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Advantages of Installing Gutter Guards

Advantages of Installing Gutter Guards

            Advantages of installing gutter guards, here are a few questions to ask yourself. Have you ever experienced a clogged gutter filled with water, mosquitoes, or other insects? Have you ever cleaned your gutter due to leaves and debris blocking the flow of rainwater? Have you ever experienced falling down the roof and hurting yourself while cleaning the gutter just to ensure that you don’t put your family and property in danger due to overflowing water?

If your answer is yes to all of these, then you have a serious problem that can be solved with a very simple solution: GUTTER GUARDS. Most of the homeowners nowadays are trying to cut down on maintenance cost without fully understanding the underlying expense brought about by the damages that simple water and debris accumulation can do to your roof. Do you think it’s not scary? Think again about the advantages of installing gutter guards.

Advantages of Installing Gutter Guards

Erratic and extreme weather occurrences have posed a grave threat to human lives and properties. The roof on our house is our first line of defense against these weather conditions and not ensuring that it’s properly taken cared of may not be a wise thing to do. Granting that there may be a small probability from being immediately damaged by simple rain or snow, the constant bombardment of debris, heat, cold and rainwater will definitely take its toll. I’m not only referring to the body of the roof itself, but also the destruction it can bring to the surrounding gutters that serve as pathway to water. This should raise alarm bells in your head to the advantages of installing gutter guards.

Exposing your gutter to the risk of being blocked by debris poses a clear and present danger that cannot be ignored. You cannot allow yourself to be a victim of carelessness and indecisiveness. This is not prudent. The advantage of installing gutter guards is not unreasonable starting at a cost of around $600 for a townhouse. This amount can be the tipping point for you and your family’s safety. As the saying goes, “The benefit outweighs the underlying cost.”

There are numerous types of gutter guards: mesh, wire, vinyl and aluminum. They act as a powerful filter that prevents debris from accumulating in your gutter. Imagine a gutter guard that ensures only water can pass through.

Gutter guards can be installed by Holencik Gutters. Installation has numerous advantages. I have summarized them into five key points.

1.      Prevents stagnant water from accumulating that can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes, spiders and other disease carrying insects.

2.      Greatly reduces fire risk when dry leaves and other fire hazards accumulate in the gutter

3.      Ensures regular and smooth flow of rainwater by ensuring that no debris is blocking the pathway

4.      Prevents corroding or rusting of your gutter by ensuring that moisture caused by rainwater don’t last

5.      Eliminates the necessity of constant cleaning due to the role of gutter guards in ensuring that big debris doesn’t block the path of water.

Given these benefits, the advantages of installing gutter guards are essential. We should not hesitate putting them on your gutter system. Let’s enjoy life and keep your home safe.



Siding Hail Damage

Siding Hail Damage

Hail damage can take place during the entire year and may bring damage to the siding of the home. There have been several indicators of siding hail damage. It is highly essential to detect them right away before they bring out bigger problems in your home’s property. There are also various kinds of siding and it will be helpful if you try to get to know about them, most especially the siding of your house.

vinyl siding hail damage

Vinyl is the most common type of siding used by many home owners and even business owners. The second and third generation vinyl has been considered better compared to its first generation. The older vinyl siding is usually thinner compared to other modern sidings. The thicker gauge sidings had not been manufactured previously. For this reason, it is also more susceptible to damages. Once hailstorm hit vinyl siding, this creates cracks and holes. The thinner gauge siding is still manufactured. When replacing make sure your contractor is using the thicker gauge.

The good news is that siding hail damage may still be repaired depending on the kind of damage occurred. But keep in mind that it requires immediate attention before it is too late. When the siding has been several years old, the chance is that it will lose its flexibility. Cracks may start to appear but the stone should be 1.25” in diameter in order to have your vinyl siding punctured. Metal siding and wood siding would show dents. These dents are visible depending on the impact and size of hail. Aside from that, paint gets cracked when it comes to wood siding.

