Monthly Archives: December 2014

New Year Gutter Resolutions


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New Year Gutter Resolutions Bent and/or disconnected gutters & downspouts can not only make your home look bad but it can allow water to drain where it shouldn’t, such as underneath your shingles or into windows. It’s important to clean your gutters at least twice a year (once in the spring and once in the fall). This will ensure that your gutters are working best when they need to, and it keeps your home in working order. Gutters sealed in places they tend to leak. Such seams with a clear caulk. Consider investing in a gutter guards for the new year. Gutter guards not only keep debris from accumulating in your debris. They can prevent clogging from happening and cut the time you spend cleaning gutters in half. Check fascia boards condition. Replaced as needed. It doesn’t do any good to replace your gutters if your fascia boards are in bad shape. For a free estimate on gutter replacement, repairs or adding gutter guards, call us today! Gutters & Guards experienced team will take the guess-work out of the process, and ensure that your home is protected. Connect with us for daily inspiration, updates and information: Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

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Different Styles Of Vinyl Soffits


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different styles of vinyl soffits There are a few different types of vinyl soffits that can be used on your home. The type you use can also depend on the amount of ventilation your roof needs, while keeping water out of your home. Vinyl is a less expensive alternative that is just as durable as wood and can sometimes provide better insulation.                 Triple 2″ Soffit The 2″ soffit comes in two different styles solid & hiddenvent in a matte finish. There are a few colors to choose from such as: Royal Colors:                                       Certainteed Colors: Beige                                                   Sterling Gray Linen                                                   Sandstone Beige Sand                                                    Desert Tan Sterling                                               Natural Clay White                                                Heritage Cream Wicker                                              Snow Colonial White Pebble Clay* *premium color Royal’s 2″ triple soffit is a beaded panel which has a middle that separates each panel and the vents are hidden. Triple 3″ ( 3 1/3″) Soffit The 3″ (or 3 1/3″ for Certainteed) Soffit comes in solid and hiddenvent as well. It comes in a matte finish and many colors to choose from such as: Royal Colors:                                  Certainteed Colors: Beige                                             Charcoal Gray Linen                                             Granite Gray Sand                                              Sterling Vintage Cream                               Seagrass White                                            Cypress Wicker                                          Herringbone Pebble Clay*                                  Sandstone Beige Musket Brown**                              Desert Tan *premium color                              Natural Clay **dark color                                   Savannah Wicker ——————————————————————-Light Maple ——————————————————————-Heritage Cream ——————————————————————-Snow ——————————————————————-Colonial White                                           Triple 4″ Soffit Triple 4″ Soffit comes in a variety of styles such as solid, fully vented ( perforated or basket weave), and center vented (perforated or basket weave). It comes in a matte finish and many colors to choose from such as: Solid Colors Royal:                                                     Certainteed: Beige                                                      Musket Brown Soft Maple                                              Autumn Red Flagstone                                               Terra Cotta Driftwood                                              Mountain Cedar Harvard Slate                                        Sable Brown Linen                                                   Hearthstone Sand                                                    Suede Sterling                                               Spruce Vintage Cream                                    Forest White                                                Ivy Green Wicker                                                Pacific Blue Victorian Gray*                                    Flagstone Walnut*                                               Charcoal Gray Pebble Clay* […]

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Happy Holidays 2014 !


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Happy Holidays 2014! This happy holidays 2014, we’re wishing you a safe and happy holidays. We thank all of our previous customers for a wonderful 2014. We look forward to working with everyone in 2015. Our crew at Gutters & Guards would like to wish everyone a Happy Holidays & A Wonderful New Year!   For a free estimate on gutter cleaning, repairs or adding gutter guards, call us today! Our experienced team will take the guess-work out of the process, and ensure that your home is protected. Connect with us for daily inspiration, updates and information: Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

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Winter Proof Your Home This Fall


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Winter Proof Your Home This Fall. Winter Proof Your Home This Fall. With only a few more fall days left this year before winter rears it ugly head. That means even less time to get your home in winter battle mode. There are a few things you will need to do to get your home ready. Below is a infographic of the top 5 project to do.   Making sure that your home is winter ready can be very important for how it handles the harsher winter weather. For a free estimate on gutter cleaning, repairs or adding gutter guards, call us today! Gutters & Guards experienced team will take the guess-work out of the process, and ensure that your home is protected. Connect with us for daily inspiration, updates and information: Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

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Get A Gutter Cleaning Before Winter Hits!


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Right now is the best time of year to get a gutter cleaning before winter hits. This can prevent other problems such as from arising in the dead of winter, when it can be harder to repair your home. There are quite a few pros to cleaning out your gutters in the late fall. Your gutters will be easier to clean in the fall.  This is true when it comes to spring gutter cleaning. If you leave all the gutter debris in your gutters over the winter it can allow the debris to decay and stick to your gutters. Which will take longer to clean out in the spring. The chance of ice dams building up will be smaller. Gutters that are full of debris will clog up your gutters when snow starts to melt creating ice dams and not allow for proper water flow. To learn more about ice dams and how to prevent them please view our previous blogs on the subject. Gutter malfunctions will be lessened. If your gutters are weighted down with debris already then when snow sets on them it will make your gutters strain even more. This can cause your gutter pitch to be changed, loosen your gutters or worse they can fall off. So protect your gutters to protect your home. Gutter longevity. This is a no brainer. The more you take care of your gutters the longer they will last. This includes cleaning them out at least twice a year (spring and fall) So make sure to schedule an appointment with a professional or take time out of your weekend to get the job done before it’s too late!   For a free estimate on gutter cleaning, repairs or adding gutter guards, call us today! Our experienced team will take the guess-work out of the process, and ensure that your home is protected. Connect with us for daily inspiration, updates and information: Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

