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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Why You Need Gutter Protection vs. Gutter Cleaning

You may be thinking about cleaning your gutters as the fall season approaches.  Cleaning gutters can be expensive, and it can also be one of the most dangerous home maintenance projects you can do! On average, the cost of having your gutters cleaning by a professional can range anywhere from $70 to $500 per cleaning, depending on the scope of your job.  And most homes need to have their gutters cleaned twice a year if there is a significant amount of trees in your area.  That gets expensive!

Some of the factors that go into pricing a gutter-cleaning job are:

1)  How many square feet if the home?
2)  How many linear feet of gutters are there?
3)  How many stories is your home?
4)  What is the pitch of your roof?
5)  Will the downspouts be cleaned and the mess picked up when the gutter cleaning folks leave your       home?

All of these things can make the cost add up quick!  If you choose to clean the gutters yourself to save a little money, you should be aware of the risks involved.  Do you want to climb up a ladder one to two stories or more off the ground?  Do you want to be up on your roof?  Do you want to waste an afternoon cleaning much out of your gutters when you could be enjoying yourself?  These are all things to consider when deciding on whether to clean the gutters yourself.  But, there is another answer!

Instead of cleaning your gutters twice a year or more and risking a fall from a ladder, you can have a permanent solution to your clogged gutters by investing in a gutter protection system.  Clogged gutters cause thousands of dollars in damages to your home from rotting fascia boards, landscape erosion to foundation repairs.  Investing in gutter protection can eliminate the inconvenience of having to clean your gutters, giving you time to do thing you enjoy.

And finally, a gutter protection system can add value to your home, making your home more desirable when it comes time to sell.  If you are considering investing in a gutter guard system, Gutter Covers International has a product that solves any foliage problem Mother Nature can throw at it.  If you have a problem with leaves, you may want to check out one of our many products:  Leaf Terminator®, The Solution® or Gutter Topper®.  If you have problems with needles, no product works better than our Needle Guard™.  You can find out more about Gutter Covers International by visiting us at

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Deciduous vs. Coniferous Trees

Tomorrow is the first day of Fall!  I know I have been looking forward to the leaves changing and the crisp, cool weather that is on its way.  But we all know what happens during Fall - clogged gutters - unless you are proactive and have gutter protection installed on your gutters.  Gutter protection is important particularly when you live in an area with a lot of deciduous or coniferous trees.  What are deciduous trees vs. coniferous trees?  Here is today's lesson.

Deciduous trees are often found in the Eastern half of the United States where the soil is rich and there is more winter weather.  Deciduous trees lose their leaves in the Fall, dropping on top of the tree's roots where they will recharge the soil with nutrients.  Houses that are surrounded by many tall trees or that have tall trees a short distance away will often have a recurring problem with leaves and small branches being blown into the gutters during storms.  If gutters are left unprotected, there is a risk of clogs and run-off that can damage a home's foundation, walls or landscaping.  Using gutter protection helps keep the gutters clean and free-flowing.  Gutter Covers International has the perfect answer for protecting your gutters from clogs due to deciduous trees:  Gutter Topper®, The Solution® and The Leaf Terminator®.

Deciduous Tree Leaves
Coniferous trees can be found across the entire U.S. particularly in areas where the soil tends to be poorer and the climate is more arid.  Coniferous trees retain their needles year round replacing them slowly throughout the year, making needles an on-going issue for potential gutter clogs.  Again, using the right gutter covers ensures that you won't have to worry about clogged gutters or downspouts.   With coniferous trees, you need a special type of gutter protection that has tiny perforations to keep out even the tiniest needles.  Gutter Covers International offers the best solution when dealing with coniferous trees - Needle Guard™ .  With its .045 perforations, even the smallest debris and pine needles can't make their way into your gutters.

Coniferous Tree Needles

Hopefully now you understand the difference between deciduous and coniferous trees.  Each one can cause its own problems for you and your gutters.  If you need help deciding which gutter cover will solve your problems, visit us at

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Why You Should be Thinking About Ice in Your Gutters – Now!

With Fall fast approaching, now is the time to plan ahead for protecting your roof and gutters from the winter weather that will eventually return.

Severe winters can wreak havoc on your home and landscaping but it can be equally as damaging on your roof and gutters.  Taking preventative steps now can be a wise home investment when the season once again turns to winter.

 Gutter Covers International has a product called HottTopper™ that addresses the problems caused by ice dams and icicles hanging from your gutters, including resulting damage to your basement.  Don’t procrastinate and wait until your gutters already have ice and snow on the roof before you call your local Gutter Covers retailer about installing this very popular product.  Not only can it be too late to prevent damage, but also it can be hard to find someone to install the product during bad weather conditions.

