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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.