How to pick a good contractor in Oklahoma
General contractors are individuals (or groups) who execute large and small construction jobs and remodeling projects. They often do not do all of the work, typically bringing in sub contractors for specialty areas. A general contractor should provide expert advice, truthful data, references and craftsmanship; ideally resulting in a quick return on your investment, and, of course, peace of mind. In order to find a perfect fit, when seeking general contractors make sure to get multiple estimates for the job, and also examine the consultant's personality for professionalism, integrity, and responsibility. Most importantly check our their online profiles and local reviews. See what real people in your are are saying. This is your best guideline.
Popular General Contractors Projects
Additions Add to existing structures, build a deck, porch, sunroom, patio, garage, pool enclosure, greenhouse, gutters, drains, siding, roofing, etc.
Major Remodels & Renovations Remodel basements, bathrooms, kitchens, garages, rooms, swimming pools, remodel for disabilities, gutters, drains, siding, roofing, etc.
New Home Construction Includes building custom, log, modular, panelized,timber framed & manufactured homes.
Outbuildings & Structures Includes building docks, garages, greenhouses, carports, pool enclosures, etc.
Recovery Services - Disaster Includes dry-rot, damage from water, pests, fire, smoke, storms or wind, major home repairs, recovery services, earthquake proofing, etc.
Oklahoma Rain Gutters. Are They Important?
Why Install Gutters In Oklahoma? Why Mr Gutter Wants To Help Protect Your Home?
Installing rain gutters is something that is very important. As a matter of fact, it cannot be expressed how important it is that you have a gutter system on your home. If you don’t have one, you’re looking at a plethora of problems. Unfortunately, this is something that is overlooked by a lot of homeowners because they are simply one of those things that sort of function on their own, making it easy to forget that they need to stay in tip top shape, and that new ones are installed when the existing ones need to be replaced.
What will happen?
If you don’t install a rain gutter system on your home when you build it or install a new system when your existing one is in disrepair, you’re looking at a lot of issues. Here is a list of some of the problems you may encounter:
* A gutter system that is not in good shape can cause water to run underneath the shingles on the roof. This can cause roof damage to occur. This is also an issue when it snows, so it is important that you have a rain gutter in place for when the snow melts.
* A home without a gutter system will have water running down the side of the house. This means that the water can get underneath siding if the home is sided. This also means that erosion can occur in some places. For example, a brick home may encounter erosion and there is the fact that a “rusting” effect can occur.
* The foundation can become damaged. When the foundation has large amounts of water running against it for long periods, cracks start to form. Especially here in Oklahoma. We have expansive clay soil.. This causes lots of problems and could leave you paying a hefty bill for foundation repair that could've most likely been avoided by adding a complete Oklahoma Gutter System.
* Without gutters in place, you literally have a moat around your house. This is not good news for you if you have a basement. The basement can easily flood if there are any cracks in your foundation.
As you can see, there are a lot of reasons to have a rain gutter system in place. The water will drain off of your home in a nice and neat manner. You won’t have to worry about flooding around your home, a leaky basement, or a suffering roof.
Luckily, gutters are not very expensive. It does depend on what kind you buy because there are various materials used to make gutters. You have aluminum, copper, and vinyl to choose from. Each material has its pros and its cons, so it is important for you to figure out which is best for you and your home.
But even if cost is an issue, it is important to keep in mind that the cost to repair damage to your home will always exceed the cost of having a rain gutter system installed on your home. It is better to be safe than sorry because sorry can be quite expensive. Being safe means that you will be keeping your money where it belongs and that is in your pocket.
So What Colors Are Available? In Short we have over 21+ colors that are powder coated in a 20 year paint. Below you will find some information on some of the colors available.
Old galvanized gutters with seams have been replaced by seamless aluminum or copper gutters in a variety of brown, beige, gray, dark blue, red and green colors. The colored gutters become part of your roof line matching or contrasting the roof color.
Traditional white, Linen, Herringbone, Almond and Ivory colors are used extensively on many homes with lighter exterior walls.
We have several brown and beige baked on gutter colors that are neutral and can work with nearly any roof. This includes traditional pointed roof lines including homes with dormer windows. The seamless gutters quietly collect rain water and send it to the matching downspout on the side of the house.
