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Turn Your Old Gutters Into a Vertical Garden

May 22nd, 2018 | No Comments »

Gutter GardenGetting ready to replace your aging sectional gutters with new seamless gutters? If you enjoy weekend DIY projects and some of those old gutter sections are still in good shape, you may be able to repurpose them as planters for a vertical garden! Gutter gardens take up very little space, and they’re great for growing herbs, lettuce, flowers and more.

Many people choose to fasten their gutter gardens to a fence, but they can also be hung from a freestanding wood frame or even from your porch.

Start by cutting the gutters to an appropriate length for the space you have in mind. Each gutter will serve as one tier of your vertical garden. Next, use gutter end caps to seal both ends of your gutter planters. Once the gutters are sealed with end caps, use a quarter-inch drill bit to drill evenly-spaced drainage holes along the bottom of the gutter.

If you plan on hanging your garden from a frame or porch, you can also drill a pair of extra 1/8-inch holes on either end of the gutters so that they can be suspended with galvanized steel wire. Otherwise, you can simply fasten them to a fence or other vertical structure with gutter hangers.

Once your gutter planters are in place, just fill them with soil and fertilizer, plant your seeds and give them a drink of water. Before you know it, you’ll have a beautiful vertical garden that leaves plenty of room for other plantings in your flowerbeds.

How to Tell When It’s Time for a Gutter Replacement

March 6th, 2018 | No Comments »

Rusted GuttersWhen your gutters are functioning properly, it can be easy to forget about them altogether. Once an aging gutter system falls into disrepair, however, it can be hard to ignore. You may notice unsightly mildew growing on your gutters, or find broken fasteners lying on the ground below the eaves of your home. But these aren’t the only indications of a gutter system that needs to be replaced. Today we’ll look at a few more tell-tale signs that it’s time to invest in new gutters for your home.

Water Damage Beneath Your gutters

Is the siding below your gutters getting streaked with mold and mildew? Do the fascia boards behind the gutters appear to be rotting? These are signs that your gutters are leaking and/or overflowing during rain storms. If you spot water damage around your gutters, inspect them closely for cracks, holes and rust.

Bent, Sagging Gutter Sections

If the fascia boards behind your gutters are rotting, the gutters may begin to sag and pull away from your home’s roof. This problem can be exacerbated by ice dams and impact damage from tree limbs and other debris. You can try to reinforce your old gutters with new fasteners, but sooner or later they will need to be replaced.

Erosion in Your Landscaping

If you notice little gullies forming in the flowerbeds next to your house, there’s a good chance your gutters aren’t doing their job. Ideally, your gutters should divert water away from your home to prevent this type of erosion.

Water Pooling Around Your Foundation

If you notice erosion in your flowerbeds, you may also see water pooling around your home’s foundation. Over time, this moisture buildup can cause the foundation to crack and crumble. With this in mind, it’s important to have the problem remedied sooner rather than later.

Are your old gutters in need of a replacement? Give us a call or contact us online today to learn more about how a modern seamless gutter system can help!