Category Archives: Gutter Guards

Gutter Guard Maintenance


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Gutter guards are a great way to help keep debris out of your gutters, but a little gutter guard maintenance is needed. Depending on the type of gutter guards you have, debris can get stuck on them. Mesh guards can get sappy and debris and harden onto of the screen. Plants & Other Things Growing From Your Gutters If you really allow your gutter guards to take care of debris and do not check them at least once a year, you may find that seeds, or debris can make it into your gutter and even start to grow! We suggest that you check your gutter (even with guards/covers) at least once a year for any signs of failure. Problems such as gutters pulling away from your home, or damage to your covers, can cause larger issues in the future. Large branches that land on your roof can cause debris back up and damage your gutters too. Sticky Gutter Guards Tree sap and other natural gooey substances can make your gutter covers sticky.  Mastershield Gutter Guards guarantee a no clog and that they can clean off any sticky substance (Learn more). Other gutter guards and covers do not have that guarantee and sap can accumulate on your gutter guards. To clean off the sap or other sticky substances: Dampen a rag with mineral spirits and rub the affected area until the sap is removed. Wash the item with soap and water after the sap is removed to get rid of any remnants of the mineral spirits. Soak a cotton ball with nail polish remover and gently rub the hardened sap until it is removed. Wash the metal surface with soap and water. Soak a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and gently rub the sap-splattered area until all of the sap is dissolved. Wash the metal object with soap and water. (source) Dried Debris In the summer, rain will move debris off the trees and on your roof. Lighter storms won’t move larger debris as fast such as leaves and twigs. Then with the fast drying from the heat and sun, it can bake leaves on your gutters. An easy clean for this is to take a soft bristle brush and water hose and rake the debris off. For a free estimate on gutter guard maintenance, 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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Install Gutter Leaf Guards This Spring


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Install Gutter Leaf Guards This Spring If you install gutter leaf guards you can: Protect your gutters and downspouts from major clogs that happen with the dirt, debris and blooms that fall from the trees this time of year. Allow just water to flow through your gutters. You won’t have to worry about cleaning until late fall after all the leaves have fallen and that is just if your gutter lie flat! We at Gutters & Guards, Inc. off 4 types of gutter guards that will help your home protect itself from gutter clogs this spring. MasterShield (source) Screen Mesh (source) LeafProof (source) Drop In (source) Call a professional ( such as Gutters & Guards, Inc.) today to get a free estimate and start planning for the future of gutter cleaning now! 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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Pollen On Gutter Guards


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Pollen On Gutter Guards Pollen on Gutter Guards is a common spring gutter issue. In the spring and if it’s particularly dry it can build up. If you introduce sap into the mix it can stick the pollen to your gutter guards creating a mess. Pollen and buds on trees fall onto your roof and gutters, tangling and clumping together. Once wet they become sponge like and if your gutter guards lay completely flat, you will have to physically brush them off your guards. If you do not have a proper ladder or your gutters are too high up, please call a professional. Gutter cleaning professional will take care of the pollen. Make sure to call them AFTER all the pollen has fallen. This could be late May. If gutters need to be taken care of sooner than that, call a professional to avoid any issues. Always consult a professional for repairs and never try to DIY to save money. 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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Spring Gutter Cleaning & Repairs


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Spring Gutter Cleaning & Repairs Spring Gutter Cleaning & Repairs are important to put on your Spring cleaning list. With budding branches and shedding dead debris, our gutters can find themselves filled mid-spring. Spring is also a rainy season. Clogged issues cause issues that may have arise in the winter months. For gutter cleaning, we have a general rule of thumb. If you are uncomfortable with heights or maybe some of your gutters are just a little too high, call a professional. If you are DIY gutter cleaning this spring, please use proper ladder safety, mind the power lines and wear sturdy shoes. Gutter Cleaning is messy work. If you have a clogged downspout to clean make sure to wear protective eyewear to avoid any dirty water or debris from getting in your eyes. Any repair work we STRONGLY suggest you call a professional. If you are thinking about installing gutter guards on your home, spring is the perfect time to do so.   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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Gutter Guard Ice


Gutter Guard Ice Gutter Guard Ice . As the temperatures drop, we are reminded of the icicle and gutter guard issue. As a new gutter guard owner you may think to yourself, should you expect gutter guard icicles? The answer is a simple YES. That DOES NOT mean you will most certainly get icicles. It means that there is a possibility. You could get big icicles, small icicles or no icicles. It’s going to depend on a number of things and they are NOT caused by having gutter guards. Why Do I Have Icicles? Gutter guard icicles form because the metal or plastic used in the manufacturing process freezes just like everything else around it when the temperatures drop below freezing. Once the product is frozen it won’t thaw again naturally until temperatures rise above freezing. In the interim, if there is frost, rain or snow, the surface of the product will be inpenetrable, just like the frozen surface of a lake. When this happens, if the roof temperature heats up faster than the metal of the gutter (because the heat that you use to heat your home is escaping through your roof and not from your gutter, for example), water can run over the gutter guard and drip. These drips will cause gutter guard icicles to form. This can also happen without a gutter guard. Remember that most likely your gutter is made out of metal and will get VERY cold. Can It Be Avoided?   There are certain products that you can use to keep your gutters/gutter guards heated and free to ice. Running heat tape or heating cables under the product will do this. Many heated systems are programmed to turn on once the weather drops below a certain point. It’s also VERY important to mention that heated products are expensive and should not be used just to keep icicles off your gutters. If you town is known to have huge snow build up or cold snaps lasting weeks, it may be a good investment.  You can also use a snow rake to get the snow off your roof, this can prevent icicles from forming as well. If you think a few days with icicles will bother you more than having to clean your gutters, think carefully before purchasing any gutter guard. Are gutter guard icicles worth avoiding? We’d say yes if they impact any entrance way into your home. A $30 snow rake cost effective way to manage the problem in the first place.   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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Gutter Maintenance Tip #39 – Preventing Gutter Overflow


