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Gutter Maintenance Tips #5 – Gutter Cleaning Gloves


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Gutter Cleaning Gloves If you are DIY cleaning your gutters this yea. It’s important to take some necessary precautions to prevent injuries and accidents from happening. One of the important things that you shouldn’t ignore is wearing gutter cleaning gloves. This will not only protect your hands from getting dirty. It can protect and prevent you from picking up something that is full of bacteria. Your gutters catch a lot of things, and leaves are just some of the cleaner parts. Debris that have been in your gutters for a long time can start to rot and it can also be mixed with bird, pigeon and squirrel droppings none of which you want to grab with your bare hands. A good pair of gutter cleaning gloves can also prevent cuts from torn metal shards of an older ragged gutter system. What we mean by a good pair of gloves is a thick, suede glove material is recommended because it is superior to cotton, thin leather or rubber glove. It will not soak up dirty water or rip like a cotton glove. Leather are not a flexable and will shrink after use. Rubber gloves will rip. You can find a suede glove at any gardening or supermarket(such as Walmart, etc.) and they are very inexpensive! If you are not a DIY gutter cleaner, please leave it to the professionals ( such as Gutters & Guards, Inc.). 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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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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Spring Home Maintenance Ideas


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Spring Home Maintenance Ideas Spring is just around the corner and that means lots of yard and home improvement work to be done. Here are just a few ideas of where to start or to help you start your improvement list now. Spring Forward Daylight Savings Time is March 8, 2015. Remember this means that you will set your clock ahead one hour at 2am on Sunday, or if you plan on being in bed before that time (which most of us will be) change it on Saturday Night before heading to bed. Water Hose Check Winter can be tough on your exterior faucets. Check your outside faucets for freeze damage by placing your thumb against the opening and if you can stop the flow of water, you may need to repair or replace a pipe. Also if you did not store your garden hose this winter, it may be best to look out for dry rot. Change/Check Vents, Filters and Batteries Spring is the perfect time to do a routine check-up of all the vents, filters and batteries in and around your home. It may be a good time to start a tradition of checking these small projects. Don’t forget to check the base of your water heater for signs of leaking as well. Clean And Inspect Gutters Spring is one of those times that gutter cleaning is important ( Fall is the second). Clean out all the nasty winter debris from your gutters that could lead to clogged gutters and other issues. While cleaning out your gutters check for loose gutters and leaks. These two problems will lead to improper drainage and along with downspouts that are NOT draining away from the home it can lead to pricing repairs.  Please call a professional, such as Gutters & Guards, Inc. It’s also never too late to think about investing in a Gutter Leaf Guard system for your home. It will help keep your gutters and downspouts from clogging and make cleaning out your gutters much easier.   Inspect Your Roof If you are cleaning your gutters or from the ground, inspect your roof.  If you know that it won’t be long for a replacement roof, start collecting estimates and budget to replace it. Cracked, buckled, loose or  missing granules shingles replaced. Don’t forget to look at all of the accessories such as vents, flashing and other areas where hardware could be in need of replacing or repairing. Please hire a professional to replace your roof. It will be a lot quicker, and safer for you. 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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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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Gutter Maintenance Tips #1 – Clogged Gutters And Downspouts


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Clogged Gutters And Downspouts A new weekly post we are starting a new weekly post with Gutter Maintenance Tips to help you better maintain your gutter system. If you’re a DIYer and to help spread the word about the importance of gutter maintenance. Gutter Maintenance Tips #1 – Clogged Gutters And Downspouts This week the gutter maintenance tip is on clogged gutters and downspouts. When cleaning your gutters, remember to pay particular attention to the downspouts. If leaves and debris are clogging it, water won’t drain properly. This can lead to overflow of debris and water on gutters, mold and algae build up. Eventually if ignored, sagging gutters.   So prevent this make sure to clean your gutters at least twice a year ( once in the spring and once in the fall) or hire a professional (such as Gutters & Guards, Inc.) to do it for you. Gutter maintenance is an important part of homeowner-ship and need to be routinely taken care of. So make sure to prevent costly repairs by maintaining your gutters. For a free estimate on gutter cleaning, repairs or installing a gutter leaf guard, 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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10 Signs It’s Time For New Gutter


