March 8, 2018

Services

BATHROOMS

A bathroom remodeling project from The Improvement Company can enhance the aesthetics and increase both the functionality and resale value of your home in the greater Columbia area. Throughout the years, bathrooms can become outdated, and may even develop unsightly mold and mildew growth. By modernizing your bathroom, you’ll not only make the space look more beautiful, but you’ll also be able to install durable, low-maintenance products that are built to last, making your remodeling project a sound investment for the future. Plus, you’ll be able to completely customize your design so that your bathroom reflects your aesthetic tastes and has every feature you may want.

When you contact the bathroom remodeling experts at The Improvement Company, one of our designers or remodelers will discuss your current space and listen to your renovation goals. Our selection of replacement tubs and showers is fully comprehensive, and includes walk-in tubs, corner tubs, soaker tubs, jetted tubs, aromatherapy tubs, curb and curbless showers, and more. We also have a huge selection of sinks and toilets, and can even adjust your current plumbing to ensure that your new fixtures operate flawlessly. If you or your loved one is disabled we also have a wide variety of ADA approved fixtures and layouts that can make your lives much easier

In short, our bathroom remodeling services can encompass literally anything you can imagine. Just some of the other features we can transform as part of your project in the Midlands include:

  • Cabinets
  • Countertops
  • Tile work
  • Doors
  • Windows
  • Mirrors and frames
  • Vanities
  • Closets
  • Lighting
  • Flooring
  • Fixtures and accessories
  • And more
  • No matter the extent of your bathroom remodeling goals, our experienced installers will make sure your project is completed with diligent craftsmanship. At The Improvement Company, we’re committed to meeting your expectations.

With an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, we have a reputation you can trust. For added peace of mind, we also provide a 3-year warranty on labor and materials, as well as a 10-year warranty for any work that is structural in nature.

Contact The Improvement Company today for more information, and to begin the bathroom remodeling process for your home.

“Bringing Satisfaction Home to you!”

CUSTOM CABINETS

The Improvement Company has many years of experience in creating quality custom cabinetry in Columbia, SC and the surrounding area. Whether you are looking to upgrade your kitchen with new custom cabinets, a new bathroom cabinet or are building a new home and would like a custom entertainment cabinet system, we have the knowledge and skills to bring you the finest cabinets to meet your needs.

We take the time to meet with you and find out your likes, wants and lifestyle before using our state-of-the-art software to design your cabinets. You will be able to see the cabinets before we even begin building them.

Offering a wide selection of woods including oak to ash to cherry to walnut, if you want it, we can get it for you. We also can provide any style you would want. Call and talk to our knowledgeable staff today, we can help you get the stylish home of your dreams.

ELECTRICAL

Since 1997, The Improvement Company has been the trusted leader in residential electrical services in the Midland of South Carolina.

The bottom line?

If it involves electricity, our residential electricians can take care of it. We work with each customer on an individual basis to create customized residential electrical services which meet their unique needs. Whether you’re dealing with a malfunctioning outlet in your kitchen or you’ve noticed a sudden spike in your power bills, our residential electrical contractor team can evaluate the situation using advanced diagnostic tools, and we’ll provide you with a range of options to resolve your concerns.

Our Residential Electrical Services

  • Fan Installation
  • Child-Proof Outlets
  • Circuit Breaker Replacement
  • Energy-Saving Solutions
  • Electrical Outlet Installation
  • Backup Generators

 

DECKS

At The Improvement Company we are committed to providing our customers in the Columbia area with the highest quality material and resources to complete exceptional and uniquely designed projects. As with every product we offer, The Improvement Company ensures the safety, reliability and personal attention to detail our customers have always relied on.

Decking is unique, in that every project is specifically designed to provide functionality and harmony with your specific interests and needs. Our professional staff is equipped with the necessary expertise to assist you through every step of the process. We work with you to design, create drawings, acquire the required permit, and finally complete the installation of your dream space. We are able to provide you with the information for the highest quality material options and make suggestions on what applications would best suit your wants and needs.

