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Prepare Your Gutters for Winter Months

October 26th, 2016 | No Comments »

The cooler seasons can be so breathtaking, with colorful leaves scattering in the fall and sparkling flakes of white showering city streets in the winter. However, harsh weather takes a toll on our homes, especially our gutters. As temperatures drop, it is important to prepare your gutters for winter months. You must be aware of what steps you can take to ensure your gutters keep up with severe weather.

In order to prepare your home for winter, you must prepare your gutters to handle rain, snow, and sleet as it comes. As the leaves begin to fall, try to periodically clean them out of th60249119 - a wooden roof with rain gutter and drainpipe in wintere gutters. For the east coast, early fall is considered hurricane season. You’ll want to make sure you gutters are clear for significant rainfalls. When all the leaves have fallen, clean the leaves out of your gutters. This will make sure that water will have a clear passage way out of the gutter and away from your home.

Cleaning the gutters out before freezing temperatures settle in will help you to prepare for next spring. It will also  make the job easier when the warm temperatures return. Gutters coated in water and ice may freeze over the winter months. It is vital to keep gutters clear of debris before it happens. Otherwise, you’ll be putting your gutter at risk for ice dams.

Make sure gutters are securely attached to the house as well as the downspouts. If gutters are loose, you could risk the gutter blowing off the roof in severe storms  Point all gutter extenders in the opposite direction of your home’s foundation. This will prevent water from seeping into basements, first floors, and crawlspaces.

Cleaning your gutters on a regular basis will save you both time and money. By preforming preventive maintenance, you can rest assured that your gutters are always in good shape. If you need help preparing your gutters for winter months, contact Bell Seamless Gutters today.

Cleaning Your Gutters in the Summer

June 9th, 2015 | No Comments »

5240886_SWe hope you had a relaxing and fun Memorial Day weekend. Now that that holiday has come and gone, it means that summer is right around the corner. For some, Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer. Regardless of where you stand on the unofficial and official start of summer, the season is here whether you like it or not.

That being the case, you might not want to think of yard work or other activities that might result in sweating and hurt backs. After all, summer should be relaxing, and we get that, but summer should be a time of rejuvenation and self-improvement, taking that rebirth feeling from spring and multiplying it by ten. Consider cleaning your gutters, especially if you didn’t do it the season before.

With erratic weather and the amount of rainfall happening in all parts of the country, it’s wise to make sure your gutters are up to snuff and working properly, and that means making sure they’re not clogged up with even the smallest backup. Things smaller than leaves will wreak havoc on your gutter system if it’s not properly maintained. You don’t have to do a complete overhaul, just make sure there’s nothing obvious going wrong.

Or you can rely on the professionals at Bell Seamless Gutters to make sure everything is ok! Remember, summer is a time of self-improvement, feeling healthy and refreshed, in cleaning out the gutters of your life. We think it’s time to remove the stuff that’s backing you up. Contact us today.

Gutter Cleaning and Repair

December 10th, 2014 | No Comments »

107_inspection20Cleaning your gutters is hands down one of the most tedious chores there is. You have to lug the ladder out of the shed or from under that pile of holiday lights in the garage. Then you’ve got to set it up, climb, remove two handfuls of leaves, climb down, shift the ladder over two inches, and repeat around the perimeter of your house. And let’s be honest, you don’t start the process until just after the first frost, so the ladder’s going to be slipping all over the place and your fingers will be freezing. It’s not a nice way to spend an afternoon.

So why doesn’t everyone just use gutter guards? The short answer is because gutter guards are not foolproof and all gutter guards work a little differently.  Not all gutters are created equal, so here’s a short guide to figure out if guards will work at your home, and if so which type to invest in.

There are six basic types of guard: mesh, reverse curve, non-gutter covers, bottlebrush, nylon, and foam. Mesh guards are pretty self-explanatory. They’re a mesh wire covering that connects to the roof and allows water to fall into the gutters while catching debris on top. Reverse curve guards direct water into the gutters and leaves down toward the ground. Non-gutter covers actually take the place of gutters and add a set of thin louvers to take rain away from your roof. Bottlebrush covers half bristles that stick out, catching debris a few inches from the surface of the gutters and allowing water to trickle through. Nylon guards attach directly to the gutters and are hardy enough to withstand large quantities of ice and snow. Foam guards are similar to nylon, but made of foam.

Take a look at the weather conditions your gutters need to withstand, as well as the slope of your roof before investing in guards. And for all of your gutter needs, contact Bell Seamless Gutter!

Source: http://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/construction/materials/gutter-guards.htm