Blog How to Hire a Gutter Installer You Can Trust October 19, 2017February 23, 2018Jeremy KelseyGutter Helmet® When you decide it’s time to install gutter protection from leaves, you want to hire a good contractor whom you can trust. Not only do you want the best rain gutter system, but you also want it installed properly so it works as it should for years to come. Just how do you go about choosing the right gutter installer? Licensing and Insurance Although licensing requirements vary by city and state, it’s important to know what the laws are in your area. If your municipality requires that a contractor be licensed, don’t hire one who isn’t. It could end up costing you in both fines and permitting fees after the installation. No matter where you live, you should only hire an insured installer. When someone is installing gutter protection from leaves, they are up on a ladder. Accidents happen even to the experienced. If your installer isn’t insured with both liability and workers’ compensation insurance, you could be liable for injuries that occur on your property. Don’t just take a contractor’s word that the company is insured; ask to see the certificate and call their agent to confirm their policy is valid. Experience and Reputation You want only an experienced installer, but how do you know they are experienced? One way is to look into the company’s reputation by checking review sites online. Most reputable review sites, like Google, the Better Business Bureau and Facebook, tell you when a review was left. If a company only has a few reviews in the past few months, they may be a new company lacking expertise. Most BBB chapters also tell you when a business was founded and when they joined the BBB. Lastly, you can check your state business incorporation site to find when a company filed a business license. As you read the reviews to determine reputation, don’t just look at what people are saying. Notice how the company responds to a negative comment. It’s important to know if a company makes a mistake, whether they own up to it and make it right. Also, look at the text of the reviews, not just the number of stars. A more detailed review may let you know how long they’ve been installing gutter covers in addition to their other services. Authorized Distributor/Installer Lastly, make sure the company you’re planning to hire is authorized or certified by the manufacturer to install the system. If you hire a company that doesn’t have permission to sell and install a product, you may not be entitled to the full manufacturer’s warranty. Most gutter cover manufacturers either have a list on their website or another method for you to verify the installer is authorized to install their products. When you find an installer you can trust, make sure they install the best rain gutter system from Gutter Helmet®. You’ll find our dealers are all licensed and insured, have an excellent reputation in their community, and provide the type of service you expect from an established company. If you’re ready to find a Gutter Helmet installer near you, call (800) 824-3772 today.