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Why You Need to Install Gutters

Installing rain gutters is something that is very important. As a matter of fact, it cannot be expressed how important it is that you have a gutter system on your home. If you don’t have one, you’re looking at a plethora of problems. Unfortunately, this is something that is overlooked by a lot of homeowners because they are simply one of those things that sort of function on their own, making it easy to forget that they need to stay in tip top shape, and that new ones are installed when the existing ones need to be replaced. What will happen? If you don’t install a rain gutter system on your home when you build it or install a new… Continue reading »

What is Bonderized Steel? (Paint Grip Steel)

Bonderized steel is galvanized steel that is processed through a phosphate bath. This provides a corrosion inhibiting, crystalline zinc phosphate, micro-porous surface that promotes adhesion of top coatings. This produces the dull gray color characteristic of Bonderized that provides as an excellent “primer” for painting applications. Phosphate acts as an insulator between the drying action of the galvanized coating and the paint, promoting longer paint adhesion. That is why it has been called “Paintgrip” by the trade. Bonderized material should be immediately painted after installation, as the exposed phosphate coating is prone to white rust.

What Are Gutter Leader Heads?

A leader head can make or break the image that your home projects in general. An appropriate leader head can make “upgrade” it value beyond your moderate expectations. Choosing the right leader head can be compared to an artist applying the finishing touch to his creation. It puts everything in perspective, with its colour, design, and placement. It blends with the façade and provides a complimentary boost to the appearance. It lifts the image of the home from that of an ordinary traditional one to that of one with class. A leader head or conductor head is primarily used to channel water from the rooftops safely to the underground drainage system. These serve the dual purposes of saving on the… Continue reading »

What Are Gutter Covers Made Of?

The materials selected when choosing different gutter protection products are crucial to the performance and longevity of the system. When deciding on gutter guards, gutter covers, gutter screens, or gutter filters, one of the factors that must be considered is the environmental conditions the parts will see during their lifetime. The parts will be outdoors, day and night, anywhere in the U.S., Canada, or wherever else the suppliers ship the product. While there may not be many residential buildings at these exact sites, the range of temperatures in the U.S. is extreme. A temperature of 135°F has been recorded at Death Valley, California. At the other extreme, Prospect Creek, Alaska has a recorded low of –83°F. That is a range… Continue reading »

Getting Started in the Seamless Gutter Business

Starting a new business isn’t hard—thousands upon thousands of people do it every year.  Every one of these new companies expects success.  Their owners certainly wouldn’t start with the intention of failing.  However, the Small Business Administration says that two years after startup, one-third of all new businesses are out of business.  At the five-year mark 56% of them are gone. So, starting isn’t hard—succeeding is what is hard.  Before you start a business you need to decide that you are going to be part of that 44%, learn why and how they succeed, and take the necessary steps to be sure that your success happens. A major reason many new businesses fail is unrealistic expectations about what the business… Continue reading »

Retaining Resale Value on Gutter Machines

In purchasing a new seamless gutter machine you have probably invested somewhere in the range of $6,000 to $15,000, depending on the type selected.  If you have listened to what the dealers have probably told you, you understand that the machine is capable of lasting for at least 20 years, and maybe for 30 years or more, in active use.  You may also have heard service personnel tell horror stories about machines that had to be replaced in 10 years because of severe abuse by the operators.  What is the key difference?  Tender loving care. In an article published by Construction Management on their web site, Fritz Batz, service manager of Knudson Manufacturing, is quoted as saying, “The most successful gutter companies… Continue reading »

Operating a Seamless Gutter Machine

Anyone who is going to operate a gutter machine must first read and understand the manual provided by the machine manufacturer.  The first reason is the safety of the operator—the manual will guide you on safe practices that will help you avoid personal injury.  The second reason is to properly operate the machine so it will produce hi-quality gutter and avoid damage to the machine. A seamless gutter machine typically produces about 30 feet of gutter per minute.  It usually only needs to be operated a few minutes per day to produce the gutter required for that day’s work. In most cases the gutter machine will have been transported to the worksite with a coil of material on the machine and then… Continue reading »

Installation of End Caps

Tools that will be needed for attaching an end cap to a gutter: End Cap Crimper 12-1 Sealant Caulking Gun Steps in installing end caps to gutters Insert back part of end cap over back part of gutter. Work bottom of end cap over bottom of gutter. Do the first two steps for attached the face of the end cap to the gutter. You will make 2 crimps on each of the face, back, and bottom of gutter. Next you will need to caulk the inside of the gutter that is attached to the end cap. After the last step is done, you have completed the installment process of attaching an end cap to a gutter.

Are Rain Chains Easy To Install?

At GutterSupply.com we supply you with a gutter attachment piece (V Clip) with every rain chain that you buy from us. The gutter attachment piece (V Clip) lays flush inside the gutter, over the downspout hole, and helps direct the rainwater down onto the rain chain. Installing a rain chain may call for some bending of the gutter attachment piece (V Clip) so that it sits perfectly in the gutter. At GutterSupply.com we also offer our Rain Chain Installation. Our Rain Chain Installation Kit is the perfect accessory for all of our rain chains. We carry aluminum and copper rain chains. We offer two varieties of the copper rain chain installation kit, one having a 3″ outlet length, and the other a… Continue reading »