FAQS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT GUTTERS

I LIVE IN THE DESERT, WHY DO I NEED RAIN GUTTERS?

THE LAS VEGAS VALLEY AREA, ALTHOUGH A DESERT, ACTUALLY HAS A MONSOON SEASON. DURING THIS TIME OF YEAR IT IS NOT UNCOMMON TO BE SUBJECT TO TORRENTIAL AMOUNTS OF RAIN. EVEN REGULAR WINTER RAINS CAN BE HEAVY.

HOW CAN NOT HAVING RAIN GUTTERS HAVE A BAD EFFECT ON MY HOME?

THERE ARE SEVERAL WAYS, ACTUALLY. BY NOT HAVING RAIN GUTTERS TO DIRECT THE FLOW OF RAIN RUNNING OFF OF YOUR ROOF, IT IS POSSIBLE TO UNDERMINE THE CONCRETE THAT IS THE VERY FOUNDATION OF YOUR HOME. NO RAIN GUTTERS CAN ALSO ALLOW RUN-OFF TO ENTER YOUR HOME BENEATH EXTERIOR DOORS, CAUSING MASSIVE INTERIOR DAMAGES. THE POSSIBLE DAMAGES ARE NOT LIMITED TO YOUR FOUNDATION, EITHER: DOORS CAN BEGIN TO WARP AND THE MOISTURE BUILDUP AT EXTERIOR WALLS CAN BE A ROOT CAUSE OF MOLD IN YOUR HOME. ADDING RAIN GUTTERS TO YOUR HOME IS AN INEXPENSIVE WAY TO HELP AVOID WHAT COULD BE CATASTROPHIC REPAIR COSTS IN THE FUTURE

WHY SHOULD I GET MY RAIN GUTTERS FROM AMERICAN BUILDERS?

THERE ARE FEW OTHER SUPPLIERS WHO CAN RIGHTFULLY CLAIM TO HAVE BEEN DOING BUSINESS ON A CONTINUOUS BASIS SINCE 1978. WE CAN. WE HAVE PROUDLY SERVED HOMEOWNERS, HOME BUILDERS, ROOFING COMPANIES AND OTHERS IN THE BUILDING/CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY FOR THEIR HOMES AND BUSINESSES FROM THE SAME LOCATION FOR OVER 35 YEARS.

AREN’T HOME BUILDERS REQUIRED TO INSTALL RAIN GUTTERS?

NO. SOME OFFER RAIN GUTTERS AS OPTIONS, OR PUT THEM IN ONLY AT THE ENTRY TO YOUR HOME. THIS MINIMAL INSTALLATION MAY NOT MEET ALL THE NEEDS FOR PROPERLY DIVERTING RUN-OFF. THIS COULD CAUSE THE SOIL IN YOUR YARD TO COMPACT IN AREAS, CREATING AREAS WHERE RAIN WATER WILL COLLECT, OR POSSIBLY RUIN YOUR LANDSCAPING.

HOW CAN I TELL IF I NEED MORE RAIN GUTTERS THAN I ALREADY HAVE?

ONE SIMPLE WAY TO TELL IS TO JUST TAKE A WALK AROUND THE OUTSIDE OF YOUR HOME. LOOK FOR: MUD/DIRT SPLATTERED ON THE STUCCO, PAINT SPLITTING OR PEELING AT THE BOTTOMS OF YOUR WALLS AND DOORS, GROOVES WORN INTO WALKWAYS OR RUTS IN YOUR LANDSCAPING, MOSS OR MILDEW ON THE WALLS.

HOW ARE “SEAMLESS” RAIN GUTTERS DIFFERENT FROM “SECTIONAL” RAIN GUTTERS?

SEAMLESS RAIN GUTTERS JOIN ONLY AT THE INSIDE AND OUTSIDE CORNERS AND WHERE THE DOWNSPOUT JOINS, ALL BUT ELIMINATING THE POSSIBILITY OF LEAKAGE AT ANY SEAMS. THESE ARE BY FAR THE MOST POPULAR RAIN GUTTER SYSTEMS. FOR SEAMLESS GUTTERS, IT MEANS YOUR RAIN GUTTERS ARE PRODUCED IN ONE CONTINUOUS LENGTH, RIGHT THERE ON THE JOB SITE. THIS ALLOWS FOR A MORE PRECISE FITTING OF THE GUTTER SYSTEM TO ANY UNIQUE CONTOURS OF YOUR HOME. BECAUSE SEAMLESS RAIN GUTTERS ARE FORMED ON SITE, HOMEOWNERS CANNOT INSTALL THEM.
SECTIONAL RAIN GUTTERS TYPICALLY COME IN SECTIONS OF 10 TO 22 FEET IN LENGTH AND GENERALLY ARE MADE OF PRE-PAINTED ALUMINUM OR STEEL. THE SECTIONS ARE JOINTED TOGETHER BY SNAP-IN-PLACE CONNECTORS AND EACH SECTION WILL HAVE END CAPS, CORNER PIECES AND DROP OUTLETS (FOR CONNECTION TO DOWNSPOUTS). THE NEGATIVE ASPECT BEING THAT THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR LEAKAGE AT ANY OF THESE SEAMS. SECTIONAL RAIN GUTTERS CAN BE CUT TO THE NEEDED LENGTH, AND BECAUSE OF THIS, ANY DO-IT-YOURSELF ENTHUSIAST OR A HIRED HANDYMAN CAN INSTALL THESE TYPES OF RAIN GUTTERS.