Our talented carpentry crews are experts in the individual methods of installation for the vast selection of materials we offer to ensure the perfect combination of aesthetic beauty and unquestionable safety for your family.

Perhaps more than any other remodeling endeavor, a well-designed and professionally installed decking project will express your style and individuality, add tremendous value to your home and provide comfort and leisure for years to come.

FLOORING

With its understated elegance and warmth, it’s easy to see why hardwood flooring is such a popular choice for homeowners. Aside from beauty, installing hardwood floors are a great way to add value to your home. The selection of wood floor styles and finishes is greater than ever before. No matter what your tastes or needs, you’re bound to find something right for you and your family from the wide selection of flooring options we have available.

HARDWOOD FLOORING

When talking about hardwood flooring installation we are referring to solid wood flooring installation (3/8, 1/2, 5/8, ¾ inch thick) of any type or species of wood, with an unfinished or a factory prefinished face. In this category the only major difference will be between the unfinished and the prefinished hardwood floors, as the thickness or the width of the wood planks does not affect the process of installation very much. In the unfinished category the most common wood is Red Oak followed by White Oak, Maple, Cherry, Walnut, Hickory, Ash and Pine. Hardwood floors are typically installed with nails, staples or cleats onto a wooden subfloor base and over a layer of felt paper used for moisture protection and sound proofing. Even though the wood installation looks like a very complex process, for the flooring professional it is quite an easy task. As soon as the type of the wood is determined by the home owner, they will look for a starting point (straight line wall), calculate the necessary space for expansion and start laying down the wood. The prefinished wood floors are going to take longer to be installed because the installer has to make sure the prefinished face is protected at all time to avoid dents or scratches.

LAMINATE FLOORING

Laminate floors are very popular due to their easy installation and inexpensive price and ultimately for their wood look-a-like quality. A good quality laminate product will really trick the eye and make the floor look like the real deal. Usually, laminate floors are made out of recycled paper and are installed with a quick click locking device. The result is going to be a floating floor as the installation does not require any nails or glue. Before installing a laminate floor, the installer is going to check if the leveling of the subfloor (concrete or plywood) is good or at least fair. They will install an underlayment that will reduce the noise and add comfort when walking on the floor, after which they will proceed with the laminate floor installation. Some expansion space is required, but humidity and moisture doesn’t affect the laminate flooring as much as the real hardwood. That is why laminate is preferred in basements and garden units.

CUSTOM CARPET INSTALLATION

Custom Carpet Installation is known to be one of the things that we want experts to take care of, as they know how to cut them, fit them etc. as per the requirements of the room. Getting this job done with the right person, company or team is very important, and this is because one error in measurement can cost you a lot, and would surely ruin the entire look of your room if it is not cut into the right size as per the requirements of the room and this is the point where The Improvement Company comes in!
The Improvement Company has the best custom carpet installers in the Midlands area, as we have all the tools that would get the job done with efficiency and accuracy making sure of your satisfaction every step of the way.

Don’t risk your homes inner attire when it comes to professional carpeting; but more importantly don’t risk your pocket book by choosing any other installation company, as many companies have very little to no experience. Call someone you can trust to get the job done right; call The Improvement Company, as we know how to deal with every kind of carpet fabric and have years of experience getting the job done right.

Other than being the best carpet installers around Columbia, SC, we also give you the best customer support which is always here to help you. If you find any problem in your carpet installation then just give us a call and we will be there for you to assist you and to solve your carpet installation problems.

ENGINEERED WOOD

This type of wood is called Engineered because it is made out of layers of different types of wood with a thin layer of the desired species on top. The engineered wood is preferred for the glue down installation in situations where raising the floor to accommodate a subfloor is not an option. It can also be nailed down to a wooden subfloor. The engineered wood is usually prefinished in the factory but you can also find it in the unfinished option. When shopping for a prefinished engineered floor you have to always keep in mind that time and traffic will ultimately affect the finish and the floor will have to be refinished. That is why you have to buy the engineered wood that has the thickest top layer, because that is the sanding layer. With the economy down, some of the manufacturers are making the top layer thinner to lower the cost of production. From 1/4 inch a few years ago, now we find products with 1/8 inch and even 1/16 inch top layer. The last option is impossible to refinish without exposing the lower layers. The most common engineered wood installation can be found in homes and buildings with concrete slabs. This type of wood will keep the level closer to the slab making the transition from wood to carpeted rooms or tiled areas nice and smooth.  If a regular hardwood floor will raise the level with about 1 3/4 inch, the engineered will stay within the ½ inch to ¾ inch range. The way the wood is designed will keep the boards straight for the duration of the installation until the glue hardens.

