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||To gutter, or not to gutter?
With all the rains we've been enjoying (or perplexed by, depending on your perspective); I thought it would be appropriate to address a topic that helps handle those rains - GUTTERS.
There has been a lot of discussion for the past decade on whether gutters are even needed. And while I wouldn't blindly put them on a house, I do believe in their use in certain situations. Another controversial topic in this arena are the "gutter protection" systems that help keep gutters from clogging with pine needles and leaves. Obviously, if you live in a densely wooded area, and you have gutters, you need them. But the controversy, to me, is in how many companies are attempting to install these protection systems, and how they are over-charging for the service.
So, let's start with the need for gutters. In areas where the slope of the roof is such that it will run off and wash out a potential landscape, there is a need for gutter systems. Home improvement experts in years past, used to balk at the addition of gutters and their potential threat the facias & soffits . But the technology is such these days that if you hire a reputable company, this shouldn't be a concern these days.
As for the gutter protection systems, I realize there are way too many of them on the market, but for me it boils down to sticking with the local companies, that understand our rains and our trees. Also by working with a local company, that hopefully manufactures everything here too; you will be saving a lot of money. Lastly, in my concerns about gutter protection systems to block leaves and debris, I think it is ultimately important to find a company that will install a protection system over existing gutters versus those companies that automatically put in an entirely new system, gutters and protection and all.
Also, if you can avoid companies that use subcontractors, it will save you any future headaches. That's because of warranty work or repairs. Those that rely solely on sub-contractors will always pose the threat that they can't get the same crew out there to do the follow-up work if need be. While that may not sound important to you, I promise you that a company with it's own full-time, on-site crews will always be better at the Customer Service side of this equation.
With all this in mind, here is a short list of gutter companies that are actually based here. One of them is the company I recommend on the air without hesitation. I trust all these companies, but from an incentive perspective, figure out which one I recommend, and if you need any kind of gutter work you'll get a discount by mentioning my name.
The Gutter Doctor
Murray Mfg.-Gutter Shutter
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