Superior Gutter Inc.

541 1st Ave N (alley)    *       Silvis, IL  61282     *                   309-755-7046

Gutter FAQ

The main purpose of a rain gutter is to protect a building's foundation by channeling water away from its base. They also help to reduce erosion, prevent leaks in basements and crawlspaces, protect painted surfaces by reducing exposure to water, and provide a means to collect rainwater for later use.

Rain gutters can be constructed from a variety of materials, including cast iron, lead, zinc, galvanised steel, painted steel, copper, painted aluminium, PVC (and other plastics), concrete, stone, and wood.

Water collected by a rain gutter is fed, usually via a downspout (traditionally called a leader or conductor), from the roof edge to the base of the building where it is either discharged or collected. A collection system strategy for water carried from rain gutters may include a rain barrel or a cistern.

1. Do I have to choose white gutters?

     No, we carry a wide variety of colors to match any trim.

2. Do you use nails to hang the gutters?

     Our professional installers use hidden hangers and screws to secure the gutter

3.  The wind damaged my gutter, can you provide an itemized estimate for the Insurance company?

      We can provide an itemized estimate for your Insurnace company

4. Do you install Rain Barrels?

     We do install rain barrels, however we do not stock them as there is a large varity of barrels to choose from to fit your personal needs.  We do recommed purchasing a downspout diverter if your rain barrel kit does not come with one.  This will allow you to have the water drain through the downspout if the barrel is full.


Window FAQ's

1. What causes condensation on windows?

     Condensation, or "sweating," is a natural occurrence on all windows and is caused by excess humidity, or invisible water vapor, present in the air. When this water vapor comes in contact with a surface which is at a cooler temperature, the vapor turns to visible droplets of moisture.

Our insulating glass units provide superior energy efficiency to reduce the potential for condensation. However, there is no such thing as a condensation-free window in high humidity conditions. Controlling the amount of moisture in your home is the most effective action you can take to avoid condensation.

Here are a few tips on reducing the moist air in your home:

Use fans in bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms to circulate the air.
Air out your home frequently by opening doors and windows.
Reduce the number of indoor house plants, as plants increase humidity levels.
Use a dehumidifier to remove excess humidity from the air.

2. How do vinyl windows compare with windows made from other materials, such as wood and aluminum?

     The performance and longevity of vinyl windows compare very favorably to those of other building materials, and vinyl often costs less to produce. Vinyl windows and doors are rapidly capturing a major market share as more builders and homeowners learn about vinyl's outstanding value and economy.

Long-lasting beauty, low maintenance and excellent thermal efficiency ratings give vinyl windows a winning edge over other types of replacement windows. Simonton's vinyl compound is produced with extra levels of UV inhibitors to help withstand harsh weather conditions, and it is recyclable and environmentally friendly. Vinyl won't pit or peel over time with only simple care and cleaning, windows can keep their beautiful appearance for years to come.

3. How does insulating glass improve the quality of windows and doors?

    Insulating glass improves the quality of windows and doors by:

Improving the performance of the U and R values of your new windows and doors
Reducing condensation
Helping keep the heat in and cold out during winter
Helping keep the heat out and the cold in during summer

4. What is Low E/Argon-filled glass, and how does it work?

    Low E (Emissivity) Glass is glass with a transparent metallic oxide coating applied onto or into a glass surface. The coating allows short-wave energy to pass through but reflects long-wave infrared energy, improving the U-Value.