Saturday, December 20, 2008

As my box gutters gently weep…

It seems in life - at least mine - that some decisions made come back to haunt me again and again. I can make the right call a thousand times but there can be one bad call that just won’t let go and it taints everything.

Box gutters (aka Built-in Gutters) were my bad call.

To understand the true depth of my anguish you have to realize the effort that I, personally, put in to restoration work on my home. It’s work that I really didn’t want to do in the first place, having been stiffed by a contractor whom I’d given money (that’s a sad recurring theme for me). I scrape, I sand, I paint, I do all the little things and I’m really good about attention to detail. Yes, I’m slow. But the job gets done right.

I can’t do everything. Lord knows I wish I could. I paid someone to re-line my gutters. They’ve all failed – letting water creep into places where water should not be. The decision to be made now?

Option 1. Abandon the box gutters completely replacing with a modern gutter system. This includes altering the roofline to cover the box gutters and tacking on gutters where the crown molding currently resides. The same crown molding I gently removed layers of paint from and restored to near pristine status.

Option 2(Preferred). Find a roofer/contractor to redo the work correctly. Easier said than done. I’ve been working this angle for a while. Keep in mind, I have the cash on hand to pay for this stinking work thanks in part to getting screwed by past contractors. They don’t show, I keep the money. I just want to give my cash to someone that will do the work right. Am I asking for too much?

If you know a reliable roofer that wants my money please email me contact information.

All I want for Christmas is to not have to walk around the house looking for water stains when it rains or snows. And I've been a good boy all year long.

11 comments:

bluegill said...

I don't know anything about them but you might call Alpha Superior Contracting.

Alpha Superior Contracting Inc
537 N 26th St
Louisville, KY 40212
(502) 778-0188‎

They list themselves as box gutter experts.

"Certainteed Silver Star Contractor, Commercial & Historical, Copper/Patina Work, Licensed & Insured, Metal - Flat - Singles, Roofing & Copper Box Guttering Experts, Residential, Room Additions"

At the very least, they rebuilt the gutters on their own building in Portland so you could check it out, along with the rest of their restoration work.

TedF said...

Thanks Jeff. They'll get a call from me first thing Monday.

Courtney Paris said...

Hey Ted,

We have to have our gutters rebuilt thanks to Ike, the guy that is doing them is wonderful. Give Adam a call and he'll pass on his information.

Kurt said...

We restore box gutters and slate roofs. If you have continuous gutters like that, you want a professional sheet metal person who will fabricate them properly with expansion joints and locked or riveted seams. I am the only contractor that I know of in this area that performs this level of work on residential jobs.

Check out my article on my blog about box gutter maintenance (things to do before you get to the point of total rebuilding).

Also my photo gallery: http://picasaweb.google.com/kwhord

Good luck with the project, and please don't hesitate to call us to request a bid.
Patina Slate & Copper (formerly Patina Copperworks)
Kurtis Hord: Sole proprietor.
502.797.7017

Nanette said...

So I just found this blog while searching for help with our box gutters. Any resolution to your gutters and/or anyone you would recommend???

Thomas said...

I remember those box gutters, my parents' house used that kind when I was a teen, but currently, they are using continuous gutters (Boston-based contractors are the one who installed them).

Also, to make sure that our door won't be blown off the hinge, I had our new heavy-duty doors (Boston-based installers) installed.

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Allyson Ripple said...

How are the gutters doing now, Ted? If you went for option two, what was your experience with your contractor? When I look at potential contractors, the first thing I ask them is how long they have been doing their line of work. Experience is paramount when working with gutters because you need to minimize the errors as much as possible.

Allyson Ripple

Chantay said...

Hmm, what was preventing you from going with option one? The way I see it, you were having a hard time not only finding a contractor but also repairing the gutter properly. I can also see some signs of rusting on the gutters, so option one is a better option for me. In the end, what matters most is getting the gutter fixed with no hidden problems whatsoever. I wish you well!

Chantay Smithingell

Lenore Lung said...

It's sad to hear that many roofing contractors failed to meet your standards of quality. I just hope that you don't lose hope, for I am certain that there are still lots of roofing contractors that can deliver good results. Just look them up and don't forget to check for the credibility of the company.

Lenore Lung

Lenore Lung said...

It's sad to hear that many roofing contractors failed to meet your standards of quality. I just hope that you don't lose hope, for I am certain that there are still lots of roofing contractors that can deliver good results. Just look them up and don't forget to check for the credibility of the company.

Lenore Lung