Doing your research before starting a gutter or roofing replacement project can help maximize your returns on investment (ROIs). In addition to looking up the gutter materials best suited to your local climate, it’s important to scrutinize the warranty that comes with your gutter replacement.
Here are some of the things you should know about gutter warranties.
Things You Need to Know About Gutter Warranties
- There are two types of warranties: manufacturer’s warranties and labor warranties – Manufacturer’s warranties cover the materials and factory defects while labor warranties only cover installation errors made by the contractor. Contractors can offer either or both warranties.
- To keep your gutter replacement’s manufacturer’s warranty intact, only qualified contractors should handle their installation – That’s because manufacturers usually require gutters to be installed according to their guidelines.
- Details about the warranties should be included in the contract – In addition to the materials and number of gutter hangers that will be used in the gutter installation project, the warranty details should be included in the agreement. Before signing anything, make sure to go through the details of your warranty and gutter installation project.
How to Evaluate Your Gutter Replacement’s Warranty
While going through the details of your warranty, you should ask yourself these questions:
- How long will the warranty last? Some manufacturers and roofing contractors allow customers to choose the length of their warranty coverage. If your contractor offers you this option, it’s best to choose a lifetime warranty, which should last for the entirety of your gutter replacement’s service life. A lifetime warranty may cost extra, but they have better returns on investment.
- What are the warranty’s exclusions and exceptions? Find out what are the types of damage that aren’t covered by your warranty.
- Is the warranty transferable? If you’re putting your home up on the property market, a gutter warranty that can be transferred to the buyer of your home can be a selling point.
Gutter Protection Systems and Their Warranties
If you just don’t have time for chores like gutter maintenance or wish it was more convenient, you might want to consider installing a gutter protection system, which usually comes with its own warranty. A gutter protection system keeps leaves, twigs and other kinds of debris from entering and clogging your gutters. Keep in mind gutter protection systems can only reduce, not eliminate, your gutters’ maintenance needs. That is except for Gutter Helmet®, the only gutter guards on the market with a Never Clean Your Gutters Again® guarantee.
The Gutter Helmet Triple Lifetime Warranty
Gutter Helmet gutter covers come with a Triple Lifetime warranty that covers:
- Factory and workmanship defects – There’s no need to worry about the quality of the materials used to manufacture Gutter Helmet gutter guards. That’s because Gutter Helmet is backed by Southeastern Metals (SEMCO), one of the leading U.S.-based manufacturers in the metal building products industry.
- Performance – This means that Gutter Helmet should prevent debris from clogging your gutters and keep water free-flowing.
Important note: the Triple Lifetime warranty is also transferable. However, the warranty registration should be transferred within 45 days of the transfer of homeownership.
How Does Gutter Helmet Work?
Gutter Helmet takes advantage of the principle of surface tension to make sure rainwater remains free-flowing. Surface tension happens when water molecules stick to each other because they have nowhere else to cling. (You can see this principle of surface tension in action when water in a glass gathers into a dome right before it spills over.) When water hits Gutter Helmet’s textured-and-ribbed surface, the water molecules stick tightly to the surface until they’re diverted into the gutter guards’ opening.
Other Ways of Maximizing Your ROIs
Aside from installing gutter guards, what are the other ways to maximize the ROIs on a gutter replacement? One would be to choose a seamless gutter installation instead of conventional gutters. Since they lack seams – a weak point of conventional gutter systems – they’re less prone to leaks and have fewer maintenance needs (you don’t have to worry about leaves getting stuck between gutter joints).
Choosing the Right Gutter Material
It’s also important to choose the right type of material for your new gutters. No matter how durable your new gutters are, they won’t last long if they aren’t suited to the climate.
Here’s an overview of the commonly used gutter materials:
- Vinyl – Vinyl gutters are affordable and resistant to rust. However, they’re not the best choice if you live in temperate climates. That’s because they become brittle when exposed to subzero temperatures and suffer warping in high temperatures.
- Aluminum – Aluminum gutters are lightweight and corrosion-resistant. Their durability depends on their gauge or thickness. The thicker the gauge, the more durable your aluminum gutters. In general, 0.027 gauge aluminum gutters should be able to withstand mild to moderate weather. However, if you live in a temperate climate, we recommend installing 0.032 gauge gutters.
- Galvanized steel gutters – Galvanized steel gutters are coated with zinc to protect them from rust. However, this thin layer is easily scratched.
- Copper – Copper gutters are one of the most expensive options on the market. However, they’re worth the extra cost. They’re known for their curb appeal (copper can add a sophisticated sense of elegance to any exterior) and exceptional durability (copper gutters can last at least 50 years). The secret to their aesthetic appeal and durability is the patina that develops on copper’s surface after exposure to moisture and oxygen. The patina (which starts out as light bronze and then becomes a darker bronze and eventually a green color) protects copper from the elements.
- Zinc – Like copper, zinc develops a patina on its surface. However, compared to copper gutters, zinc gutters come in a wider range of styles and colors.
Here’s a tip: to learn more about your gutter options, consult one of your local roofing contractors. Since they are more familiar with the local climate and building codes, they can make better recommendations.
The Importance of Vetting Contractors
As mentioned earlier, it’s important to make sure the contractor installing your gutter replacement is qualified for the job. That’s why it’s important to make sure they’re qualified for the job. Otherwise, your gutter warranty might be voided.
Here are some vetting tips:
- Focus your search on local contractors – To quickly narrow down your options, limit your search to contractors near you.
- Check their online reviews – To further narrow down your options, check the contractors’ online reviews, which should give you a good idea of the level of service you can expect. Keep in mind that a few negative reviews aren’t necessarily a deal-breaker. After all, miscommunication happens sometimes. If you come across a few negative reviews, focus on the contractor’s response to online complaints. Did they take the time to respond online? And if so, did they give a professional response?
- Ask how long they have been in business – The number of years a roofing contractor has been working in the industry should give you a good idea of the person’s level of expertise.
- Check their certifications – Certifications are proof a contractor has undergone training or vetting by manufacturers or independent non-profits. They’re essentially a vote of confidence that a contractor is qualified for the job.
Orion Home Improvements LLC, a company with more than a decade of experience, offers a wide range of professional exterior services, including seamless gutter installation services. To get a free estimate, call us at (571) 354-0331, or fill out this form.