When you experienced damage to the siding, such damage will be sustained into 1 or 2 elevations. It is due to the fact that the storm typically travels through a single direction. And in a particular storm, wind may swirl into different directions. Thus, a storm may affect all sides of your home. This in not usually the case, one side is normally damaged.

aluminum siding hail damage

The siding hail damage with aluminum may be distinct. Aluminum is generally affected by wind and hail. It may blow off the house due to strong winds and may be severely dented through hail.

Siding Hail Damage Repair

There are various siding hail damage that siding contractors offer repair services for. All you have to do is to look for the best one to do the repair to your siding hail damage. Regardless of the type of siding your home has, you will always find a repair company that can bring back the beauty of your home’s roof and siding including the soffit, fascia and gutters.

Make sure that you consider the most essential factors in choosing a company for you. Siding hail damage may be totally devastating to you. Do not let this devastation cause you to sign with the first contractor that comes to your door. The out of town contractor is usually the first to come to your door. They move around the country following the storms. Once they are done in your area they are gone. You will never see them again. If there is anything that needs attention after they are gone you are stuck. The insurance company is not responsible for their work. Going with a local contractor is your best bet. They will be there to answer the phone once the work is done.

Fix Your Siding Hail Damage Now

Once you observed unusual changes to the siding of your house, do not hesitate to consult a local siding hail damage company. In this way, you will be able to ensure the safety and protection of your home and family.



Gutter Systems Part Of Home Maintenance

Gutter Systems Part Of Home Maintenance

Home maintenance is an integral component of our lives and as homeowners it is very important to ensure that our house is in tiptop shape. We cannot stick to the old adage, “if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it” mentality given that it is not simply rational to let the house fall apart. The “it’s still okay” syndrome will do more harm than good and will be very costly for us in the long run.

The most common repair and maintenance project on any house is the roof and gutter system. This is due to the fact that these sections are the most exposed part to extreme weather conditions. No matter how tough and expensive the materials you used for these, Mother Nature will definitely take a toll on it whether you like it or not.

Most frequently replaced between these two are the gutters. Over time, the gutter system usually gets damaged due to the volume of water and accumulation of debris like leaves, twigs and stuff. If you try to analyze it, the look and feel of a house is very much dependent on the state of its gutters. A leaking and damaged gutter system appears to generate an impression that the house is very old and poorly maintained. It immediately brings down the value of the house and it also lowers the aura of the human inhabitants.

This is the reason why, this needs to be immediately fixed even before it is fully broken. Remember, it’s a system. One panel breaks down, everything else follows.

Types Of Gutter Systems

The common issue here is cost and it is always the main barrier for it to be fixed. There are two alternatives to choose from when replacing and installing the gutter system. First, there is the seamless gutter system, which is commonly installed by professionals and the other, the traditional pre-made gutters that you can buy from any hardware store. Both systems can be installed by a professional or by a handyman like yourself.Components of gutter systems

The most common is aluminum given that they don’t rust similar to the old galvanized gutters. There are several colors but white and brown are the standard trim. Custom colors are available to match your house.

Seamless gutter and Traditional Pre-Made gutter have both pros and cons. Seamless gutter systems have lesser tendencies to develop leaks because they are made on-site. The only places they can leak are at the end caps or a miter. If you are planning on installing them yourself, this will raise another problem. You will need to find a contractor with a gutter machine that is willing to come out and run out the seamless gutters. The pre-made gutters need to be short enough for you to haul from the store to your home. These lengths can be from 10’ – 30’. The choice of hangers will be limited by the store stock. Buying on line will give you the largest choice.

Every joint is an increased chance of a leak. Seamless gutter system is your best choice when doing home maintenance.



Guide To Installing Gutters And Downspouts

Here is a guide on how to install seamless gutter:

1.      Ensure to effective plan and map out your work. Create a materials checklist to ensure that you have all the essentials and draw the schematics you want to achieve.

