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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 Leaks After Thunderstorm : Make Sure Your Gutters Can Handle It


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Gutter Leaks After Thunderstorm. With a big storm planning to hit the whole state of Virginia today it’s important to make sure your gutters can handle to large amounts of rain that come with it and no gutter leaks arise. ( We’re expecting 1-1.25″ ) Storm debris can land all around and on top of your home. Another place that it can land is in your gutters which if ignored or neglected can cause pricey damage to your home.  It’s important to keep your gutters clean so they can do their job, which is guiding all the water off and away from your home. Clogged gutters are the most common gutter problem attributed to thunderstorms. In the dead of the summer heat, it doesn’t take much for Mother Nature to conjure up a storm of vast strength.  When the heat becomes unbearable, the heavens open up and a river of water pours out of the sky, ripping large, heavy, debris off trees, and into our gutters. If water has nowhere to drain or isn’t draining quickly enough, flooding can and will occur. Damaging your attic, basement, and even your foundation.  More physical damage to your gutters can also occur in the forms of cracks, holes, or sags.  Unfortunately, these damages will need more attention than just a routine gutter cleaning, dipping into your vacation fund. However, no matter what problems face your gutters. If the impairments are left untouched, the problems will become exacerbated with each new storm. Worried about debris accumulating in your gutters you might want to look into gutter guards. These will allow debris to run over gutters. It also lets the water flow into the gutters and away from your home. We offer several varieties of gutter guards for your home and can color match any gutter. 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 Check Up – Winter Gutter Maintenance


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Gutter Check Up – Winter Gutter Maintenance source Winter is almost half-way over and spring is fast approaching.  Now is the time to see how your home is holding up before the real nasty, cold weather comes in.  Since most homeowners are about to finally take down those lights and decorations that you worked so hard to get on your roof and gutters, it is prime time to check those gutters.  These are a few thing to check to make sure your gutters are in tip-top shape. • It may not be raining at the moment, but you can count on rain in the future. With all the wind we have had, check gutters to make sure they are clear of leaves or other debris. While you are up there, check to make sure support brackets are secure. • Do a test by spraying the garden hose at various points around your roof. Is water draining away at downspouts? Make sure it is not flowing behind the gutters. • If you have ridge vents, make sure these are free of debris. • Prevent Ice Dams – When water freezes along the lower edge of the roof, ice dams form. These ice dams can prevent water from properly draining off the roof, causing potentially costly roof leaks. To prevent this, install roof or soffit vents to assure proper attic ventilation. For more information about protecting your gutters or 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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Don’t be caught off guard by the next storm


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Don’t Be Caught off guard by the next storm with gutter storm damage. source The unexpected storms in Lynchburg and surrounding areas caught us off guard and left most of these areas with a mess to clean up. Don’t leave important issues on the exterior of your home forgotten. Be aware of the results hail and wind damage could have on your roof and gutters. Most homeowners know that strong storms, hail and other threatening weather conditions can damage their property, but not many know that even hail alone can lead to the need for extensive roof repairs – or a total roof replacement in some cases. Winds of 70 miles or more are known to damage shingles or even loosen them from the rooftop, particularly if the shingles are aged or not installed properly. The main issue that follows this type of damage is missing singles, which could expose your home’s roof to potentially expensive water damage if the shingles are not replaced before the next storm hits. Before calling a roofing contractor, it’s not a bad idea to first walk around your house and look for any damage. If you notice problems with your roof or gutters, your next step is to contact your roofing professional directly. The most accurate way to evaluate any damage from strong wind or hail is to call a professional roofing contractor for a free estimate. Roofing experts will evaluate the wind damage to your home and decide the condition of your roofing material, along with a quick check of your gutters to guarantee their reliability. Act immediately to avoid any further damages. But please don’t climb onto your roof – contact a professional to take care of your roofing and gutter needs. Call Rempfer Construction Inc. at (434) 239-8446 to schedule your free estimate today. Connect with us for daily inspiration, updates and information: Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

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