This Article is About
gutter guard
life time warranty
google
prospective customer
gutters
contour
common sense
Making Decision As To Which Gutter Guard To Buy
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

You would think that common sense would play in making the decision as to which gutter guard to choose for your home. But not always so.

I met with a prospective customer who was looking at choosing a gutter guard for her home. She had an estimate from the local Gutter Helmet dealer. Google Gutter Helmet to see the design which is very much like our Niagara gutter guard looks like. Just Google Niagara gutter guard to see the similarities. Both are a single fin design.

Based on how close her trees were and heavily concentrated the debris was I recommended our top of the line Waterloov Gutter protector for a total cost of $1,995.  I said, "I would imagine the price Gutter Helmet gave you was about $1,400."

She complimented me on my guess and told me I was only $100 off-it was $1,500.

I happened to have a sample of the Gutter Helmet product with me and we both agreed that it was big and bulky. I asked her if I could use her kitchen sink for a demonstration.

She approved and I showed her how the water flows over the top of both products and down the fin of the Gutter Helmet product or through the louvers of the Waterloov product.  I then wetted a dollar bill, which is very much like a wet leaf, and showed her how the leaf would follow the contour of the gutter cover and go into the gutter. I then showed her how the dollar bill or leaf would never get through the louvers of the Waterloov gutter cover.

As opposed to most people who witness this demonstration, she was not impressed which confused me.

She asked about warranty, and I informed her it was a life time warranty meaning that if her gutters ever clogged with tree debris that we'd clean them for free for as long as she owned her home. She told me that Gutter Helmet had the same warranty.

I then gave her another option which would save her $250 by installing our single row louvered Care-Free leaf guard on her front gutters. The front of her home did not have heavy debris conditions and our mid range product would handle the conditions without problems and save her money. On the back of her home I recommended our high capacity Waterloov gutter cover where she had a very long roof with a 6" gutter (normal residential gutters are 5" wide and 5" deep).

I went on to explain that all gutter cover products, (including our residential Waterloov Gutter Protector and Gutter Helmet) have a normal radius which can not handle water from a long rafter length as her house had in the rear of their home and that we are the only company that has a commercial grade available which she would need.

The option was that I could install the Niagara gutter cover which is much smaller on her home for $1,400. We call it the little giant because it does every thing the Gutter Helmet product does and is much smaller in size. I  told her that I believed Gutter Helmet gets nailed to the roofing and she acknowledged that that was her understanding too. I informed her that our Niagara product or for that matter any of our products are not nailed to the roofing so her roof warranty would not be voided. I went on to explain that if her roof developed a leak by the gutter line that the roofer would not be responsible for the warranty whereas with our gutter guards the warranty is never voided so there's no question as to whose responsibility is to fix the roof-the roofer.

She wanted to see a sample of the Niagara Gutter cover, but unfortunately so few people ever choose that option that I didn't even have a sample with me-my mistake. She was interested in the Niagara gutter guard but I informed her I could never give a life time warranty on the Niagara gutter guard single fin design as that basic single fin design would most likely fail and let the gutter clog within two years.

I shared with her that I once asked a salesman of another product similar to Gutter Helmet how they could give a life time warranty on their product when they knew that the gutter would clog and that he informed me, "For twenty dollars a foot, I can afford to send a technician to the customer's house every year if I have to."

She asked why the Waterloov Product was more expensive than the Gutter Helmet gutter cover. I explained that the Gutter Helmet product is much easier to manufacture than the Waterloov gutter guard. Gutter Helmet is simply a piece of metal bent to a contour where as Waterloov is not only bent to a contour but also made from a sophisticated expensive press that creates the louvers. The extra step in manufacture makes the product not only a it more expensive but also far more effective in keeping out leaves and blossoms than the simple fin design.

She then asked about what would happen if she needed a new roof. I told her that I though her roof would last another fifteen or more years and that when she changed her roof, she would call us and we'd remove her gutter guards and reinstall them when the roof was finished.

I shared with her some of the nightmares that I've seen by letting roofers remove the gutter protectors and reinstall them. Roofers often crush them or nail them into the roofing. One actually installed them incorrectly and didn't have enough of the leaf guards to finish the job so he took a piece of aluminum, bent it the same contour and drew louvers on the face of the bent metal with a magic marker to look like louvers.

She wanted to know if there was a charge for removing the  gutter covers


Street Talk

No comments present
You May Also Like
The Best Gutter Guard Makes Water a Friend Instead of an Enemy to Your Home
Water is an enemy without the best gutter guard installed on your home. Presuming your roofing is not leaking you want to make sure that all the rain water that runs down the roof does not have a chance at getting into your windows, siding, and basement. Ideally if you…
By:  in  Home Improvement  >  Foundation   Jun 21, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Ask the Engineer About Foam Inserts as a Gutter Guard
Foam inserts for gutter guards-do they work? In my opinion as an engineer the best applications for foam are a great quality mattress or as a cushion, but not gutter protection devices. Imagine that you are a blossom? You and thousands of your blossom buddies fall onto a gutter that…
By:  in  Home Improvement   Aug 16, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Ask the Engineer on How to Choose the Best Gutter Protector to Represent
The best gutter protector to represent would keep your customer's gutters clean and free flowing. The best gutter guard to sell would require no servicing or maintenance from you the installing company except for things like storms knocking down the gutters. Any servicing of the best gutter guard could easily…
By:  in  Business  >  Small Business   Jul 14, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

