Preparing Your Gutters for Snowfall: 5 Things to Keep in Mind

If you live in a part of the country where snowfall is to be expected in mid to late fall, now is the time to start thinking about the impact of that snow on your gutters. Below are five important considerations that you need to be making right now to ensure that your gutters and your roof are prepared for the incoming snow.   #1 – Clean Your Gutters   It’s important that you take the time to clean your gutters thoroughly before the first snowfall arrives. This will ensure that as the snow melts and the resulting water flows into your gutter system, it will be able to flow unimpeded. Depending on the temperature, it is possible for this… Continue reading »

What are Box Gutters and When Should You Use Them?

Box gutters are found primarily on older homes and structures that were built in the late 1800s until the early 1900s. They are much different from the gutters you’ll find on more modern homes, but at the time, only box gutters and copper gutters were readily available. Though they aren’t used very often anymore, there are times when you might prefer them. Here is everything you need to know about box gutters and the right time to use them.   What Makes a Box Gutter Different?   Unlike today’s gutters, which are made entirely from metal, box gutters were made from a wood frame covered by a very thin sheet of metal – typically something like stainless steel, copper, or… Continue reading »

 How to Keep Nesting Critters Out of Your Gutters This Fall

When you think about things that can get into gutters and cause clogs or problems, you probably think about leaves, pine needles, acorns, pinecones – all the usual culprits. However, depending on where you live (and depending on your local environment), nesting animals can also be a concern. Here are some tips and tricks for keeping birds, squirrels, and other nesting critters out of your gutters throughout the fall months.   Provide Other Living Spaces   In some situations, if you’re struggling to keep squirrels and birds out of your gutters, your best option might be to simply provide them with other habitats rather than trying various repellants. Strategically-placed birdhouses all across your property can do wonders to keep them… 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 »

How Much Does It Cost to Install Copper Gutter Systems?

When homeowners want a timeless classic look, especially for a historic home, there’s nothing quite like copper gutters to satisfy that desire. Not only are copper gutters incredibly elegant, but they are also strong and durable, and they will often last a century or more. Below, you can learn more about the installation costs associated with copper gutter systems as well as a few tips to save some money.   How Much Gutter Does a Standard Home Need? Though individual homes will vary a great deal, the average amount of gutter required for an American home is anywhere from 125 to 200 feet, and this will ultimately determine the price for the materials needed to complete the job. However, it… 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 »

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 »

Are Your Gutters Draining Poorly? Check to See if Your Gutter Screens are Filled with Debris

With the rainy season upon us, now is the time to make sure your gutters are up to the task of removing and rerouting rainwater from your roof to a safe area outside your home. If your gutters do not appear to be draining as they should, there are several things you can check – including your gutter screens. Here are some tips and tricks for improving your gutter system’s drainage.   Determining Your Gutter’s Drainage Capabilities   You may be wondering how you can tell whether your gutters are struggling to provide ample drainage. The best way to do this is to gauge the amount of flow exiting your downspouts during a rainstorm. If you have water spilling over… 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 »