Category Archives: Roofing

Gutter Maintenance Tips #23 – Rake Off Roof


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Rake Off Roof during gutter cleanings Rake Off Roof. Cleaning your gutters is a very laborious task. When you are cleaning your gutters, make sure to rake off roof. This prevents debris from ending up in your gutters after you already spend your last weekend cleaning gutters. Also any debris left of the roof can lead to water damming up in valleys or around chimney, which can lead to erosion and roof leaks over time. Save yourself the time and money now by taking the time to rake off roof. If you do not have to right tools or feel uneasy about raking the debris off your roof, please hire a professional to do it for you. If you are going to DIY please remember to use proper ladder safety, wear protective eye wear and protective gloves as well. You never know what could be hiding in all that debris. 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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Fascia Replacement: How To Tell


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Fascia Replacement: How To Tell Fascia Replacement: How To Tell when your fascia needs replaced. Have you noticed that your gutters are sagging or setting out AWAY from your home? This can be a sign that your fascia has rotted. The fascia board become spongy and stays wet. It can allow your gutter hangers to become loose causing gutters to pull away from house.   If you think that this is your problem, please call a professional to take a look as well. Typically when we do work on your gutters we’ll let you know if your fascia is in need of replacement because it can cause damage to your gutters! The products we use to replace old wooden fascia with Cellular PVC trim. Celluar PVC Trim treated like wood but do not rot. You can paint to match color of home or keep them white to give your home a defined look. Contact us to learn more about the different types we offer. For a free estimate on gutter cleaning, repairs or gutter leaf guards, call us today! Gutters & Guards experienced team will take the guess-work out of the process, and make sure that your home is protected. Connect with us for daily inspiration, updates and information: Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

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Gutter Maintenance Tips #13 – Install Splash Guards


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Install Splash Guards If you notice that water is running over your gutters at the point where your valley and gutters meet? This indicates that you may need to install splash guards /diverter. A diverter will separate the overflow of water coming off your roof and evenly distribute it into your gutter.  We can custom make them at Gutters & Guards, Inc shop. Give us a call to check about price. For a free estimate on gutter cleaning, repairs or gutter leaf guards, call us today! Gutters & Guards experienced team will take the guess-work out of the process, and make sure that your home is protected. Connect with us for daily inspiration, updates and information: Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

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May Home Maintenance Tips


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May Home Maintenance Tips Spring is in the air, as is pollen and other buds from the blooming landscapes around us. After these plants finish their process is the best time to start ours, after all you don’t want to clean your gutters more than once this spring. Here are a few tips on maintaining your yard this May. Clean Roof And Lawn Of Debris Things like sticks, branches, old leaves, etc. This is also a prime time to inspect your roof of any damages or repairs. Look for missing/damage shingles and check the flashing to ensure no leaks will happen. Clean Gutters This is a very important spring task to keep your gutters doing their job properly. Hire a professional or DIY, just make sure it gets done.  Also make sure to do this before your start any work on your lawn/flowerbeds and after you clean off the roof. Wash Off And Place Outdoor Furniture Hopefully you properly stored your outdoor furniture over the winter. Now is the time to bring it out and dust it off. If you have fabric cushions, make sure to wash them (following the directions on the tag). Lawn Care Lawn care is a big part of Spring home maintenance so here are a few things you can do to get your lawn in tip-top shape for the late spring and summer months. Overseed bare-spots in lawn and fertilize it. This will help your lawn not only become fuller but when you mow there won’t be dirt spots to make it more difficult. Flower Bed/Landscaping Weed out your flowerbeds and remove all the older mulch. Apply weed killer to prevent weeds from coming back and apply new mulch once the weather is warmer. You can also plant new flowers to give your home a fresh new dose of curb appeal. Power-wash Decking & Walkway Your decking and walkway can really take a beating in the winter months. Sweep them off and power-wash over them to clean and refresh. With your deck you may want to re-apply a stain if needed. For a free estimate on gutter cleaning, repairs or gutter leaf guards, call us today! Our experienced team will take the guess-work out of the process, and make sure that your home is protected. Connect with us for daily inspiration, updates and information: Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram  

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Gutter Maintenance Tips #11 – Inspecting Fascia Board


