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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Spring Clean-up Time for Your Gutters



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

April showers may bring May flowers, but they also can bring you some expensive spring home improvement projects if your roof and gutters aren’t ready for spring. Spring is a great time to inspect your gutters to make sure they are free flowing to avoid any maintenance problems when Mother Nature brings the inevitable spring storms.
Gutter clogs and inferior gutter guards can cause major problems.
And it’s also a great time to invest in a gutter protection product that can end one of the messiest and dangerous jobs around the house: climbing up ladders to clean your gutters.

Clogged gutters can be more than just a nuisance. Over time, the weight of leaves, water and other debris can cause your gutters to sag and pull away from your home. Investing in aquality gutter guard product now from a professional installer can prevent greater damage to your home caused by leaking gutters or rotting eaves.

As part of installing a gutter protection solution to your gutter clog problems, a gutter professional also can do a full inspection to make sure your gutter support brackets and hangers are not deformed, broken or disconnected at any of the joints. 

Some DIY Gutter Products Cause New Problems
 
Every year we continue to be amazed by the shoddy DIY products that consumers waste their money on to end gutter clog problems. And many of the products can actually cause bigger headaches down the road.
We have seen homeowners install gutter guards that sink into the gutters because they are not sturdy enough to stand up to debris that always seems to collect in their gutters. And the gutter foam products quickly become saturated and clogged with debris, and the weight build up can actually cause your gutters to pull away from the fascia board.
Clogged micro mesh filters can cause waterfalls and foundation damage,
The flavor of the month in gutter protection now seems to be micro mesh filters. These filters sit on top of your gutters and water is supposed to keep flowing through the micro holes in the product while all debris is kept out. But like all filters, micro-mesh needs to be cleaned regularly to perform properly. And no matter how "micro" the holes are, if the product is covered by debris, water can’t flow into the holes.

So where does the water go? It goes over the gutter. So you now have replaced a gutter clog with a waterfall that can drown your landscaping, and even worse, create a strain on your home’s foundation that leads to basement leaks, and even worse problems.

There simply is no one-size-fits-all solution to gutterclogs. You need an expert to analyze your specific problems and then recommend the right product to address those problems.

Before you make that dangerous spring climb up your ladder and install the latest fad product, ask yourself if you’re really ending your gutter clog problems or just setting yourself up for a more expensive repair down the road. Make the right call – and investment – and contact a gutter protection specialist who can recommend the right product for your specific problem.

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, March 11, 2014

Do I Really Need Gutter Guards?

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

Spring has sprung and it’s time to venture outside and take a look at what the rough winter did to your house. The two best places to check first are your roof line at the gutters and your foundation – because damage to your gutters can result in even more serious damage to your home’s foundation.

I know it’s tempting to get out the ladder, climb up on the roof and clean your gutters yourself. Or call a local handyman to do it for you at a cheap price. But do you really want to do that every time your gutters clog?
Is this really how you want to spend a spring weekend?
Take a look at your home’s foundation. Do you see evidence of ground settling or eroding away from your home? The culprit could be overflows caused by gutter clogs or bad storms. We’ve seen homes with steep roof pitches that result in gutter overflows even when the gutters are free flowing. The gutters simply can’t handle the water in bad spring storms which always seem to come.

Your walls and brick also hold the telltale sign of water damage from overflowing gutters. If your walls or brick are turning green, you may have a mold problem caused by overflowing gutters.

Cleaning Your Gutters -- Just a Temporary Fix

I know we all look for ways to save money on home improvement projects. And your gutters sure can look good after you clean them out.  But you know that soon enough you’ll just be climbing up that ladder again. And as we all get older, every climb up that ladder is another invitation to a fall that can result in a bad injury and an expensive hospital visit. Is it really worth the risk?

Beyond the significant safety issue, there are a number of reasons to consider a permanent solution to your gutter problem by investing in a  gutter protection system. Clogged gutters can cause thousands of dollars in damages to your home from rotting fascia boards, landscape erosion and foundation repair.

Investing in gutter protection can eliminate the inconvenience of having to clean your gutters, giving you extra free time to do things you like to do. Wouldn't you rather play golf or enjoy your family instead of spending time on your roof cleaning your gutters?

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 consider investing in a gutter guard system, we hope you will consider one from Gutter Topper. You can find a professionally trained installer near you who will recommend the right gutter guard for your specific needs.

FREE Gutter Guard Guide Available

And you can do some research in advance by downloading our FREE guide to gutter protection. We want you to know your choices before you invest your hard earned dollars.And unlike most companies that offer a "one size fits all" product, Gutter Covers International offers a complete range of gutter protection products developed with your specific gutter protection needs in mind.
Click to download your FREE guide to gutter protection.
So when you get outside to see what winter did to your home, leave that ladder in your garage and contact a Gutter Topper Retailer to purchase a gutter guard product that will keep you off the roof for good.

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.