Clean gutters!

Perhaps this weekend you want to do an interesting weekend project for your house. What you need: Gutter Guard – in this example we are using a Leaf Out Gutter Guard. Ladder Gloves Eye Protection Water hose (or call an expert contractor to do this professionally) In this series of images, you can see how clogged and dirty this gutter system is. With a little elbow grease, and the willingness to get this done, the gutters will be free flowing for years to come. Looking at the fist images, you can see all the decomposing organic matter in the gutter. When one looks up at a house’s gutters and sees plants growing, this is what is feeding those plants –… Continue reading »

How exactly are metal gutters manufactured?

How exactly are metal gutters manufactured? When you look at your home’s gutters, do you ever wonder how they are made? Most people don’t know how they are made. If you want to impress during the family and friends BBQ this coming weekend, read on… Do you remember the Play-Doh Fun Factory toy? Do you know what a gutter machine is? The premise of both, the toy and the gutter machine, is similar. One puts material in them, and out comes the same material, but just in a different shape. With the Fun Factory, one can put the “doh” in, and then press the lever, and out comes doh shaped like a star, a cylinder, etc. Then the product is… Continue reading »

Why not clean the gutters on a sunny day? Yeah, why not? If you decide to clean outthe gutters periodically this summer, you can hire a service to do it for you, or you can do it yourself (remember, safety first!). Do it periodically if your home is within an area where there are trees that you know will drop leafs and other debris in the gutters. So why on a sunny day? Or during the day for that matter? That way you can see what’s going on in the gutters. As you clean them, you can inspect them (or have a professional do it for you) for any damage. Wear gloves and safety glasses, you never know what you’ll… Continue reading »

Patina – what is it? A natural oxidation process which forms a unique protective layer to copper. The Statue of Liberty is covered in copper, and with weather and age, has turned into the green color we are all familiar with. She was not painted green; she was originally the natural brown copper, then as nature took its course, she is the familiar color we all know her for. There are many other statues made of copper that have that greenish color – that is patina, the process of copper oxidation. Copper exposed to the elements will develop this beautiful, green finish over time. Gutter Supply has everything under the roof when it comes to copper gutters and copper rain… Continue reading »

Summer – contractor jobs go into full swing!

Summer, believe it or not, is just around the corner. This is the time when roofing contractor jobs go into full swing. As a roofing contractor, do you also make suggestions about guttering products to your customers? Suggestions on new gutters or how to keep their current gutter system working properly year round? One thing we would suggest would be to tell your customers (those who definitely need enhancements, improvements, or an entire gutter system overhaul) about aesthetic enhancements. Casually mention rain chains and their functionality, and don’t forget gutter guards. We have them in many styles for different applications. Why not show them samples and give them a talk about preventative maintenance for their gutters? Give us a call… Continue reading »

Critters in the gutters? It does happen.

It has definitely gotten warmer. The birds chirp in the morning right as the sunrise is taking place. Squirrels hurry and raid bird feeders all day long. All winter clothes have been put away since they won’t be needed until later in the year. Let’s not forget though, that it is spring, and not just debris from trees can end up in a home’s gutter. Critters can also end up in the gutters. As a contractor, you have to let home owners know that utilizing gutter guards prevent guttersfrom clogging the downspout and also discourage pests from making their home in the gutters. Nothing can be more disheartening when a home owner knows that there are nesting birds, only to… Continue reading »

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day! This is the last full week of April, and then there are a few days left leading into May 2013 in the calendar. What does this mean? It means that our current sale ends on April 30th. It rained hard from Wednesday night into Thursday morning in the Chicago area last week. Streets and major thoroughfares were closed with local flooding in some suburbs and some areas are still recovering. So I started to wonder about contractors and home owners, and how they were coping in case some gutters were clogged with debris. With such hard rain, a properly installed and debris-free gutter system will definitely have an advantage. Save money through – with our sale,… Continue reading »

The importance of gutter hangers

As a roofing contractor, keep in mind that many of the customers you have that require new gutters do not have a clue how the actual gutter is attached to roof’s fascia. I happened to be visiting a friend this past weekend, and having an eye for gutters, I asked him a random question: Do you know how your gutters are attached to the roof? He said: Easy… don’t they just nail the gutter to the roof? Wrong. I asked him again: When you clean out leafs from the gutters, do you remember seeing some sort of bracket inside the gutters? He said: Yes, what are those for? They can be a little annoying when I am cleaning the gutters…. Continue reading »

Guess what suffers the most in your house with faulty, leaky gutters?

Guess what suffers the most in your house with faulty, leaky gutters? Your house’s basement. And for homes that do not have a basement, your house’s foundation. The effects of not having the gutters maintained properly can cause backed up gutters to slosh the water onto the ground. And falling water will splatter dirt on the wall where the problem exists. How will the splattered dirt be cleaned up afterwards? With the garden hose? Adding more water to the already saturated soil? Lacking the proper maintenance to your gutters can flood your basement and erode your foundation. The soil can only absorb so much water, and that water needs to go somewhere. Water will find a place to fill, and… Continue reading »

Adding value to your home

This is the perfect time to think about adding value to your home. Now that winter is over and the days are getting warmer, why not think about important home improvements. One of the first things you should consider are your home’s gutters. This could be considered as something that is overlooked, neglected, and ignored. Some people may think that by simply having gutters at the edge of their roofs is more than enough – but considering the elements, gutters can get damaged and clogged. Remember to take notice on the value of your home – applying preventative measures to your gutter system can give you peace of mind in the long run. Budgeting home improvements could include adding a… Continue reading »