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 Inspecting Fascia Board Inspecting Fascia Board while you are cleaning your gutters can let you know if it may be time to replace them.  Fasica boards not only protect your roof and the interior of the home from moisture by blocking its entrance. This is also the place where gutters typically hang from. If you neglect your fascia board for too long your gutters will start to sag and this is a tell-tale sign that they need replaced. So when gutter cleaning this spring, please take a moment to inspect your fascia board for any cracks, splinters, or discoloration.   For a free estimate on gutter cleaning, repairs or gutter leaf guards, call us today! Our experienced team will take the guess-work out of the process, and make sure that your home is protected. Connect with us for daily inspiration, updates and information: Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

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Gutter Maintenance Tips #9 – Clean Leaves From Roof


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Clean Leaves From Roof When it comes to cleaning your gutters there are a few things you need to do BEFORE you start. The biggest task you need to tackle is clean leaves from roof. If you don’t clean your roof from all debris that same debris can get in your gutters and undo all that hard work you put into cleaning them out. There are a few different techniques you can try if you are not hiring a professional.  Chances are leaves are in your valleys if you have a lot of trees. If you leave them on your roof they will trap moisture and eventually decompose. This can lead to weeds and possible leaks. You can use a leaf blower to get them off your roof but PLEASE use caution and safe practices. Wet leaves make it more difficult. Another option is using a water hose but we warn you not to use a power washer. A power washer has too much force and can damage shingles. If this seems unsafe to you please call a professional. For a free estimate on gutter cleaning, repairs or gutter leaf guards, call us today! Gutters & Guards experienced team will take the guess-work out of the process, and make sure that your home is protected. Connect with us for daily inspiration, updates and information: Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

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April Home To Do List


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April Home To Do List April has arrived. Everyone is spending all their extra time (at least trying to) outside. We have a small April Home to do list that will give you extra reasons to soak up some extra vitamin d. Clean Your Gutters! Prevent water damages and other problems by cleaning out your gutters first. This will allow you to access any damages to your roof as well. Hey why not while your up there. Look for missing shingles, and other damages that can happen to your roof and lead to water damage. If you are having a professional clean out your gutters ask them to take a look as well. Our crew at Gutters & Guards, Inc. can spot roof damages. We’ll also point out if your roof is in need of a repair or not. Prune your trees and weed your sidewalk/flowerbed. This will help your trees from shedding off dead branches onto your roof ( if your tree is too large, PLEASE call a professional. It can be dangerous) Cleaning out your flower beds will allow you to re-plant and help annuals to grow. Start a big projects such as landscaping or adding a deck to your home. We provide a deck installation service in both wood and composite. Contact our sister company Rempfer Construction for a free estimate. If you’re not interested in a deck expand your patio by adding a fire pit or some nice hardscape. We do install fire pits and exterior fire places, check out some of the stone work our sister company has done in the past. This is also a perfect time to clean and repair all exterior surfaces. This means cleaning siding ( you can see if any repairs need to be done or replaced), caulking around windows and doors, and fixing all soffits and replacing rotted fascia. It can prepare you for any summer remodels you may have in mind. For a free estimate on gutter cleaning, repairs or gutter leaf guards, call us today! For any of your exterior home remodeling needs contact our sister company, Rempfer Construction, Inc. Our experienced team will take the guess-work out of the process, and make sure that your home is protected. Connect with us for daily inspiration, updates and information: Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

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Damages That A Gutter System Prevents


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Damages That A Gutter System Prevents Damages That A Gutter System Prevents. Gutter systems are important to keeping your home in shape. They not only divert water out and away from your home, it can prevent expensive damages from happening. Common Problems: Foundation PROBLEMS If a gutter system is not working properly this can cause a big problem with your home’s foundation. Which will lead to costly repairs and other damages.  If your gutters and downspouts are not properly guiding all the excess water away from your roof and home. It can leak into your basement and around your foundation. Wood within the foundation to be consistently exposed to water and moisture. This is heaven for termites and another costly repair for you. Water Damages Gutter systems that are not properly working can cause water damages to your siding, fascia, and more. Damages to the roof that can happen when the gutters are clogged can range from shingle loss, sheathing damages or rot and decay of shingles and the roof’s foundation. Your walls/siding are liable for the same types of damages. When water gets behind siding it can get messy and you might not notice it on the outside. It might show on the inside which can mean expensive repairs. Mold & Algae Build-Up Mold build up can be hazardous to you and your families health. Gutters are allowing water to seep into your walls. If the mold turns into black more it can be expensive and difficult to remove. Algae, though not as dangerous as mold, can really bring down your home’s curb appeal. If your siding becomes wet it can lead to algae build up and you’ll have to wash the siding on your home, which can be difficult to remove. A good way to prevent your gutters from clogging is by adding a gutter guard system to your home. We offer a MasterShield Gutter Guard which has a no clog guarantee and allows gutter cleaning to be less frequent and less of a chore. MasterShield is just one of the many gutter guards that we offer. Call us today to learn more about the types of gutter guards we offer. For a free estimate on gutter installation, repairs or gutter leaf guards, call us today! Gutters & Guards experienced team will take the guess-work out of the process, and make sure that your home is protected. Connect with us for daily inspiration, updates and information: Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

