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How a Rainwater Collection System Benefits Your Lawn and Garden

September 6th, 2022 | No Comments »

The collection of rain for purposes of irrigation is an ancient practice, encountered across many cultures. The earliest rain water collection systems can be traced back to 3000 BC in modern-day India. Ancient Romans also collected rainwater and created reservoirs and underground tanks to store it in. In more recent history, however, rainwater collection has become less prevalent due to the development of modern municipal plumbing systems. But just because this practice isn’t as popular as it once was doesn’t mean you should discount the idea of rainwater collection. 

Collecting excess rainwater is an effective, easy way to maintain a sustainable landscape, whether it be in your garden or front lawn. Here’s how:rainwater collection system in backyard

It will reduce the demand on your water supply

The roof of a 1,000-square-foot home sheds an average of 600 gallons of water per inch of hourly rainfall. A rain collection system can catch and store up to 80 percent of this water to be used later on for irrigation. While there are a number of different rainwater collection systems, the basic idea behind all of them is the same—a storage vessel or diverter is placed below the downspouts of your gutter system to catch water before it reaches the ground. As such, implementing a rainwater collection system will reduce the demand on your existing water supply.

Rainwater is free of many chemicals

Rainwater is free of chlorination and other chemical treatments. While these treatments are necessary for our consumption (they kill off bacteria that are harmful to our health), some plants can be sensitive to them. Rainwater will also be free of many of the pollutants that is found in tap water. As such, rainwater is ideal for watering your lawn and garden.

A rainwater collection system reduces erosion and runoff

Finally, a rainwater collection system minimizes the impact of erosion and surface water runoff on your landscape. When the water is redirected into the collection system, it is less likely to erode or damage your plants and lawn.

Want to learn more about how easy it is to start harvesting rainwater from your gutter system? Contact us online or give us a call at our toll-free number today!

The Benefits of Aluminum Gutters

August 9th, 2022 | No Comments »

Why Are Aluminum Gutters So Popular? Aluminum gutters aren’t the only options available to homeowners, but they are by far the most popular ones. Gutters are also available in other materials like vinyl, stainless steel and even copper, but none of these alternatives are as ubiquitous as aluminum gutters. So, why are aluminum gutters the preferred choice of so many homeowners?

Aluminum gutters are more durable

Aluminum gutters are far more durable–but only slightly more expensive—than vinyl options. In areas that are prone to heavy snowfalls and other extreme weather events, aluminum is a particularly good option when compared to vinyl. It’s also available in multiple gauges of varying thickness for additional strength.

They are affordable

Aluminum is somewhat less durable than stainless steel and copper, but it is also far less expensive than these heavy-duty options. Stainless steel gutters typically start at around $20 per linear foot, whereas aluminum gutters cost only about $4 to $9 per linear foot.

There are a variety of options

In addition to being durable and affordable, aluminum gutters are also available in many different colors and configurations. This allows them to be easily customized to suit the aesthetic of a home. Whereas vinyl gutters are only available in fixed lengths, seamless aluminum gutters can be cut to the exact size needed for each application. This results in a finished product that is not only more structurally sound, but also better looking.

Interested in replacing your aging gutters with new seamless aluminum gutters? The team at Bell Seamless Gutters would be happy to help. Just give us a call or contact us online today to get started!

The Most Common Risks of Clogged Gutter Systems

July 12th, 2022 | 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!

Common Causes of Overflowing Gutters

June 6th, 2022 | No Comments »

Heavy RainHave you noticed that your gutters occasionally overflow during periods of heavy rain? If so, it could be because your area was simply subjected to too much rain for your gutters to handle. Every now and then, a torrential downpour may overwhelm your home’s gutter system and make it hard for it to keep up. If your gutters are regularly overflowing, however, you could have another problem on your hands.

You don’t have enough downspouts

If you find that your gutters seem to overflow every time it rains, it could be an indication that you don’t have enough downspouts to discharge water away from your home. If rainwater can’t escape through your downspouts, it will start to pour out of your gutters instead. Adding new downspouts can increase the total volume of water your gutter system is able to handle.

Your gutters are clogged with leaves, dirt, and other debris.

If you don’t maintain your gutters and clean them out at least once or twice a year, leaves, dirt and other debris can accumulate in them and block the flow of water. Ultimately, these clogs can send water pouring out over the sides of your gutters when it rains. Keeping your gutters clean and clog-free is a great way to prevent them from overflowing in the future.

Your downspouts have something stuck in them.

If your gutters are all clear but they’re still overflowing when it rains, it could be a sign of clogged downspouts. Leaves and dirt can build up inside your downspouts and render them useless, too. The good news is, you can easily test your downspouts with a hose and then clear them out accordingly.

Having trouble keeping debris out of your gutters and downspouts? Gutter guards can help by blocking this debris and keeping your gutters clear all season long. Give us a call at our toll-free number today to learn more!

A Brief History of Residential Rain Gutters

May 10th, 2022 | No Comments »

GargoyleEver wonder how long people have been using rain gutters in their homes, and what kinds of materials have been used in gutters throughout history?

Today we’ll address a few landmark events in the long history of residential rain gutters.

The Indus Valley

It all started in the Indus Valley, in what is present-day Pakistan and northwestern India. Between 3000 and 1500 B.C., humans began constructing primitive rain gutters made of burnt clay bricks. Centuries later, between 27 B.C. and 14 A.D. the Romans began to develop basic gutter technology as well.

Gargoyles

A major change took place in Britain, during the spread of the Norman Empire between the 10th and 13th centuries. You’ve probably seen gargoyles in photos of medieval European buildings, but did you know that these sculptures aren’t purely decorative? Evolving roof styles during this period led builders to use stone gargoyles as innovative gutter systems that discharge water through their mouths. In fact, the word gargoyle is derived from the older French word for a throat, gargouille.

Gutter Materials

Later builders manufactured gutters from lead. That changed in the early 1700s, when cast iron became plentiful and cheap, replacing lead as the most popular material in gutter fabrication. Later in the century, wealthy homes and public buildings began to use aesthetically pleasing and functional wooden V-shaped gutters instead.

New technologies in the 20th century, such as metal rolling machines, led to further changes in the gutter industry. In the 1960s, the seamless aluminum gutter machine was invented. Aluminum gutters are sturdier and lighter than gutters made from many other materials, and aluminum continues to be the most common gutter material today. 

At Bell Seamless Gutters, we’re proud to offer durable, long-lasting seamless gutters and gutter guards to homeowners throughout New Jersey. To learn more about all the gutter options we have available, feel free to give us a call or contact us online today!