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Here’s Why Homes With Slab Foundations Still Need Gutters

September 16th, 2019 | No Comments »

Rambler HouseSome homeowners with concrete slab foundations think they don’t need gutters, since they don’t have a basement to keep dry. In fact, however, this isn’t true: homes with slab foundations still need gutters as much as any other home.

One of the main reasons why is that having no gutters (or poorly-installed gutters) can lead to cracks forming in the foundation. All types of foundations, including slabs, are susceptible to cracking when exposed to excess moisture. If left unchecked, a severely cracked foundation can ultimately compromise the structural integrity of your home.

Here’s how a lack of gutters can contribute to cracks and water damage in slab foundations:

  • During rainstorms, water will pool on and around your concrete foundation. Continued exposure to water can wear down the concrete and lead to cracking. Moreover, moisture buildup around your slab foundation will cause the ground to become soft, reducing the structural soundness of the foundation.
  • Without gutters, water will cause a concrete slab foundation to expand and contract more often, putting it at greater risk of cracks. The less water you have around your foundation, the more consistent the soil’s temperature and moisture levels will be. This consistency will reduce the likelihood and severity of foundation cracks.
  • If the concrete does crack, additional water accumulating around your home’s foundation will enter into the cracks, further compromising its integrity.

What’s more, rain runoff accumulating near your slab foundation can damage your lawn and cause the soil to erode more quickly.

Regardless of what type of foundation your home has, moisture control is important. A modern, effective seamless gutter system will help protect your home by channeling rainwater safely away from your foundation. 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!

A Brief History of Residential Rain Gutters

August 14th, 2019 | 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.

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.

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.

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!

Adding a Rainwater Collection System to Your Existing Gutters

February 25th, 2019 | No Comments »

rainwater collectionFrom their ecological benefits to the significant savings they can provide on your monthly water bill, there a number of good reasons to consider adding a rainwater collection system to your home. These systems have become increasingly popular in recent years, as many homeowners are looking for creative new ways to minimize their water consumption around the house.

Rainwater collection systems are also ideal for avid gardeners, or for people who live in areas where soil conditions make it difficult to drain large volumes of water away from their homes.

Although we often add rainwater collection bins to new seamless gutter installations, these systems can be easily integrated into your existing gutters and downspouts as well. All we have to do is divert the downspout of your choice into two separate pipes. One of these pipes will feed your rainwater collection bins, while the other will carry water safely away from home in the same manner as an ordinary downspout. Once the system is installed, you can select which path the rainwater will take at the flip of a switch.

In the event that your rainwater bins become filled with water, you can simply close the downspout diverter to prevent them from overflowing. Otherwise, you can let your gutters fill the bins with free water to use in your lawn and garden.

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

New Jersey Home Values are Rising. Is Yours Ready to Sell?

July 5th, 2018 | No Comments »

Home for SaleDemand for homes in New Jersey is outpacing the current inventory, causing home prices to rise steadily across the state. The medium home value in New Jersey has grown by more than 9 percent over the past year, according to Zillow, and it’s expected to rise another 7 percent in the next year. Demand has been particularly strong in the communities of Central New Jersey, where competitively-priced homes are attracting bidding wars from eager buyers.

These market conditions mean that now is a great time to think about selling a home in Central Jersey. A number of real estate analysts have even drawn comparisons between this summer’s housing market and the last market peak in 2006. Homes are selling fast, and they’re selling for prices that were practically unheard of just a few years ago.

If you’re preparing to put your home on the market this season, it’s good idea to take care of any maintenance items you may have neglected in years past. By investing in these upgrades and repairs now, you can get the best possible price for home when it comes time to sell.

At Bell Seamless Gutters, we can help get your home ready to sell by repairing and replacing outdated gutter systems with modern seamless gutters. These custom-designed gutters are not only aesthetically pleasing, but also durable and easy to maintain. We also include gutter guards with all of our gutter installations, which prevent clogs by preventing leaves, twigs and other debris from accumulating in your gutters.

To learn more about our gutter installation and repair services, give us a call at our toll-free number or contact us online today!

How to Get Ready for a New Gutter Installation

February 26th, 2018 | No Comments »

Gutter InstallationA new gutter system can ensure that rainwater drains safely away from your roof, protecting your home or office from water damage during storms. But before you get your new gutter system, it’s important to prepare your home for the installation process.

Inspect Soffits and Fascia

Once your old gutters have been removed, take this opportunity to inspect your home’s soffits and fascia boards for signs of mold, mildew and rotting wood. If you identify any of these issues, have them repaired before your new gutters are installed. This will maximize the lifespan of your new gutter system and prevent isolated sections of rotting wood from becoming more widespread in the future.

Repaint and Rebuild

After your existing gutter system is removed, you’ll probably notice some chipped paint and general wear and tear at the edge of your roof. It’s a good idea to repaint these areas before the new gutters are installed to make sure they’re properly sealed against moisture. You can also replace any missing or damaged siding at this point, too.

Assess Drainage

This is the most important step in gutter installation prep: make sure you know where that rainwater is going. A new gutter system won’t do you much good if it isn’t tailored to the unique drainage conditions around your home. Our gutter installers can work with you to identify potential drainage issues and resolve them before you get your new gutters. This way, you can be confident in their ability to effectively drain water away from your home.

Interested in replacing your home’s old gutter system with modern seamless gutters? Give us a call or contact us online to request your estimate today!