A Working Gutter System Is an Important Component to Your Home’s Exterior
August 2nd, 2021 2:24 pm
 
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Understanding Your Home's Gutter System

Just like the roof or siding of a house, a working gutter system is an important component to your home's exterior. Gutters are put into place to collect and direct the flow of rain water away from a structure, which helps to protect against the possibilities of water damage or flooding. Usually made from plastic or aluminum, gutters are generally easy to upkeep and maintain, but homeowners should be aware of the condition of their gutters to ensure they last. Damaged gutters are a common find during a home inspection. There are specific points that should be checked during an inspection to make sure a home's gutter system is working at it's full potential.

A gutter system's effectiveness begins with the quality of installation. Gutters are suppose to be installed at a slight slope that channels wate...

These Five Suggest That Your Gutters Need to Be Replaced
August 1st, 2021 1:21 pm
 
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Five Signs That It's Time to Replace Your Gutters

Gutters are an essential component of your home. They direct damaging water away from the most vulnerable parts of your house including the doors, windows, siding, foundations, and masonry walls. An effective gutter system will ensure that none of these areas are exposed to water buildup and prevent the need for large repair costs down the road. Pools of water can lead to severe damage over time.

Our gutters quite often are neglected because it can be difficult to remember to maintain them - out of sight, out of mind. They are on top of the roof, and when we go out to the car we might notice a flower bed that needs weeding or a car that needs waxing, but one of the more important things sits forgotten for many years.

If you've had the same gutter system for a number o...

Did You Know That Your Clogged Gutters Can Have Negative Impact Your Foundation?
July 31st, 2021 1:33 pm
 
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Foundation Problems Caused by a Clogged Gutter

Although you may not think about it, the state of your gutters can affect many other areas of your home, including your foundation. If your gutters do not function properly, it could pose a threat to the overall integrity and safety of your home, lower the property value, or lead to foundation repairs and water issues. The most common problem that homeowners face with their gutters is that they fail to drain or channel excess rainwater far enough away from the home. If water is not able to travel through the gutter, it is most likely because the gutter has become clogged with leaves or debris. This is especially common in the autumn season when the trees are dropping their leaves. If you have clogged gutters it can often lead to costly foundation repairs. Having your gutters regularly cleaned (at le...

How Do Gutter Guards Help to Protect Your Home From Leaves and Debris?
July 30th, 2021 2:42 pm
 
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How Gutters Protect You and Your Home

Gutters may be one of the last thoughts in a homeowners mind when it comes to house maintenance, but they are actually so important that they are starting to be included in building codes. A complete gutter system with gutter guards is recognized to keep homes protected and safe.

Gutter systems are designed to collect water that falls on the roof of our homes when it's raining and storming.

A properly-designed and well-maintained system then directs the water away from the house via downspouts. Finally, the drain system takes the water away into storm drains and into the sewer.

So why are gutter systems so important?


    Protect the Home Foundation

    In order to understand the importance of gutters, think back to your middle-school earth science class. Even when rainwater isn't intense or causing visible damage, water is a powerful force that over time can erode even...

What Are Some of the Most Common DIY Gutter Mistakes?
July 29th, 2021 1:09 pm
 
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Common DIY Gutter Installation Mistakes

Many homeowners take great pride in their residences, and they want to be in control of every project or renovation. Amateurs can complete some home projects on their own, but only a professional should complete certain types of projects - including gutter installation. Below you'll find some of the most common DIY gutter installation mistakes people make. Take note of these before you attempt this type of project - or better yet, call a professional to handle it.


Choosing the Wrong Type

One of the biggest mistakes people make with their DIY gutter installations is choosing the incorrect type of gutter. size of the home and the regional rainfall impact which type of gutter you should use. It's important to decide between half-round gutters, K-style gutters, and fascia gutters. Each of these styles can use different materials, depending on your budget and preference. These...

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