GLUE DOWN FLOORING

The best wood floor for glue down installation is the engineered wood. The multiple layers of different woods used in fabrication will keep the wood straight after it is removed from the box for a longer period, just enough time for the glue to dry. For smaller areas, gluing regular hardwood to a concrete slab is possible. The engineered wood comes in a prefinished and an unfinished version. A fair amount of glue has to be used that will cover the subfloor evenly to assure a solid quality installation. The boards are going to be secured in place with masking tape until the glue is dry and a special glue cleaner might be used after the tape is removed to clean any glue spots or residue existing on the floor surface.

FLOATING FLOOR – QUICK CLICK

A floating floor with a quick click mechanism could be either a Laminate floor or an engineered floating floor. Floating floors are usually installed on a concrete slab over a sound barrier. The quick click installation does not require glue or nails. The floor will be installed like a puzzle with a snap in place mechanism. The quick click floating floor is preferred in apartments and high rise buildings where space will not allow for a major construction project.

STAIRCASES

When a staircase is covered by carpet 90% of the time the wood under the carpet will be plywood or any other inexpensive material. If a wooden staircase is desired, the carpet will be removed and the existing structure will be covered with the wood of choice. The treads can be made out of a single solid piece of wood or by installing regular strips of hardwood with a round edge nose. The risers can also be made out of a single solid piece or, if required, made out of regular hardwood boards. When the installation is done the wood will be sanded stained and coated.

 

GENERAL REMODEL

Often we find ourselves in a home that may not necessarily be our “dream home”. Maybe it is outdated, not configured for your lifestyle, cramped for space, or needs updates to improve resale value. Remodeling offers you an opportunity to use small changes to make huge differences in your home.

We can redo your kitchen, bathrooms, or any room where a remodel will increase your quality of living. If you need additional space, we can increase your living space by finishing unfinished spaces, or add entire rooms.

It would be a pleasure to take an in-depth look at your property so we can then suggest ways to accomplish the goals you have for your home. Often there are projects that we would like to start, “when we get around to it.” With the building industry slowed down with the economy, it may be a great time to invest in your property while material and labor costs are reduced. This can also help those that are “underwater” in their mortgage to build additional equity.

Call us today so we can help you plan the entire project.

GENERAL ADDITIONS

You’re looking for a general contractor in the Midlands of South Carolina to help with a room addition, a custom home build, or help with an outdoor patio, kitchen or bath remodel. The hardest part is knowing whom to trust. You want the job done right, on time, and in budget. But you have heard the horror stories. You may have even experienced them. The Improvement Company has been remodeling homes, installing patios throughout the entire Midlands area for over 17 years. Our past clients are our best references. Please ask and we will supply as many referrals as you like.

If you are interested in creating a custom home from the ground up, a tear down and rebuild, or if you are adding a second story or a room addition, The Improvement Company  can help you from the first day of planning. We will create the plan with you. Or, if you have plans in hand, we can give you a quote that you can be confident will be accurate in cost and time.

We are also happy to take a look at your smaller projects. If you need a wall built, repairs to your home or patio, concrete work, carpentry, doors hung or windows installed, we are ready to quickly answer the call. Many of our customers are installing more energy efficient windows, doors, or adding insulation to bring down their energy costs or contribute to reducing carbon in the atmosphere. These are projects that we are excited to participate in.

Then there are those little things here and there that just seem to pile up. Drywall repair, window repair, door not closing, old doors that need replacing. Give us a call and we’ll come take care of all those irritating issues and they’ll no longer stare at you as you pass them. No job is too small.