          Ensure that you have the right measurement and perspective of your house’s gutter system

          You have to make a decision on what kind of material you want for your gutter (Aluminum, PVC, Galvanized or Copper)

          Ensure you have the right tools and materials that includes the right measurement of each:

A.      Aluminum Size (0.27 – commonly used, 0.32)

B.      Downspout material (0.19 Thickness 2 X 3 – most commonly used & 3 X 4)

C. Spikes & Ferrules (Smooth Spike, Spiral Spike or Ring Shank Spike – Recommended)

D.  Hidden Hangers and Spike Spacing (36”, 30” – most common, 24” – Recommended)

E.      Gutter Slope (1” to 2” slope in 40 FT- Ensure you have the right slope otherwise you will lose the gutters holding capacity)

F.    Downspout Capacity (2 X 3 downspout – Drain 600 sq. FT. of roof area, 3 X 4 downspout – Drain 1,200 sq. FT. of roof area)

G.  Gutter Capacity – (One foot of 5” K-style holds 1.2 gallons of water, One foot of 6” K-style holds 2.0 gallons of water)

H.    Screws & Pop Rivets – (Stainless steel with paint heads – Recommended, Zinc coated with paint heads, Pop Rivets)

                I.     Straps for the Downspouts

2. Check the condition of the Fascia boards and soffit. Make sure that these are not rotting and have it replaced before putting up your gutter system. Check the trees surrounding your roof. Give it a trim if you feel like it is obstructing or damaging your gutter.

3.Ensure that you have assembled the gutter on the ground the right way. If you are using a machine in the case of aluminum seamless gutter, ensure that you have measured correctly. Ensure that the downspouts and outlets are clearly marked and placed in the right position  

4.   Install your gutter. Ensure it is being snugly retrofitted to your roof. Make sure that your gutter has the proper slope and must be placed behind the drip edge. Strip flashing may be used to close the gap between the back of the gutter and drip edge.

5.      Properly install downspouts. Firmly screw the downspout to the outlet with another elbow pressing against the wall. You should use a crimper to squeeze each length of the downspout and elbow to allow the pieces to fit together. Install gutter guards to keep the leaves out and other debris from blocking the passageway of water.

These are the simple ways of installing your seamless gutter. The secret to ensuring the longevity of your gutter system is to maintain it the right way. Free it from any obstruction on a regular basis even if you have installed gutter guards.

Never be stingy on the materials that you use for your gutter. The cost now is significantly lower compared to the damage it can bring your home. It’s better to pay for it now than be sorry for later. Overall, installation can easily be done by you. But when in doubt, call a professional.

Here is a guide on how to install seamless gutter:

1.      Ensure to effective plan and map out your work. Create a materials checklist to ensure that you have all the essentials and draw the schematics you want to achieve.

          Ensure that you have the right measurement and perspective of your house’s gutter system

          You have to make a decision on what kind of material you want for your gutter (Aluminum, PVC, Galvanized or Copper)

          Ensure you have the right tools and materials that includes the right measurement of each:

A.      Aluminum Size (0.27 – commonly used, 0.32)

B.      Downspout material (0.19 Thickness 2 X 3 – most commonly used & 3 X 4)

C.      Spikes & Ferrules (Smooth Spike, Spiral Spike or Ring Shank Spike – Recommended)

D.     Hidden Hangers and Spike Spacing (36”, 30” – most common, 24” – Recommended)

E.      Gutter Slope (1” to 2” slope in 40 FT- Ensure you have the right slope otherwise you will lose the gutters holding capacity)

F.       Downspout Capacity (2 X 3 downspout – Drain 600 sq. FT. of roof area, 3 X 4 downspout – Drain 1,200 sq. FT. of roof area)

G.     Gutter Capacity – (One foot of 5” K-style holds 1.2 gallons of water, One foot of 6” K-style holds 2.0 gallons of water)

H.     Screws & Pop Rivets – (Stainless steel with paint heads – Recommended, Zinc coated with paint heads, Pop Rivets)

2.      Check the condition of the Fascia boards and soffit. Make sure that these are not rotting and have it replaced before putting up your gutter system. Check the trees surrounding your roof. Give it a trim if you feel like it is obstructing or damaging your gutter.