What Gutter Guards Can Do For You
Maintaining clean gutters can be a real pain in the butt. You have to clamber on up a ladder and get all those leaves out of the way or get a guy to do it for you and spend valuable money which could be put to better use. This becomes…
By: Emily Zoe in  Home Improvement  >  Roofing   Mar 22, 2014  
0
  Likes: 1

The Economical Maclaren Volo Stroller
The Maclaren Volo is constructed on a fine aluminium light weight chassis that includes the umbrella fold mechanism that allows the stroller to be folded in seconds without any fuss what so ever. The Volo is one of the lightest strollers being only 4kgs and such is its durability, Maclaren…
By: Dawn2 in  Home and Family  >  Babies Toddler   Oct 31, 2011  
0
  Likes: 1

How to Get A Good Quality Mechanic Tool Set With Discount
There are various types of tools on the market for different kind of jobs, such as construction, plumbing, or automotive repair. I am an automotive mechanic for many years. In this article, for those who plan to buy tools from the beginning, I'd like to show how to get a…
By: Taka in  Automotive  >  Repairs   Feb 11, 2013  
0
  Likes: 0

Looking for An Auto Windshield Replacement
If you have ever had to call a repair shop and schedule an auto windshield replacement, you are not alone. A damaged windshield is a highly common occurrence, but some drivers have been fortunate enough to have never experienced this type of vehicle damage before. However, windshields may be subject…
By: Adam Montie in  Automotive  >  Repairs   Mar 08, 2013  
0
  Likes: 0

Is it A Good Time to Replace A Garage Door Opener With A New One?
Garage door opener is the largest mechanical part of your house. Sometimes, you don’t pay attention on it, until it breaks down. When it decided to stop working, what should you do? You may be think about repairing. You just pay a few dollars and think now it’s in working…
By: Edwin White in  Home Improvement  >  Doors   Jun 08, 2016  
3
  Likes: 4

Why Leds Are Used Commonly In Manufacturing Unit?
LEDs are most commonly used in for residential, commercial due the numerous benefits that can be availed from these lights. Installing low energy LED in the commercial, industrial, office-based industries has increased due to the numerous benefits LEDs gives. Due to the numerous advantages LEDs gives, preferred to use from…
By: Lighting RetroFit in  Home Improvement  >  Energy Efficiency   Jun 08, 2016  
0
  Likes: 1

Cổng đẹp Biệt Thự - Vinh Quang Nguyệt Quế
Để giành được chiến thắng bạn cần có cả trí và dÅ©ng. cổng biệt thá»± với sá»± tái hiện cuộc chiến giành vÆ°Æ¡ng miện khốc liệt và vòng nguyệt quế vinh quang dành cho người chiến thắng sẽ giúp bạn thể hiện được uy lá»±c và sức mạnh của mình…
By: thinhvuonghouse in  Home Improvement  >  Doors   Jun 08, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Repairing Your Home Appliances on Your Own Can Be Difficult
Your home with no freezer or fridge would appear to be a nightmare! Nowadays, almost every home includes a refrigerator. The working user could possibly know its advantages over just about anyone different. Its absence would make daily duties a time consuming affair. This machine is supplied in different models,…
By: Jamie Jonsin in  Home Improvement  >  Appliances   Jun 08, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Every Residence Needs A Working Refrigerator
Your home without any freezer or fridge would seem like a bad dream! Right now, pretty much every home has a fridge. The performing member would probably know its advantages a lot more than any person different. Its absence would make everyday projects a awkward matter. This equipment comes in…
By: Jamie Jonsin in  Home Improvement  >  Appliances   Jun 08, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Getting A Repair Technician Out to Your Home on Short Notice
A property without any refrigerator would seem like a major problem! Right now, pretty much every residence features a freezer. The operating new member may possibly know its pros in excess of any individual different. Its absence would make everyday responsibilities a complicated occasion. This device is available in the…
By: Jamie Jonsin in  Home Improvement  >  Appliances   Jun 08, 2016  
1
  Likes: 1

How to Get Your Refrigerator Functioning Again Quickly
Your house without a refrigerator would seem like a headache! Nowadays, just about every property includes a freezer. The functioning user would most likely know its positive aspects more than any person in addition. Its absence would make day-to-day jobs a cumbersome extramarital affair. This appliance is supplied in different…
By: Jamie Jonsin in  Home Improvement  >  Appliances   Jun 08, 2016  
0
  Likes: 1

Call An Expert to Quote You on Professional Appliance Repair Work
A house without any freezer or fridge would seem like a nightmare! Right now, pretty much every residence provides a fridge. The performing new member would most likely know its strengths in excess of any individual in addition. Its absence would make every day duties a time consuming affair. This…
By: Jamie Jonsin in  Home Improvement  >  Appliances   Jun 08, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Article Views: 1766    Report this Article