For the larger jobs, we know that sometimes it just isn’t clear what the costs are likely to be, and you just want someone to consult with.  Will new double-pane windows cost $10,000 or $2,000. Will our dream patio cost $2,500 or $25,000? We will provide you with a no cost consultation to discuss your project at the earliest stages of your planning.

Please give us a call for all your general contractor needs. We are a licensed residential contractor located in a Columbia, SC.  Call us today; we can help you plan the entire project.

HVAC

Air Conditioning in Columbia, SC

The heat in Columbia, SC arrives early in the year and is around for a long time.  For this reason it is ever more important to make sure your home air conditioning system is working properly.  There are many reasons why your air conditioner might be malfunctioning.  In order to determine if you are in need of minor ac system repairs or if you will need to have a new air conditioner system installed you will need an HVAC expert. Call the professionals at The Improvement Company to have a trained HVAC technician come to your home to examine your home air conditioner.

Air Conditioning Repair or Installation?

There have been so many advances in the manufacturing of air conditioners in the past decade — from SEER ratings to the addition of clean air products that remove pollutants and improve air quality. How do you know whether you simply need to repair a problem or if it is time to replace the system with a newer hi-efficiency one?

Our certified and trained technicians will complete a comprehensive Repair vs. Replace worksheet that will give you all of the details you need to make this difficult decision.

Heating in Columbia, SC

The winter weather in Columbia, SC can come in fast and unexpected.  Avoid being unprepared and getting stuck in the cold with regular heating system maintenance.  If you happen to turn on your system and it does not heat your home give the heating experts at The Improvement Company a call.  One of our trained HVAC technicians will come to your house to fully examine your home heating system.  Through our unique heating repair or replace analysis, we will help you make the most informed decision for all of your home heater needs.

Call us today; we can help you plan the entire project.

KITCHENS

Remodeling the kitchen in your home can be a great opportunity to address a variety of issues you might have with your kitchen, including lack of space to cook, a décor that isn’t to your liking or if you would like to add appliances that the kitchen isn’t designed to accommodate. If you intend to sell your home in the near future, a remodeled kitchen can also bring a great return on your investment. With more than 17 years in the home remodeling industry, The Improvement Company can help you transform your kitchen into the kitchen you’ve always dreamed of.

Kitchen Design Services:

When you contact the experts at The Improvement Company for kitchen remodeling services, we’ll sit down with you and draw up a design for your new kitchen to make it as efficient as possible for you to prepare meals, determine placement of appliances or features like kitchen islands and much more. In addition, we can offer solutions to help maximize the amount of space available in even a small kitchen.

Quality Materials:

Once you have a plan in mind for your kitchen remodel, you will need to find the materials you want to use. The Improvement Company has established long-standing relationships with a number of excellent suppliers who can provide an assortment of high-quality materials you need for your new kitchen including tile, countertops, cabinets and much more. From stainless steel appliances to natural stone countertops, we will be glad to help you locate exactly what you’re looking for.

As a service to our customers, The Improvement Company provides a free initial consultation at your home. Tell us exactly what you have in mind and we can devise a complete plan for you plus offer suggestions to help you get the best value for your money. The kitchen is often the heart of any home and a gathering place for friends and family. Why not make it into one of the best rooms in your home as well?

 

The Improvement Company offer a variety of services from fireplaces and chimneys to porch repairs in Columbia, SC. We understand the intricacies of masonry, and we’re ready to assist you in all of your maintenance and safety needs.

At The Improvement Company, we are experienced and qualified to help with all of your masonry repair needs. From fixing damaged retaining walls to fixing your foundation, we are able to restore your brick to its original beauty. Our services are designed to repair your existing masonry, rather than rebuild and redesign new masonry. Call today for your free estimate!

