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4138 Current DrSaint Charles, MO 63304
From Business: County Roofing is a trusted provider of roofing services in Saint Louis, Missouri! Your roof is a major investment for your home, and if a leak happens or normal …
11010 Harvestowne Industrial DrSaint Charles, MO 63304
From Business: since 1986 Scott Lee Guttering Co has become one of the largest and most respected skilled contractors in the St Louis and St Charles Missouri area. We do it all,…
5782 Timber LnHillsboro, MO 63050
From Business: 5th Generation Services LLC is general contracting company that was established in May of 2015. We specialize in roofing, siding, guttering, tuckpointing, windows…
I have used the services of Innovative Construction and Roofing on 3 occasions on 2 different houses. They have done EXCELLENT WORK on siding, roofing and replacement windows. The customer service is outstanding and Brian Benson has been a pleasure to work with on my last project.
Great company with exceptional customer service. The quality of work was high and we are extremely pleased with Tesson Roofing!
I had hail damage on my roof and they came out the next day to take a look at it. Innovative was great to deal with, they handled everything from start to finish. They met the adjuster at my house, submitted the necessary paperwork, contacted the insurance company and put the new roof on at my schedule and finished in a couple of days. All I had to do was cash the insurance checks.There were other roofing contractors working in my subdivision at the time because of the storm and I can tell from listening to some of my neighbors they didn't get the service I got.
In June 2017, Exterior Building Solutions fixed some siding and tuckpointing on my house, which was in the process of being sold. The work was adequate, but the customer service and the mess left behind was unacceptable. Siding was left in the yard, rubble from the tuckpointing was left on the roof, nails were left on my porch, and my hose was left turned on. My contact, Josh, was of no help when I brought these issues to his attention, telling me to throw away the old siding myself and doing nothing to compensate for the mess left behind. Will never hire this company again.
WE ARE A BUSY HOTEL IN DOWNTOWN AND WE HAD A VERY SHORT WINDOW TO GET THE ROOF DONE. THE WHOLE JOB WAS VERY SMOOTH FROM START TO FINISH!!THEY DID NOT DISTURB MY GUESTS, THEY KEPT THE PROPERTY CLEAN AND THE ROOF LOOKS BEAUTIFUL.CRAIG WAS AVAILABLE AT ALL TIMES AND WAS AROUND WHILE THE CONSTRUCTION WAS GOING ON AND WAS VERY COURTEOUS WITH OUR CUSTOMERS.HIGHLY RECOMMEND
All meetings and services were expedient and professional. Extremely satisfied.
Overall, everything was handled in a very professional manner. We were notified at the very end of August that the company that had been providing our homeowners insurance for the last 20 years was pulling out of St Louis due to multiple claims with all the storms, tornados, etc. The company that we have our auto insurance with would not insure us as they said we had three layers of roof so all of a sudden we were thrown into the world of finding a roofer. My wife suggested using Angies List to get some good referrals so we did. The first thing we found out is that we only had two layers of roof. Over the next month, we got several bids and overall they were all within $1500 of each other. But what impressed us most about Exterior Building Solutions was their service beforehand. Salesman Dave Green came out and talked to us twice. The second time was on a Sunday when we signed all the paperwork to be able to get the roof done on Oct 3rd - the day our old homeowners policy would expire. Wednesday morning, workers were there way before 7am and every though it was drizzling a little, they sat tight because they knew we needed to get this done. There were a couple little glitches along the way. such as a shortage of material and they got a little something on the garage door. But both issues were handled quickly and efficiently and the garage door looked cleaner than when they had started. I work in a service industry so this meant more to me than pricing. Our roof looks great and the neighbors are asking who did the work. We were very satisfied and would definitely recommend them!!! And we got our new homeowners policy on Oct 3. Thank you Exterior Building Solutions!
*In response to Terry's review*Terry and I had a contract for specific work at his rental property in St. Louis City. We made recommendations on work of which most of the work he had declined to approve. Once we had begun performing agreed repairs, Terry attempted to add additional work at the same contracted price. He was informed that we only do work that is agreed / approved and contracted... when working in the St. Louis "City" areas. All additional work (required) approval and authorized signature by the payee. Terry attempted to get additional work completed without paying. A common problem when working in the city. A perfect example of why most contractors stay away from The "City". All agreed (contracted) work was completed to specifications and customer did pay in full.
