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Guide to Gutter Installation and Gutter Guards

BY ROBERT BROOME, OWNER

Gutters and gutter guards play a key role in keeping homes protected against water damage. In fact, they play an essential part. That’s because as rain falls on your roof or snow melts from your rooftop, it needs to go somewhere—ideally away from your home. 

When a home has quality gutters and guards, they manage the water flow from the roof in a way that protects the siding, paint, windows, doors, and more from damage. They will also help to keep water away from the home’s foundation, where the moisture can seep inside and cause even more costly problems. Challenges arising from water around the foundation include erosion, which only multiplies the possibilities for even more damage. 

In short, when there aren’t gutters and guards or if they are in ill repair or the quality is poor, expensive damage can occur. 

If you know that you need new gutter installation and/or gutter covers in North Carolina, then we invite you to contact us online or call us at 704-397-3002 in the Greater Charlotte area or at 704-895-1006 in and around Cornelius, North Carolina.

The Need in North Carolina

According to CoolWeather.net, North Carolina is the ninth-wettest state in the nation, which makes the need for effective gutters even greater than in most of the country. In Charlotte in particular, nearly one out of every three days sees some precipitation, which demonstrates how often gutters are put to work.

Overview of Gutters

Some people call gutters “rain spouts” or “eaves troughs.” No matter what you call them, they are a long, narrow, open container located along the eaves of a home, intended to catch water from the roof and then drain it away from the structure. 

They can be made from a wide variety of materials, some more durable than others. For example, vinyl can be the least expensive choice, but it is susceptible to premature wear and tear, especially under the sun—and North Carolina has plenty of sunny days. Some people with historic homes like the look and period authenticity of wooden gutters, but they can cost quite a bit while also being high maintenance with lower levels of durability. 

When looking for a long-lasting material that also looks attractive, aluminum gutters make a great choice. At Presto Garage & Gutter, we offer American-made aluminum gutters in multiple styles:

  • 5” K-Style
  • 6” K-Style
  • 6” Half-Round Style
Each is precision cut on-site to ensure a perfectly dovetailed fit for optimal performance. Plus, they are seamless gutters. We offer our gutters in dozens of attractive colors for maximum curb appeal, along with eye-catching accessories. This allows you to benefit from peak performance with a luxury look.

Plus, they all come with the industry’s strongest, no-nonsense warranties.

Seamless Gutters

Traditional or conventional gutters (you might also hear them called “sectional” gutters) come with seams, but we offer seamless gutters. Why? It all comes down to leak protection. 

Conventional gutters are made from a series of pre-cut sections, which makes it easier on the manufacturer. Then, during the gutter installation process, the pieces are sealed at each joint. Here’s the problem: At each place where the pieces need to be connected, there’s an opportunity for leaking. As the gutters age, the sealant wears down, creating even more spots where leaking can (and most likely will!) occur.

In contrast, seamless gutters are custom-cut using specialized extruding machinery so they are one perfectly cut piece. This naturally eliminates the need for seams, which means there are no sealed spots where leaking can take place.

Installation of Our Seamless Gutters

We meticulously install our beautiful seamless gutters, and we invite you to take a look at our image gallery of just some of our gutter installations. We enjoy a tight-knit relationship with the most talented gutter installation experts in our geographical area, professionals who obsess about the perfect installation and about pleasing customers. We like to call them the high-quality needle in the low-quality haystack of subcontractors—experts who rise to the top whom we wholeheartedly trust to represent our brand and provide you with the skill, precision, and customer service you deserve.

A Fun Fact Break

After the Normans invaded Britain in 1066, they focused on repairing and constructing buildings, preferring stone roofs. To protect this valuable material, they used gutters to divert water away from the structures, with the water sometimes pouring out through the mouths of scary-looking gargoyles. This includes the now-famous Tower of London, which ended up boasting the first working downspout system. When King Henry VIII allowed the government to take apart monasteries and nunneries, one piece of in-demand architecture was their gutters.

If King Henry VIII were around in the 1960s, he would likely be astonished at a big advancement—seamless gutters—and, had he seen the advent of gutter guards, he almost certainly would have demanded them for all of his castles.

