Gutters FAQ

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Gutters Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I'm overwhelmed by all the industry jargon. What do these words mean?

A: At Sunshine Siding & Window Co., it's our goal for each and every one of our customers to feel comfortable throughout their home improvement experience. We try to always explain any construction concepts in terms everyone will know when we're in the home, but we also like to make definitions available in our resource pages.

Q: What types of Payment methods & Financing do you offer?

A: We offer a variety of payment methods and financing options.

Q: When should I replace my gutters?

A: It’s best to have professionals come out and inspect your gutters to tell you whether a repair or replacement is in order. If you see rust, it’s time for a replacement. If your gutters are leaking, it’s time for a replacement. If the gutter has been damaged beyond repair due to severe weather, it’s time for a replacement. Getting the picture?

Q: How can I tell if my gutters aren’t draining properly?

A: There are a couple different telltale signs – water pouring over the side of the gutter, peeling paint, corroded or rotting wood, mold and mildew on the foundation of your house, a lot of water in your basement, etc.

Q: What are the different types of gutters?

A: There are sectional and seamless gutters that come in different materials, sizes and colors!

Q: Why are the gutters overflowing?

A: If your gutters are overflowing, there is some kind of blockage. It may not even be visible – there could be an obstruction in the gutter, the downspout or the elbow! Professional gutter companies will be able to find the source without a problem, saving you a lot of time and major headaches. If your gutters are clogged, you may also consider installing leaf guard protection. We install and recommend

Q: How do you hang the gutters?

A: We use a hanger that cannot be seen from ground level. This is screwed into the drip edge or fascia. If there is no drip edge or fascia, the gutters are attached to the roof.

Q: What thickness (gauge) aluminum do you use?

A: We use .032 gauge, the heaviest aluminum available.

Q: How long will it take to finish my gutter job?

A: The average gutter installation is finished in a day.

Q: What size gutters do you install?

A: We have 5 inch and 6 inch gutters.

Q: What are the exact dimensions of your 5 inch gutters?

A: “Five inch” gutters are 3.5 inches deep and 5 inches wide.

Q: What are the exact dimensions of your 6 inch gutters?

A: “Six inch” gutters are 4.5 inches deep and 6 inches wide.

Q: What are the brackets made of?

A: Industrial grade aluminum.

Q: How far apart do you place the brackets?

A: 24 to 32 inches

Q: What is the pitch of the gutters per foot?

A: Gutters are slanted 1/16 inch per foot.

Q: How many feet of gutter can be run to one downspout?

A: On average, a single downspout can drain 50 feet of gutter.

Q: What is the difference between an A elbow and a B elbow?

A: When looking directly at the wall with the downspout on it (so you can see the wide surface of the downspout), an “A” elbow will bring the gutter straight out toward you. If it’s a “B” elbow, the downspout will turn to the left or the right.

Q: What are the advantages of gutter guard protection?

A: Installing gutter guards makes maintenance much easier and lowers the chances of needing repairs. Gutter guards help prevent debris from building up in your gutter, such as leaves, birds’ nests, dirt, etc.

Q: How is gutter protection attached to the gutter?

A: Gutter protection slips under the shingle edge and screws to the gutter.

Q: Is there a cost for getting an estimate?

A: No, we will estimate the job and provide you a written quote at no cost to you. We will honor the price for up to 90 days.

Q: After Sunshine Siding & Window Co. has a contract with you to do your gutters or gutter protection... then what?

A: Sunshine Siding & Window Co. will:

  • Prep House for Installation – Protect Landscaping as best possible
  • Identify and remove/replace any rotten wood
  • Stage and remove all old gutters from the home?
  • Install new gutter to specifications
  • Make sure the slope of the gutter is correct.
  • Install gutter protection and screw down to gutter if being installed
  • Clean Up Job Site – Remove All Debris

Q: How long has Sunshine Siding & Window been installing gutters?

A: We have been installing gutters in the northwest suburban Chicago market for over 40 plus years.

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