Contacted the gutter guy thru a add in the west end word. We needed a repair to our gutter and downspout. After he added other items the total cost ended up being $1586 . Everything was fine until it rained. The gutter leak was the same. Upon calling Tony -he will not call you instead he uses email-he refused to complete the job as we had agreed. Do not use him. Should of checked Better Business Bureau. He is not a member.
Please DO NOT USE this company. We spent $7000 upgrading our front picture window into a bay window, and had all the windows in the house replaced. Now years later, the Bay window seal is broken and I was told that window company went out of business and they cant do anything to help. Please use a company that guarentee's their work and product.
Gutters aren't the prettiest part of a home's exterior, but they are incredibly important. Without gutters, rain can pose a serious threat to your roof and foundation.
Gutters act like funnels that are ready to catch the rain when it falls and redirect it away from your home. The downspout or leader is the part of the gutter system that allows the water to flow down and away from the foundation.
Without the gutter in place surrounding a roof, rainwater pours onto a home's siding and can cause damage over time, including discoloration, weakened siding, or mold. Water standing on a roof can also get under shingles and cause similar damage. If the shingles or siding become extremely deteriorated, the water damage could infiltrate the interior of a home and lead to additional, and more costly, issues.
Continuous rain pouring down from the roof can also cause the soil around a home to erode. As the soil washes away, water can begin to collect directly adjacent to the home's foundation and eventually make its way into a basement.
A gutter and downspout system mitigates these problems by collecting rainwater and making sure it is released at a safe distance from the home.
There are several different styles of gutters from which homeowners can choose.
K-style gutters, also known as Ogee or formed gutters, have a flat bottom and back. The outward-facing wall of the gutter is usually flared outward with a decorative shape that often mimics crown molding. These typically hold about twice as much water than half-round gutters and cost more as well.
Half-round gutters, also simply called round gutters, are typically found on older homes. They are U-shaped and hold significantly less water than a K-style gutter.
Square or box gutters have flat bottoms, backs, and fronts.
Round downspouts connect to round gutters.
Square downspouts connect to either square gutters or K-style gutters. They are usually rectangular in shape, with dimensions of either 2 inches by 3 inches or 3 inches by 4 inches.
Spiral or otherwise decorative downspouts are also available, though they are typically more expensive than round or square downspouts.
Guards are sometimes added to protect gutters from excessive wear and tear that the changing seasons may bring. Leaf guards keep leaves and debris from building up inside the gutter, while snow guards protect gutters during harsh winters.
Just as gutters come in several shapes, they can also be crafted out of various materials. Each has its pros and cons. The most common size and shape is the 6-inch K-style gutter, and the pricing information that follows refers to this combination.
The most popular material is aluminum, which is lightweight, doesn't rust, and is easy to install. They can also come in various colors and be painted to match a home's siding. About 70 percent of gutters are seamless, which means they are installed right onto the home from a long spool of aluminum shaped and cut to size.
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The only gutter material less expensive than aluminum is vinyl, which comes with several downsides. Vinyl gutters don't hold up well in cold weather, the color will easily fade in the sun, and they don't support ladders leaned against them. On the plus side, they are easily installed and aren't heavy.
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Steel is strong and will resist rust for about 5 to 10 years. It can also come in a variety of colors and easily be painted to match a home. However, it is heavy and difficult to install.
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Many copper gutters are the half-round shape and found on older or historic homes. Their better qualities include their exceptional beauty compared to other gutter material options and their resistance to rust, even after many years. In time, though, the copper will develop a patina, or layer of oxidation, which many homeowners prefer. However, they require a professional installation, unlike the other metals that can be installed by an adventurous or knowledgeable homeowner. Copper is also one of the more expensive materials.
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Zinc gutters will last a very long time and are typically used in historic renovations and high-end homes. There is no need to paint them, and, like copper gutters, they will develop a patina after a few years. Also like their copper cousins, zinc gutters must be installed by a professional. Zinc gutters are only available in the half-round shape and are usually 6 inches across.
