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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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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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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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Why Are My Gutter Guards Causing…


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Why Are My Gutter Guards Causing… Gutter guards can be a real help if you find yourself cleaning your gutters more than twice a year or are constantly fighting downspout clogs. They are not meant to relieve you from ever having to clean your gutters. There is NO product as of date that can do that ( unless you do not have gutters which in this area of Virginia is not a good thing). Gutter guards are meant to help you cut back the time you spend cleaning out of your gutters and prevent clogs from occurring. There are many different styles and types of gutter guards out there today. We’re not trying to sell you the most expensive products out there but products that we trust and are a good fit for your home. Some homes need a screen mesh, some are just fine with your run of the mill drop in guards. Every home and gutter system is unique, but we’re here to debunk or explain some cons of the gutter guard system. Gutter guard installation can be expensive. They can cost anywhere from $700 to several thousand dollars. This is going to depend on what type of system you are looking at. Several thousand seems a bit high for the types of guards we carry but it can get up into the thousands. The bigger your home the more it’s going to cost. Get an estimate, you’ll be surprised with the costs. They are not 100% foolproof. Gutter guards still need occasional cleaning. Like we’ve stated before, gutter guards are not meant to never clean your gutters. Wet leaves and other debris can stick to anything. Some gutter guards are designed to allow a smoother surface for debris to slide off but a few stragglers will be left behind.  Some gutter guards can only keep out larger debris like leaves, sticks and more out of your gutters. Dirt, shingle grit and more can still find it’s way in. If you ever lean a ladder against your gutters (when cleaning them or hanging Christmas lights, for example), the gutter guards will become dented. This will lessen their effectiveness from that point forward. First of all, try to never lean your ladder against your gutter unless you have a stand off attachment. This can damage your gutters if you put too much pressure on them so of course it can damage your gutter guards. One small dent shouldn’t effect your gutter guards ability to work properly. If you notice a lot of damage your gutter guard, you may need to have that section replaced ( make sure your gutter is okay around that area too!) Here is a great guide to proper ladder use from ThisOldHouse. The additional weight of gutter guards could cause your gutters to sag in the center. If gutter guards are causing your gutters to sag in the center, the problem isn’t the extra weight. It’s probably going to be an issue with your gutter hangers or your fascia boards. Check your hangers/screws to see if they need tightened or check your fascia to see if the boards need to be replaced. Gutter guards should not cause your gutters to sag. They are not that heavy. If you happen to have a steep roof or valleys (where downward-sloping sections of roof meet and water runoff is heavy), the water can overshoot the gutter guard itself. This is true but it will happen gutter guard or not. Sometimes divertors will need to be installed to help direct the water where it needs to go.  We’ve had homeowners with and without gutter guards call about this problem. Tree seeds can get caught in the gutter guard slots and sprout. Forming gutter trees — and some types of tree seeds grow rather quickly! This is true. Depending on how long you let your gutters go uncleaned, it can happen! We suggest that even with gutter guards you will need to clean your gutters at least once a year. This can also depend on the type of gutter guard you have. Our mastershield gutter guard system keeps out the smallest debris ( as small as shingle grit!). So if you really want to clean your gutter only once a year, it might be your best bet. 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 #34 – Rust Spot Removal


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Rust Spot Removal Gutter maintenance does require climbing up to your gutters. Not only to make sure that they are free of debris. Inspect your gutter to ensure no damages have occurred. If you notice a maintenance issue such as rust, holes, or a leaky joint. Try to DIY or hire a professional to take care of it for you. Choose to DIY, please make sure to follow all ladder safety rules and never put yourself a dangerous situation just to save a few dollars. If you find minor rust damage you can easily scrub it away with a wire brush. If the rust has gone on for too long it can create holes. A trickier fix. Though aluminum gutters do not rust they are easier to puncture than a steel gutter. Ask a professional about which course of action would be best for treating the hole.   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 Emergency: What To Do BEFORE Your Repairman Arrives


