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THINKING ABOUT REPLACING YOUR GUTTERS AND WINDOWS?

THINKING ABOUT REPLACING YOUR GUTTERS AND WINDOWS?

Have you checked your home’s windows and gutters recently? It’s the perfect time of year to get those projects completed before the harsh winter weather hits.

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Replacing your gutters and windows may be advantageous for a number of reasons. Making these exterior improvements can save time and money you would otherwise have to spend on costly future repairs, and it can give your home’s energy efficiency a big boost. New, modern gutters and windows can also drastically increase the longevity of your home, while giving it a fresh new look.

Replacing windows and gutters is a significant project; one that will require a substantial investment depending on the improvement you are wanting to make. Also, there are a lot of contractors and retail stores out there, so just be sure to do your research before making an investment. Choosing high-quality materials and the right professional installer usually yield optimal results. It helps to ensure that your new gutters and windows will provide a long and useful life of service, while enhancing your home’s overall appearance.

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When choosing the right gutter replacement, be sure to ask a lot of questions in regards to style, material used, and what colors are available. Also, ask about leaf protection systems that they offer. This addition may add to the overall cost of the project, however will save you time and money later on.

When compared to selecting gutters, choosing the right windows is a bit more complicated. Window styles will have a big impact on the appearance of your home. No matter which style you prefer, always pick a window with the best energy efficiency rating.

Before selecting a company to hire, do some comparison shopping. Ask neighbors and friends who recently completed work on their homes. They should be more than happy to discuss companies they have used. In addition, companies in your area should have a list of previous clients who are satisfied with their work.

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Always verify that your prospective contractor is licensed, bonded and insured. The contractor should be able to provide that information to you very easily. Also, make sure the company has workman’s comp and liability insurance coverage. If they don’t have adequate insurance, you could be held financially liable in the event of an accident or injury that occurs on your property.

When choosing gutters or windows, it’s best to select a contractor with good references, an excellent reputation and insurance coverage. Replacing your gutters and windows with quality products will enhance the value of your home.

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Preparing for Autumn

Preparing for Autumn

The days are getting shorter, and the nights are getting cooler. The kids are trudging off to school again with their backpacks, and leaves are falling from the trees. Fall is here. Now’s the time to finish up any last-minute maintenance projects and get your home and yard ready. Get your home ready for the cool days to come.

Leaf Buildup On Roof

As we begin buttoning up our jackets, we should give thought to doing the same for our homes. Before the first freeze, here are a few things you should do to prepare your roof for the cold, wet weather ahead.

Trim The Trees

Most species of trees grow steadily all year long. Those tiny branches hanging barely above the roof could become a real nuisance by the time spring is here. Trimming back any branches near the house now can help prevent damage, as well as reduce the volume of leaves that will fall on the roof within a few weeks.

Clean Your Gutters

You may not associate the summer months with clogged gutters and downspouts, but don’t be tricked by Mother Nature. Summer storms may have driven leaves, needles, twigs, and other debris into your gutter system. As the autumn leaves begin to collect on your roof and in the gutter system, there is a greater risk that they will block the downspouts. Rain water then overflows the gutter, and can damage your trim and siding. With the added weight of soggy, decaying leaves and water buildup, there’s also a chance the gutters could actually pull loose from their anchor points and collapse.

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Clear Off Any Debris

It’s equally important that you remove leaves, evergreen needles, branches, and other debris from the full surface area of your roof. The gunk loves to collect in the valleys, the place where two roof-lines meet. Even the smallest deposits will hold moisture, and could lead to a mold and rot condition that may damage your roof. If you are experienced in walking on the roof, and feel confident, you should be able to remove any debris with a bristle broom or leaf blower.

Check For Damage & Deterioration

When your roof is cleaned, check the surface for missing or curled shingles. If yours is a tile roof, you’ll be looking for some that may be loose or cracked. Leaks often begin at the flashing around vent stacks, chimneys, and skylights. If you discover any defects, or areas that may be suspect, this is the time to have a roofer check the integrity of the roof, before the heavy rain begins. A damaged or deteriorating roof could produce leaks when the rains come, and also drive up energy costs as temperatures drop.

Check The Attic Insulation & Ventilation

You will also want to take a peek in the attic. Here you’re looking for areas where moisture has built up, and excessive heat. It’s a good idea to check the vents, to make sure none of the local critters have found a refuge from the elements. Also when heat is allowed to build up in the attic, it can lead to condensation buildup and moisture damage. Attic heat can also cause the formation of ice dams in the winter. This invites leaks when snow accumulates on your roof. When the hot air has nowhere else to go, it can seep into the living space below, encouraging you to turn on the air conditioning during the cooler months.

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Gutter Guards

Gutter Guards

Are gutter guards worth the money?

Gutter cleaning is perhaps one of those home maintenance tasks that most homeowners just hate doing. However, neglecting this annoying chore is not an option either. Clogged gutters can cause severe damage to your roof, windows, and walls.

What are gutter guards?

In the simplest of terms, gutter guards are covers for your gutters. These covers are designed to keep the debris out but allow the rain water and snow melt to go through the gutters. The best part is that they can be installed during the gutter installation or can be added at a later date.

Not all gutter guards are the same. There are four different types of gutter guards that you can choose to install.

  • Screen-type guards are the most straight forward gutter guards that you can install. They are made by cutting PVC or aluminum screening and placing them on top of the gutters. Just remember that these can’t keep small items such as pine needles and small leaves out.

  • Foam-type guards are strips of very porous foam that can be placed on top of the gutters. The foam allows water to pass through freely but traps the solids on the top.

  • Surface Tension gutter guards are curved plastic covers that direct the rain water and snow melt into the gutters while keeping the debris out. These are sophisticated guards that need to be installed by a professional.

  • Micro-mesh gutter guards have thousands of miniature holes that allow the water to pass through but prevent debris. These are the best gutter covers that you can install and block almost all type of trash from entering your gutters. If you choose to install these, you will need the help of a roofing professional.

Although installing gutter guards can significantly reduce the instance of clogged gutters, it won’t eliminate the need to clean your gutters entirely. You will need to take some time out to clean out the rubbish from the gutter guards themselves.

However, gutter guards do an excellent job of preventing water damage to your roof due to clogged gutters.

For what they do, gutter guards are an excellent investment for your property. They can efficiently prevent clogged gutters and the potential roof and wall damage that comes with it.