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What You Need to Know Before Having Gutters Installed

Having gutters installed on your home is the best way to prevent water damage along your foundation, and keep your landscaping from damage caused by heavy drip edge flows. From time to time, your gutters need to be cleaned out, and may even need to be replaced. Depending on how long they’ve been on your house, gutters can become worn and ineffective in providing the water protection needed around your home.

Proper Gutter Size is Important

Gutter installation requires some basic engineering skills in order to do it correctly. It is recommended that you hire a professional to ensure you’re getting the right materials for your home.

The size and style of your gutters is based on the square footage and design of your roof, combined with the potential for major rainfall and heavy downpours. The downpour factor is determined by weather data, and varies by region. A gutter installer who accounts for all of mother nature’s possibilities is a good sign that they know what size gutters your home needs.

Do You Need to Have Gutters Installed?

When it comes to installing or replacing gutters many struggle with whether or not they need gutters, how well they work, and deciding if it is worth the money. Depending on the amount of precipitation in your area, and the natural landscape around your home, you should be able to determine whether or not you need a gutter guard system.

They do more than just collect rainwater. Gutters are efficient at catching pine needles in forest-like areas where needle-drop is common or excessive. Your decision on whether or not to install gutter guards should be based on your location. It’s important to remember that periodic cleaning is necessary, and some designs make this process difficult for the average homeowner.

Knowing these tidbits before consulting with a professional gutter installer will lead you in the right direction, and help you decide the best gutter solution for your home.

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Spring Gutter Cleaning Guide

After a long, harsh winter, it’s time to do a spring roof inspection, along with cleaning out your gutter. If your area saw a lot of snow, wind or more, you want to make sure to check that your roof is in working condition, then begin cleaning your gutters. Build-up during winter can cause issues once the snow and ice thaws, causing leaking issues for your roof as well. Here’s our tips and tricks for a thorough spring gutter cleaning.

A Spring Gutter Cleaning Guide

Make sure you have a ladder handy. You’ll want gloves, safety goggles potentially and any tools you’ll use to clean out your gutters on a utility belt. Once ready, you’ll want to make sure you place the ladder on a flat surface and climb up to begin getting started.

The first step is to inspect your gutters and look at where the build-up is the worst. These are the areas you’ll clean first. If you have any sort of standing water, you want to angle the gutter if possible to get it to overflow and spill out before cleaning out what’s left behind. If any downspouts are clogged up, you’ll want to use an auger or snake to clear it out. Make sure to check all fasteners, nails and more to ensure they’re in properly and securely.

From there, you can begin using your hands to pull out and empty your gutters. You want to ensure that you’re not plugging up your downspouts again by simply pushing everything into it in the hopes it flows out. After sitting up there all winter, build-up can be sticky, congealed and cause more issues than you can imagine if you try and push it through a downspout. You have to do it by hand, as long and frustrating as it may be.

If you’ve never cleaned your gutters by yourself before, you may keep up on it much more after that first spring cleaning you give them.

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Advantages of Seamless Gutters

Bulky clunky gutters are slowly becoming a thing of the past. The advent and popularity of seamless gutters have now made gutter installation as easy as ever. Let’s take a quick look at seamless gutters including why they are popular and what you can expect out of them.

What Are the Advantages of Seamless Gutters?

Seamlessness

This should come as no surprise but a big advantage of seamless gutters is that they are seamless. No seams means that there are less likely to be areas of the gutters that get clogged or accumulate debris. Less debris in the gutters means they are also less likely to hold onto standing water, leak, or overflow. Seams in gutters are also some of the first areas that tend to show age or become damaged. Without seams you are less likely to have those problems.

Quick & Easy Installation

Unlike sectional gutters, most seamless gutters are manufactured on site of the residence. The gutter contractor can take the measurements of your home and quickly build out a seamless gutter that will be the perfect match of your home. The added benefit of this manufacturing process is less scrap material and leftovers. You can expect the whole install to take less than a day from the gutter company arriving on site to having your gutters installed and functional.

Longevity

Most seamless gutters have a fairly good lifetime. You can expect anywhere from 15 to 30 year lifetimes depending on the contractor.

Customization

Once again since the gutters are manufactured on site for your particular home you also get great customization. There are many different colors available for most seamless gutter manufacturers and contractors so you can get the color that perfectly matches your home.

Cost

While seamless gutters may sometimes be more expensive than sectional gutters the cost is usually not too much higher. This cost is usually worth it for the added benefits you get with seamless.

Unsure if seamless gutters are right for your home? Simply talk to your local roofing or gutter contractor about this option to find out your different gutter choices and if seamless gutters are the right choice for your home

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Why You Need a Spring Gutter Check

Spring is here! Its time to come out of your winter slumber and check your home for spring maintenance. One element that homeowners often forget to check up on are their gutters. Gutters funnel the water that comes off the roof to specific channels so it can drain away properly and insure that areas of the yard and foundation aren’t flooded. Roofcorp Inc. is here to give you advice on doing your gutter check.

Pro Tip: Make sure you take caution any time you are on your roof or ladder, serious injury can result from even the lowest of heights. Contact a professional if you ever unsure.

Why You Need a Spring Gutter Check Today

Certain elements of your gutter system are more likely to fail. Seams and downspouts will be the most likely areas where excess water and debris will collect. If it is possible wait to do a check when the first rain storm hits. Toss on your coat or grab your umbrella and take a walk around the perimeter of your house. Check to see that the downspouts are properly aligned and are draining where they are supposed to. Areas where water is flowing over the gutter and into your yard could mean that the gutters are clogged or a seam has come undone. Clogs are more likely to happen where the gutter meets a downspout.

When it dries up recheck these areas, it could just be a matter of debris clogging a drainage hole. If the gutters seem to clog up often it may be time to invest in a gutter guard. If there is an excess of granules in the gutter your shingles may also be past their prime. If multiple seams are starting to split it may be time to replace the gutters altogether. You can look into installing seamless gutters on your home so you don’t have to worry about this kind of failure again.

Also check to make sure if the fascia of your roof is exposed at all. The fascia is the area running just below your roof’s edge. Without proper gutter drainage, this area can take on mildew and begin to rot with excess moisture.

Contact a roofing expert today for a free inspection and estimate!