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Downspout Conductor Head


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Downspout Conductor Head Downspout Conductor Head. Downspouts are an important part of the gutter system equation. Downspout Conductor Head (also called leader heads, scupper boxes, or rain heads) capture the water runoff from roofs where the volume does not allow a full gutter and funnels it into downspouts that take the water to the ground.  This will collect a large amount of water. The size of the box will allow much more water to pass through than just the regular set up. Downspout Conductor Heads work similar to the way that placing your finger at the top to of a straw, creating suction. When  you remove your finger it allows the water to slowly flow freely. No more vacuum means water flows freely! No more overflows and no more gurgling sound. Which is somewhat Mediterranean — and with mountain rustic styles and log homes. If you have copper gutters this will complete the look.   For a free estimate on gutter cleaning, repairs or adding gutter guards, call us today! Gutters & Guards experienced team will take the guess-work out of the process, and ensure that your home is protected. Connect with us for daily inspiration, updates and information: Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

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Winter Ladder Safety


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Winter Ladder Safety Winter Ladder Safety. This time of the year, we hope you have already had your gutters cleaned but for those who are still working on it we have a few ladder safety tips to make sure that your experience is safe as possible. The most important rule is to NEVER try and do work when it’s wet and slippery.Climbing on ladders can be very dangerous when the weather conditions are rainy, misty or snowy. Get down immediately if high winds, rain, snow or other inclement weather begins. Winds can blow you off the ladder and rain or snow can make both the rungs and the ground slippery. Use ladders with slip-resistant feet and wear clean, dry and slip-resistant shoes when climbing a ladder. When you climb, always face the ladder and grip the rungs to climb – not the side rails. Always keep three points of contact on the ladder whether two hands and one foot, or two feet and one hand. When climbing, keep your hips between the side rails and do not lean too far or overreach. Re-position the ladder closer to the work instead. If you have to use a step ladder near a doorway, lock or barricade the door and post signs so no one will open it and knock you off the ladder. A straight or extension ladder should be placed one foot away from the surface it rests against for every four feet of ladder height. When you climb, always face the ladder and grip the rungs to climb – not the side rails. Always keep three points of contact on the ladder whether two hands and one foot, or two feet and one hand. When putting up holiday decorations, always use the proper step stool or ladder to reach high places. Don’t stand on chairs, desks or other furniture. When climbing, keep your hips between the side rails and do not lean too far or overreach. Re-position the ladder closer to the work instead. Other quick tips to remember: Keep large pets such as dogs inside or on a rope far away from the ladder. Do not use a ladder in the wind. Do not drink before or while climbing the ladder. Avoid using medication that makes you drowsy before climbing on the ladder. Never climb above the third rail from the top of a ladder. For a free estimate on gutter cleaning, repairs or adding gutter guards, call us today! Our experienced team will take the guess-work out of the process, and ensure that your home is protected. Connect with us for daily inspiration, updates and information: Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

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What Causes Icicles On Gutters?


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What Causes Icicles On Gutters? What Causes Icicles On Gutters? This is a question that is often asked when you see them on your roof-line. After a big snowstorm, the snow that remains on your roof (because of the temperature and slope) will start to slowly melt and then it refreeze into icicles. Icicles caused by many different reasons: inadequate insulation house air leakage into from the attic through thermal bypasses improper house ventilation Icicles influenced by the structure of the house, weather conditions, and the color of your roof.  If you have an older home, it’s important to keep your insulation and ventilation up to date. Ways to reduce the chances of bad icicles and ice dams is by proper air sealing around your roof-line and attic, high levels of insulation, and adequate ventilation in your home. You can also have a roof rake to rake large amounts of snow off of your roof. If you already have ice dams and icicles on your roof then there isn’t too much you can do. DO NOT try and remove the icicles by chipping away at them. It’s a hazard to both your roof and gutters not to mention if they fall the could damage something on the way down. Plus it’s not safe to be chipping on top of a ladder. What you can do to reduce the ice dam on your roof is using a melt sock. To learn more about raking snow and snow melting , we have a post that sets out the pros and cons of each method. If your roof or gutters are damaged by the stress of snow and icicles, please give a professional (like Gutters & Guards,Inc ) a call and we’ll be happy to help you get your roof and gutters back into working order. For a free estimate on gutter cleaning, repairs or adding gutter guards, call us today! Gutter s& Guards experienced team will take the guess-work out of the process, and ensure that your home is protected. Connect with us for daily inspiration, updates and information: Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

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Roof Valley Gutter Solutions


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roof valley gutter solutions roof valley gutter solutions. A very common problem that our customers run into is water overflowing gutters at the bottom of roof valleys. This is not a fault in your gutters. There are ways to control and handle the water-flow that will make your life a lot less messy and wet. Rain diverters are a easy and common solution to this problem. It controls the flow of rain water and evenly distributes them into your gutters.We bend diverters at our office. Wanting to DIY and need a piece that will match your gutters, we should be able to match it and have you a diverter quickly, some of the more adventurous color might take longer to get but it’s not impossible. Have gutter guards this is not a issue with the guards, again it’s the valley creating a massive amount of water hitting one spot at once.  Contact your local gutter specialist and get a professional opinion. ( Gutters & Guards, Inc. offers FREE ESTIMATES ) If you think you might be having one of these problems or are unsure what is causing water to overshoot your gutters, please give a professional a call. For a free estimate on gutter cleaning, repairs or adding gutter guards, call us today! Gutters & Guards experienced team will take the guess-work out of the process, and ensure that your home is protected. Connect with us for daily inspiration, updates and information: Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

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