Monday, March 6, 2017

Spring - Are Your Gutters Ready?

Spring is almost here.  And with that comes the spring storms that will dump rain on your home.   To ensure that your foundation, home and landscaping stay clear of harmful water damage, gutters and downspouts must remain clean and free flowing. 

Gutters and downspouts clog when they become filled with leaves and debris that become trapped in the gutters.  This causes water to back up and overflow the gutters.  One way to prevent clogs in your gutters is to have gutter protection installed on your gutter system. 

There are many different types of gutter guards to choose from but the best gutter protection is a hooded type that completely covers the top of the gutter and uses surface tension to draw the water flow over the nose of the guard into slits on the face and into your gutters.  The hood keeps leaves and debris out while allowing the water to flow in.  Leaves and debris sit on top of the hood and when dry, blow off to the ground. 

At Gutter Covers International, our premium, high-quality hooded gutter cover is called Gutter Topper® and is one of the first gutter guards to use surface tension to draw water into the gutter system.  It has been independently tested and certified to withstand 110mph winds (Category 2 hurricane) and can handle 22 inches of rain per hour.  It is also strong enough to handle heavy ice and snow because it can hold up to 1,200 lbs. per square foot. 

Before and After with Gutter Topper®
 There are also perforated gutter covers that keep debris and leaves out but let rainwater in.  This type of gutter protection sits on top of the gutter and has a lower profile so it can barely be seen from street level.  Our perforated systems are also independently tested and certified to withstand winds and heavy rain and are an economical solution to gutter protection.

Leaf Terminator®
Regardless of the type of gutter guards you use, you’ll want to check your gutters at least once a year to make sure they are in good working order.  Save time and money by investing in great gutter protection. Your home will thank you for it!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Gutter Covers Keep Gutters Working Properly

When your gutters are working, you don’t think anything about them.  But they are very important to the integrity of your home’s structure in that they help direct water from your roof, into the gutter system, and away from your home.  And when they aren’t working properly, problems begin!

Homeowners should always strive to keep their gutters clear and in good working order.  If your gutters get clogged, rain will not be able to flow properly and oftentimes, runs over the top of your gutters spilling down onto your foundation.  There are a couple ways to approach the problem of clogged gutters. 

1)   Clean the gutters one or more times a year
2)   Install gutter covers to prevent getting clogged gutters

The best solution we recommend is to get gutter covers for the following reasons:

1)   Keeps you off a dangerous ladder and off your roof!
2)   Keeps gutters clear and water free-flowing
3)   Prevents damage to your home’s foundation and landscaping
4)   Stops mold & mildew
5)   Saves time and money

Gutter Topper®

No one likes to spend money on home repairs.  So taking preventative measures is the best approach.  Installing gutter covers on your home will save you time & money and keep you safe and on the ground!  You may still need to check your gutters on occasion to ensure they are working properly, but you can rest assured they won’t get clogged like they would if they were left uncovered.  Check your gutters once a year for good measure.

The Solution®

If you leave gutters uncovered, debris will build up causing the gutters to get heavy with rainfall and eventually pull away from the house.  This can cause water to get behind the gutter, causing damage to your home, walls and foundation. 

The best approach is prevention.  Install gutter covers on your home today.  They are available in aluminum, copper and vinyl and come in a variety of colors to match the roof of your home.  Don’t wait.  The rainy season is upon us!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Your Winter Checklist!

The winter months are upon us!  Don't wait to do some last minute maintenance checks on your home before freezing temperatures and snow come your way.  To prepare your home and your household for the colder months ahead, it's important to start now.

Here is a list of some chores you can start to tackle:

1) Invest in weather stripping. Weather stripping is a good way to seal warm air in and keep the cold air out of your home.  Apply it to windows, doors, vents, fans, plumbing ares, air conditioners, mail chutes, etc. - anywhere you may have leaks or drafts.

2) Clean out your gutters.  It is important to keep your gutters free of debris.  Clean gutters help keep them free-flowing and draining properly.  If they are clogged, water can freeze in your gutters and allow melting ice and snow to seep under shingles onto your roof and also cause ice dams that can cause damage to your walls, foundation, fascia boards and more.

3) Evaluate your roof to prevent ice dams.  Speaking of ice dams, they can cause a lot of damage to your home.  If your home isn't well insulated, you risk having an ice dam form due to melting snow from your roof that re-freezes on the edge causing water to back up onto your roof and under the shingles, potentially causing damage.  To prevent this, insulate your attic well.  Or, use a product from Gutter Covers International called Ice Dam Solution™ or Hott Topper™ if you have Gutter Topper® gutter guards on your home.