Gutter Guards

To maximize the benefits provided by gutters, gutter covers keep leaves, sticks, and other debris out, but are designed to let the water in. Installing quality gutter protection has plenty of benefits, including ease of maintenance. You’ll save the time you spend cleaning out gutters because the debris has been prevented from entering and/or the money you’d spend hiring someone else to clean them out for you. Gutter cleaning is a dirty job, and can be a dangerous one, too, but quality gutter guards can take that risky chore off your to-do list. 

Additionally, ice forms more easily in clogged gutters, which can damage your roof, and gutter covers can prevent that from happening. The Presto Guard also prevents birds and rodents from building nests in the troughs.

There are plenty of other varieties of gutter guards on the market, with each having some flaws. For example:

  • Perforated metal guards: The large holes in this variety allow in small debris, from seeds to pine needles.
  • Hooded and “nose-over” guards: When rainfall is heavy, water pours right over the edge, which defeats the purpose of the gutters in the first place.
  • Brush guards: With this kind of gutter protection, debris gets into the bristles.
  • Micro-mesh gutter guards: These work! But, because they are part of a flat system, debris tends to accumulate over a period of time.  

We’ve solved all of these challenges!

Presto's Premium Gutter Guard

Our cutting-edge, self-cleaning Presto Guard maximizes your gutter performance. This innovation is a proven micro-mesh gutter guard that eliminates the problems associated with typical gutter covers. Top-quality features include:

  • Our sloped design: This prevents the build-up that often happens with flat-lying guards, allowing debris to fall right out without clogs of pile up.
  • S-shaped screen curve: This slows down the water to ensure there’s sufficient time for it to enter your gutters. To offer perspective, our gutter protection system can successfully manage up to 20 inches of rainfall per hour. The most rainfall ever recorded in North Carolina in a 24-hour period is 35 inches, which shows how our system can stand up to even the heaviest downpours.
  • Lifetime no-clog guarantee that is transferable: Thanks to the special cleaning technology of Presto Guard, combined with its unique design, this means that your gutters will always flow free! Unlike most warranties in the gutter industry, ours transfers to the new owner when you sell the home. 

Our system is so effective that the NCR Consumer Advocacy Group named it as the top-performing gutter cover. The secret sauce to this extraordinary protection is our heavy-duty, medical-grade, micro-mesh screen that prevents even shingle sand granules from penetrating.

Presto Guard has a 28-gauge stainless steel frame, which means that it will:

  • NEVER rust
  • NEVER corrode
  • NEVER warp 

Even better, the Presto Guard looks as good as it performs, providing subtle, beautiful curb appeal. Its low-profile design means that it’s nearly invisible from the ground. Colors are attractive, with a choice among white, charcoal, brown, and mill-finish aluminum, with matching miters and end caps serving as a lovely aesthetic final touch.

Gutter Guards Installation

Some gutter covers require you to completely replace your entire gutter system and some of these covers can cause your roof’s warranty to become null and void. Not so with Presto Guard! 

Our proprietary solution eliminates both of these problems, fitting perfectly over existing gutters. Plus, our trained and vetted in-house installers use incredibly precise installation methods to preserve your roof’s warranty.
Presto Installation Expert We’re one of the few companies in the area that uses employees rather than subcontractors for our gutter cover installations, which allows us to provide extraordinary installation quality by friendly, experienced craftspeople. Our crews are vetted, drug tested, and background checked, and we manage their schedules (unlike with subcontractors, who maintain their own) so they will be at your home right when promised.

When considering employee candidates, we take attitude and talent into account, hiring only the top one percent of applicants. We’ll only bring people onboard who are courteous, reliable, friendly, respectful, and cordial. In short, we only hire the cream of the crop.

After a new employee joins the team, we provide rigorous training from the ground up the Presto way. The training process, overall, takes about six months, which means that you won’t find installers with more experience, knowledge, and skills in the Charlotte Metro area than those at Presto Garage & Gutter. The result? 100 percent worth the investment in time!

