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 »

Can a Gutter Guard Really Save You That Much Time and Trouble?

If you have ever contemplated installing gutter guards but you aren’t sure if they are worth the money, you are certainly not alone. Many homeowners across the country wonder whether gutter guards, which come in a wide variety of styles and types, can really save them time and trouble. Below, you’ll learn exactly how they work and discover the reasons why choosing the right gutter guard from the experts at Gutter Supply really can make your life simpler.   What Does a Gutter Guard Do?   A gutter guard is a device designed to fit over or even inside your gutter to prevent clogs and ice dams. They consist of screens, fine mesh, or even foam that keeps everything but… Continue reading »

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 »

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 »

Gutter Replacement and Curb Appeal: Which Material Should You Choose?

Your gutters serve one primary function – to move water off your roof and away from your home in order to protect your landscaping, foundation, and roof. However, just because they are functional, that does not mean they shouldn’t be aesthetically pleasing. Below, you’ll learn about the most popular gutter materials and how they can affect your home’s overall curb appeal.   Aluminum Aluminum is the most popular gutter material among homeowners in the United States, and for good reason. It’s durable, it’s lightweight, and it’s affordable – plenty for consumers to love. However, its economical price does come at another cost, and that’s the fact that aluminum is easily damaged by debris and even high wind. Over time, you… 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 »

The Rainy Season is Here! Check Your Gutters Now for Leaks!

Rainy days can be frustrating to say the least. If your gutters are leaking, the frustration grows even more. Leaky gutters can cause all kinds of problems, ranging from a slight annoyance, to a repair valued at tens of thousands of dollars. Here are some of the reasons why you should be checking your gutters for leaks sooner rather than later.   Leaks Lead to Roof and Fascia Damage When your gutters are leaking and failing to move water as they should, it can result in roof leaks. Most of the time, homeowners are not even aware that these leaks exist until the damage has already been done. By the time you see water spots on the inside of your… Continue reading »

Safety Tips When Handling or Using a Ladder

Ladders are important pieces of equipment that come in handy for numerous repairs. In fact, it’s difficult to thoroughly clean or inspect your gutters without one. Below, you will learn more about ladder safety to prevent injuries any time you use or handle a ladder.   Basic Safety Rules The American Ladder Institute points out that: many of the rules associated with ladder use are simply common-sense safety rules, that apply to any task. Of these, here are some of the most important: Do not climb a ladder if you are dizzy, tired, or prone to losing your balance.   Do not use a ladder in high winds or during a storm.   Always wear slip-resistant shoes.   Never attempt to… Continue reading »