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Hail Damaged Gutter : What To Do


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Hail Damaged Gutter : What To Do Hail Damaged Gutter. This time of year hail with thunderstorms is common. Though we may not think that they are very dangerous, the amount of damage they can do is quite amazing. NOAA estimates that in the past 10 years property hail damage has ranged from $482.9 million to $2.96 Billion, and since hail lasts an average of 15 minutes that’s a hail of a lot of damage. Pardon our pun. Hail Storms can damage your roof, automobiles, and other property. The larger the hail the more damage it can cause but even the smallest hail can cause quite the damage. When the wind blows it, not only your roof can be damaged but your gutters as well.  If you encounter this during a hail storm we have some steps you can take to get it fixed. Before Any Storm Take some pictures of your roof as it is now. You’ll want to plan ahead to be consistent about photographing the same 3 to 4 sections of your roof over time. Be sure to digitally date the photos and keep them printed out in your files and stored digitally on an external hard drive. Contact your insurance company and find out how many “impacts per square” constitutes hail damage under your homeowner policy. Generally, it’s between 5-10 impacts per square. Keep this information, along with the contact person’s details with your homeowner policy. After the storm blows over inspect your home and automobile. Look at your roofing shingle, look for dings and damage on your car and gutters (both are metal). For Non Visible Damage Take and date photos of the actual hail from that storm. Keep a file or an Excel spreadsheet that tracks rainfall afterward. Occasionally check your gutters (and photograph them) to stay on top of roof shingle grit deterioration, a key sign that there was damage from the hail storm. Start checking for signs of exposed asphalt in your roof (that used to be covered by shingle grit). If the signs of damage are there, you’ll likely notice them after 4-6 months. At this point, you may want to contact your insurance company. For Visible Damage If the damage is pronounced right at the time of the storm, again, take and date pictures of the actual hail from the event for your records. You may want to ask your insurance company to send out an adjuster to review the damage. Based upon the number of impacts, you may qualify to have your roof replaced under your homeowner policy. If you can show before pictures to the adjuster, you may help set a reference point, again furthering your claim. Hail storms can damage gutters and gutter guard systems too. Hail can come down with such tremendous force.  It can punch a hole right through the gutter. Having to be replaced. If have to replace your gutter guard, it’s a great opportunity to look at the latest advancements and not just replace it with the same product you had in the past. You’ll likely find lots of debris in the gutter, choose a system that will keep out even the shingle grit going forward.   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 #4 – Rusted Gutters


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Rusted Gutters Rusted Gutters can lead to some serious gutter repairs,such as leaks and pieces falling off, if not taken care of in a timely manner. You should consider aluminum gutters, but if you’re going to stay with the old gutters until your budget allows you will need to get the rust off the old ones. To do this you will have to get off of the rust off, sand them down, and paint them with a good primer and then with a good quality RUST-INHIBITING paint. The reason we suggest aluminum gutters is not only because they will not rust over time, but they are inexpensive, durable, easy to work with, and are available in a wide range of colors. We offer seamless gutters which protects your gutter system from springing a leak. Other types of gutter materials that are out there are galvanized steel gutter systems. But this type of system will start to rust after 20-25 years but are worth it if you live in an area where extreme weather(heavy rains and snow) happen. For most of the area that we cover in Central Virginia, aluminum will do just fine. We do offer galvanized steel gutters. Another materials is copper, this type is the most expensive and can bring a certain aesthetic to a home, they will change color and do not go with any style of home. The last material that we do not offer is vinyl. It is the least expensive but compared to its metal counterparts is not as sturdy or durable. It also tends to become brittle and break in the winter time. This could end up costing you more in the long run due to repairs. To learn more about the comparisons of gutter materials, view this post. To learn more about aluminum gutters, view this post or contact us! 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 make sure that your home is protected. Connect with us for daily inspiration, updates and information: Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

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Repairing Rusted Gutters


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Repairing Rusted Gutters Repairing Rusted Gutters is no easy task and we suggest if your gutters are rusting its time to replace them with aluminum gutters that do not rust as much as other gutter types and have a longer lifetime than your old ones. If you find yourself unable to afford a new gutter system at the moment then there are ways to stretch the lifetime of your existing gutters a little longer while you save up to get a new system. Remember to always work with someone! To repair your rusted gutters you first need to remove them from your home (if you are unsure of how to do this, please let a professional do this ).  Then you will need to patch any holes and remove the rust from the gutters as best as you can. If the amount of rust and holes are numerous, it’s better to replace them rather than repair them. After this you can sand them down to have a smoother surface then paint them with a good primer. Then paint them with a rust-inhibiting paint to prevent from future rusting. If you want to see how much it would cost to replace your old gutter system give us a call and set up a FREE estimate. If it’s too much at the moment you can at least have a good idea of how much to save to replace it. We do work from small repairs to full overhaul, so keep us in mind for all your gutter needs. 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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Fast Fact #28 – Gutter Debris


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Gutter Debris.  Removing gutter debris from your gutters and downspouts can be a messy job. If you find yourself going the DIY route instead of hiring a professional there are a few tips we have that will make it go easier.  Remember that safety is the first thing you need to think of. Call a professional if you are not comfortable. 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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Lynchburg Business Magazine : Business Under 10 Years


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We’re pleased to have an article about our company in the Lynchburg Business Magazine ‘s November/December 2013 issue.  This article highlights our business along with our other business, Rempfer Construction, Inc. and a few of our products/services. The photos showcase the work that the crew were doing that day at the Braxton Park Apartments in Lynchburg, Va. You can see the example of how our crew does the job and even a peak of the machinery that they use to create seamless aluminum gutters. Enjoy the Lynchburg Business Magazine article as much as we did! To read the full article read it below or here. A big thank you to Lynchburg Business Magazine for including our business in the Business Under 10 Year section of their magazine. We really appreciate it and enjoyed it! 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

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Do I need To Replace Gutters Or Repair Them?


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Maintaining your gutters is vital for keeping your home safe from water damage and other things that might threaten the safety of your home. So what do you do when your gutters reach the end of their lifespan or if you buy a new home and are not sure how long or how well maintained those gutter are. You could call a professional, which is usually the easiest ( we do offer FREE estimates) or if you are would rather check it out for yourself first then get a second opinion, that’s another way to check them. But how do you even start or know what to look for?  We’ve listed a few guidelines that will help you decide if you need to repair them or replace them.   source  First of all you need to find out if there are any leaks or spots that look like problem areas. Go out on a dry day and look at all of your gutters. Things to look for: Rust spots (especially at the bottom of gutters) Look for sagging and/or splitting Extending at least 10 ft from the foundation Then go out on a rainy day ( don’t forget to dress appropriately) Make sure that the rain is smoothly running out of your downspouts Not leaking out of the top Top 4 Problems that can be repaired Need cleaned Clogged Leaking – check for disconnected joints, holes, and cracks (small holes and cracks are easily repairable with clear, water-resistant glue) Broken or loose hangers   source Top 8 Problems that need to be replaced Nails popping out Floppy gutters Loose or missing gutter sections Landscape is washed away after a good storm Large puddles of water appear by your home after a storm Evidence of water staining and mold on building fascia Exterior post damage Lack of water flow Make sure to check and fix any problems with your gutters and downspouts regularly.  The best way to do all of this is when you clean out your gutters at least twice a year.  If you are too busy we do have a Long-Term Maintenance program when we would check for problems each time we visit. 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

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