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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 http://guttertopper.com


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.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Summer Storm Gutter Waterfalls Damage Homes

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

Did you know that just an inch of a summer rainfall pours close to 1500 gallons of water onto your roof? That’s why the performance of your gutters is so important to protecting your home. Waterfalls flowing over your gutters during a summer rainfall are a strong indication that you have clogged gutters – and clogged gutters can lead to some expensive home repairs.

Investing in gutter protection from Gutter Covers International is one of the wisest home improvements you can make, especially when you consider the damage caused by overflowing gutters. Home improvement companies constantly report problems from overflowing gutters that range from smaller problems such as landscaping damage to major foundation problems and flooded basements as the water pressure from storm runoff wreaks havoc on homes.
Waterfalls over gutters can lead to extensive home damage -- another reason to invest in gutter guards.
Your home’s gutters and downspouts are designed to move water down from the roof and away from your home and foundation for proper drainage. Water that can’t flow through your gutters finds the easiest path – and that often means the water comes right into your ceiling and walls.

One of the most common calls our independent home improvement contractors receive from homeowners usually involves water flowing over the front and ends of their gutters and flooding their home. And our contractors usually find gutters clogged solid with leaves or other debris.

When gutter debris gets wet, it absorbs the water from summer rainfalls like a large sponge – and you know how heavy a saturated sponge can get. This extra weight stresses your gutters and hanging brackets, and can result in your gutters pulling off of your house.
Just one inch of a summer rainfall equals 1500 gallons of water pouring onto the average roof.
Overflowing water from your gutters can also damage the paint and siding on your home, but even that is a small problem when you think of what happens if the water gets inside of a wall. Wet wood behind siding can rot, and you often don’t know how much damage has been caused until it’s too late.

Gutter Covers International has introduced a variety of gutter protection products that can safeguard your home from the problems caused by clogged and overflowing gutters.

Everything started with the one, the only, the “Original” Gutter Topper, independently tested and certified to withstand anything Mother Nature can throw at it. And now, our line-up of quality products includes:
  • The Leaf Terminator – a heavy duty gutter guard that allows water to flow through the patented perforation design, while at the same time, strengthens your gutter system. Itʼs also perfect for commercial buildings.
  • The Solution – our budget priced gutter guard that has been independently certified to outperform the competition.
  • Needle Guard – specifically designed for areas where pine needles present unique gutter clog challenges.
  • Hott Topper -- helps to eliminate the problems caused by icicles and heavy snow.
  • Ice Dam Solution -- prevents winter ice burdens with a proven and tested solution.
With so many gutter guard solutions available to you, you don’t have to learn your gutters are completely clogged when that summer storm comes and you wake up to find a basement full of water. Contact your independent Gutter Topper retailer and learn how our gutter guards can be one of the wisest summer home improvements you make.

As a general contractor and craftsman, Tony Iannelli saw the damage caused by clogged gutters, and he knew he could invent a solution in his workshop. That invention was Gutter Topper, which then led to his company, Gutter Covers International, developing a series of gutter protection products. Since then, millions of feet of Tony's gutter protection products have been installed in over 200 markets across the USA, Canada and Europe.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Gutter Topper Imitators Can’t Pass the Test

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

When you sneeze, do you reach for a Kleenex? And when you need to make a copy, do you Xerox it? Companies often hate it when their trademarks are used to describe other products, but at Gutter Covers International, we’re flattered when customers say they need “gutter toppers” to prevent gutter clogs – because we manufacturer and sell the one, the only, the original Gutter Topper.

It’s the ultimate compliment when the general public begins to use our trademarked Gutter Topper brand name to define the entire gutter guard category. But when it comes to gutter protection, there is a huge difference between Gutter Topper and the pretenders in the marketplace.
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Sure, others describe themselves as” gutter toppers.” But the original Gutter Topper is the only gutter guard that has been independently tested and certified to keep your gutters free flowing and free of debris. Gutter Topper has been independently tested to:
Gutter Topper gutter guards are uniquely designed with eleven critical bends of strength to handle anything Mother Nature can throw at it. Gutter Topper, with its patented design, is the most effective, efficient system available – and that’s something our imitators can’t claim.

As a general contractor, I saw the serious damage to homes caused by clogged gutters, including flooded basements and foundation damage.  I knew these problems could be prevented if I could create a “topper” for gutters that would prevent leaves and debris from collecting. The result was the introduction of Gutter Topper – and now millions of feet of our product have been installed on homes in the USA, Canada and Europe.
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Unlike our imitators, Gutter Topper also is proudly made in the USA at our manufacturing facility just outside of Cincinnati, Ohio. On our plant floor, you’ll find sophisticated digitally controlled manufacturing equipment others don’t have. Each machine was uniquely built to flawlessly produce Gutter Topper’s patented design. At a time when manufacturing jobs are leaving the USA, we’re proud to buck the trend.

So when you want a gutter protection product you can depend on, a gutter guard that will work as advertised, and a gutter cover system that protects your home and keeps your gutters debris free, you want "the original" Gutter Topper. That’s why we proudly tell our customers:  “Accept no substitute!”

Contact one of Gutter Topper’s independent authorized Retailers to get a free estimate, or you can visit Gutter Topper to learn more about the product.

