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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 #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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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 #36 – Smashed Downspout


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Smashed Downspout Smashed Downspout. Damage to your downspout can happen at any time. It can cause real damage to your gutter system allow debris to gather in your downspout and backing water up and over your gutters. Thankfully replacing a downspout is a fairly easy task to do. Step 1 – Removing the Old Downspout Using a drill, unscrew the clinchers, brackets and existing downspout from the top elbow. Step 2 – Attaching New Elbows If the elbow needs replaced, remove the existing elbow attached to the gutter of the house by unscrewing the gutter screws and pulling firmly. There are normally screws on both the front and back sides of the elbow. Fit the new elbows together in the exact same shape, comparing them side by side. The pieces are designed to interlock. Use the gutter screws to replace the elbows, utilizing the same front and back holes in the gutter. The elbows should now allow for the straight section of the downspout to fit snuggly up against the house. Step 3 – Attaching the New Straight Section Measure the length of the long straight portion of the old downspout using the tape measure. Make sure the section is measured with the square shoe removed. Cut the new straight portion to the size of the old one. Fit the new square shoe on the end of the new straight section of the downspout. Make sure the square shoe faces away from the house. Attach the new downspout to the elbow S curve with two gutter screws: one front and one back. Step 4- Clinchers Using the self drilling concrete screw, attach the clinchers to the side of the house in the exact places of the previous clinchers. Use a gutter screw to attach each clincher to the gutter, holding it firmly to the house. If you do not have the time or do not have the proper tools, call a gutter company (such as Gutters & Guards, Inc.) to come out and replace the downspout for you. It will take them even less 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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Heavy Gutter Debris


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Heavy Gutter Debris Heavy Gutter Debris. We cannot stress enough how important gutter cleaning is; heavy gutter debris can do real damage to your gutters and fascia. When you allow gutter debris to build up in your gutters, it can put a lot stress on your gutters and fascia board, more specifically the hangers that are keeping your gutters attached to your fascia board. Gutter debris wet and very heavy. If neglected long enough causes your gutters to sag. Start to pull away from the house. Make sure to clean your gutters out at least twice a year. A good way to keep most of the debris out of your gutters is to invest in gutter guards. 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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Fall Gutter Cleaning Special


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Fall Gutter Cleaning Special Fall Gutter Cleaning Special. This fall say good by to gutter debris by. We are offering 15% off a residential gutter cleaning. Give our office a call to schedule a FREE estimate.  Making sure clean gutters in the fall is a very important chore to do in the fall. Learn more about the importance of a clean gutter on our previous blogs posts. 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 Tips #33 – Prepping Gutters For Fall


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Prepping Gutters For Fall Prepping Gutters For Fall. Fall is pretty much here. That means that the days are getting shorts, the weather is getting colder, and leaves are falling. While fall foliage is beautiful, it can be a pain to clean out of your gutters and yard. It’s also an essential task that must be done before winter hits to help prevent winter-time damages from occurring. The first and most important task to do is to clean your gutters. If this is not done at least twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall, it can let winter wreck havoc on your gutters and roof. From terrible clogs that cause overflowing snow melt water to ice dams that can cause leaks and slides off of your roof damaging whatever lies below.  If you find yourself too busy or not having the right tools for cleaning out your gutters, give a professional a call to get a quote. (Gutters & Guards, Inc has FREE estimates) After making sure that your gutters are cleaned and ready for winter. Check to make sure there are no repairs that are needed. Look for loose gutter spikes and hangers because if your area gets snow that can stick around for a few days, it can put a lot of strain on your gutter guards. If everything is looking good, consider adding gutter guards. Find yourself cleaning out your gutters more than twice a year. Gutter guards will cut back the amount of times you have to clean out your gutters and cut back gutter cleaning time as well. View the many options we at Gutters & Guards, Inc offer and call to get a free estimate 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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Gutter Maintenance Tip #32 – Gutter Clog Removal


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Gutter Clog Removal Gutter Clog Removal. A clean gutter can keep your home in working order. We suggest that you clean your gutters at least twice a year, more if you have lots of trees around your home. Gutter clog removal can be a task you have to take care of if your gutters do not have covers and the amount of debris is greater than the amount of times you clean your gutters. We have a few tips on how to remove the few different types of gutter clogs. Gutter Clog At The Downspout Opening Remove all debris from gutters and downspout opening. Make sure to wear gloves and protective eyewear. You never know what can be hiding in your gutter debris. Once you have the gutter clean, run some water through it to see if actual downspout is clogged. If so please see Downspout Clog removal. Gutter Clog By Loose Hanger And/Or Spike 1. Remove all debris from gutters and downspout opening. Make sure to wear gloves and protective eyewear. 2. Reposition or repair the gutter supports as needed. You may want a professional to do this because it can be a tricky job to do. Gutter Clog At Downspout 1. Try to free the obstruction with a stick, plumbing snake, or pressure washer outfitted with a telescoping wand. 2. If you can’t reach it, simply disassemble the downspout and remove the clog. For more help on this job, please view our previous blog on downspout clog removal. Gutter Clog In Underground Downspout This is a tricky clog to unclog because the pipe is underground and can be crushed or damaged by tree roots, it could need a complete replacement or it could be an easy fix by just being clogged at the place where the pipe and downspout meets. To figure out what needs to be done, remove the boot of the bottom of the downspout to see the opening of the underground downspout area. Remove visible debris. Turn on a garden hose and force it into the underground portion of the line; the water pressure may dislodge the clog. If this does not seem to work, call a professional. They will have tools and will be able to assess the damage better. If you do not have the time or confidence in removing some of these clogs please call a professional. 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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