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Using Old and Broken Gutters for DIY Projects

December 29th, 2012 | 1 Comment »

Replacing gutters is not always an inexpensive repair, depending on the severity of the case. So what can you do will your old gutters? All that scrap metal is worth something, right? Well the truth is there is a myriad of great DIY projects in which you can use old gutters.

Dramatically improve the aesthetics of your home’s exterior by using your old gutters for crafts, furniture, and gardening projects. Most of these projects only require an imagination and a can of spray paint, so they are fun and inexpensive!

DIY Projects
Create a beverage-serving table by replacing a wood plank from a picnic table, with an old gutter. Fill the gutter with ice, and you have a bar inside your picnic table!

Attach gutters upside down to walls for visually stunning planters for the botany enthusiast!

Hang gutters upside down for a hanging plant effect; this is eye-catching and sure to be the envy of your neighbors and friends!

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Preparing Your Gutters For Storms

December 28th, 2012 | No Comments »

Broken Gutter and Debris in NJ

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In the past, we covered what the purpose of downspouts actually is, and why it is so important. They direct the water away from your house to avoid water damage to basements and foundations. However, when we face excess snow and rain, the downspouts cannot carry the water far enough from your foundation and the gutters can only hold so much rain.

Prepare for storms by employing a drainage pipe to extend your downspout. You will have to dig a trench in which to lay the drainage pipe, and then you can fill the trench with new soil.

Check for loose siding and shingles, if the wind is strong enough these could end up in your gutters, filling it with debris and causing floods. Tree branches, small garden tools, and dirt could also prove dangerous, so ensure the whole exterior of your home is clear.

Updating Repairing and Maintaining Seamless Gutters

December 26th, 2012 | 1 Comment »
Broken Gutter Repair in New Jersey

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Strong gutters are crucial when protecting your building from water damage. Old, or pre-owned gutters actually provide a greater risk than having no gutters at all. They can clog, diverting the water to the inside of the home and to the foundation. This causes wood to rot, basements to flood, and homes to smell.

When purchasing a new home, be sure to ask when the owners replaced the gutters last, and ask which company did them. If the response is, something to the effect of “six years ago, and our teenage son installed them”, then you certainly want new gutters. Chances are, you can get the sellers to pay for the installation of new gutters, especially if you explain that the gutters are a deal-breaker.

Installing new gutters is not the only precaution to take though, proper maintenance and hanging both contribute to the quality of the gutters. Ensure that your gutters are not only new, but also maintained monthly to reduce the risk of water damage.

Replacing gutters increases the value of your home

December 21st, 2012 | 1 Comment »

Gutters increase the value of your home

The real estate market favors buyers with being able to find homes at low prices, but it does not necessarily mean your home will sell quickly. Real estate agents have been pushing clients to upgrade certain areas of their home to attract potential buyers.

To get a return on your investment, one way to help make your house stick out to buyers is by thoroughly examining your gutters. Having nice and clean gutters gives your home an attractive look. Gutters with dents, rust, cracks and holes can be an eye sore, regardless of how nice your landscaping looks.

If you find that your gutters have any of the above, think about replacing them. The initial cost will be well worth it when you have multiple bids placed on the sale of your home.

Seamless gutters prove to be an effective gutter for functionality and appeal. Seamless gutters have smooth edges with no breaks every few feet where debris and rust can build up. Plus, gutters of a fresh, new color will enhance and compliment the exterior.

Remember, potential buyers have to enter your house from the outside. Don’t put yourself in the predicament of people not even wanting to step into the house because the outside looks atrocious.

New Jersey, watch out for copper gutter thieves

December 17th, 2012 | No Comments »

Around this time of the year, you don’t just have to worry about frozen debris in your gutters; you also have to worry about thieves!  The holidays bring out the best and worst in people.  It’s no secret that some people are desperate for money in December.  One must purchase gifts for everyone.  You should keep an eye on your gutters, especially if they’re copper gutters.

Copper, as a material, can take a lot of pressure and stress.   If you’re in the New Jersey area and need a copper consultation, please give us a call.  Copper gutters are longer lasting than your average gutter system.   Not only are they durable, they ‘re also aesthetically pleasing and can add to a house’s appeal.   Copper gutters, therefore, are expensive and can fetch a pretty penny on shadier markets.  Although copper gutters are a sound purchase, please keep in mind the possibility that a thief may have his eyes on them.

In New Canaan CT, for example, someone recently stole around $50,000 worth of copper gutters.  Christina Commendatore, of the NC Advertiser, reports, “Police said the homeowner noticed part of a gutter on the ground by his garage a week earlier.  When he went to repair the gutter, he noticed 10 sections were missing from around the house to the garage.” That’s an enormous amount of money! You can look over the article here.

In my opinion, it seems that the perpetrator had been casing the house.  This crime could’ve been in plans for weeks or even months!  If you have copper gutters, keep an eye for any suspicious activity, such as unfamiliar cars.  Copper gutters are certainly a good purchase, for both durability and aesthetic appeal, but copper in any form is popular among thieves.  Be leery of gutter thieves!