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Gutter Options

Homeowners have many more choices today when it comes to replacing the gutters on their home than they did previously.  Anyone who is thinking about doing any renovating on the exterior of their home should give some thought to their gutters.  Aluminum gutters are a great choice due to their durability, the ability to shape them to your specific application, as well as the ability to paint them to match your home.  When choosing aluminum gutters, you will be faced with a choice: traditional or seamless gutters.

Traditional Versus Seamless Gutters

When looking to protect your home from moisture, you may want to look at both traditional gutters and seamless gutters.

When looking to protect your home from moisture, you may want to look at both traditional gutters and seamless gutters.

gutters have been around for many years.  They are pre-made in standard lengths and are attached end to end until the desired length is reached.  Their inherent problem is that they have seams where the different pieces meet one another and, therefore, have the potential to leak.

Seamless gutters, on the other hand, are made of one piece of aluminum that is bent to fit your job’s specifications.  It is a myth that seamless gutters are completely seamless.  The fact is that they have seams just like the traditional ones and can develop leaks at a later date as well.  Seams are present at the corners within the aluminum gutters as well as at every downspout.

The greatest benefit of seamless gutters is that they require less maintenance.  Depending on your choice of configuration, you could get away with many months of consistent use without any major cleaning.  Seamless gutters are also hung far more securely than traditional gutters, lending an additional level of security to the home.

Gutter Considerations

The primary purpose of your gutters is to usher rainwater, melted snow, and any other water source away from your home, especially the foundation.  If water is allowed to penetrate the foundation or siding over a period of time, you will begin to have mold, mildew, and rotting problems and will increase the potential for rodent and termite damage.

In general, seamless gutters are stronger than their traditional counterparts, which means they can withstand more weight.  Believe it or not, increased amounts of water are heavy; this puts additional pressure on your gutter system.  Traditional gutters may weaken from the weight of snow and rain, sprouting leaks in the joints, causing water damage to your home.

One thing that is the same whether you choose traditional or seamless gutters is the necessity for proper installation.  Any gutter system is only as good as its installation.  If installed improperly, even the best gutter system becomes just as weak as the least effective gutter system.

Gutters control roof drainage, keeping your home free of moist conditions that promote mold and fungi.  They protect the structural integrity of a building by reducing water erosion to the foundation and topsoil supporting it.  A homeowner trying to decide between seamless and traditional gutters must consider the different features that each offers and weigh the pros and cons of each.  Happy gutter shopping!

Choose from 2 Types of Aluminum Gutters

Before making that important decision, consider your aluminum gutter options and figure out what suits you.

Before making that important decision, consider your aluminum gutter options and figure out what suits you.

Homeowners have many more choices today when it comes to replacing the gutters on their home than they did previously. Anyone who is thinking about doing any renovating on the exterior of their home should give some thought to their gutters. Aluminum gutters are a great choice due to their durability, the ability to shape them to your specific application, as well as the ability to paint them to match your home. When choosing aluminum gutters, you will be faced with a choice: traditional or seamless gutters.

Traditional Versus Seamless Gutters

Traditional gutters have been around for many years. They are pre-made in standard lengths and are attached end to end until the desired length is reached. Their inherent problem is that they have seams where the different pieces meet one another and, therefore, have the potential to leak.

Seamless gutters, on the other hand, are made of one piece of aluminum that is bent to fit your job’s specifications. It is a myth that seamless gutters are completely seamless. The fact is that they have seams just like the traditional ones and can develop leaks at a later date as well. Seams are present at the corners within the aluminum gutters as well as at every downspout.

The greatest benefit of seamless gutters is that they require less maintenance. Depending on your choice of configuration, you could get away with many months of consistent use without any major cleaning. Seamless gutters are also hung far more securely than traditional gutters, lending an additional level of security to the home.

Gutter Considerations

The primary purpose of your gutters is to usher rainwater, melted snow, and any other water source away from your home, especially the foundation. If water is allowed to penetrate the foundation or siding over a period of time, you will begin to have mold, mildew, and rotting problems and will increase the potential for rodent and termite damage.

In general, seamless gutters are stronger than their traditional counterparts, which means they can withstand more weight. Believe it or not, increased amounts of water are heavy; this puts additional pressure on your gutter system. Traditional gutters may weaken from the weight of snow and rain, sprouting leaks in the joints, causing water damage to your home.

One thing that is the same whether you choose traditional or seamless gutters is the necessity for proper installation. Any gutter system is only as good as its installation. If installed improperly, even the best gutter system becomes just as weak as the least effective gutter system.

Gutters control roof drainage, keeping your home free of moist conditions that promote mold and fungi. They protect the structural integrity of a building by reducing water erosion to the foundation and topsoil supporting it. A homeowner trying to decide between seamless and traditional gutters must consider the different features that each offers and weigh the pros and cons of each. Happy gutter shopping!

Save Water: Use Rain Barrels

Because of the current state of the economy, more and more homeowners are finding themselves looking for ways they can go about saving more money. To this end, we pose a question: why not put Mother Nature to work for you? Collecting the rain that falls on your roof can help your garden and save some of your water usage, which will, ultimately, save you money. Residential water use increases 40 to 50% during the summer months, mostly due to outdoor water use. Now is a good time to invest a little forethought into springtime projects that’ll help you save money thereafter.

Recycle rain water and save money. Go and get a rain barrel now!

Recycle rain water and save money. Go and get a rain barrel now!

What is a Rain Barrel?

A rain barrel is a system that collects and stores rainwater from your roof that would otherwise be lost to runoff and diverted to storm drains and streams; this water is often used later for watering plants, yards, and/or gardens. Water collected in a rain barrel would normally pour off your roof directly or flow through your gutter to your downspouts and, hopefully, away from your home. With a rain barrel in place, however, you are better able to control the moisture levels around the foundation of your home. If your home is prone to basement or crawl space flooding, rain barrels can help alleviate that issue as well.

A rain barrel is relatively simple and inexpensive to construct and can sit conveniently under any residential gutter downspout; you can also purchase them at your local home improvement store. Rain barrels can be installed upon blocks or a wooden crate to provide height for gravity flow purposes. Fine mesh screens are commonly used to cover any openings in the rain barrel to prevent mosquitoes and to trap debris.

Benefits of Using a Rain Barrel

Rain barrels conserve water and help lower costs on outdoor water usage (a rain barrel can save approximately 1,300 gallons of water during peak summer months). Saving water helps protect the environment while at the same time saving you money and energy due to a decreased demand for treated tap water. Rain barrels also reduce the amount of pesticides, herbicides, salt, oil, and gasoline that are washed into storm drains and into our natural waterways. They can be arranged to slowly release the collected rainfall to areas that can soak up the water, thereby reducing stormwater runoff and increasing groundwater recharge. The collected water can be use to wash pets, vehicles, windows and much more, and because the water is free of chlorine, lime and calcium, it is perfect for keeping your plants happy, too.

To save a little water from going down the drain, installing rain barrels offers a simple, efficient, low-cost method for homeowners to collect and recycle water. A rain barrel can be filled within a matter of minutes during a good rain. Take an active role in recycling rainwater for years to come by installing a rain barrel at your house this year!