ARE SEAMLESS ALUMINUM RAIN GUTTERS DIFFICULT TO MAINTAIN?

OTHER THAN THE OCCASIONAL CLEANING, WHICH CAN BE MINIMIZED FURTHER BY INSTALLING “LEAF GUARD” PRODUCTS, THERE IS VERY LITTLE IN THE WAY OF MAINTENANCE REQUIRED. UNLIKE STEEL, IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO REPAINT THEM TO MAINTAIN THEIR LOOKS, NOR WILL THEY EVER RUST.

WON’T RAIN GUTTERS DETRACT FROM HOW MY HOME LOOKS?

AN EXPERIENCED, PROFESSIONAL INSTALLER TAKES THE SHAPES AND CONTOURS OF YOUR HOME INTO ACCOUNT WHEN APPROACHING THE JOB. EACH HOME IS DIFFERENT AND COLOR SELECTION IS ALWAYS IMPORTANT. WE OFFER OVER 30 COLORS TO CHOOSE FROM AND WE WILL WORK WITH YOUR HOA FOR APPROVAL. AMERICAN BUILDERS IS PROUD TO SAY WE HAVE ONE OF THE FINEST INSTALLERS IN THE BUSINESS, BAR NONE. HIS EXPERTISE AND COMMITMENT TO A JOB WELL DONE, HAS ALLOWED US TO TAKE ON AND SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE EVERYTHING FROM SMALL INSTALLS TO COMPLEX, UNIQUE PROJECTS.

WHAT IS THE COMPARISON OF THE KINDS OF METALS AVAILABLE FOR RAIN GUTTERS?

ALUMINUM RAIN GUTTERS ARE THE LEAST EXPENSIVE OF THE TYPES AVAILABLE, AND ARE MANUFACTURED RIGHT THERE AT THE JOB SITE. THE COLOR SELECTION IS LARGER AND ALUMINUM HAS THE ADVANTAGE OF NOT BEING PRONE TO RUST. OUR ALUMINUM RAIN GUTTERS HAVE A 40-YEAR WARRANTY ON THE FACTORY FINISH AGAINST CHIPPING, CRACKING OR PEELING.
COPPER RAIN GUTTERS OFFER THE HOMEOWNER A UNIQUE AND TIMELESS BEAUTY ADDING TO TO THE OVERALL DISTINCTIVE LOOK OF YOUR HOME. COPPER DOES NOT RUST AND WILL EVENTUALLY ACQUIRE A PATINA TO IT, AND OF COURSE, COPPER DOES NOT REQUIRE PAINTING. IT IS ONE OF THE MOST DURABLE AND LONGEST-LASTING MATERIALS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FOR RAIN GUTTERS. BUT IT IS A PREMIUM PRODUCT AND CARRIES A SUBSTANTIALLY HIGHER COST.
GALVANIZED STEEL RAIN GUTTERS OFFER A MORE RIGID RAIN CARRYING SYSTEM. GALVANIZED STEEL RAIN GUTTERS ARE MOST COMMONLY FOUND ON INDUSTRIAL OR COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS. THE COLOR SELECTION IS FAIRLY LIMITED FOR STEEL.
WE STRONGLY SUGGEST CLEANING OUT YOUR RAIN GUTTERS ONCE A YEAR REGARDLESS OF THE TYPE OF MATERIAL USED.

HOW DO I CHOOSE THE CONTRACTOR TO INSTALL MY GUTTERS?

FIRST AND FOREMOST, ALWAYS HIRE A LICENSED CONTRACTOR. YOUR POTENTIAL CONTRACTOR MUST HAVE A C-13 STATE OF NEVADA CONTRACTOR’S LICENSE TO LEGALLY INSTALL RAIN GUTTERS IN THE STATE OF NEVADA. CHECK THE STATUS OF A LICENSE BY GOING TO: WWW.NVCONTRACTORSBOARD.COM AND SEE IF THERE HAVE BEEN ANY ISSUES WITH THIS LICENSE. THE SITE WILL ALSO TELL YOU HOW LONG THE LICENSE HAS BEEN ACTIVE. A LICENSE THAT HAS BEEN ACTIVE FOR A LONG TIME CAN BE A GOOD INDICATION OF HOW TRUSTWORTHY A COMPANY IS. YOU DON’T LAST LONG BY DOING INFERIOR WORK.