Right now is the best time of year to do some preventative maintenance that can protect your gutters, home, basement and landscaping – long before you face winter’s wrath.  Doesn’t it make more sense to have your roof and gutters worked on when the weather is cooperating?

Icicles hanging from gutters can be dangerous – to your gutters, to your foundation and to your own health!  Hott Topper™ melts the ice and snow on top of your Gutter Topper gutter covers.  And Hott Topper™ allows the water to enter your gutter to protect you from the danger of ice.

As icicles form, the weight can pull gutters from the fascia, leaving you with some big repair bills – and winter is a very tough time of year to make outside home repairs.  Then as the icicles thaw and the water drips onto sidewalks below, the water can pool around your foundation, or refreeze and create icy patches.  And, every winter, there are numerous injuries caused by slips and falls on icy patches.  When you consider the cost of treating injuries, we knew it was important to keep homeowners safe and that’s why we created Hott Topper™.

The self-regulating wire of Hott Topper™ doesn’t need a thermostat to control the heating temperature.  Only when the weather gets cold does your Hott Topper™ get hot – which is why now is a great time to install Hott Topper™ on your home.  Hott Topper™ generates heat that melts the snow and ice BEFORE it turns into icicles and then lets the melted water go where it is supposed to – into your gutters and downspouts.

So while you are enjoying this beautiful end of summer weather, why not plan ahead to eliminate one winter maintenance headache that you don’t need.  Contact your local Gutter Topper® retailer and learn how Hott Topper™ can be one of the wisest home improvements you make.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Fall Maintenance Check Up

As you look forward to cooler weather, it's time to think about projects and home maintenance to complete before harsh weather conditions set in.  Click on the link below to find a checklist of 10 Fall home maintenance jobs.  One of those nasty jobs is cleaning the gutters.  Here at Gutter Covers International we can save you the hassle of cleaning your gutters!  We have the best gutter protection in the industry.  Our patented Gutter Topper® keeps everything out of your gutters and downspouts - leaves, pests, balls, and anything else you can dream up!  Rest at ease knowing that at least one of the jobs on the Fall checklist is already complete when you have gutter protection from Gutter Covers International.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Ladder Safety: Tips That Can Save Your Life

Fall is the time of year when your thoughts turn to yard and home maintenance in preparation for the upcoming rainy and snowy season.  These preparations could include window washing, roof repairs, tree trimming or cleaning your gutters.  What do all these have in common?  Most require climbing a ladder!

There are a lot of statistics around injuries and fatalities from falling off a ladder, but let's just suffice it to say that even one injury or fatality is one too many!  Accidents happen so it's important to exercise good judgment and practice ladder safety if you plan to do any jobs involving a ladder. Here are a few ladder safety tips developed by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons:

1.  Inspect the ladder prior to use.  Check for any loose screws, hinges or rungs that might not have been fixed since its last usage.  And, make sure the rungs of the ladder do not have any liquid on them that could cause them to be slippery.
2.  Properly set up the ladder.  Ensure that your ladder is placed on a firm, level surface prior to climbing.  Never place a ladder on uneven ground.  Make sure the ladder is locked before climbing.
3.  Remember the 1-to-4 rule.  The bottom of the ladder should be one foot away from the wall for every four feet the ladder rises.  And, if you are going to climb on the roof, make sure your ladder extends three feet above the roof line.
4.  Select the right ladder for the job.  If you are going to be working at low to medium heights, a step ladder or utility ladder is probably your best bet.  If you will be climbing to higher places such as the roof, an extension ladder is the ladder you want to use.
5.  Don't lean too far over to reach something when on the ladder.  Your belly button should not extend past the side rails of the ladder!  Over-reaching or leaning could cause you to lose your balance and fall.

If your cleaning or maintenance preparation includes gutter cleaning, you don't have to get up on a ladder at all! Invest in gutter protection such as Gutter Topper® from Gutter Covers International and you won't have to worry about cleaning out your gutters!  Have a worry-free and safe Fall season instead.  For more information regarding Gutter Topper® or our line of other gutter protection products, visit our website at

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Mosquito Born Viruses

Gutter Covers:  Keep Mosquitoes at Bay!

By Tony Iannelli
Inventor of Gutter Topper and founder and owner, Gutter Covers International

It’s that time of year!  Warm summer days lead into warm summer nights.  You long to be outdoors celebrating the season.  But, you are worried about all the news regarding diseases spread by mosquitoes and other yard pests.  Two of the top viruses making headlines today are West Nile Virus and Zika Virus.  Both of these viruses are contracted initially through bites from mosquitoes.  Different mosquitoes carry different viruses.  For example, West Nile Virus can be carried by the Culex species; Zika is carried by the Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus species.   