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4 Things To Consider When Replacing Gutters


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4 Things To Consider When Replacing Gutters Gutter replacement can be a quick task but if you’re replacing older gutters that are on an older home or a new-to-you home, there are a few other things you need to consider as a homeowner. Is the current size of gutter the right one? Have you noticed when it rains that the water is overshooting the gutters or around the area where the valley run off goes water is going everywhere? This is from an improper gutter size. To learn more about the appropriate size for your home please visit our previous post about k-style gutters. It’s also important to remember that if your homes style is more suited for a half round gutter that those gutters will hold a lot less water than a k-style. Color! This is important to think about. So you’ve had white gutters on it all along. Did you know what we offer over 18+ different colors of gutters? If you want your gutters to match your trim to blend in. Not stick out like a sore thumb, this could be a great option.  To learn more about the color options. We provide please visit a recent blog. We posted on choosing a gutter color or our services page to view all of the options. If you’re looking for the same gutters, simply choose the profile that best matches the original. How’s the roof look? Usually when you replace your roof the gutters are replaced at the same time since they need to be removed while the replacement takes place. Although you may not need to replace your roof, it’s already good to check and see the condition of your roof. This can go the other way as well. If you are looking on replacing your roof and you have some flexibility in your budget, check the status of your gutters. If you notice a large amount of shingle grit in your gutters it can point to needing a new roof. What about the fascia? This is another important place to look at whenever you are thinking about replacing your gutters, especially if your gutters have been on the down-turn over the past few years and had lots of leaks. Fascia rot can really affect your gutters. Think of it this way, if your wooden fascia is rotten and it becomes soft this allows for your gutters to pull away from your home. And if it goes unnoticed then your gutters could potentially fall off your home, damaging your new gutters.   An extra thing to think about is how often do you clean out your gutters? Are you finding a large amount of debris in your gutters? Investing in gutter guards can cut the amount of time spent cleaning out your gutters. It won’t completely eliminate the need to clean out your gutters at least once a year but it will save you a lot of time. Learn more about the gutter guards we offer. For a free estimate on gutter installation, repairs or gutter leaf 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 Ice Build Up In Gutters?


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What Causes Ice Build Up In Gutters? Gutters do not and will not cause ice.  The cause of ice in & on your gutters is either because of inadequate insulation, ventilation or both. Open, uncovered gutters are just at the wrong place at the wrong time and get the blame of homeowners’ frustration when ice forms. So what is the true cause of ice? Well, heat loss from your home to your attic area is the primary culprit of ice dams. The reason ice and ice dams form is because warm air leaks from the living space below. The warm air then melts the snow on the roof; this produces water. That water then trickles down to the colder edge of the roof. Once the water hits that colder edge, it freezes and produces ice. The snow that accumulates on the roof acts as an insulator. It traps more heat in the attic, which makes the roof warmer. This trapped heat melts more snow. The more snow that melts and the colder temperatures during the winter, means more ice at the eaves of your roof. Don’t let this happen to you.  A sheet of ice let loose from the roof, can get caught on the gutter and kept on going. Your gutter can pull away from the fascia board. This shows just how much power and weight ice can have on your gutter system. Ice and snow will build up inside of your gutter; it is inevitable. The snow and ice will build up and build up; eventually that build up will become higher than the gutter itself. Once a warmer day rolls around, that build up that you see above your gutter will start to melt. Because the snow and ice is now higher than your gutter, it will begin to drip on the face of your gutter and the ground below. The inside of the gutter is full of ice and snow, so there is no place for that dripping water to flow. It will drip over your gutter, creating icicles, until the snow and ice accumulation melts level to the gutter and the inside of the gutter itself has a chance to melt and flow. You can speed up the melting process with one of these solutions we’ve listed in a previous post. Many people will tell you to install heating cables but be aware that over time the heat from the cables will make your shingles very brittle. So be careful when choosing the right heated gutter guards. We offer Ice Shield Heated Gutter Guards by MasterShield. View how this system works, here. Protect your home and avoid pricey repairs with gutter guards. For a free estimate on heated gutter guards, adding regular gutter guards or gutter repairs, 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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