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How to Pick the Right Gutter Color for your Home

September 26th, 2017 | No Comments »

How to Pick the Right Gutter Color for your HomeGutter color is usually an afterthought for many homeowners when they’re deciding on what kind of repairs or remodels they want to make. The truth is that gutter color matters! A carefully-selected gutter color can accentuate certain features on your home’s exterior and veil the ones you aren’t particularly fond of.

Decide on what to accentuate.

Most design experts recommend matching the color of your gutters to the roof or the trim of your house. If the trim of your house is wide, it’s suggested that you match the color to the trim. If the trim is skinny, match your gutter color to the roof.

If you’re looking to accentuate your home’s base, try picking a color that’s similar in color to your front door. This creates clean lines and highlights the front of your home, including the landscaping.

Choose a workable color palette.

Red-colored gutters typically work with brick exteriors and red-tiled roofing. For a more earthy tone, brown and beige colors work extremely well. These neutral tones match any roof, and are often paired with rustic architecture.   

Light gray gutters complement homes fashioned in the style of Cape Cod architecture. These American cottage styles look sleek with gray, and choosing this gutter color may provide a small but modern update to your classic-looking home.

Look beyond basic white.

Most people choose white or off-white gutters because it’s the standard factory color choice and to be honest, most people don’t know they have an option in gutter color! They may think they have to match their trim to their gutter system, but you can do the opposite.

Looking for a modern update? Check out our selection of gutter colors and find one that suits your home’s style.

Preparing Gutters for Spring

February 24th, 2017 | No Comments »

You should be preparing youPreparing Gutters for Spring r home for spring, not just inside but outside as well. One part of your home that needs special attention as seasons shift: your gutters. Your gutters prevent your home from water damage and it’s important to maintain them as snow melts and rain starts.

To get ready for spring and the rainy weather that comes with it, you should clear out debris in your gutter from the winter months.

Things such as leaves, twigs, branches, and otherwise should be cleared out completely from your gutters.

In order to clean out your gutters, it’s important to have the necessary tools and equipment.

You should have a drill and bits, towels, a bucket, and a ladder. You should also have someone watching or nearby when you clean out your gutters because it can be a dangerous job.

As spring progresses, you’ll want to make sure that you are cleaning out your gutters every few months. Spring will put a lot of pollen, flower petals, leaves, maple “helicopters” and dirt into your gutters.

You will want to start with cleaning the gutter near the downspout first and remove the largest debris first.

For getting rid of any built-up dirt, flush the gutter lengths with a hose starting at the end opposite the downspout. If the water doesn’t drain out of the downspout, check the downspout strainer.

For standing water in the gutters, the gutter might not be sloped right and will require adjustment to get rid of the water.

There should be a slight decline of at least ¼ inch every 10 feet toward the downspout.

If you notice any leaks in the gutter, you may need to run a bead of gutter sealant on both sides of all joints.

You can also use gutter touch-up paint to cover any blemishes.

Bell Seamless Gutters provides a full range of gutter services including installation, gutter guards, and rainwater collection. For assistance with cleaning and maintaining your gutters, give us a call.  

Prepare Gutters for Storms

January 30th, 2017 | No Comments »

Prepare Gutters for Storms

When word of a rain or thunderstorm is coming your way, it’s time to spring into action and take the necessary steps to protect your home. All homeowners know there’s a lot of work that goes into taking care of and keeping up a home, and the gutter system is no exception.

By being preventative and taking some precautionary measures to make sure your gutter system is in tip top shape before a storm, you are saving yourself time and money in the long run, avoiding preventable repairs. The key is making sure your gutter system is up to the challenge of what the storm may bring and keeping your home dry. Follow these easy steps to ensure your home stays dry during your next storm.

INSPECTION

It’s important to initially inspect your gutter system, including your gutter guards and downspout, to assess the condition of the system.

TIMING IS KEY

Timing between when you dust off the latter and when the storm is anticipated to arrive is key. Safety should strongly be taken into consideration when making this call. Ideally, you would time it out that it’s on the same day of the storm before it hits, but you need to balance not doing it too far in advance and too close to the storm. Remember, if it seems dangerous or you are unsure for any reason, it’s better to hold off.

TUNE UP TIME

As you inspect your gutter system, keep an eye out for any loose bolts or screws and tighten them as you go. The more secure your gutters are before the storm, the better suited they’ll be when it comes rolling through.

CLEAR ANY CLOGS

Clean your gutter system, including the downspout. Make sure you do a thorough check to ensure the system will work properly, free from any obstacles. To ensure the downspout is clear, spray a hose at a high pressure through the top and bottom. If there are any clogs, a plumber snake should do the trick. If you find any major issues during your inspection, it’s time to call in the professionals: a gutter repair specialist.

For more information about gutter systems and their maintenance, visit Bell Seamless Gutters.

Why You Do Need Gutters On Your Home

September 27th, 2016 | No Comments »

The Great Debate

A lot of debates have occurred over whether or not you need gutters on your home. Some people say that you can go without them and other people say that you should not. We believe that gutters are a necessity when it comes to home maintenance. We encourage everyone to have gutters on their home to avoid major issues down the road.

What Gutters Do

In order to understand why you need a gutter it is important to unBroken Gutter and Debris in NJderstand exactly what purpose they serve. A gutter is a long tube typically made of aluminum that wraps around a home. The gutter collects rain water as it pours down the surface of the home. The water then falls down through the gutter and eventually pours out of the gutter and onto the ground to keep the water from reaching the foundation of the home. As a result, the ground surrounding the house does not become drenched with water, keeping the foundation dry.

Why You Need Gutters

If you did not have those gutters around your home, the amount of water and moisture that would surround our home would quickly damage the foundation of your home. Water would get into the structure of the home which would cause cracks, breaks, and instability within it. Water can cause significant damage to the roof and siding of the home as well if it is repeatedly soaking them or seeping into crevices. If water does reach the structure of the home, it can also cause condensation which can cause wood around the home, such as window frames, to rot and mold.

Final Verdict

Although gutters can be expensive and definitely require some maintenance, we believe that gutters prevent more damage from occurring to the home. Maintaining your home is vital to avoid spending money on unnecessary projects down the road. We believe that gutters are a necessity to keeping your home well-kept.