The brown tones range from the light Buckskin and Beaver Brown to darker Royal and Musket browns. These tones fit under the roof overhang and appear to be an extension of the roof. The colors also match closely to trim around windows and doors or they can match the exterior color. The brown and beige colors work well with traditional and rustic architecture as well as with contemporary homes.
Gray & Blue
Traditional Cape Cod architecture is often light gray with black or slate colored roofs. Wicker and clay are the lighter gray tones while Bronze, Tuxedo, Dove and Colonial grays are darker. Black gutters are also available.
Dark blue may complement a gray or dark blue home and roof.
The Colonial Blue gutter is often a choice for traditional home designs.
Galvalume Plus is the traditional gray metal gutter that can be used on homes or commercial buildings.
Red & Green
The red tone is a dark Colonial Red that will work with any red brick building. This is a popular finish for used brick exteriors. It also works well with red tile roofs found on our southwest architecture popular in Texas. Metallic and Rustic copper also work with red-toned tile roofing on stucco, brick and stone exteriors.
Sherwood Green comp
Types of gutters
The good news: Gutters come in all shapes, colors, and prices so you can easily find a match for your style of house and budget.
Unfortunately, figuring the right sizes of the gutters and downspouts for your roof involves some head-banging mathematical formulas.
Not to worry. We’re here to guide you on the path to gutter glory. If you’d like to do your own calculations for sizing your gutters, we’ll help you through it.
Basic Types of Gutters
Let’s start with shapes. There are two basic types, and they’re referred to by the shape of their cross section. Both types come in 5- and 6-inch widths.
1. K-style gutters have flat bottoms and backs, and the front side of the gutter usually has a decorative shape, such as a curve or ogee, that mimics crown molding. Many styles are available.
2. Half-round gutters are exactly what the name suggests: half-round tubes. Half-round gutters often are found on older, historic homes.
Half Round Copper
In general, K-style gutters have twice the capacity of their half-round cousins of the same width, and cost up to 50% more per linear foot.
Gutter Material Available
Cost of materials if you DIY: $2 to 3 per linear foot (6-inch K-style) including downspouts
Cost of pro install (materials and labor): $4 to $9 per linear foot
Cost of pro install (materials and labor): $12 to $25 per linear foot (6-inch K-style)
Seamless (or continuous) gutters are made at the job site. A truck with a spool of flat aluminum pulls up to your home, and the fabricator uses a gutter-forming machine to custom make whatever gutter length is required. There’s no hauling of long gutters. About 70% of all gutter installations are the seamless type.
Installing seamless gutters:
Cost of pro install (fabrication and materials): $5 to $11 per linear foot (6-inch K-style)
Cost of DIY materials, including downspouts: $4 to $6 per linear foot (6-inch K-style)
Cost of pro install (materials and labor): $8 to $10 per linear foot
Cost of DIY materials, including downspouts: $1 to $2 per linear foot (6-inch K-style)
Cost of pro install (materials and labor): $3 to $5 per linear foot
Cost of pro install (materials and labor): $10 to $24 per linear foot, 6-inch half-round (K-style not available in zinc)
Downspouts come as either round or square, in widths from 3 to 6 inches. The most common sizes are rectangular:
Decorative varieties, such as spiral shapes, are available.
The size and number of downspouts you’ll need depends on the capacity of your system.
Rule of thumb: You need one downspout for about every 30 to 40 linear feet of gutter. To increase the capacity of your gutter system, add more downspouts.
How Much Gutter Do You Need?
Figuring gutters sizes and capacities is a complex brain-freeze equation involving the size and slope of your roof and the average maximum rainfall your area can expect. We recommend leaving the calculations to your gutter installation professional.
For the most part, you won’t go wrong with a 5-inch, K-style gutter. “A 5-inch gutter is pretty standard and will handle rainfall just about anywhere in the country,” says Bill Sheetz, owner of Lake Cook Exteriors in Palatine, Ill. He uses them on “almost all our installations.” And he specs oversized (3-inch-by-4-inch) downspouts to ensure good drainage.
Sheetz says a 6-inch gutter has almost twice the capacity of a 5-inch, but cautions that in cold climates, larger gutters run the risk of getting weighted down with ice that could damage the gutter system. Moving to a 6-inch gutter increases costs by about 25%.
For those of you who are self-reliant DIYers determined to do the calculations, these step-by-step instructions will take you through the process.
