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Friday, May 30, 2014

Gutter Guard Choices, No One Size Fits All Solutions

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

Imagine shopping for a car and finding out there is only one choice – take it or leave it. Or shopping for a shirt and finding out there is only one style, one color and one size. Unfortunately, when it comes to gutter protection, many companies follow the same strategy – they have a single “one-size-fits-all solution” for you regardless of what your specific gutter clog problem is.

Of course, you already know that clogged gutters can cause serious damage to your home. Gutter guards are supposed to keep gutters clear, unclogged and free flowing – but not all gutter guards work as promised. Clogged gutters can cause thousands of dollars in damage to your home from rotting fascia boards, landscape erosion, basement flooding, and foundation repairs. A quality gutter protection system from Gutter Covers International can end these costly problems and add value to your home, making your home more desirable when it comes time to sell.
Cleaning your gutters can be a messy -- and dangerous -- job. Gutter guards keep you safe and off the ladder.
But shopping for gutter protection is not something you do every day. I understand that making the right choice can be confusing. The one thing you need to know is that there is no one product that works in every situation, regardless of what you may hear from companies trying to sell you their one-size-fits-all solution. The truth is that there are no magic bullets or miracle cures that work best in every case.

Different gutter clog problems require different solutions. That’s why Gutter Covers International made the decision to manufacture a variety of products for a variety of needs and budgets. And weʼre continually developing additional products to protect your home, so that the independent companies that represent our products can recommend the very best product designed specifically to address the main cause of your clogged gutters.
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When you contact in independent home improvement company that sells products from Gutter Covers International, you can be sure you will receive the right solution from our line of products designed to address different needs:

  • Everything started with the one, the only, the “Original” Gutter Topper; independently tested and certified to withstand anything Mother Nature can throw at it. 
  • 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.

Every product we design is independently tested to perform as promised. Why is that important? The term “Independently” tested means the company that was hired to test the product is independent from the manufacturer and will not be swayed to skew the results in any way. The product “is what it is” and the testing facility is completely unbiased and simply reports the results of the testing.

Our products are independently tested to determine how much rain each one can handle, how much debris each product allows to enter the gutter, how much weight the product will withstand and recover from, and most importantly, to determine if strong winds cause the product to separate from the gutter or worse yet, blow completely off.

Choosing a gutter guard system for your home can be one of the smartest investments you make, and your independent home improvement specialist is ready to offer you the right solution for your specific clogged gutters – no one size fits all solutions.

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.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Top Reasons Every Homeowner Needs Gutter Guards

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


If there are 10 things that can go wrong with your home, nine will be caused by water. Water is the enemy of your home, but many homeowners still wonder if an investment in a gutter protection system is worth it. In fact, purchasing a gutter guard system for your home can be one of the best home improvements investments you ever make.

Just one inch of rain from a single rainfall can produce up to 2,500 gallons of water falling on an average 2,000 square foot roof. When working properly, your home’s gutter and downspout system is designed to capture that water and direct it away from your home. But what happens when your gutters and downspouts clog with debris? The first, most visible result is that you see waterfalls flowing over your gutters, because the water has nowhere to go – and that’s where the problems really start.
Clogged gutters lead to waterfalls ad home damage.
Landscaping Damage Caused by Gutter Waterfalls

Your landscaping usually takes the first blow from overflowing gutters. Shrubs, flowers, grass and mulch that you invest in to give your home great curb appeal become a mess, and soil can begin to erode around your home’s foundation.

Water Pressure Stresses Your Foundation

As the weight of the water starts to push against your foundation, the most expensive problems begin. Over time, water will find its way down and through the foundation walls as pressure builds. That leads to cracks in basement walls and eventually flooding in the basement. Even without cracks, the pressure of water can soak through the basement wall and result in a buckled foundation and costly repairs. Your foundation supports your entire home.  Too much water can eventually cause your foundation to shift, crack, or even sink.
Water damage caused by overflowing gutters.
Water flowing over your gutters also exposes doors, walls, and window frames to much larger amounts of water than they are designed to handle, since they count on your gutter and downspout system to divert rain away from your home. That leads to wood rot and warp, and, before you know it, you have a very expensive home improvement project on your hands. 

Gutter Guards Keep Your Gutters and Downspouts Working Properly

When they are installed properly by a professional, gutter guards keep your gutter and downspout system working properly – and that keeps basements dry, preserves landscaping, and protects siding, windows and doors from water damage. 

Your gutters and downspouts aren’t designed to handle leaves and other build-ups of debris. That’s why choosing a proven gutter guard system from an experienced installer can be one of the smartest home improvement investments you ever make. Please contact your local Gutter Topper Retailer for the right answer to your specific gutter protection needs.

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.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Keep Foam in Your Cushions, Not in Your Gutters

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


If you’ve visited a home improvement box store recently, you may have seen prominent displays for foam gutter filters that claim to be an inexpensive solution to your gutter clog problems – but this is a great example of “let the buyer beware.” We have even seen some roofing companies selling versions of this foam product to unsuspecting homeowners, and our independent gutter guard installers report that they are constantly replacing these cheaply made products.

Of all the gimmick gutter clog solutions now available, the foam inserts seem to be quickly growing nationwide. The idea seems simple. A foam insert – usually a wedge shape -- is fitted into your gutter and water is supposed to flow through the porous foam, blocking debris from filling your gutters.
Somewhere under this messy gutter clog, there is a foam gutter filter.
But the problems with this “solution” are endless:
  • Debris ends up collecting on top of the foam and has nowhere to go, eventually clogging the top of the foam filter.
  • The clogged filters then result in waterfalls flowing over your gutters, which leads to foundation and landscaping damage.
  • Moss also builds up on top of the filters, just as it often does in an aquarium filter.
  • Oil and tar grit from your shingles will stick to them. Since the gutter filter foam is made of an oil-based product, oily residue from your roof will become part of the filters over time and clog the supposedly porous cells.
  • Small buds and twigs get lodged in the filters when the foam is wet.
  • Porous foam can’t handle the volume of water that often comes with strong storms.
  • What do you think happens to leaves that fall when it’s raining and then dry when the sun comes out? They stick to the foam, of course, like a layer of plaster.
  • In the winter, saturated foam can turn into ice which freezes in your gutters and prevents proper water flow.
  • Finally, just like any filter, foam filters need to be cleaned often. And if you happen to have pine trees in your yard, cleaning the needles out of the filter may be impossible.
Just like so many of the latest fads, foam filters look like a great idea – until you install them and quickly find the fatal flaws with the product design and performance. Foam filters simply don’t last, and why would you invest in a product that you have to keep cleaning or replacing?

The purpose of any gutter guard investment should be to keep you off the roof and end the need for the messy and often dangerous job of cleaning your gutters – and investing in foam filters simply won’t accomplish that.

Even the highest grade foam filter is only likely to last a season or two. And then you’ve got a mess to clean or a total replacement facing you.

When you factor in the cost of replacing worthless foam inserts year after year, suddenly the investment in gutter guards that work makes strong financial sense. Please contact your local Gutter Topper Retailer for the right answer to your specific gutter protection needs.

Foam may be great for a chair cushion, a pillow, a mattress or for packaging – but not for gutter guards!

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.