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Enhancing Your Home’s Curb Appeal

April 20th, 2020 | No Comments »

Since spring has begun, now is a great time to head outside to evaluate your home’s curb appeal. There are many ways to change your home’s exterior to improve the overall look and feel. Enhancing Your Home’s Curb Appeal

 

Here are a few ways to improve your home’s curb appeal: 

 

Change Your Mailbox

This is a simple and inexpensive improvement that can aid in improving your home’s curb appeal. You can swap out your old mailbox for a new one or improve your old one by giving it a new coat of paint. 

 

Plant a Tree/ Shrubs

Greenery can go a long way in improving your home’s curb appeal. It can also add value to your home. Try installing a few bushes or trees around the perimeter of your home. This will also help create privacy.  Evergreen foliage is a popular option because the bushes grow long and look great with most homes. 

 

Redesign Your Walkway

Whether you have a long walkway or just a few steps leading up to your front door, you can create a beautiful scenery for entering guests. Use landscape rocks to help create a more established walkway design. You can also add small plants around the perimeter and garden lights to illuminate your walkway during the night. 

 

Add Furniture

Outdoor furniture is another simple way to improve your home’s curb appeal. Be sure to check the measurements of your furniture and your front/back porch to ensure that it will fit. A small table and a couple of
chairs can help provide a place to relax and enjoy your home while getting some fresh air! 

Install New Gutters

Imagine your home is a picture and the gutters are the frame. Gutters can either add to your home’s curb appeal or take away from it. Gutters also help guard your home from flooding by guiding water, snow, and other precipitation away from your home. 

Bell Seamless Gutters provides quality seamless gutters, maintenance services, and rainwater collection in New Jersey. To learn more, feel free to give the team at Bell Seamless Gutters a call at our toll-free number or contact us online today!

Seamless VS Sectional Gutters

January 9th, 2020 | No Comments »

Choosing a gutter system for your home is a process, which takes time to ensure your home is protected.

There is a difference between sectional and seamless gutters which is important to consider.

Seamless vs sectional gutters

Seamless gutters have a continuous section that join at the corners and at the downspouts. Seamless gutters are the superior option when deciding on a gutter system for your home.

Sectional gutters are composed of individual pieces of material that are bonded together to form the gutter system. Each piece is attached to the other with a sealant, screws, or anchoring beams. This is a popular method and is originally how most gutter systems were installed. The seams in sectional gutter systems can pose a threat to your home. More seams allow more opportunity for rain, snow and other debris to seep through.

Why choose seamless?

Seamless gutters are the superior option when choosing a gutter system because of the continuity of the system.

  • Custom-fit- Because seamless gutters are don’t have a bunch of small pieces, they must be custom fit to your home. Every home is built differently so your gutters should be made to fit your home specifically.
  • Longer lasting- Sectional gutters are more prone to leaks and breakage because of the various seams. A seamless gutter system lasts longer because it is one solid piece connected to your home and there is less opportunity for water and debris to infiltrate.
  • Better design- Seamless gutters have a more aesthetically pleasing design when compared to sectional gutters. This is important to consider for your home’s appearance, value, and curb appeal.

Bell Seamless Gutters offers high-quality 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!

 

De-Ice Your Gutters This Winter

January 11th, 2017 | No Comments »

Winter has been in full force for the majority of the country for the pasDe-Ice Your Gutters This Winter t two months. Although gutter maintenance is especially important in fall and spring months, gutters should not be disregarded during winter. Winter months bring snow, sleet, freezing rain, and the inevitable ice. Although gutters are designed to catch precipitation and guide it away from your home, ice often clogs that path in winter months.

If ice is forming within your gutter causing an “ice dam,” water will not be able to escape and it will flow over the sides of the gutter instead, often resulting in water damage to your home. Ice dams can also weigh down your gutters which can result to loose shingles and damaged gutters.

It can be very difficult to clean your gutters in winter months, especially if you’re in the midst of a large snowstorm or subzero temperatures, but if you experience a bit of a “thaw,” make checking on your gutters a priority.

There are several options when it comes to winter gutter maintenance that can help you avoid ice dams:

Install Heated Cables

Heated cables can be attached with clips along the edge of your roof. These cables will heat your roof from the outside and equalize the temperature of the roof which will help diminish and prevent ice dams. They should be installed before severe winter weather so they are an option to consider for next year.

Use a Box Fan

If you find that you have an ice dam that has resulted in water seeping into your attic, we don’t suggest getting on your roof to chip away at the ice. Chipping ice off of your roof is dangerous for you and your roof.  Instead, put a standard box fan in your attic and aim it upwards toward where the water is coming in. The cold air from the fan should freeze and stop the water.

A Pair of Panty Hose

Although this option might look a little bizarre to your neighbors, it’s surprisingly efficient. If you fill an old or unwanted pair of panty house with calcium chloride ice melter, you can use them to melt the ice dams. Fill the panty hose and lay it across the roof so it hangs over both the ice dam and the gutter. It should quickly melt the snow and ice back to water which will give the water a clear path.

If you think your gutter needs professional attention, contact Bell Seamless Gutters.

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.