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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a "Seamless" Gutter?

A seamless gutter is extruded at the jobsite to the exact size required, no matter the length.

Why Aluminum for Gutters?

Aluminum is made from bauxite, one of the most abundant minerals in the world and consequently the least expensive. Aluminum is also the longest-lasting gutter product as it does not wear out or wear thin: Traditional gutter material (wood, galvanized steel) is more costly and almost never used today.

Why Copper?

In a word, elegance.

What Shapes Are Available?

Half-round and K-style in residential and commercial sizes. K-style is by far the most common, and can be seen-on almost every residential and commercial building.

What Colors Are Available?

There are a dozen colors available at no additional cost, in both K-style and half-round. The paint is a baked-on enamel like automotive paint. Copper gutters are not painted.

What Warranties Are Offered?

ABC Gutters offers a 5-year blanket warranty on Labor and Materials.

Is a Deposit Required?

No deposit is necessary for aluminum gutters. Copper gutters require a 50% deposit, with balance on completion.

What is the Time Frame for Gutter Installation?

ABC Gutters normally carries a two-week backlog from the point of sale to the installation date. Most gutter jobs take about a half-day to complete. Payment can be made by check or credit card.

Do You Use Subcontractors?

ABC Gutters does not use subcontractors. As we have grown over the years, strict quality controls and quick response times have been the keys to our success.

Are Roof Edge Dynamics Important?

A common complaint about gutters is water finding its way behind and running down the fascia boards, trenching out the landscaping below, and eventually causing wood rot.

This happens when the asphalt shingle does not extend far enough for the water to drop right into the gutter. Rather, surf ace tension "captures" the roof water and the design of the drip edge leads the water right back to the fascia. Roof shiggles should extend at least one inch past the drip edge.

Solution: Add gutter flashing (fascia apron) or additional roof flashing.

What Are Ice Dams?

Ice dams occur when frozen conditions cause ice to form at the roof edge, usually just in certain areas. What matters is whether it’s a recurring problem, or only a one-time event.

Here's how it happens: Heat from the house escapes into the attic area. Because heat rises, it congregates at the roof peak causing snowmelt. The water from the snowmelt trickles down the roof sheath. When it reaches the overhang, no longer over a heated room, it re-freezes and the ice dam forms.

Remedies include increasing attic insulation, adding a ridge vent at the roof peak, or having a licensed electrician install heating wires in the gutters and downspouts.

Do Leaf Covers Make a Difference?

For "Leaf Protection" we have determined that the Shur-Flo system works best (Click here for more information) judged by the number of call-backs from clients using the product: Which are almost none. Every other leaf product of the myriad of products we have tried has been a disappointment.