Monday, March 6, 2017

Spring - Are Your Gutters Ready?

Spring is almost here.  And with that comes the spring storms that will dump rain on your home.   To ensure that your foundation, home and landscaping stay clear of harmful water damage, gutters and downspouts must remain clean and free flowing. 

Gutters and downspouts clog when they become filled with leaves and debris that become trapped in the gutters.  This causes water to back up and overflow the gutters.  One way to prevent clogs in your gutters is to have gutter protection installed on your gutter system. 

There are many different types of gutter guards to choose from but the best gutter protection is a hooded type that completely covers the top of the gutter and uses surface tension to draw the water flow over the nose of the guard into slits on the face and into your gutters.  The hood keeps leaves and debris out while allowing the water to flow in.  Leaves and debris sit on top of the hood and when dry, blow off to the ground. 

At Gutter Covers International, our premium, high-quality hooded gutter cover is called Gutter Topper® and is one of the first gutter guards to use surface tension to draw water into the gutter system.  It has been independently tested and certified to withstand 110mph winds (Category 2 hurricane) and can handle 22 inches of rain per hour.  It is also strong enough to handle heavy ice and snow because it can hold up to 1,200 lbs. per square foot. 

Before and After with Gutter Topper®
 There are also perforated gutter covers that keep debris and leaves out but let rainwater in.  This type of gutter protection sits on top of the gutter and has a lower profile so it can barely be seen from street level.  Our perforated systems are also independently tested and certified to withstand winds and heavy rain and are an economical solution to gutter protection.

Leaf Terminator®
Regardless of the type of gutter guards you use, you’ll want to check your gutters at least once a year to make sure they are in good working order.  Save time and money by investing in great gutter protection. Your home will thank you for it!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Gutter Covers Keep Gutters Working Properly

When your gutters are working, you don’t think anything about them.  But they are very important to the integrity of your home’s structure in that they help direct water from your roof, into the gutter system, and away from your home.  And when they aren’t working properly, problems begin!

Homeowners should always strive to keep their gutters clear and in good working order.  If your gutters get clogged, rain will not be able to flow properly and oftentimes, runs over the top of your gutters spilling down onto your foundation.  There are a couple ways to approach the problem of clogged gutters. 

1)   Clean the gutters one or more times a year
2)   Install gutter covers to prevent getting clogged gutters

The best solution we recommend is to get gutter covers for the following reasons:

1)   Keeps you off a dangerous ladder and off your roof!
2)   Keeps gutters clear and water free-flowing
3)   Prevents damage to your home’s foundation and landscaping
4)   Stops mold & mildew
5)   Saves time and money

Gutter Topper®

No one likes to spend money on home repairs.  So taking preventative measures is the best approach.  Installing gutter covers on your home will save you time & money and keep you safe and on the ground!  You may still need to check your gutters on occasion to ensure they are working properly, but you can rest assured they won’t get clogged like they would if they were left uncovered.  Check your gutters once a year for good measure.

The Solution®

If you leave gutters uncovered, debris will build up causing the gutters to get heavy with rainfall and eventually pull away from the house.  This can cause water to get behind the gutter, causing damage to your home, walls and foundation. 

The best approach is prevention.  Install gutter covers on your home today.  They are available in aluminum, copper and vinyl and come in a variety of colors to match the roof of your home.  Don’t wait.  The rainy season is upon us!