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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!

What are Rain Chains?

September 11th, 2020 | No Comments »

Downspouts are essential to most gutter systems, transporting rainwater a safe distance away from a home’s foundation. However, downspouts are not the most attractive part of your home. That’s why more and more homeowners are installing rain chains to replace their traditional downspouts. Read on to learn more:

What are rain chains? What Are Rain Chains?

They originated in Japan, but they have become increasingly popular here in the United States. Attached to the gutters in the same fashion as downspouts, they use a series of chain links and cups to gradually guide rainwater toward the ground. These days, you can find them at your local hardware store in a variety of attractive styles and configurations.

They’re an aesthetically pleasing alternative

Rain chains are ideal for people who want to have a gutter system that is every bit as attractive as it is functional. Simply choose a set of chains that best suits your home’s aesthetic, and you can turn a rainy day into a peaceful spectacle to enjoy from a window or front porch.

They’re ideal for rainwater collection systems

Positioning your rain collection bins beneath the chains will provide an eco-friendly supply of water to use in your lawn and garden all year round. You can even use a vase that matches the appearance of your rain chains to capture and store rainwater.

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

How to Prepare Your Gutters for Fall

August 28th, 2020 | No Comments »

As much as we may not want to admit it, summer is almost over. As such, it’s time to prepare ourselves for fall. Fall can be a beautiful time of the year, but it can also wreak havoc on our gutters.

Here are a few ways you can prepare your gutters for fall this year:

Give them a good cleaningHow to Prepare Your Gutters for Fall

Before the leaves start to fall, give your gutters a good, thorough cleaning. Get up on the ladder and remove any debris that has collected over the summer months, and then hose them down with a high-pressure spray. For a better clean, pour some mild, soapy water down your gutters to wash away more stubborn dirt and grime.

Check for leaks and damages

While you’re up on your ladder, cleaning your gutters, take this as an opportunity to check for any leaks or other forms of damage. The colder months can make cracks, holes, and leaks even worse, so it’s a good idea to find and fix these problem areas before the temperature begins to drop.

Trim nearby trees and branches

Autumn is notorious for falling leaves. As beautiful as these leaves may be, they are not as beautiful when they’re clogging up your gutter. You can’t stop the leaves from falling, but you can control where they fall by trimming any nearby trees and branches in the late summer months.

With these few steps, your house and your gutters should be well-prepared for the autumn months. However, cleaning and maintaining your gutters can be hard work on your own. For a helping hand, contact Bell Seamless Gutters today to learn more about our gutter repair services.