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Many homes built before the 1960s had wooden half-round gutters installed. Some homeowners like the traditional or natural look of wooden gutters. However, they require special maintenance. Wooden gutters should be oiled regularly to prevent drying, cracking or deterioration. They are also heavy compared to metal versions.
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Just like any other important home feature, there will come a time when you will have a problem with your gutters. Luckily, there is usually a quick fix for most gutter issues.
Most homeowners have had to address clogged gutters at some point or another. This is typically an autumn-related issue, as falling leaves land in the gutters. Cleaning them out should be an annual or semi-annual chore, depending on how many leaves and other debris commonly build up in your gutters. The chore can be tedious, time-consuming, and dirty but is easily done by anyone who isn't afraid of heights and owns a ladder. However, if this doesn't sound appealing to you, it's not hard to find a professional who will do it for between $50 and $250, depending on how large your home is.
Downspouts That Drain Too Close to the Home
The purpose of the downspout is to direct rainwater a safe distance away from a foundation to mitigate water damage. To that end, downspouts should drain at least four to five feet away from the home. If a downspout is draining too close to a foundation, an extension can easily be added, usually for the same per-linear-foot price as the material of the gutter.
A leak or hole in a gutter system completely undermines the purpose of the gutter. It's important to get this issue fixed before the next rainstorm to prevent residual damage. If the leak is located at a joint or seam, caulking is usually a good fix and is easy to find at any hardware store for about $5. The remedy for holes elsewhere in the gutter depends on the size. Smaller holes can be addressed with gutter sealant. Bigger holes might require a patch or some metal flashing, also sold at most hardware stores.
Gutters with the Wrong Pitch
For the rainwater to be guided to the downspout and away from the home, gutters need to be slanted so the water can easily slide down toward the opening. If the gutters are too level, standing water can become heavy and cause damage. Mold can build up and, eventually, the gutters can overflow and cause water damage to your home or foundation.
The ideal pitch is angled one-quarter of an inch down for every 10 feet across. If your gutters were installed professionally and you notice standing water, call the company and request that they come address the issue. If you installed your gutters yourself, you may need to rehang the gutter.
Sagging or Pulling Gutters
Gutters that are sagging or pulling away from the house generally don't have enough support for how much they weigh. Installing a few more hangers in problem areas can usually alleviate the issue.
While it's not unusual to experience one or more of the aforementioned problems during your time living in a home with gutters, there are some measures you can take to prevent these issues. Clogged gutters can be avoided by cleaning them before buildup becomes a problem. When doing so, be sure to pay close attention to the downspout, and see that all water can flow smoothly through the whole system.
Leaf guards could help in heavily wooded areas where leaf buildup is a common problem. Also, snow guards can help prevent snow and ice from building up during the winter, which could put undue stress on the gutters.
Wood gutters should be oiled to help them last longer and remain effective. Shingle oil is a good product that will protect against weathering and allow the wood to breathe.
Though gutters will typically last many years, there may come a time when replacement is inevitable. If you have patched aging gutters for several years, it might be time to replace the whole system. To do this, you'll have to decide whether you want to take on the project yourself or hire a professional.
A professional is required for:
A professional is recommended for:
A professional will make replacement easier, but isn't always necessary for:
If it's time to replace or repair your gutters, hiring a professional is often the best way to go, especially if you are inexperienced with this type of home repair. Professionals will be able to spot a small problem before it becomes a big one, and they know how to safely work with the tools required for the job.
Before hiring a professional, make sure they have workers' compensation insurance and liability insurance.
Additionally, it's important to recognize that a gutter installation or repair can affect the roof. Before you agree to any work being done on your gutters, be sure that your roof warranty won't be affected. Your roof is one of the most important features of a home, and should you run into an issue with it, you'll want your warranty to be valid.
Before hiring anyone, get as much detail about the job as possible. Ask about:
Getting references before hiring a professional of any kind will give you a good idea of what their customer service is like as well as whether they do quality work. Talk to friends and family who have hired the gutter installer before making your decision. If you don't know anyone who has worked with this company before, go online to find reviews, or simply ask the company for references.