Services Available from The Improvement Company Include:

  • Archways
  • Brick Cleaning
  • Chimneys
  • Fencing
  • Fireplaces
  • Mailboxes
  • Manufactured Stone
  • Planters
  • Renovations
  • Entrances and Walkways
  • Retaining Walls
  • House Veneers and Architectural Stone
  • Outdoor Living Areas: Kitchens, Barbeques and Fireplaces
  • Patios and Porches

The experienced staff at The Improvement Company, serving the Midlands of South Carolina, strives to ensure your complete satisfaction. We will work with you during every step of the project to make sure it meets all of your needs.

 

MASONRY and STONEWORK

The Improvement Company offer a variety of services from fireplaces and chimneys to porch repairs in Columbia, SC. We understand the intricacies of masonry, and we’re ready to assist you in all of your maintenance and safety needs.

At The Improvement Company, we are experienced and qualified to help with all of your masonry repair needs. From fixing damaged retaining walls to fixing your foundation, we are able to restore your brick to its original beauty. Our services are designed to repair your existing masonry, rather than rebuild and redesign new masonry. Call today for your free estimate!

Services Available from The Improvement Company Include:

  • Archways
  • Brick Cleaning
  • Chimneys
  • Fencing
  • Fireplaces
  • Mailboxes
  • Manufactured Stone
  • Planters
  • Renovations
  • Entrances and Walkways
  • Retaining Walls
  • House Veneers and Architectural Stone
  • Outdoor Living Areas: Kitchens, Barbeques and Fireplaces
  • Patios and Porches

The experienced staff at The Improvement Company, serving the Midlands of South Carolina, strives to ensure your complete satisfaction. We will work with you during every step of the project to make sure it meets all of your needs.

PLUMBING

The Improvement Company, serving all of the Midlands of South Carolina, are the plumbing experts with the ability and experience to service, repair, and replace any plumbing manufacturer’s fixture, faucet, water heater (conventional and tankless), disposal system, toilet, bath and shower, sink, remodeling/new construction commercial and residential – restaurants, retail stores, as well as various plumbing systems, just to mention a few things.

Our plumbers are trained, experienced, and are licensed, use state-of-the-art technology, and quickly diagnose and repair existing problems and repair or replace using only high quality materials; 100% workmanship guaranteed!

General Residential and
Commercial Columbia, SC Plumbing Services

  • Water heater replacement and repair
  • Fixture replacement (faucets, tubs and toilet)
  • Bath remodeling

Drain Cleaning

  • Conventional sewer line cleaning devices
  • Hydro jetting

Water Heaters

  • Money-saving advice (get the right heater for your needs)
  • Conventional and Tankless gas water heaters
  • Energy saving
  • Wall-hung space saving units
  • Continuous hot water
  • Digital remote control thermostat
  • Tank type water heaters
  • 6, 8, 10 and 12 year models and warranties
  • Environmentally friendly burner
  • Self–cleaning
  • Easy to light – no matches required
  • Energy efficient design for more hot water at low operating cost
  • Hybrid electric heat pump water heater
  • Energy efficient 40 or 50 gallon units
  • Traditional gas systems
  • Electric water heater options
  • ENERGY STAR® options
  • Excellent warranties

ROOFING

The Improvement Company is a locally owned and operated Roofing company specializing in residential roofing. If you have a worn out roof, or if your home has hail or wind damage, we can help!

We are an established, highly reputable Columbia roofing company that has served the greater Greater Columbia Area for over 17 years. We are experienced Roofing Contractors and are proud of our reputation for honesty, fairness, and hard work. As the premier roofing company in Columbia, we enjoy stability, professionalism, and a spotless Better Business Bureau record built on earning the trust of customer after customer.

Our Columbia residential roofing services are done by experienced professionals. This means a job done right and it means we are confident in our quality to be accountable to you as the homeowner, or residential property manager.

Featured Services:

  • All types of asphalt roofing shingles
  • Impact Resistant Shingles
  • Wind / Hail / Storm Roofing Repair
  • Residential Metal Roofing
  • Standing Seam Roofing
  • Competitive Residential Roofing Bid

Although The Improvement Company’s standards of roofing installation are extremely high, this does not mean an inflated bid. Our efficiency and work ethic means a higher level of roofing quality, while allowing us to provide a very competitive bid.

