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Fitting replacement gutters is one of the most important maintenance tasks you can carry out at your home. As well as improving the look of your property, replacing guttering also safeguards its structure and helps to reduce maintenance costs in the future. But how should you choose the right installer for your replacement guttering?
One thing to look for is specialisation. Many firms in related areas (such as sealed-unit double glazing) offer replacement guttering as an add-on to their other services. But there’s a world of difference in terms of the service you’ll receive.
While a window company might offer guttering purely as a way to increase revenue, a specialist replacement guttering installer has built their entire business (and its reputation) on roofline services. Instead of replacing guttering once or twice a month, they’re working with gutters day in, day out. That means they’ll offer deeper knowledge, more focused expertise and a genuine commitment to making sure you get the replacement guttering you really need.
Check out local guttering replacements that your prospective installer has done. If they’re genuine and reputable, they won’t object to giving you details of some properties where they’ve replaced the guttering.
On the same theme, ask to see some testimonials from customers who have had their guttering replaced. Look for confirmation of the service aspects you’re particularly interested in – prompt attendance, on-time completion, helpful suggestions, considerate working practices and, of course, the quality of the guttering replacement itself.
Your replacement guttering installer should be happy to come to your home in order to survey your home, ascertain your needs and talk you through the product options. They should also provide a full, detailed proposal for your replacement guttering without obligation. This will include crucial elements such as an assessment of the water flow across your roof and the correct ‘fall’ (distance between roof-edge and guttering) to ensure proper drainage – as well as gutter guards, which pick up leaves and silt to stop replacement gutters from becoming blocked.
You’ll probably want your replacement guttering installer to have all the relevant warranties in place, as well as a few years’ trading under their belt. You might also like to confirm that the fitters who will be replacing your guttering are experienced, and have worked for the installer for a reasonable period. Many guttering firms now feature this type of information on their websites.
Finally, you’ll appreciate the reassurance of a guarantee (say, for 10 years) and a commitment to offering after-sales service, with a promise to respond to calls within a certain time frame.
At Anglia Roofline, we pride ourselves on offering everything home-owners need when they look for replacement guttering. We have been trading for five years, focus exclusively on roofline services and are backed by guarantees from the Consumer Protection Association. Check out our dedicated page on replacing guttering.