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There are times when your gutters will just need to be repaired and times when you’ll need to replace your gutters. If you’re not sure if you need a gutter replacement or just a repair there are a few signs that will let you know, It’s Time For New Gutter. Bent or Broken Gutters When your gutters look like they’ve been through a lot, and are not functioning how they are suppose to, it’s a big sign that gutter replacement is in your near future. Missing Gutters Missing gutters is a problem that should not be left unnoticed. It can cause bigger problems with both the exterior of your home and your foundations. This leads to costly repairs if ignored. Too Many Rust Spots And Cracks To Count Rust spots and cracks can be repaired and hidden. Once you get some many it’s not worth the time spent fixing and caulking. They’ve Been Repaired For Leaks Way More Than Once After you repair the 4th or 5th leak, it’s a similar situation to the rust spots and cracks. You can only repair it so many times. More of a hassle than a way to save money. Sagging Gutters/Pulling Away From Roof Sagging gutters or gutters that are starting to pull away from your home are not only a hazard to your home but to you and your family as well. If sagging gutters are ignored eventually they will turn into gutters that are pulling away from your roof and that can lead to your gutters completely detaching from your home and falling off. When they fall of it’s hard to say what they will hit on the way down. It could end up costing your a lot more than if you’d repair or replace them when it starts to happen. Rotted Shingles Homes that have a lot of trees around and hanging over the roof, tend to have a lot more problems with gutters.  Branches and lots of leaves build up in your gutters and in roof valleys causing overflows, and clogging. Leaves retain moisture and cause your shingles to rot. This is letting you know something isn’t working right with your gutters. You might just need a repair or cleaning but if it’s gone on for too long it could be time for a new gutter system. Consult with a professional (such as Gutters & Guards) Broken Fastener Broken Fasteners can mean damage to your gutters. If gutters are left with broken fasteners for too long it can bend your metal gutters and cause irreversible damage. Peeling Exterior Paint Peeling exterior paint is your home telling you that you are having gutter problems. This means water is leaking behind your gutters and damaging the siding and fascia of your home. This can lead to costly repairs especially if water has seeped underneath siding. Pooling Water Pooling water on your walkways in your yard is a big sign that your gutters are not working properly. Whether it be a clog or worse this needs to be taken care of asap. It can lead to slick spots during the winter. Eroding Landscape This is a very dangerous and can lead to foundation damage. It also means you are having big gutter problems or drainage problems.   Gutters are a very important factor to keeping your home and your family safe. Take the right precautions to prevent leaks and clean your gutters at least twice a year. It will help your existing gutters last longer and prevent you from having to prematurely replace more expensive components to your home. If you’re still not sure whether you need replacement gutters or not, please consult with a professional such as Gutters & Guards, Inc. 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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Rain Gutter Issues


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Winter Rain Gutter Issues Winter is starting to get a bit messy. This means your gutters are getting a workout. With all the rain and snow coming down, it can create a real mess around your home and become a headache if your gutters for some reason stop properly working. If you clean your gutters the recommended twice a year (once in the spring and once in the fall) and it seems like every time it rains water is still overflowing and making a mess then there could be a bigger cause at hand. The first thing you should look at if you are facing this problem are the downspouts. Clogged downspouts can mean your gutters drain slower and it will back them up if there is a heavy rain. A way you can check to see if it’s your downspouts causing all of the trouble is by running water from your water hose directly into your downspout ( DO NOT USE A NOZZLE; let it run freely). If water drains slowly, its your downspouts. If you have underground downspouts that take the water away from your home. Check to see if the water flows freely all the way to the bottom of the gutters. If not, it’s a problem. The 2nd place you should look to if it seems like your downspouts are clean and properly working. Look at your gutter slope. Your gutter slope is what allows the rainwater to freely flow from your gutters to your downspouts. Gutters are stressed by heavy weights whether it be debris that has sat in your gutters for way to long or by heavy snow. It’s an easy fix for a professional who knows how to pitch gutters. It is important to look for damage done to gutters or fascia board by heavy gutters because the problem will keep happening if it went on for too long. To see if your gutter slope is off run water through your gutters with the hose and see if it pools up and slowly drain. If so then it’s your pitch. The last place your should look is at your gutters themselves. Does it seem that water is just completely overshooting your gutters? This could mean that you need over-sized gutters. Call a professional to see how much it would be to replace your residential gutters with larger commercial gutters instead. If it seems like one place is getting overrun by water. You could just need a diverter to split up the water flow. This is a common method used when roof valley’s are causing water to overflow. For a free estimate on gutter replacement, 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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Roof Valley Gutter Solutions