Columbia Roofing Workmanship Warranty

The Improvement Company offers some of the longest workmanship warranties anywhere. In addition to lengthy warranties, we also provide fast service. We are homeowners too and we strive to offer our roofing services that are equal or higher than what we ourselves would want in a roofing contractor working on our own homes.

 

SCREEN ROOMS and SUN ROOMS

Many homeowners hire The Improvement Company to build screen enclosures and other outdoor shade structures in the Midlands of South Carolina.  Some are unaware that we can design customized patio enclosures. Screen enclosures are attached patio enclosures with screen walls designed to eliminate flying pests and bugs. They may be known by various names, including:

  • Screen rooms or screen rooms
  • Sunrooms
  • Screened porches
  • Screen enclosures

Components of Screen Enclosures

The materials and methods that can be used to construct screen enclosures are highly variable. Most are built on existing foundations but we can construct a deck or pour a new concrete slab. Most of the screen wall enclosures that we design are comprised primarily of aluminum which does not rust or corrode.
Common attributes of our screen enclosures include:

  • Treated wood or metal support columns
  • Wood or metal overhead beams
  • Sturdy screen walls
  • Solid floors that can be carpeted or left bare
  • Stamped concrete
  • Custom outdoor lighting and electrical outlets
  • Roof systems and trim to match your existing house
  • Climate-control options for solid-walled structures

Uses for Screen Enclosures

Our screen enclosures and outdoor shade structures can be used in a wide variety of ways.  Some of the more common uses for these rooms include:

  • Outdoor patio dining spaces
  • Entertaining spaces for guests
  • Storage areas
  • Home offices
  • Natural-light reading areas
  • Comfortable bird-watching areas
  • Protected growing spaces for sun-loving plants

The Improvement Company is committed to using only the finest materials and techniques to build quality screen enclosures. We build patio covers, pergolas, outdoor kitchens, and covered patios for discerning homeowners across the Columbia area.  We maintain a deep roster of enthusiastic repeat clients and we are known for quality and value that we deliver on a regular basis.

The experienced staff at The Improvement Company, serving the Midlands of South Carolina, strives to ensure your complete satisfaction. We will work with you during every step of the project to make sure it meets all of your needs.

 

SIDING

For high-quality vinyl siding products that can help lower your home’s maintenance costs, turn to The Improvement Company. The home improvement experts who have been helping local residents create greener homes since 1997.  Our highly durable siding for residents of Columbia, Irmo, Lexington, or any other nearby area in South Carolina comes in many different styles and colors to help give the exterior of your home the look you’ve always dreamed of.
We offer two types of vinyl siding:

Traditional

  • Has a clean, ½” profile edge
  • Features a low-gloss cedar grain finish
  • Needs no scraping or painting
  • Comes with a limited lifetime warranty

Insulated

  • Resists high winds
  • Has a high R value
  • Can reduce outdoor noise
  • Features smooth, locking edges
  • Comes with a warranty that’s good for the life of the home

No matter what type of vinyl siding you choose, you can feel confident that it will be installed by extensively trained professionals. For the ultimate protection of your investment, we’ll also provide a 5-year labor warranty in addition to the manufacturers’ warranties that you’ll receive. As a Better Business Bureau-accredited company we will strive for nothing less than your complete satisfaction with the work we have completed on your home.

GUTTER REPLACEMENT and GUTTER INSTALLATION

Leaking Rain Gutters

If your gutters are seamless aluminum, it’s possible that they simply need a little TLC in the form of cleaning and resealing. It’s important that all debris is removed from the gutters, which can sometimes be as simple as a rinse or as involved as removing the downspouts. The Improvement Company has tested all the major sealing product types on the market, and we have found that our special sealant works the best in the multitude of conditions your home and gutters will endure. With a bit of care from The Improvement Company, your rain gutters will have as tight a seal as they did when they were first installed.

