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Spring Exterior Home Maintenance 

February 23rd, 2021 | No Comments »

Spring is on the horizon. So, when the snow melts and the sun starts to shine, it becomes a good time to do some maintenance on your home’s exterior. Debris and dirt that accumulated over the winter should be removed to prepare for the upcoming warmer months. 

Here is a quick checklist for maintaining your home this spring: Spring Exterior Home Maintenance

Tend to The Lawn 

Mow your lawn and check for any dry or sparse patches. Be sure to mow your lawn in multiple directions to ensure an even cut on all sides. Afterwards, you can tend to areas that need water, fertilizer, and seeds if necessary. 

Clean the Porch/ Deck 

Remove any leaves, stray grass, and overgrown weeds surrounding your porch or deck. If you have furniture, remove them and then wash down the porch and deck with your garden hose. If possible, use the highest water setting to blast away any stuck-on dirt. Wash the furniture before putting them back on the porch . 

Wash Windows 

You probably haven’t noticed how dirty the exterior of your windows have become. In addition to washing the inside, it is just as important to wash the outside as well. Here are a few techniques that you can try. 

Clean the Gutters

Gutters help protect your home’s roof and foundation by directing precipitation off and away from your home. Gutters that have not been properly cleaned put your home at risk for flooding, roof damage, and foundation cracking. It is best to clean your gutters at least twice a year- once in the spring and again in the fall. . 

Bell Seamless Gutters provides quality gutters, maintenance services, and rainwater collection in New Jersey. Our skilled professionals can help with all of your gutter needs.  Contact us to learn more about having your home’s gutter system updated or serviced at your Central New Jersey home or business.

The Benefits of a Rainwater Collection System

December 16th, 2020 | No Comments »

From their ecological benefits to their significant savings, there a number of good reasons to consider adding a rainwater collection system to your home. These systems have become increasingly popular in recent years, as many homeowners are looking for creative new ways to minimize their water consumption around the house.

Reduce erosion and flooding around your houseThe Benefits of a Rainwater Collection System

In most homes, rainwater is collected in the gutter system and then deposited around the downspouts and gardens. This is all fine and well for now, but over time, the deposited water can cause flooding and erosion in these areas. A rainwater collection system, meanwhile, diverts the water into barrels rather than into the ground.

Save on water bills

The more rainwater you collect, the less water you’ll have to use from your town or city. This will drastically reduce your water bills, especially if your rainwater system is used as your primary source of water.

Great for gardeners

Rainwater collection systems are also ideal for avid gardeners. Not only does it provide extra water for your plants and vegetables, but rainwater also has fewer pollutants than groundwater. As such, rainwater can make your plants healthier, which in turn will help them grow.

Installing a rainwater collection system

Rainwater collection systems can be easily integrated into your existing gutters and downspouts. All we have to do is divert the downspout of your choice into two separate pipes. One of these pipes will feed your rainwater collection bins, while the other will carry water safely away from home in the same manner as an ordinary downspout. Once the system is installed, you can select which path the rainwater will take at the flip of a switch.

Interested in learning more about the rainwater collection systems we offer at Bell Seamless Gutters? Feel free to give us a call at our toll-free number or contact us online today to speak with a representative!

How to Prevent Ice Dams in Your Gutters

December 3rd, 2020 | No Comments »

Winter poses many challenges. Among those are ice dams. Damaging to your gutters and your home, homeowners should take every step possible to prevent ice dams from developing. Here’s how to get started:

What causes ice dams?How to Prevent Ice Dams in Gutters

When the snow melts off your roof, meltwater accumulates and freezes along the overhang, creating an ice dam. The only way to prevent ice dams is to prevent snowmelt. This means keeping your roof cold while the rest of your home is kept toasty warm. How is this accomplished? By using these three methods: insulation, ventilation, and waterproofing.

Insulation

A properly insulated attic will prevent warm air from escaping and warming your roof. Most modern homes have proper insulation, but this is not the case with older homes. If your house was built before 1980, you should check your attic to see how much (or how little) insulation you have.

Ventilation

The next piece in the puzzle is ventilation. How the warm air moves in your attic can impact how it escapes to your roof. No matter how much insulation you have, there will always be some amount of heat loss. As such, you want the air to move up, out, and away from the roof rather than alongside it.

Waterproofing

Underneath the shingles of your roof is an underlayment—a water-resistant barrier between the shingles and the roof deck. By installing a waterproof underlayment, you can prevent water from seeping in under your shingled and getting into your home. While this won’t prevent ice dams, it will protect your home if ice dams eventually form.

To learn more about protecting your home and gutters from ice dams, read through our blog, or contact Bell Seamless Gutters today.

Are Your Gutters Properly Pitched?

October 19th, 2020 | No Comments »

Gutters seem simple enough, but if they’re not installed correctly, they won’t be able to move water away from your home. A properly pitched gutter is tilted slightly toward their downspouts to ensure rainwater. This allows water to flow freely without getting trapped along the way. As a general rule of thumb, your gutters should slope down from their peak at least one quarter inch for every 10 feet of gutter.

So, how can you tell if your gutters are properly pitched? And what can you do about it? Read on to learn more:

Check your gutters after a rainstormAre Your Gutters Properly Pitched?

An easy way to make sure water is flowing through your downspouts is to inspect your gutters following a rainstorm. If you see any standing water in your gutters, and it’s not being blocked by debris or other obstructions, the pitch of the gutters is too shallow.

Try bending the gutter hanger

In some cases, you may be able to correct isolated gutter pitch issues by gently bending the gutter hanger in the affected area to allow water to drain into the downspout. If the pitch problems are more widespread, however, you may need to have your gutters rehung by a professional installer.

Avoiding incorrectly pitched gutters

If your gutters were originally hung by professionals and have been properly maintained, you shouldn’t have to worry too much about pitch problems unless they’re damaged by something like a falling tree limb. You’re also less likely to encounter pitch problems with seamless gutters because they must be custom cut to suit the unique dimensions of your home.

Interested in learning more about all the benefits of modern seamless gutter systems? Give us a call or contact us online to speak with a representative at Bell Seamless Gutters today!

How to Choose the Right Gutters

September 28th, 2020 | No Comments »

Have you noticed cracks, holes, and leaks in your gutter system? Then it might be time to replace them. However, there are a wide variety of gutters available on the market, so which type is best for you? Here we go through the most common gutters to help you pick out the right ones.

AluminumHow to Choose the Right Gutters

Aluminum gutters are one of the most common types of gutters around. Lightweight, cost-efficient, and resistant to corrosion, they’re an excellent choice for many homeowners. They can hold up against a variety of weather conditions, much more so than other types of gutters, so they can be used in cold and hot climates. The one drawback is that they’re not as structurally sound as other types, and they can also dent easier than others as well.

Vinyl

Gutters made out of vinyl are the cheapest gutter option you can find. They’re easy to install and they’re also incredibly lightweight. However, they’re best for milder climates that don’t have to deal with extreme cold. This is because vinyl often grows brittle and cracks as a result of the cold.

Stainless steel

These are the highest-grade kinds of gutters that you can find. Stainless steel gutters are incredibly sturdy and won’t be damaged by falling branches or ladders. They can also make rather beautiful gutters that will nicely complement your home. Nevertheless, they are pricey, so ask yourself if these kinds of gutters are worth the investment.

At Bell Seamless Gutters, we can help you find the perfect gutters for your home. Just give us a call to learn more about our gutter installation services!