Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Guide To Gutter Protection

Gutters are important to your home because, when working properly, they divert water from the roof into the gutter, through the downspouts and away from the home.  But when your gutters get clogged, they can wreak havoc on your home.  Water that is not properly diverted from your home can cause damage to your foundation, siding, fascia boards, exterior paint and landscaping.

You have a couple options to keep your gutters free from leaves, debris, pine needles and pests.  You can either have your gutters cleaned 1 or more times a year by a professional (at an average cost of $185 each cleaning), clean them out yourself and risk a dangerous fall from a ladder, or you can invest in a gutter protection system.  Gutter covers prevent debris and leaves from accumulating and clogging your gutters and making sure the water stays free flowing. 

There are several types of gutter protection systems available. 

·      Screens or mesh that install over the gutter opening.  This type of system is easy to install but does not add strength to the gutter system and can easily be blown off in windy conditions.
·      Foam or nylon brush material that is laid inside the gutter system.  They are inexpensive and are a popular do-it-yourself system because of the ease of installation.  Even this type of system needs to be cleaned periodically because leaves and debris get caught in them and get entangled in the bristles. 
·      Hooded or surface tension gutter protection.  Allows water to come off the roof and rolls around the face of the product into the gutter.
·      Perforated products that have holes in the gutter cover to keep debris out and water flowing in.  The water goes through the holes and the debris stays on top and blows away.

In addition to the types of gutter protection products available, there are differences in the quality and construction of these systems.  The best gutter protection systems add stability to the gutter by attaching the gutter covers to your house as well as the gutter itself.  The thickness of the material also plays a role in the strength and durability of the gutter protection.  The thicker the material the stronger it will be.  There are several types of materials that gutter protection systems are made from including steel, aluminum, vinyl and copper.  Steel has a tendency to rust.  Aluminum gutter covers are a little more expensive but are worth the investment.   Vinyl gutters are the least expensive option but aren’t as strong and could break in extreme cold conditions.  Copper is the most expensive option.

As you can see, there are many things to think about when deciding which type of gutter protection is the best option for your home.  Gutter Covers International has all the answers!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Your Fall Checklist!

Now is the time to begin preparing for the upcoming winter months.  Take advantage of these cooler fall days to do some chores around the house, both inside and out.

Here is a list of some outdoor chores you can start to tackle:

      1)   Clean outdoor furniture and kid’s summer toys.
      2)   Touch up flaking paint on the exterior of your home or deck.
      3)   Caulk around your window and doors to keep bugs and cold air from seeping in.
      4)   Check your gutters to see if they are clogged.  If so, clean them out so you don’t get any water damage.  Or consider installing gutter protection and never have to worry about clogged gutters again!
      5)   Wash your windows.
      6)   Clean your chimneys and flues to reduce risk of fire.

And don’t forget the inside chores:

      1)   Clean from top to bottom.  Windows, cobwebs, baseboards and everything in between.
      2)   Have your furnace inspected.  Don’t wait until that first cold night to find out it isn’t working properly.
      3)   Get your carpets clean before the holiday festivities begin.
      4)   Drain sediment from your hot water heater.
      5)   Change the filters in your furnace.
      6)   Replace the batteries in your smoke detectors.

This list could go on and on but you get the drift.  There is a lot to do so start today and check things off one by one.  Soon all your chores will be complete and all you have to do is relax!