Rain Gutters

Rain Gutters

There are a lot of options available when you need to choose the right rain gutters for you home. Different materials can offer different looks, but they also have different strengths and weaknesses. Believe it or not, rain gutters can also help your home be more green. Many of the materials that rain gutters are made from now are recyclable and there are many rainwater collection systems that can be set up to work with your gutters. When choosing rain gutters for your home, the look is important. While we don’t typically look at houses for their beautiful rain gutters, it is really obvious when the gutters don’t match the home. Different building materials mean different restrictions on the styles you choose. Aluminum is the most common gutter material used today. This is primarily because it is highly durable, rust proof, and it is relatively cheap. Vinyl is one material that is cheaper than aluminum, but it is also far less durable. However, if vinyl provides the perfect look for your home and you don’t mind the regular maintenance it demands, then durability might not be an issue for you. More classic looking homes and restoration projects will probably want to opt for the look of copper or half-round rain gutters. As copper patinas, it will blend in perfectly with older classical architecture. However, copper is very expensive and is typically at least three times the price of other materials. Half-round rain gutters may be a more reasonable alternative. They were very common in architecture during the early part of the 1900s and are typically associated with older classical...
Getting Gutters Ready for Winter

Getting Gutters Ready for Winter

It’s time to get your roof in shape for winter and an important part of this process is to get your rain gutters in shape. This will help to prevent leaks in the roof, and keep ice damming from occurring. Ice damming is when water accumulates in blocked rain gutters and freezes. The ice that is formed creates space between the roof and the house, which lets in moisture. This can be very damaging to a structure and can be avoided by keeping gutters in tip-top shape. Getting Gutters Clean Before your gutters can be properly inspected, they have to be thoroughly cleaned. Dirt and debris that wash down from the roof decrease the capacity of the gutters and can cause blockages that will allow water to back up. Fall leaves are a big contributor to gutter problems, so keeping your gutters clean during this season is especially important. Power washing your gutters is a great way to get them clean quickly and to push out any blockages. If you don’t have access to a power washer, run a hose along your gutter, using your hands (wear gloves) to dislodge dirt and debris. Give special attention to the downspouts, since this is a common area for blockages. Checking for Problems Once your gutters are clean, it will be easier to inspect them for problems. Check the attachment points along your home to see if the gutters have come loose, or if they’re pulling away from your home. Check rivets between gutter sections and at the downspout attachment to make sure they’re still intact and tight. Run some water through...
Solving The Most Common Gutter Problems

Solving The Most Common Gutter Problems

Your gutters are an important part of your roofing system.  They help protect your roof and your house from water damage by channeling any water away from the structure.  For this reason it is important that you gutters remain in good repair. There are several common gutter problems that are experienced by most homeowners.  Some are easy to fix yourself while others require the work of a professional.   Here’s a quick guide to help you determine and solve your gutter problems: Clogged Gutters One of the most common gutter problems is clogging.  Clogging happens when leaves, dirt, dust, and debris get trapped inside the gutters, reducing (or stopping) the flow of water.  To fix a clogged gutter it is necessary to remove all the items inside the gutter. You can clear all the items by hand and then flush the gutter with water to make sure that everything has been removed. It is recommended that you clear your gutters twice a year to keep them in their best condition. NOTE: Clearing clogged gutters is – at best – messy work and – at worst – a dangerous task.  One of the most common accidents that sends homeowners to the emergency room is someone falling off a ladder while attempting to clear out a clogged gutter.  While it is possible to do yourself, if you feel at all unsure on a ladder (or simply don’t want to deal with the mess), then call a professional roofing company to have your gutters cleaned. Sagging/Pulling Gutters It is common for gutters to eventually start sagging or to pull away from the...