Category Archives: Roofing

Snow & Your Gutters


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Snow & Your Gutters. Winter brings lots of snow and ice storms. One of the most important and troubling problems with all the snow on your home is the damage it can do to your gutters. One way that harsh winter weather can damage gutters is ice buildup. Ice buildup in your gutters prevents the flow of melted snow to your down spouts for proper drainage. The stacked up ice and snow causes the run off to flow over the lip of your gutters and create long icicles. Another equally troubling problem are ice dams. Ice dams start when snow builds up on your roof. Over time, the snow will begin to melt, even if the temperature stays below freezing. The heat from within your home warms your roof and melts the snow from beneath. The run off then enters your gutters, which remain colder than your roof, and re-freezes, creating an ice dam that prevents proper drainage of the snow melt. With ice dams formed, overexposure to moisture is prolonged. As the ice slowly melts over time, water seeps beneath shingles, under the tar paper, and eventually into the plywood beneath. Causing damage to your roof, fascia and soffit. One way to prevent ice dams is to clean out your gutters prior to winter. After all the leaves have fallen from surrounding trees. Clogged gutters will only accelerate the process of ice damming. Overflow will happen when the gutters fill up with ice and snow. To keep the snow on your roof from melting, make sure your roof is well insulated, and that warm air is not escaping. Another way gutters are damaged from snow and ice is from bearing the excessive weight of a big snow fall. Even gutters that are adequately installed. Using the proper material and size for your region, can succumb to the weight of snow and ice. And Break away from their hangers and fall to the ground. 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 Projects To Complete Before Fall


5 Projects To Complete Before Fall 5 Projects To Complete Before Fall. With Fall right around the corner, there are a few projects that will help you keep your home in tip-top shape. Roof Inspection After all the summer thunderstorms and weather, its best to inspect your roof for any potential damages, such as missing , curled or buckled shingles. If you cannot climb on the roof or do not feel safe doing so, please call a professional to do so. We suggest our sister company, Rempfer Construction, Inc. Weather Proofing Before the cool breezes settle in the winter, check your exterior doors and windows for any air leaks or light peaking through. Recaulk around your window and door seals. If you need replace weather stripping or the window itself, call a professional to help you find and install the right materials. Gutter Guards Fall is the time wear trees shred their leaves.  A great way to prevent gutter clogs from happening is by installing gutter guards. There are several types of gutter guards that you can choose from. Screen mesh, hooded and drop in. To learn more about the different types of gutter guards check out our page. To get a free estimate, give us a call!  Clean Grill  Since the summer months and cookout days are past, it’s time to part with the most beloved item of the back yard. Yes we mean the grill. Give it a good scrub down place in a safe spot until next summer. Clean Siding The end of the summer is the best time to clean the siding on your home. This will prevent any mold or early damage from occurring to your vinyl siding. We suggest you take a look at this cleaning guide to vinyl siding post by our sister company Rempfer Construction,Inc. 

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Gutter Maintenance Tip #42 – Roof Maintenance


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Roof Maintenance Roof Maintenance. Gutters are an extension of your roof. They work as a system to protect your home from leaks, and other mother nature related problems. So maintaining your roof is just as important as maintaining your gutters. 3 ways to keep your roof maintained is by removing loose debris from the shingles of your roof, such as leaves, twigs and branches. This helps protect and prolong the life of your roof and will help keep the bigger, gutter clogging debris out of your gutters! The biggest places to look at is valleys and where a wall and roof meet. Also keep an eye out for moss, milder and mold. A large tree or shade. Over time moss, mildew and mold build up. There are companies that specialize in mold, moss and mildew buildup.  NEVER use a hard bristled brush or power washers. This can destroy your shingles and cause water leaks. The last way to maintain your roof is by unclogging and keeping your gutters and downspouts cleaned. Backed up gutters pushes water over the gutter onto your roof. Running down the fascia board. With it going against the grain of your roof, this can cause water leaks!  That’s why we believe in keeping a clean and maintained gutter. 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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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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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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Gutter Maintenance Tip #35 – Tree Branch Gutter Damages


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Tree Branch Gutter Damages Tree Branch Gutter Damages are more likely to happen in the winter. Due to the fact of snow and ice weighing down the already brittle branches of a tree. It’s always a safe bet to trim back the branches that loom over your home in the fall. We suggest that you do this BEFORE you clean out your gutters for the last time. Small twigs will probably find their way into your gutters during this process. If at all possible try to plan both the tree trimming and gutter cleaning with a day or so to not allow twigs to set on your gutters for too long. 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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Trapped Roof Debris


