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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.

 

How to clean your gutters

December 14th, 2012 | 2 Comments »

If you don’t feel the need to have gutter guards, then here’s a how you properly clean your gutters.

First, it’s always good to clean your gutters at least twice a year – once after fall, and the other after spring, when the seeds some down.

Here are a few things you will need

  • A long hose
  • A ladder
  • A bucket
  • Rubber gloves

Move your ladder to the corner of the house opposite of where the down spout is. You’re going to want to run water there down to the other end to wash and clean some of the leaves and debris to the downspout.

Climb up your ladder with the water running through the hose and start cleaning out the leaves out of the gutter with your hands and either put it in a bucket that’s attached to the gutter with a hook. As you clean a section of the gutter, move down the line and continue to clean.

You can leave the gutter at the corner of the house until you reach the down spout.

If the downspout is clogged, which it very well be, shake or knock the down spout to loosen the debris and leaves, or remove the down spout to clean the debris. This may need to take place on a ladder, so be careful.

That’s how you clean your gutters!

Rectangle Vs. Round Downspouts

December 5th, 2012 | 1 Comment »

When customizing or revamping your gutters, it is crucial to know your options when it comes to shapes and corrugated textures for downspouts. These downspouts are either rectangle or round, and each has its own set of characteristics that set the theme for your gutters.

Round

Round or half-moon shaped gutters stem from houses constructed during the late sixties. Contractors often use expensive materials and customize the downspouts to fit your home. Downspouts with round shapes are associated with retro-styled architecture and contractors often choose them solely for aesthetic purposes. The round shapes are also very sturdy, but are much more difficult to adhere to the rest of your gutter. This is a great choice for historical buildings, and is a bit more time consuming.

Rectangle

The rectangle shapes replaced round and half-moon downspouts in the early seventies and have been around since. These coordinate with the shapes and styles of downspouts in modern homes. Rectangle downspouts are the ideal selection for a quick and cost effective solution.