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Preventing Gutter Overflow Preventing gutter overflow by cleaning out your gutters at least twice a year or investing in some gutter guards for your home. This can not only cut back on the terrible overflow issues but it can save your foundation from costly damages. When you gutters overflow, it can cause issues with wood rot, foundation cracks, and soil erosion around your home. If you gutters are overflow every time it rains, you have a problem. Sometimes your gutters will overflow if the rainfall is great all at once, and your home can take that. When it becomes more frequent, it is an issue. It can be caused from clogged gutters or improperly pitched gutters or not enough downspout outlets. Call a professional to get your gutter assessed and fix the problem today! 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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Winterizing The Outside Of Your Home


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Winterizing The Outside Of Your Home Winter is fast approaching. Time to make sure our homes are ready to handle the cold weather. There are a few steps you can take to winterize the outside of your home. Clean The Gutters We always like to stress the importance of cleaning your gutters at least twice a year, one of the most important times being in the fall. Once all the leaves have fallen ( which should be around this time) that is the perfect time to clean out your gutters. It ensure that they won’t be clogged during those winter months when wet snow is sitting and melting from the roof. You may also want to consider installing gutter guards to help keep your gutters debris free. Call a professional or DIY, just get it done. Finish Up All Yard Work And Store Equipment Most of the grass has stopped growing so that means it’s time to pack up the lawn mower, weedeater and other lawn work equipment. You may also want to consider storing your patio furniture as well. This will help prevent premature aging of your lawn furniture as well. Store And Close Your Outside Faucets Making sure that you properly store and winterize your outdoor faucets can be important to ensure that not damage happens to them during those cold winter months. Check And Repair Your Sidewalks And Driveway Survey your walkways and driveway for any cracks or inconsistency that could be hazardous or troublesome to your family or guests. 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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5 Things To Add To Your Fall To Do List


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5 Things To Add To Your Fall To Do List This fall comes with many different tasks to take care of before winter hits. Here are 5 more things to add to your fall to do list. Clean And Service Your Chimney Before you go and start up the fireplace. Make sure your chimney is free of all debris and birds nests. These can really be hazardous to your home. Install Gutter Guards Installing gutter guards is always a big help when you find yourself cleaning out gutters more than twice a year or if your are just not up for the task. Having a gutter guards does not mean that you never have to clean your gutters; it just means that you will have to do it only once a year and you’ll spend a lot less time doing it. Repair Your Driveway Inspect your driveway looking for cracks or other problem areas that could be hazardous to not only your family but guests. Wrap Indoor Pipes If your home has exposed indoor pipes, it would be best practice to wrap them during those cold winter months. This is help keep them from bursting. There are many different options to choose from. Visit your local hardware store and get an opinion from a professional if you are not sure which material will work best. Check Fire Detectors, Carbon Monoxide Detectors and Extinguishers This is always a must. We suggest that you do this every couple months to ensure that no batteries are dead or malfunctioning. Don’t forget to clean your gutters, which in our opinion is the most important task in the fall! It keeps your home in working order! 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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Gutter Maintenance Tip #38 – Trapped Water In Gutter


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Trapped Water In Gutter Trapped Water In Gutter. Have you noticed that a gutter has been trapping water? The cause could be a couple different issues. We going to explain what to look for and how to fix it. If you’re gutter is trapping water, there are a couple different issues that could be causing it. The first is a clogged gutter. We suggest that you clean out your gutters two times a year and more if you live in an area where there are a lot of trees. Leaves can cover the opening to the downspout and trap water in your gutter. So make sure to keep your gutters free to debris and if it becomes too much of a job hire a professional and install gutter guards. The second issue is your gutters being improperly pitched. We suggest that you give this one to the professionals. It may seem easy but this one is best left to the professionals. Gutters do not sit straight at a 90 degree angle. A professional can get the right angle and you won’t have to climb a ladder and balance at the same time. 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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Mid Fall Checklist


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Mid Fall Checklist Fall is halfway over and that means leaves are falling and outdoor chores are becoming more frequent. We have a small mid fall checklist to get you through these last few weeks of fall and help you prepare everything for the cold winter months. For help with roofing, windows or doors, please give our sister company Rempfer Construction, Inc. a call. For help with Gutters, please give us a call. 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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