You might be contemplating having someone out to give you an estimate on gutter guards. Do you have any idea of what to expect?
After the initial chit-chat, the estimator may take a walk around your home and inspect and measure your existing gutters. They may invite you with them to have you point out any problem areas that you’re aware of. They might find a few places that are problems that you might not easily recognize.
They should then spend some time with you discussing the product that you’re considering. Many have presentations that they’ll go through, either in binders or possibly on a tablet like an iPad. Don’t worry, a presentation should be short and to the point, nothing like what you’ve heard about window or siding presentations. Since you will be making a financial investment, it’s a good idea to get a good understanding of the features and benefits of the product that’s being presented.
Every estimator should be willing to demonstrate their product, either in your kitchen sink or outside with a hose. You should find some debris from your yard, make sure it’s wet and not dry and then test it on the system to see how these gutterguards will handle it.
If the estimator hasn’t measured your home yet, they might do it now. They should come back to you with a written proposal on the work that needs to be done. You should ask them questions as well to make sure they are properly licensed and insured and you feel comfortable with their business philosophy.
If you’re in a position to move forward with their proposal, let them know, they’ll be glad to get you on the schedule for an install.
Most people find it relatively straightforward and not too time consuming.