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Keeping debris from our gutters is a tough job. Trapper roof debris  is a leaf guard issue whether it sits over or on your guard. What we mean by trapped roof debris is debris that gets stuck on certain areas of your roof, such as a valley or low-pitched roof. Issues like this will cause debris to move slowly and glacier-like down your roof and over a gutter guard. Clogging your gutter in the process. Low pitched roofs are more likely to collect debris so it’s important to clean your roof off before you clean your gutters twice a year. It not only protects your gutters from clogging but it’s gives your roof a longer life. Roof Valleys are another spot where roof debris will gather. Air flow is often restricted so a good gust of wind will not be there to help. Gutter debris will often gather at the gutter guard valley too. This debris should be cleaned out at least twice a year and if you can manage it more in the spring because that dense, wet debris will build up after spring rains. If you have a gutter that runs into an exterior wall, this is another place that trapped roof debris collects. ( View image below to see what we are talking about). Like the valleys there isn’t enough air flow to blow the debris away. Debris found here can also cause problems with your home as well, and not just the gutters. View Rempfer Construction Post about common rot areas on the exterior of the home. There is not fix-all solution if you have this problem. The best thing you can do is clean off your roof every-time you clean your gutters and monitor these problem areas. If you have a roof that is very high up or steep, please call a professional. Cleaning debris from these areas will give you a better performance from gutter guard and extend the lifetime of your gutters and roof.     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 #28 – Check Fascia Board For Rot


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Check Fascia Board For Rot During your bi-annual gutter cleaning, it’s best to Check Fascia Board For Rot or other issues. A few signs that let you know that it could be time to replace your fascia include: Peeling/Flaking paint: Notice that the paint is coming off of your wooden fascia board. Sand and repaint. Leaking gutters: If you don’t clean your gutters regularly they can often develop leaks, affecting your fascias and soffits. This is not good for your fascia boards, because all that water that is leaking out of your gutters can do some damage to your fascia boards. Rot and Damp: Water is also responsible for causing sections of damp and rot along your roofline including your fascia. Infestations: By infestations we mean pests such as mice, squirrels and bees. If there are damages ( holes,etc.) They will almost certainly try to build their homes there. Short term solutions such as bait and poison will help but it’s not a long term solution. Bird’s nests: Like pest infestation, birds can also set up shop in rafters and disused chimneybreasts and breed. Some bird species protected so it always pays to seek advice before interfering with a nest. A secured Roofline will keep birds from your property. Do NOT call a roofing professional to remove the birds, call animal control first. Let your gutter cleaning worries be behind you! 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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Summer Gutter Care


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Summer Gutter Care Summer is well over halfway over and as the temperatures keep rising and cool with the night thunderstorms, we have to ensure that our gutters are still in proper working order.  We have a few suggestions on summer gutter care to keep your gutter system in perfect working order and prepared for an easier fall gutter cleaning. Deep Clean Gutters This isn’t just a routine gutter cleaning. We suggest you break out the gutter cleaning and really clean your gutters, inside and out. You can use a easy cleaner and an old rag to remove all dirt and grime from your gutters. For tougher stains you may need to use a actual gutter cleaner or call a professional, such as Gutters & Guards, Inc., who can get your gutters looking like new. By doing this, it should be a lot quicker to clean your gutters in the late fall and they’ll be looking good at year long! Look For Damages While cleaning your gutters, it’s always best to look for damages, rust spots, holes, etc. This will allow you to get those problem areas fixed  quickly as possible to prevent larger problem areas or issues. Repair Leaks If you see a leak, best fix it when it’s warmer and not causing too much of an issue. Gutter leaks in the winter can lead to slick-spots for you or your family to slip on. Check Your Roof Inspect your roof for any problem areas that may be causing damage to your roof decking or other issues that can leak to costly repairs. Also pay attention to the amount of shingle granules in your gutters, if it seems like a hefty amount ( view image below) then you may need a roof replacement. Install New Equipment By new equipment, we mean gutter guards. Installing a new gutter guard system this time of year makes it a lot easier than waiting until after fall or next year. Prevent gutter clogs, and minimize gutter cleaning to ensure a quicker cleaning time and ease of mind when it comes to gutter leaks. Let your gutter cleaning worries be behind you! 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 #25 – Clean House From Top To Bottom


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Clean House From Top To Bottom When cleaning out your gutters, clean house from top to bottom. By this we mean, start with removing leaves and debris on your roof, then clean your gutters, and finish with raking the leaves on the ground. If you cannot reach debris on your roof from a ladder. DO NOT attempt to climb on your roof. It’s far too dangerous and a professional should be called. There are roof rakes that you can use to get debris from your roof. If you are wondering why it’s important to remove debris from your roof, it’s because leaving debris on your roof for too long can cause leaks and other moisture damages. 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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