Overflowing & Clogged Gutters

If you see your gutters overflowing during a rain, it’s likely that your gutters are clogged. The list of debris that can clog gutters is lengthy: leaves, limbs, shingles, toys, nests, and rodents, just to name a few. Whatever is small enough to fit inside your rain gutters can eventually clog them up. Cleaning out the gutters by removing the debris can sometimes solve the issue of overflowing rain gutters. However, be aware that gutters will often need to be resealed after debris has been removed, so don’t be surprised if you spot some leaks afterward. The best way to prevent clogs in the future is by installing gutter covers over your existing gutter system.

Improperly installed gutters can also be the cause of overflowing rain gutters. Too few, too small, or poorly placed downspouts can cause gutter systems to back up and overflow. The location, quantity, and size of downspouts are extremely important factors. Every time water turns a corner it slows down and backs up. If your gutter system doesn’t factor in these elements you could be seeing rainwater overflow from your gutter system.

Loose, Falling Down, and Sagging Gutters

If rain gutters are loose, sagging, or falling down, it may be from one of the following causes. One reason gutters sag is when gutter spikes start to come loose. As the seasons change, the movements of the gutters caused by changing weather hollows out the holes where gutter spikes have been inserted. As the spike’s grip on the fascia begins to loosen so will your rain gutter installation.

Hidden hanger brackets are another means for attaching gutters to the home, which is The Improvement Company preferred method. However, even gutter hangers can have a loosening problem if the screws used to anchor into the fascia header, the wood behind the fascia, are not long enough. The Improvement Company uses larger screws than the industry standard in order to ensure secure rain gutter installation, and we also space our gutter hangers every 2 feet to provide sufficient support during heavy rains. Too much space between gutter hangers is yet another cause of falling gutters.

The number one reason for falling downspouts is improperly securing the downspout straps into the mortar of the brick. In order to keep a downspout in place, it must be secured to the side of the home with the use of straps. It is important to secure straps to the brick, not the mortar between bricks, because it creates a more secure, enduring hold. Mortar deteriorates over time causing downspouts to come loose, which can create leaks and even fall down.

Do You Have Hail Damage?

Hail damage to gutters is typically easy to see, but only if you know where to look. The effects of hail on rain gutters can be seen in the form of dings or indentations. Depending on the direction of the hail, these dings could be on the outside of the gutters as well as the bottom of the gutters (if the hail was coming straight down). Unless the hail has punched holes in your guttering, which is possible, hail damage affects the look of the gutters more than the functionality. However, every homeowner should be aware that home insurance companies will pay for replacing gutters as well as roofs that have experienced hail damage. You don’t have to live with hail damaged gutters simply because it hasn’t impacted the functionality of your gutter system.

Get a Gutter Replacement Estimate Today!

The Improvement Company understands that rain gutter systems need care just like any other kind of investment. We will help you identify problems and give you our expert opinion on the best remedy. Call us today or use the online form to request a FREE estimate.

Gutter Installation

There are several ways to install rain gutters on a home, but not all of them are ultimately beneficial. Improperly installed gutters can lead to wood rot as well as falling gutters, rendering what should be a beneficial addition to your home as a liability.

Properly Installed Gutters

It’s very important that rain gutters always be installed behind the “drip edge” to ensure proper capturing of rainwater. Installing gutters on top of roof flashing may be easier and quicker, but improperly installed rain gutters can actually do more damage than good. Rain gutters installed on top of roof flashing leave space for rainwater to splash behind the gutters onto the home’s fascia. This water, protected from wind and sun, rots the fascia and eventually leads to costly home repairs. If rain gutters are properly installed behind the “drip edge,” the only place for water to go is down the gutter and away from your home.

Properly Secured Downspouts

Downspouts are enclosed, vertical pieces of guttering that carry water from the rain gutter to the ground. In order to keep a downspout in place, it must be secured to the side of the home with the use of straps. It is important to secure straps to the brick, not the mortar between bricks, because it creates a more secure, enduring hold. Mortar deteriorates over time causing downspouts to come loose, which can create leaks and even fall down.

Get a Gutter Installation Estimate Today!

The Improvement Company understands that rain gutter systems need care just like any other kind of investment. We will help you find the right gutter system that fits your needs. Call us today or use the online form to request a FREE estimate.