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New Jersey Home Values are Rising. Is Yours Ready to Sell?

July 5th, 2018 | No Comments »

Home for SaleDemand for homes in New Jersey is outpacing the current inventory, causing home prices to rise steadily across the state. The medium home value in New Jersey has grown by more than 9 percent over the past year, according to Zillow, and it’s expected to rise another 7 percent in the next year. Demand has been particularly strong in the communities of Central New Jersey, where competitively-priced homes are attracting bidding wars from eager buyers.

These market conditions mean that now is a great time to think about selling a home in Central Jersey. A number of real estate analysts have even drawn comparisons between this summer’s housing market and the last market peak in 2006. Homes are selling fast, and they’re selling for prices that were practically unheard of just a few years ago.

If you’re preparing to put your home on the market this season, it’s good idea to take care of any maintenance items you may have neglected in years past. By investing in these upgrades and repairs now, you can get the best possible price for home when it comes time to sell.

At Bell Seamless Gutters, we can help get your home ready to sell by repairing and replacing outdated gutter systems with modern seamless gutters. These custom-designed gutters are not only aesthetically pleasing, but also durable and easy to maintain. We also include gutter guards with all of our gutter installations, which prevent clogs by preventing leaves, twigs and other debris from accumulating in your gutters.

To learn more about our gutter installation and repair services, give us a call at our toll-free number or contact us online today!

Risks Associated With Clogged Gutter Systems

May 29th, 2018 | No Comments »

Clogged GuttersIf the gutters on your home are clogged with leaves, dirt and other debris, rainwater may not be able to flow through them properly and discharge through your downspouts. This can potentially cause a number of moisture-related issues with your home. Check out a few common risks associated with clogged gutters below!

Foundation Issues

When water can’t flow through your gutters, it will eventually spill over their sides instead. This, in turn, can cause water to pool around your foundation. Over time, moisture buildup around the foundation can cause the concrete to crumble and crack. A clean gutter system will ensure that rainwater flows away from your home, thereby protecting your foundation from water damage.

Mold growth

A clogged gutter system can also cause rainwater to drain down your siding, leaving unsightly mold and mildew stains on your home. If you find that you’re constantly struggling to combat mold growth on your home’s exterior, it could be because your gutters aren’t functioning correctly!

Damaged gutters

When your gutters are filled with heavy debris and water, the added weight can cause them to split and break free from your home. This can not only have a negative effect on your home’s curb appeal, but also allow water from the broken gutter sections to collect around the foundation.

To keep your gutters working properly, be sure to clean them at least a couple times every year, preferably in the spring and fall. You may also want to consider having gutter guards installed. These can prevent debris from falling into the gutters and reduce the need for regular cleanings. To learn more, feel free to give us a call or contact us online today!

Turn Your Old Gutters Into a Vertical Garden

May 22nd, 2018 | No Comments »

Gutter GardenGetting ready to replace your aging sectional gutters with new seamless gutters? If you enjoy weekend DIY projects and some of those old gutter sections are still in good shape, you may be able to repurpose them as planters for a vertical garden! Gutter gardens take up very little space, and they’re great for growing herbs, lettuce, flowers and more.

Many people choose to fasten their gutter gardens to a fence, but they can also be hung from a freestanding wood frame or even from your porch.

Start by cutting the gutters to an appropriate length for the space you have in mind. Each gutter will serve as one tier of your vertical garden. Next, use gutter end caps to seal both ends of your gutter planters. Once the gutters are sealed with end caps, use a quarter-inch drill bit to drill evenly-spaced drainage holes along the bottom of the gutter.

If you plan on hanging your garden from a frame or porch, you can also drill a pair of extra 1/8-inch holes on either end of the gutters so that they can be suspended with galvanized steel wire. Otherwise, you can simply fasten them to a fence or other vertical structure with gutter hangers.

Once your gutter planters are in place, just fill them with soil and fertilizer, plant your seeds and give them a drink of water. Before you know it, you’ll have a beautiful vertical garden that leaves plenty of room for other plantings in your flowerbeds.

Keep These Ladder Safety Tips in Mind When Cleaning Gutters

April 16th, 2018 | No Comments »

Cleaning Gutters on LadderGetting ready to do some spring gutter cleaning? If so, there’s a good chance you’ll need to use a ladder. But before you climb a ladder to clean your gutters, there are a few basic safety guidelines you should keep in mind to prevent accidents and injuries.

Stay off the ladder when you don’t feel well or when the weather is bad.

If you’re tired or dizzy on the day you plan to clean out your gutters, you should consider postponing the job for another day. You may be more susceptible to losing your balance and falling off the ladder when you’re not feeling well. You should also stay off the ladder whenever it’s windy or stormy outside; accidents are more likely to happen in inclement weather.

Wear slip-resistant shoes.

It’s also important to be mindful of your choice of footwear when climbing a ladder. You should never wear sandals, unlaced sneakers or any shoes with slippery bottoms. It’s best to wear a pair of sneakers with soles that are advertised as being slip-resistant. This will help you maintain a secure footing as you move up and down the ladder.

Inspect your ladder for signs of wear and tear.

Make sure your ladder is in good working order before cleaning out your gutters. Inspect all of its joints and moving parts to make sure they’re securely in place. You should also check the ladder’s weight restrictions to make sure it can support the weight of both you and your cleaning equipment.

Place your ladder on firm, level ground.

The condition of the ground you place your ladder on is just as important as the condition of the ladder itself. The ground supporting your ladder should firm, level and dry. You should also recruit a friend or family member to stand at the bottom of the ladder and keep an eye out for signs of trouble as you climb.

If you’re tired of cleaning debris out of your gutters every spring and fall, you might want to consider investing in gutter guards as well! To learn more about how gutter guards can help keep twigs, leaves and other refuse out of your gutters, give us a call or contact us online today!

Getting Your Gutters Ready for Spring

March 22nd, 2018 | No Comments »

Rainy DayIt might not feel like it with all the snow we’ve had lately, but spring weather will be here before we know it. Those famous April showers can make spring a particularly demanding time of year for your gutter system, so it’s important to make sure your gutters are in good shape before the rainy season sets in. Let’s start by looking for signs of damage left over from the winter.

Inspect for Damage

Snow and ice is very heavy, so keep an eye out for gutter sections that might have gotten weighed down and pulled away from their fascia boards during the winter. Look for gutter brackets that might be rusted or broken as well. Minor gutter damage can often be repaired with a few new brackets and screws, but more extensive damage may require you to replace the affected gutter sections.

Redirect Downspouts

Your gutters won’t do much good if their downspouts aren’t functioning properly. Make sure all downspouts are still securely fasted to your gutters and pointed away from your home’s foundation. Ideally, all your downspouts should discharge on a downward slope at least six feet away from your foundation. If your home is on a septic system, try to avoid discharging water into your drain field, as this can cause flooding during periods of heavy rainfall.

Clear Debris

Finally, spring is a great time to clear any debris out of your gutters that might have accumulated during the fall and winter. While you’re cleaning out your gutters, look for any signs of roof damage that might need to be repaired in the near future as well. This way, you won’t have to worry about leaks causing water damage in your home this spring.