Or try this online gutter and downspout calculator.
The Cost Of Drains In Oklahoma
Drainage systems can benefit your home in a variety of ways. Water damage is among the biggest issues your home could experience, leading to flooding, mold and mildew issues, and even foundation problems. Proper drainage can help you prevent that from happening.
Homeowners look into drainage systems for one of two reasons. Some simply want to be sure that water damage never becomes and issue. But most react to past damage, seeking ways to prevent it from happening again in the future.
Regardless of your reason for looking into the subject, you probably have some questions about what it means, how much it costs to install a drainage system, and what you need to know in the course of the installation. Consider this your guide to making sure that your home is protected from water problems, both now and in the future.
Return to Top
Types of Drainage Systems
Simply understanding that you need proper drainage is not enough. Now, depending on the type of water problems you have or anticipate, it's time to pick a system that matches your needs. Three common types of solutions exist:
This system takes advantage entirely of gravity. It consists of a ditch filled with gravel and a perforated pipe, which guides water away from the area susceptible to damage. French drains make the most sense in one of two areas of your home:
Especially if your property is relatively flat, be mindful of standing water in your yard after rain falls. Your water table will rise, leading to increased risk of water damage to your home. In that case, a system of drain pipes that distribute water equally throughout your property can help solve your issue.
Sometimes, your water problems may be caused by an issue as simple as improper gutter drainage. Make sure that your downspouts lead far enough away from your property in order to avoid risking damage to your foundation.
Hydrostatic Pressure Drainage
Don't think of water as only coming from above. Depending on the water table in your property, groundwater can be just as dangerous. Hydrostatic pressure can cause your basement walls to leak, even during dry days and weeks. To ensure proper drainage in that case, the solution is typically to install an interior alternative similar to french drains, in combination with a sump pump to guide the water back outside.
Return to Top
Can You Install Your Own Drainage System?
In most cases, you will want to work with professionals to solve your drainage problems. A variety of underlying causes could be the driving force behind the symptoms you see, and finding these causes in order to implement the right solution is paramount.
That said, you can try to install your own drainage system if you think you have detected the issue and possess the skills and knowledge necessary to fix it. Depending on the complexity of the project, installing your own drainage system costs between $100 and $500. A sump pump adds another $130 to $500 to your project.
Return to Top
FAQs and Other Considerations
Whether you are looking to install your own drainage system or want to work with professionals, a number of considerations will help you solve your water damage problem reliably. Below are some answers to frequently asked questions about this type of home improvement project.
How Long Does it Take?
The exact answer depends on the complexity of your project. Installing a simple french drain that leads away from your foundation, or a new downspout that keeps the water from your roof away from your home, can be done within a few hours on a single afternoon.
On the other hand, a more complex drainage system, especially if it involves a sump pump and/or work directly on your foundation, will take longer. In that case, expect your contractor to work on it for a few days, up to a week
.When is the Best Time to Install New Drainage?
While you can install a drainage system during most seasons, you should try to schedule your project for a relatively warm and dry day. Especially if you or your contractor plans to work on the foundation itself, you will expose it during the project, and could risk serious flooding if the weather turns.
You don't always have the choice of season and weather, of course. If your basement experiences acute water damage, you need a solution sooner rather than later. But if you are proactively installing your new drainage system, try to plan it for warm and relatively dry days.
How Do I Know I Need Better Drainage?
Some of the signs for drainage are obvious: if your basement floods, especially if it's not an isolated incident, you probably need to start thinking about solving the problem. Other signs, though, can be just as instructive:
Can I Combine This Project With Others?
The short answer is yes. Especially if you or your contractor is about to work on your foundation, consider other measures to protect your home. For example, treating your foundation with waterproofing paint can help prevent the inevitable groundwater from seeping in even after your new drainage system is installed.
What Questions Should I Ask My Contractor?
Naturally, you want to find a professional that can get the job done and install new drainage reliably and protect your home from water damage for a long time to come. To help ensure that will be the case, here are 5 questions you should ask your contractor:
All of these questions will help you determine the quality of your contractor, and provide clarity of what will happen once they begin to work on your property. The last question is often overlooked, but can be crucial. Especially if the new drainage system includes a sump pump, you have to make sure how to operate and maintain it to avoid water damage not just immediately after the installation, but for years to come.
Article from HomeAdvisor.com.