Compatibility and What Not to Do with Your Copper Gutter

Though many homeowners love the look of copper gutters, especially as they age and develop that gorgeous greenish patina, the truth is that they aren’t compatible with all homes and architectural styles. Below, you can learn more about what kinds of homes can benefit the most from copper gutters (and which ones won’t) as well as some of the things to avoid when it comes to your new copper gutters.   When are Copper Gutters the Best Fit? Copper gutters add an air of elegance to homes, but only in some cases. For the most part, these gutters were specifically designed to be used with high-end, luxurious landmark homes that truly stand out from the homes around them. Examples include… Continue reading »

The Tools of the Trade Needed for Installing Copper Gutters

The various tools required for installing copper gutters do not differ much from the tools you will use to install other types of gutter systems. It is important to keep in mind that copper is much heavier than more common materials like aluminum, so it is important to prepare for the extra weight and how you will accommodate it during installation. Otherwise, be sure that you have the following tools handy.   Quality Ladders Ladders are some of the most important tools a gutter installer can have in his or her arsenal. It is ideal to have several ladder sizes available to you, and it is also important to make sure you buy good quality ladders that will provide ample… Continue reading »

Gutter Cleaning: When to DIY vs. When to Call a Pro

Most homeowners have cleaned their gutters at one point at another, even though it is a task that just about everyone dreads. Although it may seem common to see homeowners cleaning their own gutters – whether they do so on the roof or with specialty tools – there are times when it may be best to call a pro. Learning more about this is important not only for your home, but also for your personal safety. Here’s what you should know.   What’s Involved in Gutter Cleaning? For the most part, cleaning your gutter is a matter of reaching inside the gutter system and pulling out debris like leaves, pine needles, acorns, twigs – anything that can fall out of… Continue reading »

Understanding the Different Materials Gutters Are Made From

Traditionally, gutters are made from a handful of materials designed to be lightweight and strong at the same time. Today, there are well over a dozen different gutter materials from which to choose. By taking the time to understand the basic pros and cons of the most popular gutter materials – aluminum, copper, galvanized steel, zinc, and vinyl – you can make better choices about your own purchases.   Aluminum Aluminum gutters are the most popular options among American homeowners. They are extremely lightweight so as not to cause damage to homes, and they come in a wide variety of colors. The biggest benefit of aluminum gutters is their rust resistance, and this makes them perfect for climates where rainfall… Continue reading »

A Professional’s Guide for Soffit Installation

If you have a home plagued with peeling or rotting soffits and fascia, installing new aluminum replacements may be the best solution to this common problem.  It can also save you the time and hassle of scraping and painting the wood edges. Like many home renovations, the quality of the installation has a great impact on the durability and overall finish of your soffits.  Knowing which materials to use and how to best install can help leave you with long-lasting results. Before BeginningBefore beginning a soffit or fascia installation it is important to fix any underlying roof issues.  If the home experienced water damage in the past the problem is likely to persist into the future.  Although aluminum is less… Continue reading »