Selecting the Best Brake for Your Business

A quality brake can be one of the best investments you make for your gutter contracting business.  Being able to bend materials on the jobsite can save you valuable time and money.   When making a large purchase it is important to consider which features you will need.  Finding the perfect fit for your business will ensure that you’re left with a product you are happy with for years to come.  Here are 7 features to look for when researching which brake is the right fit for your business: Throat Depth – Make sure the brake system you choose has the throat depth needed on the jobsite.  The Mark I, II, and IV Series each have a throat depth of 14”… Continue reading »

7 Questions to Ask the Homeowner Before Starting a Gutter Guard Installation

Here are some questions to ask the homeowner when planning their gutter guard installation. Experienced contractors know that a smoothly-run project begins with a good conversation with the homeowner.  Asking the client the right questions can pave the way for realistic customer expectations that both you and your team can achieve. What are your current concerns?  Before you can offer a solution to match a customer’s needs you must first find out what those needs are.  Ask open-ended questions such as “What about gutter guards appeal to you?” or “What problems do you want to address?” What is your timeline?  It is always important to have a clear idea of how quickly the homeowner wants the system installed for a… Continue reading »

Ornamental Accents That Wow

When it comes to offering your customers complete gutter systems, it is often hard to stand out from the competition.  A gutter system is just a gutter system, right?  Wrong.   Offering your clients more than just the ordinary can help you separate yourself from the others while increasing your add-on sales. Ornamental gutter accents are a great addition to any home and can be the finishing touch that wows.  And you don’t have to be servicing mansions to get in on the action.  These products come in a variety of price points, styles, and options sure to fit any project and any budget.Ornamental Gutter ProductsWhether your customer is looking for traditional appeal or a more unique flare, there are many… Continue reading »

10 Gutter Installation Tips from the Pro’s

Are your gutter jobs taking you too long and leaving your customers with only so-so results?  If so, it may be time to brush-up on your skills.  Knowing the tricks of the trade will not only help you cut cost through less waste and time on the job but also leave your clients with a better product in the end.  Read on to learn more about how to work smart when out in the field. Here are 10 tips for professional Gutter Installation: Use a Material List – Begin by compiling everything you will need to complete the job.  This not only ensures your truck is loaded properly but also can help you plan the cuts that will make the… Continue reading »

Are Galvanized Steel Gutters Right for Your Home?

Many homeowners are unsure about the different options to choose from when deciding on which gutter system to install.  But did you know that there are many different styles of gutter material to choose from?  It is important to discover all the options available to you including galvanized steel.  Galvanized steel is becoming increasingly popular due to its durability, cost-effectiveness and low maintenance.    Durability Galvanized steel is among the most durable material options when choosing a gutter system.  With the addition of the galvanized steel coating, it adds another layer of protection to guard against harsh conditions during the winter and spring months.  Low CostDuring the decision process, many homeowners weigh heavily the cost of the different gutter systems… Continue reading »

Pricing Gutter Installations: 5 Tips for Accurate Estimates

The accurate estimating of jobs is not only a science but often an art form that takes many professionals years of experience to master.  One must take into consideration both the cost of materials as well as labor and time.  Keeping both aspects in check ensures that both you and the customer are happy when the job is complete.  Your client receives what they expected and “signed up” for and you can enjoy the profits made from the job.  On the flip side, poorly priced quotes can leave your small business floundering.  Estimate too high and you may lose out to lower bids.  Price too low and you end up eating the cost of the overages. Below are five tips… Continue reading »

The Contractor’s Guide to Staying Safe on the Jobsite

For gutter installation contractors, much of their work is completed outdoors and often at heights that would make the average person a little queasy.  The nature of the job carries with it many hazards to avoid especially when working alone.  Staying safe on the jobsite is not only important for your health but also for the success of your small business.  Imagine being hurt on the worksite and not being able to work for weeks.  Taking just a few extra precautions, using some simple protective tools and being smart about how you work can all help keep you protected while on the clock. Here are a few safety rules that every gutter installation contractor should know: Use the Right Gloves… Continue reading »

5 Expert Tips for Working Smarter in 2015

No matter what business you are in, we all want to work smarter not harder.  Especially for small contracting firms saving valuable time and accomplishing more throughout the day leaves room for tasks which help grow the company.   If you are a busy small business owner looking for ways to work more efficiently than ever before there are some simple things you can do to streamline your day-to-day duties.  By integrating just a couple of these tasks into your schedule can save you 5-10 hours by the end of your workweek. Here are 5 expert tips to working smarter, not harder, in 2015: ·         Utilize Sell Sheets – Sell sheets are a great way to explain complicated processes to the… Continue reading »