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Gutters are considered “seamless” when they are installed in a continuous manner from corner to corner. Seams should only occur at the corners.

There are three types of corner seams commonly used. The corner with the least amount of seams has the least chance of a leak developing. Different corner styles have more seams than others.

Box Miter: A preformed corner that actually has 3-seams per corner. Mainly used because they are inexpensive and don’t require skilled labor to install.

Strip Miter: A seam formed in the corner and held together by a separate thinner strip of aluminum material. Also less expensive to produce, it actually creates 2-seams per corner with the “strip” requiring paint due to discoloration over time.

Custom Hand Mitered: Crafted by a skilled gutter installer, this seam has only one seam per corner. It fits tighter, stronger and longer. All About Gutters Inc. uses only custom hand mitered corners when installing gutters.

Nails (or spikes): Generally an older style method, the nail goes through the outside of the gutter, and passes through the inside and attaches (hopefully) into the fascia board and rafter. Nails tend to pull out over time due to weight of water in the gutter causing sagging and detachment from the home.

Screws: A more reliable method because screws don’t pull out over time and don’t corrode. Installers use 2 ¾” screws to attach the gutter to the home through the fascia board and into the rafter. Be sure the screws are “long-form” screws, over 2 ½”, some companies will use a shorter screw (3/4” or 1”) which saves time on labor and cordless drill batteries, but doesn’t hold to anything other than the fascia, which wasn’t meant to fully support a gutter. All About Gutters Inc. only uses long-form screws during installation.

Galvanized: The standard until the 1980s, malleable and easy for a sheet metal worker to install, but prone to corrosion and decay.

Aluminum: The present industry standard. Strong, durable, doesn’t corrode and is easily formed (rolled) by a gutter machine on the job site.

Subs: 9 out of 10 gutter installation companies use subcontractors, which basically means they hire someone else to do the job they sold you. Using subcontractors on a job can cause problems for the homeowner because the homeowner is put in between the relationship of the gutter company and their Sub. If there is a problem or complication the homeowner has to work with two companies to hopefully have the job completed and to their satisfaction.

Full-time Employees: It is best to have your job done by a company who uses their own full-time employees, that way there is no confusion or complication as to who is ultimately responsible for your job. Full-time gutter installers are committed to one line of work and considered more to be craftsmen than laborers. All About Gutters Inc. only uses their own full-time employees on the jobs.

Being assured that you are working with a company that has liability insurance and workmen’s compensation binders which covers your home AND their employees (or Subs, if they use them). The company should be able to provide you with specific documentation to show they bear responsibility. All About Gutters Inc. Gutters provides the highest level of insurance available in the industry.

Again, The job site is your property, your home. Make sure that you will always be able to identify the company’s workers by sight (so you don’t have to ask them who they are and should they be here). The various types of “All About Gutters Inc.” apparel can easily identify all All About Gutters Inc. employees.

Barring weather or unforeseen complications, all jobs should take only two days.

The first day: removal of the existing gutter (including haul away) and preparation for the new.

The second day: the entire installation should be completed. All About Gutters Inc.’s goal is to always have the job complete as soon as possible, so you the homeowner, can have your household back to normal.

After the work is complete, except for the appearance of the new gutters, the worksite should look the same as it did before the work began. All About Gutters Inc. is passionate about clean up, you will notice that they keep their truck extremely clean, which is how your job site will look afterwards.

Sometimes after removal of existing gutters wood damage is found in areas that couldn’t be seen before. A reputable gutter company will have a carpenter on staff to repair the area. Fees for repairs are typically charged by the foot.

A satisfaction guarantee means exactly that; the job is not complete until the homeowner is satisfied with the work performed. All About Gutters Inc. Gutters does not expect full payment of a job until the customer is satisfied.

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