Our work crews specialize, which means that our gutter protection professionals only install gutter guards. They don’t install garage doors or apply garage floor coatings. This allows each person to put 100 percent of their focus on their special craft, giving them unrivaled experience in what they do best. 

More About Our Warranties

When you contact Presto Garage & Gutter, you’ll speak to a human being—a friendly one, at that! You won’t be sent through an annoying menu of automated choices, or to voicemail. Your customer representative will ask you just a few basic questions to understand your needs and also answer your questions. If you’d like to schedule a design consultation, you can do so with your customer representative or schedule an appointment online. Your choice. You can pick the date and time for your appointment, and even choose your design consultant.

Seamless Gutters and Gutter Guard Cost

We believe that we have the highest quality gutters and guards on the market today. If you’re gathering quotes, it may be that ours isn’t the same as some other companies and we will likely be higher than businesses selling bottom-of-the-barrel or mediocre products. We only sell quality products installed by well-trained professionals. 

To help our customers with the cost of seamless gutters and gutter guards, we partner with Enhancify to offer financing. This allows you to complete your project with an affordable monthly payment.

Choose Presto Garage & Gutter

When you select our company, you can count on premium products from a company you can unconditionally trust for a stress-free, hassle-free experience. Contrast that to experiences you’ve likely had with other companies, ones where what you can count on are broken promises, missed deadlines, and forgotten details. 

The Presto difference is that we provide processes that always factor in proper planning, protocols, and procedures. Our high-quality results are a natural output from our start to finish process that, without exception, dots every “i” and crosses every “t.”

Presto Design Consultation

Here are the steps involved in our smooth-sailing projects.

Initial Contact

When you contact Presto Garage & Gutter, you’ll speak to a human being—a friendly one, at that! You won’t be sent through an annoying menu of automated choices, or to voicemail. Your customer representative will ask you just a few basic questions to understand your needs and also answer your questions. If you’d like to schedule a design consultation, you can do so with your customer representative or schedule an appointment online. Your choice. You can pick the date and time for your appointment, and even choose your design consultant.

Design Consultation

Next up is your design consultation. We can host one virtually on Zoom, FaceTime, GoToMeeting, or other online platform. You pick the internet-connected platform and we’ll be there. Our experts will talk to you about your needs, your tastes, and your budget, and then provide you with an instant, accurate, and iron-clad quote. No pressure, though! We’re here to help.

Gutter Installation/Gutter Guard Installation

If you decide to move forward, we’ll schedule a gutter installation time. As your materials arrive at Presto Garage & Gutter, our company will use a two-factor verification process to make sure we’ve received all of the correct products for your project.

When installation day comes, we’ll arrive on time with everything we need for your installation. For even greater peace of mind, you can use our customer relationship management (CRM) software with GPS-tracking capabilities to see exactly where our installers are as they travel to your home. If you’d like, you can directly text them.

During the installation, you can count on dedicated craftspeople who work with precision, showing the utmost respect for you and your house. We work efficiently while also taking the time to ensure that everything is done exactly right. After completion, we’ll make sure you’re 100 percent satisfied with every detail and review your warranty with you.

Reliable and Trustworthy: Here for the Long Run

When you invest in your home, you want to work with companies that will be around for the long haul. The harsh reality is that 50 percent of contractors go out of business during their first year. When looking at a three-year period, 96 percent go out of business. When that happens, you can’t reach out to them for any assistance in the future.

Presto Garage & Gutter has already been serving customers for two decades and is a financially stable, thriving company. During that time, we’ve grown into one of Charlotte Metro’s biggest independent garage and gutter companies—and, no matter when you’ll need us, we’ll be there. That’s a promise and a fact.

We’re also fully insured. When looking at the industry norm, 60 percent of contractors skip insuring their crews so they can participate in price undercutting. What this means is that, if one of their workers is injured while on your property, you could be held responsible. In contrast, here’s the Presto Standard: we are fully insured—period. Besides that, we train our employees in best practices and hold them to industry-best safety standards.

Contact Us!

If you have any questions or you’d like to schedule a consultation appointment, please contact us online or call us at 704-397-3002 in the Greater Charlotte area or at 704-895-1006 in and around Cornelius, North Carolina.

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