As a general contractor and craftsman, Tony Iannelli saw the damage caused by clogged gutters, and he knew he could invent a solution in his workshop. That invention was Gutter Topper, which then led to his company, Gutter Covers International, developing a series of gutter protection products. Since then, millions of feet of Tony's gutter protection products have been installed in over 200 markets across the USA, Canada and Europe.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Summer Storm Gutter Waterfalls Cause Home Damage

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

Did you know that just an inch of a summer rainfall pours close to 1500 gallons of water onto your roof? That’s why the performance of your gutters is so important to protecting your home. Waterfalls flowing over your gutters during a summer rainfall are a strong indication that you have clogged gutters – and clogged gutters can lead to some expensive home repairs.

Investing in gutter protection from Gutter Covers International is one of the wisest home improvements you can make, especially when you consider the damage caused by overflowing gutters. Home improvement companies constantly report problems from overflowing gutters that range from smaller problems such as landscaping damage to major foundation problems and flooded basements as the water pressure from storm runoff wreaks havoc on homes.
Waterfalls over gutters can lead to extensive home damage -- another reason to invest in gutter guards.
Your home’s gutters and downspouts are designed to move water down from the roof and away from your home and foundation for proper drainage. Water that can’t flow through your gutters finds the easiest path – and that often means the water comes right into your ceiling and walls. 

One of the most common calls our independent home improvement contractors receive from homeowners usually involves water flowing over the front and ends of their gutters and flooding their home. And our contractors usually find gutters clogged solid with leaves or other debris.

When gutter debris gets wet, it absorbs the water from summer rainfalls like a large sponge – and you know how heavy a saturated sponge can get. This extra weight stresses your gutters and hanging brackets, and can result in your gutters pulling off of your house.
Just one inch of a summer rainfall equals 1500 gallons of water pouring onto the average roof.
Overflowing water from your gutters can also damage the paint and siding on your home, but even that is a small problem when you think of what happens if the water gets inside of a wall. Wet wood behind siding can rot, and you often don’t know how much damage has been caused until it’s too late.

Gutter Covers International has introduced a variety of gutter protection products that can safeguard your home from the problems caused by clogged and overflowing gutters.

Everything started with the one, the only, the “Original” Gutter Topper, independently tested and certified to withstand anything Mother Nature can throw at it. And now, our line-up of quality products includes:
  • The Leaf Terminator – a heavy duty gutter guard that allows water to flow through the patented perforation design, while at the same time, strengthens your gutter system. Itʼs also perfect for commercial buildings.
  • The Solution – our budget priced gutter guard that has been independently certified to outperform the competition.
  • Needle Beetle – specifically designed for areas where pine needles present unique gutter clog challenges.
  • Hott Topper -- helps to eliminate the problems caused by icicles and heavy snow
With so many gutter guard solutions available to you, you don’t have to learn your gutters are completely clogged when that summer storm comes and you wake up to find a basement full of water. Contact your independent Gutter Topper retailer and learn how our gutter guards can be one of the wisest summer home improvements you make.

As a general contractor and craftsman, Tony Iannelli saw the damage caused by clogged gutters, and he knew he could invent a solution in his workshop. That invention was Gutter Topper, which then led to his company, Gutter Covers International, developing a series of gutter protection products. Since then, millions of feet of Tony's gutter protection products have been installed in over 200 markets across the USA, Canada and Europe.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Why You Should Think About Ice in Your Gutters in the Summer

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

With summer here, the only ice you’re probably thinking about is the ice you need to cool your drink on a hot day. But summer actually is the best time to plan ahead for protecting your roof and gutters from the winter weather that will eventually return.

If you’re like me, you’d like to forget about the recent rough winter. Once spring finally returned, many homeowners learned that they suffered significant damage to their home or landscaping. But have you checked your roof and gutters, too, for any damage? I know you’d rather enjoy the fine weather, but taking some preventive steps now can be a wise home investment when the seasons once again turn to winter.
Gutter Covers International introduced a new product called Hott Topper before the last winter to address the problems caused by ice dams and icicles hanging from your gutters, including resulting damage to their basements. Hott Topper proved to be very popular, but many homeowners decided to procrastinate and wait until they actually had snow on the roof before calling their local Gutter Topper Retailer about installing the product. And that’s a rough time for any Retailer to do work on the roof.

This is actually the best time of year to do some preventive maintenance that can protect your gutters, home, basement and landscaping – long before you’re facing winter’s wrath again. 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, your foundation and your own health. Hott Topper melts the ice and snow on top of your Gutter Topper. And Hott Topper then allows the water to then 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, I knew we had to introduce a way to keep homeowners safe, and that’s why Hott Topper was introduced.
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 at 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’re enjoying the great summer weather, why not plan ahead to eliminate one winter maintenance headache that you don’t need. Contact your independent Gutter Topper retailer and learn how Hott Topper can be one of the wisest summer home improvements you make.

As a general contractor and craftsman, Tony Iannelli saw the damage caused by clogged gutters, and he knew he could invent a solution in his workshop. That invention was Gutter Topper, which then led to his company,Gutter Covers International, developing a series of gutter protection products. Since then, millions of feet of Tony's gutter protection products have been installed in over 200 markets across the USA, Canada and Europe.