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Question DetailsAsked on 3/31/2015

are there any warranties on gutters-installed by a contractor?

the gutters were installed three years ago when I had a new roof installed-the roofer stated that we had a bad winter on long island,n.y. and one gutter 40 feet half of it ripped off -he wants to charge $400 to replace it -I say there have been other worst winters since 1973 and I never had a problem in all those years and all other snow and ice storms-and it should be covered by some warranty - I said I think that is too high of a price for a three year old gutter and I think he should replace it and for him to take the loss-he said he would only take $50. off and then--he refuses to come out again and said to get someone else because I called another contractor for the gutter estimate unbeknown to me it turned out to be the subcontractor who installed it and he said because of his business dealings with the roofer he could not give me an estimate and to call another gutter installer -WHAT WOULD YOU DO?-what say you

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I am not sure it you are saying you had 20 or 40 feet ripped off - if 40 feet, $400 does not sound out of bounds to repair/replace a short section like that - maybe double the per-foot rate you would get on a full-house job, which is reasonable because he has to come to your place, set up, get ladder up, maybe trim up damaged ends, then dothe new gutter section. I would only say this sounds out of range if you have vinyl gutter, which could be replaced in a half hour to hour.

Even if you had an installation warranty, it would most likely NOT extend 3 years.

You have experienced something that is very common - wide spacing on brackets when for less than 10% more typically you have half-space them and avoid the risk of the gutter coming down when it glaciers up.

Since he is now ticked off because you went for another bid, about all you can do is find other gutter installers and get them to bid it until you find one with comparable pricing. Remember, minimum charge for this type of job is commonly around $150-250 for fabricated-on-site metal gutters of normal weight. If this is vinyl or segmental metal gutter that can be bought at a store, then a Handyman might well be able to fix it fine for that cost or less.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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