We get a lot of questions regarding the work that we do, or do not do. Here are a list of the most frequently asked questions we receive, and their answers:
How much will a new gutter system cost me?
Obviously, this is a tricky question to answer without having a look at the current needs of your home, the size of your home, and any other special attributes your home may have. A free assessment and estimate is the best way to find out exactly what kind of system you will need and the ultimate price range for your home. We understand that most homeowners have strict budgets, and we do our very best to stay within the boundary of your budget.
My neighbor just got copper gutters installed. Do you do those?
We certainly do. We can arrange for U- or K-shaped gutters for your home, depending on the kind of look you'd like for your house. U-shaped are the most popular right now, but you also want to take your home's style into account when selecting the shape. Copper gutter are generally about 30-50% more to create and install, however, as copper is in short supply, and specialized tools are needed for its installation. Nevertheless, you will not have to replace this type of gutter system during your lifetime for any rust or natural failure of the metal.
The roof looks soggy next to my gutter. What's that about?
It sounds like you may have a gutter failure, and that your soffit is damaged. This is a serious problem that should be repaired quickly. A gutter is designed to draw water away from your roof, but if the gutter has been installed incorrectly, or has been filled with leaves and debris, water will actually go back up toward the roof, and will leak over the side of the gutter. This damages your fascia board, and the soffits of your roof (the underneath overhang of your roof), and could lead to serious water damage in your house. Make sure that your gutters are clean, and have an inspection of your soffits to make sure they're still viable. Also, make sure you have no leaks in your attic, or on room walls closest to your roofline at that point. You may need a full replacement of your gutter system, the fascia board, and your soffits if the current situation persists.
Do we need to be home when you replace our gutters?
Certainly not. We know your time is valuable; so is ours. We can take care of your gutter system while you're away, as well as clean up any debris that we create while doing so. We will work as if you're home and watching us – an efficient, correct installation is important, whether you're home or not. Once you return and have inspected your new system, give us a call and let us know how we did!
Frequently Asked Questions for Roofing
Below you'll find some of the most frequently asked questions we've received from our customers.
How should I choose a roofing contractor?
Because your home is valuable, it's very important to pick the right roofing contractor to protect it. Talk to your neighbors to see who they used, or ask your friends and family if they recommend anyone. Your roofing contractor should have a proven track record and be able to provide you references to check. He should also be fully licensed and insured.
My roof is very steep – will that be a problem?
Steep roofs can be tricky to work on, but our teams are capable of working on extreme roofs – whether extremely flat, or extremely steep. We have the right tools and experience for this kind of roof.
My landscaping keeps getting destroyed next to my house. How can I fix this?
Water runoff from your roof is most likely the culprit. If you have a gutter system installed, make sure that it's been cleaned thoroughly to allow the water to be routed away from your landscaping – don't forget to check the downspouts too. If you don't have gutters, this would be an invaluable asset to your home – correctly installed gutters and downspouts can not only add beauty to your home, but will protect your home, its foundation, and will help save your landscaping.
My roof is green. What is that? And can you fix it?
Your green roof is mostly likely caused by a mixture of moss, algae and mildew, and can easily be treated. Washing your roof carefully with bleach and water can usually sweep away most of the moss, but most likely, you'll need to trim back some vegetation from your roof to keep it from coming back. In some circumstances where no sun is available, or the weather is perpetually damp, metal strips have been shown to curb the growth of these pests. An extreme measure would be to go with a full metal roof if the periodic roof washings become too much of a chore.
It looks like water is leaking under our gutter, and it's sagging a little. What can we do?
Your soffit might need some repair. When gutters get overloaded with leaves and debris, or were just not installed correctly, water will drain toward the roof. The fascia board can usually handle the normal rain fall and protect your soffit from damage, but when it fails because of water-logging, it usually leads to a soggy soffit, and can then lead to damage down the walls of your house. With every new gutter system, we repair and replace your soffits, install new fascia boards, and then correctly install your new gutters and downspouts.
Now that I have a new roof, what maintenance should I do for it?
For the first few years, the only maintenance you'll really need to perform on your new roof system will be to keep the gutters and downspouts free of leaves and debris. While you're doing that, you might just check to make sure that there aren't any trees leaning on the shingles, no bushes are touching the roof or gutters, and the general area is free of debris like sticks or leaves. As the years go on, make sure that your shingles look like they're aging correctly; they may curl a bit, or get slightly wavy at the edges, which is normal. If shingles or flashings are missing, severely damaged, or you can see visible holes – give us a call!
Call Us for Emergency Service
If you need your roof or gutters repaired, contact K & R Roofing and Gutters. We are available for emergency service. We provide the best warranties on roofing and gutters. Call now for a free estimate