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 »

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 »

Now Is a Good Time to Visually Inspect Your Gutters

Full-fledged gutter inspections are usually best put off until the warmer months when it’s safer to climb a ladder and get a closer look. However, even the winter can be a great time for simple visual inspections from the ground – and you might just spot something that could prevent a disaster from occurring, too. Here’s what you should look for during your wintertime visual inspection.   Things to Check During Your Basic Inspection   If there’s snow on the ground, you’ll likely want to conduct your inspection from the ground. The good news is that you can spot most of the serious issues that can cause problems in this way. When walking around your home, be sure to check… 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 »

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 »