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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!

Choosing The Right Color For Your Home’s Gutters 

April 12th, 2022 | 1 Comment »

Choosing The Right Color For Your Home's Gutters There are many different types of gutters to choose from, the ones that will be right for your home depend on your property’s specifics. However, one thing that many people overlook is the color of their gutters.

Here are a few things to consider before purchasing new gutters:

The Color Of Your Home 

Before you spend too much time thinking about it, first ask yourself if your gutters will even be visible. If they are on an area of your house that can’t be seen from the curb, you can choose just about any color. Of course, you may still want something that is appealing to you and your family.

Nearby Gutter Colors 

Next, you will want to consider the color of a few other areas of your house. Your gutters will be seen alongside your roof and exterior walls. You may also want to check with your Homeowners Association, to be sure there are no regulations on the specific color you choose.

Roofing Color

 In many cases, people choose either the same color as their roof or walls for their gutters. This allows the gutters to blend in and seamlessly match the rest of the home, which is ideal for anyone who doesn’t want them to be overly noticeable.

Accent Colors

Alternatively, you could choose a color that matches the trim around your windows or doors. You could even choose a color to match window shutters or some other aspect of your home’s exterior. This will make your gutters stand out more while still ensuring they match the overall aesthetics of your property. 

Choosing gutters doesn’t have to be a complicated process, but their color is just one of the many things you need to consider. Bell Seamless Gutters offers a wide range of colors for your gutters. For more help finding the right gutters for your home, contact the team at Bell Seamless Gutters today!

How to Prevent Birds From Nesting in Your Gutters

March 4th, 2022 | No Comments »

Bird in GutterLeaves aren’t the only things that might be clogging your gutters this time of year. If you live in an area with lots of wildlife, you may find the remnants of a few birds’ nests blocking the flow of water through your gutters as well. The good news is, there are a few simple, humane tactics you can employ to dissuade birds from nesting in your gutters.

Use a Decoy

Birds will be far less likely to take up residence in your gutters if they see a predator lurking nearby. Placing an owl decoy or an inflatable snake in a conspicuous place can give birds enough of a scare to make them thing twice about nesting in your gutters. The only downside to this strategy is that the birds may eventually realize that the predators are fake.

Try an Ultrasonic Repellent

Ultrasonic repellents are small electronic devices that emit high-frequency sounds to keep birds, mice and other common pests at bay. Although the high-frequency sounds they emit are unpleasant for small animals, they are undetectable to the human ear. If you have pets that spend time in your yard, however, you may not want to expose them to the sound of an ultrasonic repellent.

Install Gutter Guards

Perhaps the most straightforward and effective way to keep birds out of your gutters is to install gutter guards. A good set of gutter guards will not only prevent birds from nesting in your gutters, but also prevent leaves and twigs from falling into them as well. This way, you won’t have to clean debris out of your gutters nearly as often as you do now.

To learn more about the high-quality gutter guards we offer at Bell Seamless Gutters, feel free to give us a call or contact us online today!

The Most Common Signs of Water Damage to Your Foundation

February 7th, 2022 | No Comments »

Foundation Water DamageHave you noticed new cracks developing in your home’s foundation? Although a number of different factors can contribute to these cracks, one of the most common causes of a cracked foundation is water damage. If your downspouts don’t discharge rainwater far enough from your home, it can pool around the foundation and cause damage that is expensive and difficult to repair. Learn more about how to spot signs of water damage on your foundation below!

Discoloration on Basement Walls

When water seeps through your foundation, it can cause discoloration on interior basement walls. If you notice water streaks and spots appearing on the walls of your basement, it could be because they’ve become saturated with moisture from outside.

Musty Odors

Does your basement have an unpleasant smell that just won’t go away? Does it seem to get more noticeable on rainy days? These musty odors are another common sign of moisture-related issues in basements. Installing a dehumidifier can help, but you should also make sure your downspouts are unclogged and oriented in a direction that carries rainwater safely away from the foundation.

Mold Growth

If rainwater is pooling around your foundation, those musty odors in your basement may be accompanied by mold growth, too. If you spot dark patches of mold growing in damp corners of your basement, you could have a budding moisture problem on your hands.

If your gutters and downspouts are failing to protect your home from water damage, the team at Bell Seamless Gutters would be happy to lend hand. Our custom seamless gutter systems offer an attractive, low-maintenance and efficient way to divert rainwater away from your home. Give us a call or contact us online to learn more today!

How to Protect Your Gutters from Winter Weather

December 13th, 2021 | No Comments »

As winter approaches, homeowners need to prepare for the challenges of the season. Snow, wind, and ice can cause serious damage, especially to your home’s critical, outside structures, like gutters. Without proper maintenance, you can face common gutter problems that can be costly and a nuisance to fix.

Here are a few ways to prepare your gutters for the long winter season ahead.home in the winter time

Trim Your Trees

Even after winter begins, leaves can continue to fall into your gutters, leaving them clogged. Ice and snow can weigh down tree branches, causing them to snap and fall on your roof and gutters. Trimming the trees around your home can reduce the chances of these tragic accidents from occurring.

Get Gutter Guards

Investing in high-quality gutter guards can help protect your gutters year-round. Installing gutter guards on an angle keeps the melting snow and ice off the front of your roofline to help alleviate ice damming. These guards help protect the gutter system from breaking due to frozen clogs or too much weight.

Fix Holes and Cracks

Leaks in your gutters will divert water from the appropriate downspouts and trickle down the side of your home, causing water damage, such as rot and mold, as well as weakening your home’s foundation. Identify any holes in your gutters and repair them. You can make a patch with the same material as your gutters and install it with roofing cement. 

Winter weather can wreak havoc on your home if you are not prepared. The best way to assure a smooth sailing transition from season to season is to invest in a quality gutter system. If your gutters show signs of replacement, contact Bell Seamless Gutters for a complete gutter installment. Strong, durably installed gutters are your number one defense when it comes to protecting your home this winter.