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Getting Your Gutters Ready for Spring

March 22nd, 2018 | No Comments »

Rainy DayIt might not feel like it with all the snow we’ve had lately, but spring weather will be here before we know it. Those famous April showers can make spring a particularly demanding time of year for your gutter system, so it’s important to make sure your gutters are in good shape before the rainy season sets in. Let’s start by looking for signs of damage left over from the winter.

Inspect for Damage

Snow and ice is very heavy, so keep an eye out for gutter sections that might have gotten weighed down and pulled away from their fascia boards during the winter. Look for gutter brackets that might be rusted or broken as well. Minor gutter damage can often be repaired with a few new brackets and screws, but more extensive damage may require you to replace the affected gutter sections.

Redirect Downspouts

Your gutters won’t do much good if their downspouts aren’t functioning properly. Make sure all downspouts are still securely fasted to your gutters and pointed away from your home’s foundation. Ideally, all your downspouts should discharge on a downward slope at least six feet away from your foundation. If your home is on a septic system, try to avoid discharging water into your drain field, as this can cause flooding during periods of heavy rainfall.

Clear Debris

Finally, spring is a great time to clear any debris out of your gutters that might have accumulated during the fall and winter. While you’re cleaning out your gutters, look for any signs of roof damage that might need to be repaired in the near future as well. This way, you won’t have to worry about leaks causing water damage in your home this spring.

Benefits of Investing in Professional Gutter Installation

August 31st, 2017 | No Comments »

Benefits of Investing in Professional Gutter InstallationSome home improvement projects, like repainting a living room or staining a deck, can typically be done by homeowners with great results. Other projects like gutter installations, however, are best left to the professionals. When homeowners install their own gutters, they usually purchase them in sections from their local hardware store. These gutter sections will work in a pinch, but they leave lots of joints where leaks can occur. They’re also not as rigid as seamless gutters, and are therefore more prone to sagging and damage from falling tree branches.

By investing in professionally-installed seamless gutters, you’ll get a drainage system that is not only stronger and more durable, but more attractive as well.

Seamless gutters can be custom-fit to your home, eliminating unsightly joints and achieving a clean, finished look. They also tend to have a longer lifespan than sectioned gutters, and are less prone to lakes and environmental damage. This, in turn, protects your home’s siding from the mold and mildew growth that can occur when gutters leak during rainstorms.

A professional gutter installation can also ensure your downspouts drain safely away from your home’s foundation. Downspouts that are too short or improperly positioned can cause water to pool around the foundation, ultimately leading to cracks and moisture intrusions. If your gutter system isn’t effectively discharging water away from the foundation of your home, it’s not doing its job.

Interested in learning more about the unique benefits of a professionally-installed seamless gutter system? Give us a call today at our toll-free number to speak with a representative!

Gutter Guards: Give Your Gutters an Assist

January 23rd, 2014 | No Comments »

Gutters are an essential part of maintaining your house, and keeping them free of leaves and other debris is one of the ways you optimize gutters’ performance. True, cleaning and clearing your gutters can be a dirty job, but it is a simple one and you will not regret devoting this time to your home’s overall maintenance.

 

Using gutter guards helps insure that leaves, wood and other kinds of debris don’t clog up your gutters and they are easy to install. The different kinds of gutter guards available to you give you a good variety  to choose from and you will surely find one that works well for your home.

 

  • Reverse Curve gutter guards keep rainwater flowing down the gutter and help leaves fall to the ground.

 

  • Nylon gutter guards are mostly for snow and ice accumulation during the winter months and fit right inside the gutter without having to be attached to your home’s shingles.

 

  • Bottle brush gutter guards keep debris on top while still allowing water to flow down the gutter.

 

  • Mesh gutter guards are metal sheets with holes in them – the smaller the better – used for catching debris and still letting water run cleanly through the gutter.

 

  • Plastic foam gutter guards are installed inside the gutter and sift out roof debris while permitting the free fall of rainwater.

 

Ask a professional which type of gutter guard is the best fit for your home’s needs. The surrounding environment – trees, buildings and the like – will be a factor in deciding which gutter guard is right for you. Using gutter guards is a way of helping your gutters do their job keeping your house safe and in good condition.