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 »

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 »

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 »

How Often Should You Clean and Inspect Your Gutters?

If you are like most homeowners, cleaning and inspecting your gutters is one of the dreaded tasks you put on your spring-cleaning list each year. Though it’s a good idea to do it during the spring, depending on your unique situation, it may not be enough. Below, you will learn more about how often you should be cleaning and inspecting your gutters based on your unique needs — and how to make it simpler and easier, too.   Not All Homes are the Same   Before falling into the same routine as your friends and family when it comes to gutter cleaning and inspection, there’s one very important thing to keep in mind — not all home landscapes are the… Continue reading »

Why a Good Gutter Machine Can Bring You a Solid Revenue Stream

Part of being a successful contractor involves anticipating your clients’ and customers’ needs and proactively offering them solutions. You can build a home or an addition, and you can renovate homes all day, but what if you could add other services to your repertoire and save people money at the same time? That’s exactly what a gutter machine can do for your business. Here’s how.   Bringing More Value and Less Headache to Your Customers   Whether you’re building a house or an addition or you’re simply renovating a home exterior, there are likely several services that your customers will need that you don’t already provide. For example, if your customers need a new roof, they may have to call… 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 »

5 Questions to Ask When Buying Gutter Guards

For many people, gutter guards are an important tool in reducing maintenance and doing their part to help their gutter systems work as intended. However, it is important to remember that not all gutter guards are created equal. Below, you’ll discover five important questions to ask yourself and the seller when buying gutter guards to ensure you make the right purchase for your needs.   #1 – What Kind of Gutter Covers Do I Need?   The first thing to think about is your unique situation and the type of gutter covers that will serve you best. For example, some gutter covers are excellent at keeping out debris like leaves and acorns but tend to under perform when it comes… Continue reading »

Why Micro Mesh Gutter Guards Might Be Your Best Friend This Fall

Fall is in the air and, for many people, watching the leaves change from green to lovely hues of orange, yellow, and red is truly a welcome sight. Finding those leaves in their gutters, however, can be an uninvited hassle. Rather than spend these beautiful fall days scooping leaves out of your gutters, consider a micro mesh gutter guard instead. It’ll make maintenance simple without interfering with your gutters’ proper operation – often, in fact, improving it.   What Gutter Guards are Designed to Do   Gutter guards do precisely what their name implies: they fit over your existing gutter system to prevent the unwanted entry of debris that can cause clogs, overflows, and significant damage over time. There are… Continue reading »

Why Leaf Guards Might Make Your Life Easier

Being a homeowner certainly has its perks. You can paint your walls any color you’d like, renovate rooms any way you see fit, and choose the improvements you make to build equity over time. But it also requires work – ongoing maintenance and upkeep to keep it in shape and avoid future, expensive repairs. Cleaning your gutters may be one of those chores on your seemingly endless to-do list.  But simple things like installing leaf guards can lighten your workload, make your life easier and, over time, save you money, too. Here are some benefits leaf guards provide:   Simpler Cleaning   For your gutters to provide your home with the proper protection they need to be kept clean –… Continue reading »