gutters.  Leaf Shelter installs over your existing 5" or 6" gutters.  This type of leaf protection can handle the heaviest of rains.   Helmet style leaf protection is guaranteed for life.  It also comes in an assortment of colors. It comes in 4-ft panels that are easy to replace in case one or more is damaged by an external force. Helmet style leaf protection does not affect your roof or its’ warranty because the product screws directly into your gutters.  This leaf protection offers a custom fit to meet your leaf protection needs.

Benefits of Having Seamless Aluminum Gutters

There are several different options for you to choose from when selecting gutter material.  All are solid choices however aluminum gutters are often referred to as being your best choice and there are many reasons why.  Let’s go over a couple of them. The number one reason customers select seamless aluminum gutters to be installed on their house is because they resist rust and are inexpensive.  They are well known for being very durable which is why they come with a 30 year warranty. Another benefit to choosing aluminum gutters over other materials is the simplicity with which these gutters can be painted with the color of your preference and made to match the exterior color of your home and roof. Aluminum gutters also have the advantage of being customizable meaning the gutters can be shaped to fit any space on the roof or down the side of a house.  This option makes it easy to see why people like seamless aluminum gutters. Lastly, seamless aluminum gutters look anesthetically pleasing and compliment any home.  Alloy Gutter will come out and custom fit your needs. Please give us a call for a free estimate today!

Why Seamless Gutters?

We frequently get asked the question; what does the term seamless gutter mean?  Seamless gutter simply means that your gutters are produced in one continuous run, on site, to any length that is needed to fit your homes specifications. Seamless gutters are the most highly recommended form of guttering systems.  They account for over 75% of all gutters installed in the United States. With seamless gutters you greatly reduce any possibility of leaking.  They are also very strong and add curb appeal to any home. Alloy Gutter has over 30 colors to choose from for your home.  We have been specializing in seamless gutter installations for over 35 years and are here to help you with any questions you have.  Don’t hesitate any longer.