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 »

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 »

Winter is Coming: Things You Should Know About Snow Guards

The first day of winter is December 21. Are you ready? As we unpack our boots and parkas, tune-up the snow blowers and turn on the furnaces, it is important to also consider how we can better protect the outside of our building. Snow guards are one of the easiest and most affordable solutions to the common problems created by snow and ice. Here are 10 things you should know about Snow Guards: 1. Snow guards are an affordable solution to a common problem. Many roofs experience excess snow and ice buildup. Snow guards offer an affordable way to manage this dangerous hazard. With options available for any budget, they are an economical solution for those with snow and ice… Continue reading »

6 Essential Ways a Gutter System Protects Your Home

Most homeowners don’t spend much time thinking about their gutters. In fact, they may not even put much effort into maintaining them like they should be. But when water starts to cause problems around the property, they soon realize the important role gutters play in protecting their home. Unfortunately this can be a tough lesson to learn. By the time moisture is able to penetrate the home, you are already in the grips of what could lead to a major home disaster costing you thousands of dollars in repairs and countless hours of time and energy.   Put quite simply, gutters prevent water damage. When we don’t take precautionary steps to properly maintain the gutter system we risk the chance… Continue reading »

5 Reasons to Start your Gutter Research During the Winter

Gutters are an integral part of any home’s construction and as such, they need to be in the best possible condition at all times. However, there are a few reasons why you should perform your research pertaining to which gutters to buy during winter.   1. The Early Bird Could Get Discount Gutter contractors often don’t have much work scheduled during winter because most home owners prefer having maintenance performed in spring and summer. This leaves many gutter installers with a lot less work than they’d like to have – and still having their overheads to cover. As a result, they may be willing to offer some form of discount in order to get the work from you at this… Continue reading »

Everything You Need to Know About Snow Guards

For the last 300 years, people from around the world have found creative ways to prevent snow avalanches from falling off their home’s roofs.  In 1976, Jack McMullen introduced the first clear polycarbonate snow guard marking the beginning of today’s version of the modern snow guard.  Regardless of its design, a guard serves one main purpose – preventing the avalanche of snow and ice from falling off the roof surface.  By evenly distributing the accumulation, these guards can be very effective at reducing heavy loads of wet, heavy snow from damaging what lies below the eaves and gutters.  Useful for both residential and commercial applications, snow guards can be a welcome addition to any building located where large snowfalls can… Continue reading »

7 Tips for Installing Christmas Lights on Gutters

The holiday season is officially here and along with it the hurried scramble to get the lights hung outside before the cold snow and weather comes.  While you may want to rush through the process, it is important to take time to ensure that the lights are not only safe and secure but also aren’t causing unnecessary damage to your gutters, eaves, soffits, and siding.  Taking just a few extra steps can safeguard your home’s exterior from avoidable wear and tear while allowing you to transform your house into a festive and decorative masterpiece. Here are seven tips on safely securing Christmas lights to the gutter system and surrounding areas: Take time to measure before you begin.  Use a long… Continue reading »

5 Tasks to Get Your Gutters Ready for Winter

If your customers live in the northern regions of the US, they are accustomed to yearly prepping’s for the dreaded winter months.  These chores may include completing a chimney cleaning, adding insulation to the windows, and getting the snow blower gassed and ready to go.  During this time of preparation, it is also important to remember to get our gutters ready for the snow and ice that winter brings.  Helping your customers complete just a few simple tasks will ensure the gutter system keeps their home safe and dry all season long. Here are 5 tasks to help get your customer’s gutters ready for winter: Clean out the Gutters – The number one task that should be completed before winter… Continue reading »