The Gutter Guys vs PERMA-DRY Systems Franchise Comparison

Below is an in-depth analysis and side-by-side comparison of The Gutter Guys vs PERMA-DRY Systems including start-up costs and fees, business experience requirements, training & support and financing options.

Start-Up Costs and Fees

The Gutter Guys Franchise
PERMA-DRY Systems Franchise
Investment $91,700$180,000 - And Up
Franchise Fee $15,000$18,500
Royalty Fee 5%5%
Advertising Fee --
Year Founded 19881980
Year Franchised 20001990
Term Of Agreement 10 years5 years +5
Term Of Agreement 10 years5 years +5
Renewal Fee 25% of franchise fee-

Business Experience Requirements

The Gutter Guys Franchise
PERMA-DRY Systems Franchise
  • Marketing skills
  • People skills, good work ethic
  • -

    Financing Options

    The Gutter Guys Franchise
    PERMA-DRY Systems Franchise
      In-House/3rd PartyIn-House/3rd Party
    Franchise Fees No/No-/-
    Start-up Costs No/No-/-
    Equipment No/Yes-/-
    Inventory No/No-/-
    Receivables No/No-/-
    Payroll No/No-/-

    Training & Support

    The Gutter Guys Franchise
    PERMA-DRY Systems Franchise
    Training -Headquarters in Dartmouth, NS 2 Weeks
    Support Newsletter, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Internet, Field operations/evaluations, Purchasing cooperativesCentral Data Processing

    Field Operation Evaluation

    Field Training

    Franchisee Newsletter

    Regional or National Meetings

    800 Telephone Hotline

    Marketing Co-op advertising, Ad slicks, Regional advertising-
    Operations Franchise can be run from home.

    10% of all franchisees own more than one unit

    Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 7

    Absentee ownership of franchise is allowed. (100% of current franchisees are owner/operators)

    Average Number of Employees: 1 Full-time, 1 Part-time

    Passive Ownership: Allowed, But Discouraged

    Expansion Plans

    The Gutter Guys Franchise
    PERMA-DRY Systems Franchise
    US Expansion YesYes
    Canada Expansion No-
    International Expansion NoYes

    Company Overviews

    About The Gutter Guys

    The Gutter Guys was founded by Michael Williams in 1988. Michael had been working in the restaurant and hospitality business for the previous fifteen years and needed gutters and downspouts on his new home. Amazed at the total lack of professionalism in the gutter companies he encountered while getting gutter installation estimates, he decided to start The Gutter Guys. Using his extensive knowledge of and passion for customer service, Michael's company now serves more than 300,000 happy customers throughout four mid-Atlantic states: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

    Not only did Michael develop the recipe to satisfy his customers, he also found the right recipe to recruit and retain quality employees. While discussing how to utilize and reward skilled employees with his business advisor and CPA Chuck Johnson, the idea of franchising came up. Not franchising in the normal sense, but as a way to expand the geographic area the business served and give employees an opportunity to become self employed while remaining with The Gutter Guys.

    Chuck was so instrumental in helping to develop a system to give The Gutter Guys' employees a chance to become franchise owners that he was invited to join the company. Chuck accepted and sold his well-established accounting practice to join The Gutters Guys full time. Since that time, we have helped twelve of our employees become self employed franchisees of The Gutter Guys.

    About PERMA-DRY Systems


    Provision of services in the restoration of concrete surfaces and structures, using products and following a repair system prescribed and developed by the franchisor. These crack repair and concrete specialists are encouraged to expand and diversify their business in any area where concrete products are used or repairs are required.