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roof valley gutter solutions roof valley gutter solutions. A very common problem that our customers run into is water overflowing gutters at the bottom of roof valleys. This is not a fault in your gutters. There are ways to control and handle the water-flow that will make your life a lot less messy and wet. Rain diverters are a easy and common solution to this problem. It controls the flow of rain water and evenly distributes them into your gutters.We bend diverters at our office. Wanting to DIY and need a piece that will match your gutters, we should be able to match it and have you a diverter quickly, some of the more adventurous color might take longer to get but it’s not impossible. Have gutter guards this is not a issue with the guards, again it’s the valley creating a massive amount of water hitting one spot at once.  Contact your local gutter specialist and get a professional opinion. ( Gutters & Guards, Inc. offers FREE ESTIMATES ) If you think you might be having one of these problems or are unsure what is causing water to overshoot your gutters, please give a professional a call. 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 Home Maintenance To Do List


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Fall Home Maintenance To Do List Winter is approaching at super speed and your fall home maintenance to do list has slipped through the cracks. View our list and get all of the important tasks taken care of! Check foundation for cracks & caulk around areas where masonry meets the siding where pipes/wires/vents enter the home and around windows/doors. Look for blistering or peeling. This indicates that the existing paint film is failing. No longer protect the siding of the building. If left the siding will deteriorate, leading to expensive repairs. Look at your shingles to see if they are curling or cracking. This indicates that your shingles is at the end of it’s life-cycle. Your roof will be more susceptible to leaks especially when snow is sitting on it for a few days. Clean your gutters! We cannot stress this enough. It is so important to clean out your gutters and downspouts before winter hits to prevent clogs from making a mess of your home. If you are short on time, hire a professional (such as Gutters & Guards) who can take care of it for your before it’s too late and you’re paying more to get home repairs. Weatherstrip your garage to keep cold air from leaking and small animals going in. Inspect your driveway & walkways for cracks. Repair it before winter hits and it only gets worse.  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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Sagging Gutters Damages


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Sagging Gutters Damages Can Occur. Sagging Gutters Damages can be anywhere from an easy fix to critical damage that can cost you a lot. So it’s very important to make sure to clean out your gutters at least twice a year. In the Spring and in the Fall. This will ensure that your gutters will stay unclogged.  Keep your home in running order. If you find yourself in a area where there are a lot of trees and debris. It may be in your best interest to invest in gutter guards for your home (If this is your case, please feel free to give us a call and receive a FREE estimate today). There are a few different ways sagging gutters can come about heavy snow that weighs down your gutters for a long period of time. The ladder when you set it against your gutter instead of the fascia, or large amounts of gutter debris that you’ve let sit in there for a long time. Neglect and procrastination are the two biggest factors when it comes to gutter problems. With malfunction and mother nature in a close third. Sagging gutters can cause many damages. Such as draining problems, standing water, and rust to damages on walls and foundation as well as basement flooding. These problems can be real nasty to fix. It won’t be as cheap as just cleaning out your gutters twice a year.  So stop procrastinating and call for a gutter cleaning today. If you want to forget about it completely join our Long-Term Maintenance Program and let the worries of gutter cleaning melt away. 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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