Many homeowners rarely think about the gutters on their home. In fact, they might even say that they never worry about the gutters. Unfortunately, this mindset is the one that often results in the most stress when the gutters start to fail from months, years, or even decades of neglect. However, you can start preventing this kind of disaster by investing in the right gutter guards.
Before buying the first gutter guards you see and trying to install them yourself, take time to find a great gutter company. The company should offer a wide range of guard options and be able to guide you to the best choice for your home and budget. If the first company you look into tries to push one kind of gutter guard on you, run the other way. A reputable company offers multiple products and should have the working knowledge needed to determine the best fit for your home and property.
Upon finding a trusted gutter company to help with product selection and installation, you will need to decide which gutter guard to invest in. Everyone wants to make their gutters maintenance free, but the amount of maintenance required after installing gutter guards is often determined by the quality of the gutter guards you choose to invest in.
The most basic type of gutter guard is the grated style. This involves a flat strip of vinyl or metal that lies across the opening of the gutter. Holes in the guard can be diamond shaped or circular, or the guard can be a simple metal mesh style. Water flows down the roof and through the holes of the gutter guard into the gutter. All leaves, buds, twigs, and other debris are blocked from entering the gutter by the guard. This mechanism stops the gutters from clogging, but the debris will collect on top of the guards, which requires routine clearing. These guards are generally the most affordable, but you pay for the low price with regular maintenance and even occasional replacement.
Another option is the hooded gutter guard. With a solid top, the water runs over the edge and hooks under the guard, through a small slot, to drip into the gutter. The debris, on the other hand, continues to run off the edge of the guard and falls to the ground. These systems are usually more expensive, but require less maintenance. One product we offer, called K-Guard, promises no maintenance. The hood and gutter combination are designed to work as a unit and can hold up to 35 pounds of vertical weight per foot of gutter. This weight capacity suggests that the system can withstand the weight of normal debris resting on top of it.
Choosing the right gutters and gutter guards can feel overwhelming and every home gutter situation is different. What works for one home, may not work with another. With the help of the right professional, you can make an informed decision that fits your house and your budget. If you live in the area of Nashville, Tennessee, contact The Gutterman of TN to speak with an expert and schedule your free consultation and estimate.
Every holiday season, Christmas trees go up, presents are purchased, and tasty food is baked. In spite of all the work required for these activities, they can seem like a breeze when compared to the daunting task of putting up outdoor decorations. Each of us has that intimidating neighbor with a stunning array of lights, statues and special effects, which can dampen our interest in struggling with outdoor lights. Luckily, hanging Christmas lights can actually be fun and easy, if you know how to hang them properly from your gutters.
Hanging Christmas lights on gutters should not involve destructive power tools or leaning precariously from the top of a ladder, wrestling with a jury-rigged solution. In fact, it can be painless and simple with the right equipment. Essentially, all you need is a tall enough ladder to safely access the gutters from the ground and the proper gutter clips. They snap on and off easily, do not require damaging the gutter to secure, and can present lights in an attractive way.
Clips for gutters can display light vertically or horizontally depending on the style. To hang lights vertically, which is popular for the large C9 light bulbs, invest in original shingle tabs or C-style all-in-one tabs. Hanging lights horizontally requires regular, omni, or LED all-in-one clips, gutter clips, or bi-axial shingle tabs.
All-in-one clips are easily hung from gutters and shingles. They clip onto the gutter and are secured by a tab that can hook over the edge of gutters with enough space. Capable of displaying mini lights, large C9 bulbs, and rope lights, these clips are great, damage-free options for Christmas lights. In addition, the omni all-in-one clips come with a hook that can be used to hang icicle drop lights from.
Shingle tabs are another popular option for hanging Christmas lights. They slide into place beneath shingles and gutters to hold mini lights or C9 bulbs vertically or horizontally depending on the style. These can also be removed easily at the end of the season with the lights.
While most all-in-one and shingle tabs can accommodate hanging lights from gutters, another alternative is the gutter clip, which is designed specifically for gutters. S hooks have a simple s-shaped design that rests over the edge of the gutter, and the lights hang from the bottom curve. These work best for gutters with a width of ¼” or less. For wider gutters, a regular gutter clip can display lights horizontally or vertically. Both types can be removed easily.
When hanging Christmas lights on gutters, you need one clip for every light. Attach the clips on the ground and secure them to the gutters from a secure ladder. Hanging beautiful Christmas lights has never been easier, so you might be the intimidating neighbor with the gorgeous display of lights. For more information on proper gutter care over the winter season, contact the Gutterman of TN.
Every house has different needs, so choosing the best gutter guard for your home is crucial. Some homes have a shallow roof pitch, while others have a forest of trees towering over them, and each of these has its own gutter requirements. Choosing the gutter guard that suits your home can save you a lot of hassle and money.
Keep in mind that all gutter guards have some type of maintenance, but the key is choosing the one with the least amount of maintenance. For example, gutter guards with circular or diamond cut outs require a routine sweep of debris. The leaves, buds, and needles do not fall into the gutter or build up inside the down spouts, which helps you avoid having to replace fallen, rusted or solidly packed gutters. However, these types of gutter guards still collect the debris, and it needs to be cleared off the prevent water from flowing down the side of the house and pooling at the foundation. Mesh gutter guards require very similar maintenance to this.
Another type of gutter guard is the solid vinyl variety. They function by stopping leaves, buds and needles from dropping into the gutter and by allowing water to run along the bottom side of the vinyl and fall into the gutter. With these guards, as well, the debris collects on top of the guard and needs to be cleared on a regular basis. Allowing the filth to sit on the gutter guards weighs down the guards and the gutters themselves, putting unnecessary strain on the system. The gutter guards protect the gutters, so protecting the guards means protecting the gutters.
Many homeowners are disappointed to learn that installing gutter guards does not free them of gutter maintenance. Some even wrongfully blame the gutter guards for working incorrectly, when they were never meant to replace the proper care of your gutters. The purpose of the guards is to keep the investment of your gutters save from untimely damage caused by clogging. You have to help your guards protect the gutters by keeping them clean as well.
Check each type of gutter guard you are considering for the warranty it offers. For instance, some gutter guards come with a lifetime clog free guarantee. If your gutters clog, the manufacturer will clean them for free. Even the paint finish comes with a warranty that promises that the guards will stay new and fresh for life. The warranty is also completely transferrable, which makes a great selling point when it comes time to move.
Gutter guards are a serious investment for your home and deserve some serious thought. If you live in the Nashville area, contact the Gutterman to help guide you through the decision. His expertise will help you make the most informed decision and ensure a proper installation that will protect your home for years to come.