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Gutter Emergency: What To Do BEFORE Your Repairman Arrives Gutter Emergency: What To Do BEFORE Your Repairman. Here are the gutter problems that are most common, and some recommended solutions. Sagging Gutters and Gutters Pulling Away from the House This is usually a problem with the hangers, the hardware that secures the gutters to the fascia. They might have deteriorated over time, the fasteners may have backed out of the wood, or they’re spaced too far apart to support the weight of full gutters. You can tighten these by yourself but always have a professional take a look because you fascia could be rotting. By tightening them just a little ( don’t over tighten them either) it can help just for short-term. Leaks and Holes Leaky gutter joints sealed by caulking the joint from the inside with gutter sealant. Very small holes can be filled with gutter sealant. Larger holes will require a patch. If you can’t find a gutter patching kit at the hardware store, you can make a patch from metal flashing. This is just a temporary fix as well. Have a professional repair or replace the part of the gutter if the hole is so large. Improperly Pitched Gutters A professional should always handle this especially if you have seamless gutters. Not much you can do except make sure the gutters are clean and possibly manually removing water. Downspouts Draining Too Close to the Foundation Downspouts need to extend several feet from the house, or they’ll dump right into the basement. Gutter extensions attached to the bottom of the downspout will discharge water well beyond the foundation. Add a pipe or extension above ground.  Be very careful not to hit it with your lawnmower. You will have to have a professional bury it. Missing Gutters If your house has no gutters at all, consider investing in a system. The cost depends on the material. Most residential gutters are aluminum, which is lightweight and durable. Vinyl, galvanized steel, and copper also are available options. Gutters & Guards install Seamless gutters which allow for less holes, rust spots and repairs being needed. If your home is missing gutters, there isn’t too much you can do beside call a professional to take care of it as fast as they can. (source)   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 #30 – How To Dispose Of Gutter Debris


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How To Dispose Of Gutter Debris Part of the gutter cleaning process is disposing of the gutter debris. How to dispose of gutter debris properly can be done in a couple different ways. Remember that all types of stuff can find it’s way into the gutters. The craziest item we’ve ever heard of is a Barbie doll, but that’s the craziest item ever found in a gutter. Great ways to dispose of gutter debris is by using it for compost, as long as it is mostly tree debris it makes a great compost. If you find toys (such as Frisbee, balls, etc) or deceased animals, please dispose of and do not use for compost. Another way that is can be disposed of is by a city debris pick up. Lynchburg City has a week in November that gives homeowners the chance to dispose of debris such as gutter debris, leaves and other debris that the trash collectors will pick up to be disposed of. Lastly if you have a professional clean the gutters they should dispose the debris for you. Make sure to confirm this with them during the quote process. We, at Gutters & Guards, remove all debris from site. It is stated in our estimates that we give with each job. 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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Guide To A Healthy Gutter System


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Guide To A Healthy Gutter System Maintaining your home is a tough job. There are so many smaller elements to help keep your home, no matter how big or small, in working order. Keeping your home in check like a well oiled engine can give your piece of mind as well as comfort in knowing that everything is working. The most important and often overlooked aspect of your home is your gutter system. We practically ignore it until something very wrong is happening, such as gutter overflowing. Gutters have a very important job (directing rainwater from our roof and away from our homes) and if they are not regularly maintained can create problems such as  water damage, foundation issues, etc. We recommend cleaning your gutters at least twice a year to prevent clogging from occurring. In some situations, where as there may be more trees around your home, you will have to clean your gutters more than twice a year. If you have to clean your gutters out more than twice a year you may want to invest in gutter guards. There are many different types of gutter guards offered and depending on type of trees and amount of trees around your home. So speak with a professional about what they recommend for your home. We offer several different types of gutter guards to fit what would be best for your home.  We offer free quotes and it will help you know what product is best for your home as well as what you are looking at price-wise. What to remember is that as long as your gutters stay unclogged they will be doing their job. Keeping water away from your home.  You will still have to check them twice a year. It’s a whole lot easier than cleaning out tons of debris in one afternoon. If you want to keep to cleaning out your gutters twice a year. Maybe you don’t have the time. Hire a professional. Gutters & Guards offers a Long-Term Gutter Maintenance Program that allows you to forget about gutter cleaning and we’ll remind you twice a year, or more often if you prefer. It’s up to you and you can cancel whenever you want. Easy as that. 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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