The best protection against these viruses is to ensure you do not have a breeding ground for mosquitoes around your house.  It is VERY important to remove any standing water or areas with excessive moisture by targeting these problem areas:

     1)   Birdbaths, pet bowls, fountains and ponds    
     2)   Clogged gutters and downspouts 
     3)   Standing water in low-lying areas of your yard
     4)   Compost piles and garden debris

Clogged gutters provide a nesting ground for mosquitoes and other pests and may be more difficult to maintain and keep clean than other problem areas for mosquitoes.  If you have clogged gutters or downspouts, you may not even know it because you don’t want to climb a ladder to check. 

Installing gutter covers on your gutters will keep them free flowing and free of clogs.  If there is nothing in your gutters, it is very unlikely that they will become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.  And don’t forget to check your downspouts as well. 

An ounce of prevention is worth a lot!  Keep your family safe this summer by installing gutter protection on your home.  No more worries about those pesky pests!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Why You Need Gutter Protection

It’s going to rain – let’s face it.  The real question is whether your gutters can handle it!  Gutters are designed to catch the rain from your roof and it usually does; it also catches all of the other debris that comes down your roof.   In order for gutters to work properly, they must be protected from the accumulation of leaves, needles, grit and other dirt that can cause them to clog.

There are two options:  gutter cleaning or gutter protection.  Let’s break it down.  

Gutter cleaning is one way to rid your gutters of debris.  This requires either doing it yourself or hiring a gutter cleaning service.  If you hire a gutter cleaning service, many times their low advertised price is only good until they actually visit your home.  Yes, they say it will be cheap and entice you with a great price but once they come to your home, you’ll find there are adjustments that need to be made.  For example, you have more gutter footage, more downspouts, more stories on your home and underground drains that weren’t originally calculated in the cost.  Suddenly what looked very affordable now has cost you much more than first anticipated.   The next thing you need to know is whether the person cleaning your gutters has the proper insurance coverage for doing the job.  Does it cover them being on a ladder or on your roof?  If someone would get hurt working on your home, you could be liable for any accidents that occur on your property!  And, are they really doing a good job?  Of course, since you aren’t getting up on the ladder, you are trusting that they are actually getting all the debris out of your gutters.  What tools are they using to get the job done?  Will they clean up after themselves or leave you with an awful mess in your beautiful landscaping?  What if a storm blows up the very next day and sends leaves and other debris into your gutters?  Do you have to call them back out again?  These are important questions to consider when deciding whether to utilize a gutter cleaning service or do what’s right, and invest in gutter protection.

Gutter protection is always a better option!  Gutter guards fit over the top of the gutters to prevent leaves, dirt and other debris from ever entering your gutter system.  And when you compare the cost of gutter cleaning to gutter guards, it’s not apples to apples.  Gutter cleaning is a service but gutter guards are an investment in your home.  They will offer you peace of mind for years rather than having to remember every year to schedule your cleanings (often 2 or more times a year).  Knowing your gutters are protected allows you to focus on things that are more important.

Here are a few more reasons that gutter protection is a better option:

      1)   They ensure your gutters will stay clean.  Your gutter system will not become a breeding ground for insects or other small mammals.  It will not become a catchall for dirt and debris that comes off your roof becoming a seeding ground for weeds and trees.
      2)   Gutter guards keep gutters clear reducing the possibility of water damage to the home or landscaping.  When gutters are clogged, rain water can quickly cause damage to landscaping, ruin basements and destroy the foundation of a home.
      3)   No need for you to climb on ladders to clean out your gutters.   There are many sources for statistics on ladder related injuries, but according to the World Health Organization, there are more than 164,000 emergency room related injuries and 300 deaths in the U.S. that are caused by falls from ladders and most of these falls are from 10 feet or less.  Unfortunately, over the past decade, the number of people who have died from falls from ladders has tripled.  With gutter guards, you won’t need to climb on ladders to clean out your gutters.
      4)   Gutter guards can increase the salability and value of your home.  Many gutter protection systems offer a warranty that is transferable, making your home more appealing to a buyer.  Gutter guards also protect your investment by preventing damage to foundations, fascia and landscaping around your home.

      Having the right gutter protectionsystem is important.  Free-flowing gutters will protect your biggest investment, keep you from climbing on dangerous ladders and allow you to enjoy the things that matter most rather than worrying about your gutters.