by seamlessgutterstoday.com on 12/04/2011 - 07:14 pm |
Tags: Seamless Gutters
Do you need a new gutter system? Perhaps you feel the need to upgrade or you’re renovating your home’s exterior – whatever the case may be, deciding which gutter system to use will be the first step. If you’re going to install them yourself, chances are you’ll be using sectional gutter pieces. But if you’re looking to have them professionally installed, you will then have the option of choosing either a sectional or seamless gutter system.
Seamless, or continuous, gutters are site-made gutter runs, custom cut to fit the dimensions of your house by a portable gutter extrusion machine. So, rather than having a series of sectional pieces joined by numerous connectors, you have a single, continuous run. The advantage is the lack of seams that could potentially leak as connectors have a tendency to loosen on sectional gutter seams over time, resulting in leaking water pooling around the foundation of your home. With continuous gutters, the number of seams is drastically reduced, and the few that remain (downspout outlets and gutter corners) are securely fastened in place and sealed with a high-quality water sealant to minimize the possibility of leaks. Routine cleaning is still required, but the time spent on your ladder will be greatly reduced by not having to reapply caulk to all the seams along the sectional gutter runs in addition to cleaning them.
You’ll notice that seamless gutters even help to enhance the aesthetic appeal of your home’s exterior. All materials extruded for your system come with a baked-on enamel finish that will never need to be repainted. Seamless systems also replace inefficient and unsightly spike and ferrule hangers to instead use several hidden brackets. The brackets attach to the roof, under the shingles, to provide superior strength and offer a very clean look. They’re also designed to allow the expansion and contraction of the gutters when temperatures fluctuate throughout the seasons, preventing the gutter from pulling away from the house and sagging.
Professional installation is only a small price to pay for the benefits provided by seamless gutter systems – the possibility for dangerous leaks is eliminated, the installation is normally completed in one day, and they’ll keep looking great, year after year.
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by seamlessgutterstoday.com on 02/19/2012 - 07:11 pm |
Tags: Gutter Products
Hundreds of years ago, hardwood gutters were considered the standard. There weren’t many more options than that until technological advances made plastic and metal mass production possible. Although still in use today, wooden gutters are used primarily for restoration of historic homes. Without a doubt, aluminum and vinyl are the most popular materials for gutters today – they’re affordable, lightweight, rust proof, and require little to no upkeep, other than the seasonal clearing. Although not as common, gutters can also be made of steel, copper, or wood; however, aside from galvanized steel, these materials tend to be more expensive than aluminum or vinyl, and sometimes won’t provide the same benefits.
Once a standard, wood is now easily the least popular of all gutter materials used. Wooden gutters require a considerable amount of time spent solely on yearly maintenance alone to prevent replacing and are also very expensive. Expect to pay between $12 to $20/foot depending on the type of wood used. To prevent rot and enhance the wood’s water resistance, it’s strongly recommended linseed oil be applied at least once a year.
On the other hand, copper is an excellent choice of gutter material, for more reasons than just adding aesthetic appeal to your home’s exterior. Copper gutters are durable, never need a finish, and they won’t ever rust. They’re also a wise addition to homes along the coasts exposed to salty conditions, or in areas with acid rain. Copper gutters also develop a desirable patina over time that turns the copper into a pleasant green color. They require no more maintenance than routine cleaning, unless you intend to strip the patina every few years with products designed to do so. It’s recommended that a professional install copper gutters, as mistakes made with copper can get expensive quickly, but once installed, copper gutters actually raise the value of your home. Seamless copper gutters usually run around $19/foot.
Galvanized and stainless steel provide gutters with great durability that work well for homeowners in colder climates. Steel contracts half as much as aluminum, helping to prevent the gutter from pulling away from the house and sagging. Hot-dipped galvanized steel is coated in zinc to prevent corrosion, and does so especially well against ice and snow. Other galvanized coatings even carry guarantees for 50 years. Unfortunately, without any sort of coating, galvanized gutters will only last around 5-10 years before showing signs of rust. Seamless galvanized gutters will cost between $6 and $8/foot to have installed. If you’re looking for the durability of steel, with the corrosion resistance of aluminum, you might be thinking stainless steel. Indeed, it will never rust, but be prepared to shell out $20/foot to install.
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by seamlessgutterstoday.com on 09/28/2010 - 07:09 pm |
Tags: Gutter Cleaning
Ice, heavy snow, and winter storms wreak havoc on your gutters. Ice blockages in the trough can create standing water, which if neglected, can freeze your gutters and cause them to warp and rip. If enough water backs up, it could also cause overflow, spilling freezing water onto your walkways. Here are a few tips to help you clear your gutters in the midst of winter.
Plan ahead by making certain your gutters are clear at the start of winter. A thorough cleaning makes ice dams after a freeze or a storm a much less likely scenario.
Invest in insulation for your attic. This will cut down on heat loss through your roof and, as a result, reduce energy costs and ice dams.
Clear any ice dams that have formed on your roofline with a roof rake or a push broom. These can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage to the interior of your home and should be cleared immediately.
Always use extra caution when cleaning gutters in the winter – check and double check to make certain your ladder is firmly planted on solid, level ground, free from any ice or snow.
If the gutters are too high, or if you feel uncomfortable about being on a ladder, hire a professional service to clean for you. The cost of a cleaning service is much less expensive than a hospital visit, and infinitely less expenive than your life.
Should you find that ice is forming in your gutters and blocking your downspout, use a chisel or pick to gently chip the ice away. The gutters are already under a massive amount of weight stress, so be careful not too use excess force — this will also prevent accidental damage to your gutter.
Using hot water to melt ice dams and the ice in the gutter channel is recommended as a quick fix only if you have a hot water source for your garden hose and a spray nozzle attachment. Only use water from a source hot enough to melt the ice – if the water refreezes too quickly, you could just be creating more problems for yourself.
by seamlessgutterstoday.com on 09/28/2010 - 07:08 pm |
Tags: Gutter Products
If you’re like the majority of Americans, then you see the components of your rain gutters as a function over form necessity for your home. While you’ll obviously still choose colors for your gutters that fit with your home’s exterior, you may not realize that there are some attractive alternatives to the traditional metal tube downspouts, or that downspouts could actually help cut down on your water bill!
People have been doing it for thousands of years but harvesting rainwater at home may be a new concept to many. It makes sense – rainwater is not legislated, and it’s free. Furthermore, it’s very easy to do with a downspout diverter. Downspout diverters connect to your downspout to redirect rainwater into a rain barrel. The rainwater can then be used to water your indoor plants, wash your car, wash your clothes, or run your toilet. Rainwater is ideal for non-potable applications, but the quality of the rainwater in our industrialized society may present some health concerns. That being said, it is recommended that you do not drink your harvested rainwater unless you have some means of sterilizing it first.
Rain chains are the aesthetic substitute for the metal downspouts that serve the same purpose. They attach to the gutter where a downspout normally would and are made up of cup-like water receptacles, chained together down the height of a house. The water gracefully flows down the chain into a water bowl or fountain, or to a splash block or the equivalent. Rain chains are becoming increasingly popular but are far from a new idea; the Japanese first utilized rain chains to create a visually appealing method of diverting rainwater to the ground. While rain chains are not able to handle quite as much water as traditional downspouts in heavy downpours, they benefit the landscape around your house by breaking the momentum of the downward flowing water.