How Often Should You Really Clean Your Gutters and When is the Best Time?

When it comes to cleaning their gutters, homeowners tend to have different opinions about how often it should be done and the best time of year to do it. Learn more about these opinions and figure out the best gutter cleaning schedule for your needs now. How Often Should You Clean Your Gutters? Some homeowners believe cleaning their gutters once a year is more than enough, but others insist that they must clean their gutters once each season to keep water moving along freely. The truth is that both homeowners are absolutely right. The frequency at which you should clean your gutters will depend on a wide variety of circumstances, such as: • Your geographic location. In some parts of… Continue reading »

Do You Live in a Stormy Area? Tips for Keeping Your Gutters Pristine

It’s the time of year for thunderstorms across much of the United States, and for some, that means severe weather with high winds, hail, and even tornadoes. Though there’s not much that homeowners can do to prevent severe weather, there are a few tips you can use to keep that damage to a minimum no matter where you might live. Trim Your Trees Falling tree limbs can be incredibly destructive. The larger ones can crush cars and even homes; smaller limbs can break windows or take out your gutter system in a flash. As such, one of the best ways to keep your gutters pristine if you live in a stormy part of the country involves trimming your trees each… Continue reading »

Choosing the Right Gutter Covers and Leaf Guards is Simpler than You Think

Gutter covers seem like a simple idea. They’re covers or inserts that fit over or inside your gutters to keep everything but water out, thereby making it easier to keep your gutter clean and functional. Despite the simple nature of their design, shopping for a gutter cover can be overwhelming with the dozens of different options available to you. Below, you can learn more about how to choose the right gutter cover or leaf guards for your needs.   Know Your Gutter’s Style and Size First things first, you will need to determine the size and style of your gutter system to purchase the right gutter covers. Your gutters are likely either half-round or K-style; you can tell the difference… Continue reading »

Why Metal Gutters are (Sometimes) Better than Vinyl

Depending on where you live, you may want to think twice when deciding between vinyl and metal gutters. Although vinyl gutters are quite popular in many parts of the country, due to their ease of installation, affordability, and various colors and textures, they come with a unique set of downfalls that make metal gutters superior in many different ways. Take a look at what sets vinyl and metal gutters apart:   Why People Choose Vinyl Gutters   With all the various materials available for gutters, including steel, aluminum, and copper, people still choose vinyl relatively often. Vinyl has some advantages that are difficult to deny. It comes in more colors and textures than metal, and it’s incredibly affordable at 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 »

Different Ways to Order Your Custom Gutters on GutterSupply.com

GutterSupply.com strives to be the country’s largest provider of gutters, accessories, tools, and machinery for both contractors and homeowners alike. With such a massive selection, it only makes sense that shoppers have numerous ways to order custom gutters to suit their needs. Here are the many different ways you can create and place your orders via GutterSupply.com.   Shop by Material and Style   The first way to shop for and order custom gutters on GutterSupply.com involves shopping by material and style. From the homepage, you will find an extensive list of gutter materials on the left of the screen. Different types of aluminum, copper, steel, zinc, vinyl, and even Galvalume are available. Once you’ve chosen your preferred material from… Continue reading »

When You Should Be Using Half-Round Gutters vs. K-Style for Your Home

Today, most homes in the US utilize K-style gutters. They are incredibly effective, and they can be quite attractive. However, as time goes by, more and more homeowners are beginning to discover the benefits associated with half-round gutters. There are some subtle differences between the two styles in both appearance and function, so understanding these will help you make better decisions about your purchase.   Why K-Style Gutters are So Popular   K-style gutters have been designed to fit today’s more modern homes. They are flat on the side that attaches to the home, which means they can be installed directly to the fascia with fewer brackets and accessories. They come in various lengths and sizes, and you can find… Continue reading »

What’s the Best Way to Measure and Price Out a Gutter Installation?

If you are building a new home, renovating an existing one, or simply replacing an old, dilapidated gutter system, you are likely curious about the overall costs. Fortunately, you can estimate for yourself the cost of a gutter installation by taking the proper measurements and looking at the prices for gutter materials. Here are some tips and tricks for getting a rough estimate of the cost of your installation.   Calculate the Drainage Area in Square Feet   First, you will need to know the square footage of your gutters’ drainage area. For a gable-end roof, this is simple. Just multiply the length by the width for each side. If you have hip roofs or intersecting roofs, you will need… Continue reading »

How to Install Various Important Gutter Parts on Your Home

Whether you are interested in reinforcing your existing gutters or you need to make some repairs, it’s always a good idea to understand the best ways to install some of the most common gutter components on your home. Here, you will learn about some of the most common and important accessories as well as how to install them.   Downspout Rack, Drive & Key   A rack and key are used to attach a downspout to an exterior wall. For each story, you will need two racks and keys to properly fasten your downspout. This sort of fastener can be used whether your home exterior is masonry, wood, or stone, and it also works with most siding types. Fasten the… Continue reading »