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 »

Expert Tips on How to Save Time When Cleaning Your Gutters

Of all the tasks homeowners perform each year to keep their home in tip-top condition, cleaning the gutters probably falls somewhere near the bottom of the favorites list. Despite this, it is a task that must be done to prevent everything from destroyed landscaping and roof leaks to problems as detrimental as foundation cracks. Below are some tips from the experts to help you save time when it comes to gutter cleaning.   Keep Branches Trimmed Back Most of the debris that makes its way into your gutter system falls from tree limbs and branches that extend over your roof. This means that one of the absolute best ways to reduce the frequency and extent of gutter cleaning is to… Continue reading »

A Few Simple Tips to Help Keep Your Gutters Looking Like New

Keeping your home clean around the clock is a time- and energy-consuming endeavor, but if you want your home to look nice both inside and out, it’s also necessary. Though many homeowners groan at the notion of cleaning their gutters, doing so helps them last longer – and it protects your home. The tips below will help you do just that, and they’ll make your gutters look like new for many years to come, too.   Choose the Right Material for Your Climate and Home Keeping your gutters looking like new starts with choosing the right gutter materials in the first place. Vinyl is versatile and comes in any color imaginable, including more contemporary options, but it isn’t the best… Continue reading »

Why Now Might be a Good Time to Remove the Snow from Your Gutters

Though there are plenty of tools and accessories available today that are designed to prevent the formation of ice dams and the build-up of snow in your gutters, in some cases, it’s a good idea to manually remove that snow yourself. Here, you will learn more about the reasons why built-up snow can be dangerous as well as a few tips for its safe removal.   The Dangers of Snow in Your Gutters   Though it may seem that the snow will simply melt and flow through your gutters as intended, this is not always the case. When it is very cold outside, the sun reflecting from your roof and even heating your gutters may begin to melt some of… Continue reading »

Is That Rust on Your Gutter? Use These Tips to Keep it from Spreading

Over the life of your gutters, there’s a very good chance you will need to clean them (more than once) and perhaps even perform a few repairs. Of all the things that could possibly go wrong, rust is one of the most common — and unfortunately, it is also one of the worst things to go wrong. When left unchecked, rust can take over and render your gutters virtually useless. The tips below will help you keep rust in check and prevent unnecessary replacement.   What Causes Rust in the First Place?   Rust is the result of a chemical reaction between iron and oxygen when it meets water or moisture in the air. This combination results in the reddish-colored… Continue reading »

How Often Should You Clean and Inspect Your Gutters?

If you are like most homeowners, cleaning and inspecting your gutters is one of the dreaded tasks you put on your spring-cleaning list each year. Though it’s a good idea to do it during the spring, depending on your unique situation, it may not be enough. Below, you will learn more about how often you should be cleaning and inspecting your gutters based on your unique needs — and how to make it simpler and easier, too.   Not All Homes are the Same   Before falling into the same routine as your friends and family when it comes to gutter cleaning and inspection, there’s one very important thing to keep in mind — not all home landscapes are the… Continue reading »

How Do You Know When Your Gutters Need to be Updated or Replaced?

Most homeowners spend very little time thinking about their gutters until something goes terribly wrong. Fortunately, with a little bit of knowledge, some regular maintenance, and some planning, it’s possible to know exactly when to update or replace your gutters to prevent expensive repairs. Here are some things to consider.   They’re Cracked, Rusty, or Filled with Holes   Small cracks, holes, and rust spots can be treated with things like flashing or sealant, but if things look pretty bad, it may be in your best interest to just replace your gutters. Once materials start to rust, the rust spreads quickly and will eventually lead to leaks and further damage.   They Gutters Have Begun to Separate   Your gutter… Continue reading »

With the Autumn Leaves Starting to Fall, Now Is the Time to Have Your Gutters Inspected

With temperatures across the country beginning to drop, colorful fall foliage paints the landscape. And as the crisp fall winds start to blow, they’ll take some of those leaves with them. If you haven’t inspected your gutters this season, now is the time to do so. Here’s what you need to know about cleaning and inspecting your gutters this fall.   Why Is a Gutter Inspection So Important?   Your gutters serve one major purpose: to collect the rainwater falling from your roof and move it away from your home. Homeowners usually don’t spend much time thinking about their gutters until there’s an issue – and by that time, the damage can be substantial. As can the cost of repair…. Continue reading »

With the Autumn Leaves Starting to Fall, Now Is the Time to Have Your Gutters Inspected

With temperatures across the country beginning to drop, colorful fall foliage paints the landscape. And as the crisp fall winds start to blow, they’ll take some of those leaves with them. If you haven’t inspected your gutters this season, now is the time to do so. Here’s what you need to know about cleaning and inspecting your gutters this fall.   Why Is a Gutter Inspection So Important? Your gutters serve one major purpose: to collect the rainwater falling from your roof and move it away from your home. Homeowners usually don’t spend much time thinking about their gutters until there’s an issue – and by that time, the damage can be substantial. As can the cost of repair. Regular… Continue reading »

Why Good Gutter Screens & Gutter Covers Are Crucial for The Longevity of Your Gutters

Gutters are a vital part of keeping your roof well maintained. They assist in keeping rainwater or melted snow from sitting on top of your roof, where it can cause structural issues that have the potential to become hazardous. Not only are damaged roofs a safety hazard, but roof repair can cost a pretty penny. These two reasons alone are good enough to ensure everything is done to protect the structural integrity of your roof. This equates to ensuring your gutter system is well protected.   How do you protect your gutter system? Good gutter screens and covers are crucial for the longevity of your gutters. Read on to find out more on how these simple items keep your gutters… Continue reading »