4) Trim trees near your home.  Dead branches can be a big problem when ice or heavy snow piles up on them.  Be sure to trim those branches to prevent possible injuries or damage to your home. In addition, trimming branches that hang near home will help prevent gutters from getting clogged with leaves and pine needles.  You can also eliminate clogged gutters by installing gutter guards on your home!  There are many types of gutter guards available so be sure to check with a local dealer to see if they offer gutter protection from Gutter Covers International.

5) Change your furnace filters.  Clean furnace filters allow your system to run more efficient.  Plus, it keeps the air clean in your home.  Who doesn't want to keep their utility bills low??

6) Get a tune up on your furnace.  have your furnace or heat pump inspected to be sure the system is clean and in good condition so that it can achieve its highest efficiency.  The inspection can also measure carbon-monoxide leakage.

This list could go on and on, but you get the drift.  There is a lot to do, so get started today before that first big snowfall!  Soon all your chores will be complete and all you have to do is relax!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Guide To Gutter Protection

Gutters are important to your home because, when working properly, they divert water from the roof into the gutter, through the downspouts and away from the home.  But when your gutters get clogged, they can wreak havoc on your home.  Water that is not properly diverted from your home can cause damage to your foundation, siding, fascia boards, exterior paint and landscaping.

You have a couple options to keep your gutters free from leaves, debris, pine needles and pests.  You can either have your gutters cleaned 1 or more times a year by a professional (at an average cost of $185 each cleaning), clean them out yourself and risk a dangerous fall from a ladder, or you can invest in a gutter protection system.  Gutter covers prevent debris and leaves from accumulating and clogging your gutters and making sure the water stays free flowing. 

There are several types of gutter protection systems available. 

·      Screens or mesh that install over the gutter opening.  This type of system is easy to install but does not add strength to the gutter system and can easily be blown off in windy conditions.
·      Foam or nylon brush material that is laid inside the gutter system.  They are inexpensive and are a popular do-it-yourself system because of the ease of installation.  Even this type of system needs to be cleaned periodically because leaves and debris get caught in them and get entangled in the bristles. 
·      Hooded or surface tension gutter protection.  Allows water to come off the roof and rolls around the face of the product into the gutter.
·      Perforated products that have holes in the gutter cover to keep debris out and water flowing in.  The water goes through the holes and the debris stays on top and blows away.

In addition to the types of gutter protection products available, there are differences in the quality and construction of these systems.  The best gutter protection systems add stability to the gutter by attaching the gutter covers to your house as well as the gutter itself.  The thickness of the material also plays a role in the strength and durability of the gutter protection.  The thicker the material the stronger it will be.  There are several types of materials that gutter protection systems are made from including steel, aluminum, vinyl and copper.  Steel has a tendency to rust.  Aluminum gutter covers are a little more expensive but are worth the investment.   Vinyl gutters are the least expensive option but aren’t as strong and could break in extreme cold conditions.  Copper is the most expensive option.

As you can see, there are many things to think about when deciding which type of gutter protection is the best option for your home.  Gutter Covers International has all the answers!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Your Fall Checklist!

Now is the time to begin preparing for the upcoming winter months.  Take advantage of these cooler fall days to do some chores around the house, both inside and out.

Here is a list of some outdoor chores you can start to tackle:

      1)   Clean outdoor furniture and kid’s summer toys.
      2)   Touch up flaking paint on the exterior of your home or deck.
      3)   Caulk around your window and doors to keep bugs and cold air from seeping in.
      4)   Check your gutters to see if they are clogged.  If so, clean them out so you don’t get any water damage.  Or consider installing gutter protection and never have to worry about clogged gutters again!
      5)   Wash your windows.
      6)   Clean your chimneys and flues to reduce risk of fire.

And don’t forget the inside chores:

      1)   Clean from top to bottom.  Windows, cobwebs, baseboards and everything in between.
      2)   Have your furnace inspected.  Don’t wait until that first cold night to find out it isn’t working properly.
      3)   Get your carpets clean before the holiday festivities begin.
      4)   Drain sediment from your hot water heater.
      5)   Change the filters in your furnace.
      6)   Replace the batteries in your smoke detectors.

This list could go on and on but you get the drift.  There is a lot to do so start today and check things off one by one.  Soon all your chores will be complete and all you have to do is relax!