Reasons you should choose Flo-Rite Gutter Systems
- We believe that a happy customer comes before making money
- We only use high quality products that we can stand behind for years
- Our work is done in a timely fashion while paying careful attention to the details
- We believe that integrity is a way of life, not just a good business practice
- We are highly rated on HomeAdvisor by our Customers
I had some specialized requirements on this job and Ernie took it all in stride. On Time and On quoted price with no problems, Thoroughly professional and very high quality workmanship and materials throughout the entire job. I have high standards and Ernie exceeded all of them 5 stars +!!! - Review by David H. in Batesville, AR
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History of rain gutters on houses
In the early 1900’s metal rolling machines were invented and became popular in US. They could bend steel into a half circle that would then be installed on your home to catch the rain and bring it all down together in the downspout at one place. Since the rolling machines weren’t very wide they could only roll short sections of gutter and then you would need to piece them together. Hence, sectional gutters are just what they sound like, sections. In the 60’s manufactures learned how to form aluminum a lot more easily allowing them to create longer sections. But hauling restrictions prohibit you to transport 50-100’ long sections of gutter. So instead you need to go to your local lumber yard and buy sections of gutter in various lengths that are more manageable and piece them together. Then you put end caps or corners on them to build a gutter for your home. The advantage to sectional gutters is that you don’t need any expensive equipment or tools to do that. The downside of it is that anybody with a couple tools can make a gutter for you without really having the experience to make sure it is completed correctly. There are quality contractors that can install sectional gutters for you and do a good job at overlapping the sections and caulking them very good, but the reality is that anywhere you have a seam, you have potential for it to leak someday. From our experience, the sectional gutters aren’t much cheaper than what we can install the seamless gutters, making it a no brainer on which to choose.
What are seamless gutters?
Seamless gutters started coming on the scene in the early 1960’s enabling manufactures to fabricate aluminum gutters in a lot more efficient way. But it wasn’t until the 1970’s until portable seamless gutter machines were introduced so contractors could custom build gutters that fit your home right at your place. They start with a coil of aluminum which is fed into the machine which in turn bends it into the shape of a rain gutter. Once the contractor has a long enough piece, they cut if off and install end caps on it, or if there are corners, they will install the corner on. They cut in the drops for the downspouts so they are ready to be installed as soon as the gutter is up. Then they use special gutter hangers that can be clipped into the gutter and screwed into the face board on your house, right below your shingles. After installing your downspouts, your new gutter is ready for your next rainstorm. So, I guess technically, you have seams at the ends of the gutter, but the seamless name comes from the ability to make it as long as you need to instead of needing to piece multiple sections of gutter together to create one long gutter.
Are plastic gutters any good?
There is a third gutter option that some people try, plastic gutters. A lot of your local hardware stores and lumber yards will carry what looks like a cheap way to install rain gutters on your home. They come in sections and then you can screw end caps and corners on them to create your own gutter. The problem is that plastic will expand and contract a lot more than aluminum does. With all that movement you have a continual push and pull against the caulk and screws weakening them. Then before long your gutter is dripping out the bottom instead of down the downspout. So, yes, they may be cheaper in the beginning, but in the long term they will create a lot more frustration for you. So please save yourself some frustration and stay clear of them!
What is the typical process for getting gutters installed on my home?
The first step for getting gutters installed on your home is to setup an appointment for Flo-Rite Gutters to stop out at your home. We will discuss with you where all you want seamless gutters installed and where you will want your downspouts located, and if you would like leaf guard on to to keep your gutters clear. We bring color samples along so you can look over them and pick out what color best matches your home. We will measure up your house and usually provide a quote for you immediately. If you are ready to proceed with the job, then we like to give you a timeframe of when you can expect us to get it installed. We endeavor to give you a call at least a day before to let you know specifically when we will be coming. We then will remove your existing gutter, and install your new gutter. We expect payment when we are completed with the job.
What is the benefit of leaf proof gutters?
We all know how frustrating it is to have it pouring down rain, but the gutters aren't doing any good because the water is running right over them. Usually it is because the downspouts are clogged making the water splash into your beautiful flowerbeds. At Flo-Rite Gutter Systems LLC we are pleased to provide leaf protection to help keep your gutters clean all the time. They help to keep the leaves and sticks out of your gutters and keep your gutters open for the water to run through. The other benefit is that you don't have leaves going down your downspouts and clogging the pipes up underground or adding extra compost in the storm sewer.
Some people just recommend that you keep your gutters cleaned out periodically. That is a good idea, but does have negatives. If you are an older person or physically challenged it is next to impossible for you to do it. Even if you are in good physical health, it isn't necessarily a good idea to be walking around on the roof and leaning over the edge to clean out your gutters. You can buy special poles with brushes on the end or special blowers to clean the debris out of your gutters, but if you have a second story home, it is difficult to do it. And lastly it takes time to keep your gutters cleaned out, and usually we forget about it until it is pouring down rain.
Which type of leaf protection should I use?
The least expensive option is to go to any hardware store or Home Depot and buy the little mesh "plugs" that you can push into to the top of the downspouts. They help to keep the leaves from going down the downspouts, which is good, but they easily clog over when you have a bunch of leaves and shingle stones in your gutter. While they do provide a little protection, they aren't good enough for people that have a lot of trees around their house.
Another option is to fill the gutter with bottle brush "guards", or a foam style gutter filler. These are fairly cheap to install, but they can pose a problem if you get tree seeds in them as they don't keep the gutter completely cleared out, and you might have trees growing in your gutter. So while they can work fairly well, they aren't a good long term solution to your leaf problem.
Lastly you can have a contractor install a gutter cover for you. There are a lot of different options here as well. They are all made to completely cover the top of your gutter. Some are flat on top of the gutter while other ones clip on the front of the gutter and then slide up under the shingles creating a slope that helps the leaves blow off. There are also different levels of protection here as well. We handle 3 different kinds: Leaf Proof, Leaf Exterminator, and Speed Screen that make up 3 different price levels, and 3 different styles. The Leaf Proof is completely covered over with aluminum, but uses the waterfall effect to direct the water into the gutter instead of running over the edge. The Leaf Exterminator consists of aluminum panels that have a bunch of small holes in to let the water run into the gutter. Lastly we have the Speed Screen, which is just a screen that clips in the front of the gutter and up under the shingles. It keeps the big debris out and is cheaper to install.
So the question is up to you. How bad of a leaf problem do you have? How much are you willing to spend to keep the leaves out? As we have discussed there are a lot of different options, all of which provide at least some level of protection, but in the end you do get what you pay for.