June 24, 2015
The gutter protection reviews being done by the NC Review Consumer Advocacy Group is dedicated to testing the different gutter guards on the market today, and looking for the best and most reliable system that can ensure that your gutters remain unclogged by any debris. Their testing goes through three phases: strength, water throughput and durability. For the strength test, weights of 2, 3, and 5 pounds are dropped on the gutter guards to simulate the scenario of a tree branch falling on the gutters. This test is important because it can determine the safety of your gutters from accidents.
June 22, 2015
Rain gutter covers help solve one of the most vexing problems for any homeowner: leaky gutters that threaten the whole house with water damage. Gutter clogging involves having to climb the roof, which can prove quite dangerous. For this reason, it makes sense to have preventive measures in place. Has it ever occurred to you, though, that having to clean the accumulated debris on a gutter cover sort of defeats the very purpose of installing one? Here are things you should know about how gutter covers function.
June 20, 2015
Of all the problems homeowners have to deal with regularly, basement flooding is one of the most exasperating. As this happens on heavily wet days, some homeowners believe they can wait the problem out, hoping it’ll ebb away on its own, like the flood. This attitude, however, can cause potentially perilous health problems for you and your family—and quite expensive structural issues—down the line. Cleaning up or fixing the damages in the wake of a basement flooding can seriously put a dent on your budget. Even a minor flood with only a few inches of water can easily cost about $10,000 to repair, while bigger floods can go well over the $25,000 mark—at times even as much as $50,000, according to Angie’s List.
June 19, 2015
Gutters are the long channels of (mostly) metal which sit along the lower edge of your roof. They’re primarily designed to catch water that hits your roof when it rains or when snow melts, to ensure that water travels safely to the ground away from the foundation. Gutters are angled slightly so they could direct water to downspouts, which then carry the water well away from your home’s understructure, which should never accumulate moisture. If the gutters are clogged in any way, the water will simply overflow to the ground and pool around the foundation where moisture can unduly stress your foundation material (and the soil around it) by continuous contraction and expansion. With cracks and leaks starting to show around the house, that’s when you should know that it’s time to install a state-of-the-art gutter guard real soon.
June 9, 2015
Left alone, clogged gutters can lead to costly damage. In an Angie’s List feature, four main consequences of clogging were listed: • Ice dams. For areas with a colder than average climate, clogs can raise the chance for ice dams to form on the roof’s lower edge or the gutters. These obstructions cause the water to pool and later on seep inside the house. • Foundation damage. A clogged gutter will cause water to overflow to the sides and gather into a pool around the house’s foundation. If this remains unattended, the water’s erosive action will cause cracks in the foundation, thus risking a collapse. • Wood damage. Water can wreak havoc on wooden parts of the house, which is why gutters are designed to direct the rainwater away from these components. A clogged gutter can’t perform that job well and leaves wood vulnerable to rainwater.
June 7, 2015
The gutter is meant to direct rainwater. Without it, the water will flow to the siding of the house, wreaking havoc to the walls, the landscaping below, the foundations, and even the basement. This will also happen if you have clogged gutters. With a gutter’s wide opening, it can let in different kinds of debris like leaves, twigs, small branches, organic material from small animals and birds, and many others. Birds are also known to nest on gutters, especially on installations that already accumulated a lot of debris. When the rain comes, the debris gets caught in the downspouts and water overflows; thus, water goes to the side of the house or other places it’s not supposed to go.
June 5, 2015
Woodsmen and rangers alike know well that dry leaves can ignite with a single spark and are sufficient in creating wildfires big enough to set surrounding million dollars-worth of properties ablaze. Dried leaves and twigs from nearby trees can accumulate inside gutters that aren’t protected with leaf gutter guards; upon ignition, a fire will expose the fascia or the roof sheathing. Depending on the wood condition or the presence of a metal flashing, it can enter the attic and ultimately consume the entire property.
June 3, 2015
The gutter channels all water that flows down the roof into downspouts to keep it from pooling near your home and damaging your home’s foundation. According to Angie’s List, pooling water saturates the soil surrounding the basement, exerting enormous pressure on its walls. Over time, water infiltrates the basement through wall cracks caused by pooling pressure. As the water drains off, the change in soil state (from wet to dry) can cause the foundation to settle, which can lead to unleveled flooring and wall cracks above it. Eventually, mold begins to accumulate, which, aside from creating an unpleasant smell, can also compromise indoor air quality and lead to serious health issues.
June 1, 2015
More and more homeowners are installing rain guards for gutters, and for good reason. They offer a number of benefits that are best appreciated after a storm, or a particularly windy or rainy day. They also help homeowners feel more secure about their roofs in the winter, knowing the melting snow will drain off properly to the ground, and not accumulate on the roof and wreak havoc in the form of ice dams.
If you choose well-designed and high-quality rain gutter guards, you can get the following benefits:
There are several kinds of gutter protection systems, including those made of vinyl, plastic, and copper, but many experts say aluminum gutter guards are the way to go if you want optimum gutter protection. Here’s why:
The melodious chirping of birds can certainly brighten your day, and seeing them tend to their young can be heartwarming—but not when they do it in your gutters. Come nesting time, many bird species find the open, narrow spaces of rain gutters very inviting. With all the leaves, twigs, and other debris present in there, and the warm temperature from the attic, gutters can indeed make a suitable habitat for birds.
Nothing beats being able to spend the summer at your very own beach home. Yet you should also keep in mind that your beachfront property is under threat of rapid deterioration due to constant exposure to the elements, specifically rainfall. The question now is: How can you prolong your investment’s useful service life and keep costly water damage at bay?