3.      Ensure that you have assembled the gutter on the ground the right way. If you are using a machine in the case of aluminum seamless gutter, ensure that you have measured correctly. Ensure that the downspouts and outlets are clearly marked and placed in the right position.

4.      Install your gutter. Ensure it is being snugly retrofitted to your roof. Make sure that your gutter has the proper slope and must be placed behind the drip edge. Strip flashing may be used to close the gap between the back of the gutter and drip edge.

5.      Properly install downspouts. Firmly screw the downspout to the outlet with another elbow pressing against the wall. You should use a crimper to squeeze each length of the downspout and elbow to allow the pieces to fit together. Install gutter guards to keep the leaves out and other debris from blocking the passageway of water.

 

These are the simple ways of installing your seamless gutter. The secret to ensuring the longevity of your gutter system is to maintain it the right way. Free it from any obstruction on a regular basis even if you have installed gutter guards.

Never be stingy on the materials that you use for your gutter. The cost now is significantly lower compared to the damage it can bring your home. It’s better to pay for it now than be sorry for later. Overall, installation can easily be done by you. But when in doubt, call a professional.



Why You Need to Maintain Your Gutters

Why You Need to Maintain Your Gutters

Do you hate home repairs? I don’t think many of us really like them, but they are a necessary part of owning your own home. One of the most important tasks of maintaining your home is the need to clean your gutters, especially prior to, and even during winter. Clogged and badly maintained gutters can cause you more trouble than you may think.

First let’s understand the purpose of a gutter. Its primary function is to remove moisture away from the house and direct it to a place where it will cause no damage to the home or to the property in general. A badly directed water flow could lead to erosion in the driveway or landscaping and that is no good either.

Failure to maintain your gutters leads to four primary problems:

Gutter damage: If gutters are not properly maintained, then they will eventually become blocked by debris such as leaves and dirt. This debris does not allow water to flow through the gutter, causing it to build up and eventually overflow. The overflow will lead to sagging in the gutter which will cause permanent damage to the gutter itself. Over time, these sections will deteriorate so much that they will break away and leave gaps within your gutter system.

House Damage: By not maintaining your gutters, you actually risk causing damage to your home. There are many ways that water can damage your home. As I mentioned before, if water is not directed away from the home it can seep under the foundation causing erosion. This can lead to the home leaning or cracking, the driveway cracking, or water flowing into your basement, causing flooding or water damage. If the water is overflowing the gutter system, it can run down walls to your home damaging paint, siding, windows, and window frames. Blockages can also lead to the gutter becoming so heavy that they begin to pull away from the house, causing structural damage to the home and roof, where the gutter was attached. This can lead to water coming into the home, damaging the inner walls and insulation. It also can mean that the affected areas may grow mold and cause a health risk to you and your family.

Roof Damage: As I previously mentioned, blockage like this can cause damage to the roof. If the gutter becomes too heavy that it pulls away from the home, it may also pull away shingles and other roofing materials, causing a leak in your home. This will allow water to enter the home.  But this is not the only problem the roof may face.  If the water builds up in the gutter, so that it runs under the roof, it may cause rotting. Rotting may lead to the roof collapsing, especially if you live in an area where it is below freezing during the winter. If water is allowed to back up onto the roof and cause rotting, when that water later freezes, it will be heavier and is more likely to cause the roof to give way, leading to very expensive amount of damage.

Unexpected Damage: Not properly maintaining your gutters also has consequences you may not have considered. If you live in a cold weather area, water that accumulates in areas near your home may become frozen, which can lead to injuries from slipping and falling. Water build-up is a great breeding ground for mosquitoes and mold, and can lead to health problems. It also will attract insects that need a moist environment. Those animals may cause other problems to your home, like raccoons getting into your garbage, or squirrels building nests in your walls.

This clearly shows you why it is so important to have your gutters cleaned.  It is well worth the investment to make sure you clean your gutters well.



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