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How Do Gutters Affect My Roof and My Home?

Rainwater can be both a blessing and a curse for homeowners. Greenery thrives, yet the potential for water damage grows. The importance of gutters is often underrated. Gutters take the rainwater and redirect it away from your home.

Make sure your gutters do not allow water to hang out after the rain is gone. Gutters should be secured to the fascias and under no circumstances should quality gutters leak. Downspouts should be secured to the exterior of the house to carry water away from the foundation.

Keep Gutters Clean and Clear

You can prevent the water related problems that go hand-in-hand with clogged gutters. Depending on how close you are to trees, you will need to clean out your gutters at least twice a year, however, the proximity of trees to your home may require leaf and debris removal twice during the fall. If you spot water pouring over the sides of the gutters or you see leaves sticking out, it’s time to put in some elbow grease.

What do my gutters protect?

Your home’s doors, windows, and siding are all protected by your gutters. However, it is the foundation and roof that receive the most cost-effective protection. If water falls straight to the ground, over saturation can cause damage or cracks in the foundation.

Have you considered the consequences clogged gutters can have on your roof? If water cannot go down, it will go up under the shingles and can cause:

  • Rotten wood
  • Mold
  • Water leaks

Residents of Columbia, SC know how much water can fall during spring and summer. Gutters kept in good repair protect the roof, foundation, and everything in between. Premiere Roofing has expert gutter technicians who install, repair, and clean gutters. Give us a call today to see how we can help protect your home with our gutter services.

What Questions Should I Ask Before Having My Roof Replaced?

If you’re interested in having your roof replaced, you likely already have some questions about the process. While it’s fine to ask every question that comes to mind, there are some questions that you should absolutely ask before you have your roof replaced.

Introductory Questions to Ask a Potential Contractor

  • How long have you been in business? Knowing how long they’ve been in business will help you understand how much experience they have.
  • Do you use subcontractors? A subcontractor is someone hired by the contractor to carry out the job. If the contractor is going to use a subcontractor, you should also ask the subcontractor every question on this list.
  • Do you have a roofing contractor license? Licensing requirements vary by state. If your state requires a license for roofing work, make sure that they have one.

Questions to Ask Before You Sign Any Paperwork

Now that you’ve gotten past the introductory questions, it’s time to dive a little deeper.

  • Do you carry commercial liability insurance? All roofing contractors should carry commercial liability insurance, along with workman’s compensation insurance. Without this insurance, you will be held responsible and liable for any accidents that may happen during your roof replacement.
  • Is there a manufacturer’s warranty? Is there any sort of warranty provided by the manufacturer of the materials used on the job?
  • What is the complete scope of work for the project? Set a clear and firm understanding of what is involved with the project. Asks for specifics about exactly what workers will be doing and what the time frame for completion is.

If you have questions about roof replacement or repair or would like to schedule an appointment, contact the experts at Premiere Roofing today.

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