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25 Oct 2016
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How Much Does Gutter Cleaning Cost?

Although gutter cleaning is a dirty, disgusting task, it is important to the health of your home. A clean and clear gutter will draw water away from your home’s foundation. If left neglected, water can go places it shouldn’t – backing up onto your roof, pouring down your soffit and fascia, and pooling around the foundation of your home. These type of home damages are not only a headache, they can be expensive, too. In fact, foundation damage alone can be thousands of dollars in repair costs. For these specific reasons, it is important to keep your gutters clean and clear.

GUTTER CLEANING PRICES

If you are weary of cleaning your gutters on your own, you can hire a crew to clean your gutters. The cost of cleaning gutters will depend on a few factors such as the number of stories on your home and the size of your home. For example:

  • Gutter cleaning prices on a single-story 1,500-square foot house will run from $75-$200.
  • If you have a ranch style home that is 2,000 square feet with around 180 linear feet of gutter, the cost will run you $95-$225.
  • If you have a two-story home with 2,500 square feet and 200 linear feet of gutter, it will run you up to $250.
  • Additional Costs: If you have a three-story home, you can expect to add $75 to $200 for your gutter cleaning prices.

If your gutters are seriously clogged from being neglected over time, you could be looking at a cost upwards of $500 for the extra time and effort that it takes.

A service that cleans gutters should include cleaning out the leaves and debris that are clogging your gutters and bagging the waste and flushing the entire system. Before hiring a crew, ensure that they include removal of debris in their quote. Additionally, check with your crew to see if they will inspect or tighten your fasteners during the process. Some companies will throw this extra in for free!

PERMANENT ALTERNATIVE TO CLEANING YOUR GUTTERS

As you can see, hiring a gutter cleaner can be expensive. Expect to have your gutters cleaned three times per year as they can fill up with dirt and debris quickly. Over the lifetime of your home, at an average cost of $200 per gutter cleaning, this can add up to be thousands of dollars.

If you are looking for a hands-free alternative to cleaning your gutters – there is a solution. A gutter protection system, like LeafFilter, will protect your gutters from dirt and debris, allowing only water to get in.

When researching gutter guards, it is important to keep a few considerations in mind. For example, other gutter guards feature large holes, gaps, or openings, allowing not only water to penetrate but dirt and debris, too. This can cause larger headaches as the gutter guard must be removed in order to clean the inside of the gutter. LeafFilter features a micromesh filter that will not allow even a grain of sand to get in.

During installation, one of LeafFilter’s professionals will clean and realign your gutters and downspouts to ensure they are at optimal performance before LeafFilter is installed. And, LeafFilter can be installed on your existing gutters, so you won’t have to invest in all new gutters during the time of installation. Once LeafFilter is installed, the gutter guards completely eliminate the chore of cleaning gutters and you’ll never have to worry about gutter cleaning prices again!

 

Source:http://www.leaffilter.com

15 Oct 2016
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Gutter Cleaning

Why is gutter cleaning important?

It may be an easy chore to forget about, but if you want to avoid expensive damage to your home, you won’t neglect your gutters. The purpose of your gutters is to get stormwater and snow melt away from your home, specifically your foundation, and thwarting that effort can cause serious repercussions for your home.

Clogged gutters can damage your foundation by allowing water to enter your basement or crawl space, which can lead to mold and other water damage. In winter, the water can freeze and actually crack your foundation. Higher up, if water gets behind your gutters, it can rot out your fascia boards, which in turn puts your gutters at risk of collapse and also provides an opening for animals and more water to find its way into your roof.

This is why it is critical for you to regularly clean your gutters and repair any sagging or broken hangers as soon as you notice them. If you have been neglecting your gutters, you may need to consider completely replacing your gutters depending on the level of damage.

How often should you clean your gutters?

How often gutters need to be cleaned depends on the climate and surrounding landscape. If you live in the Arizona desert, you may be able to go several years, but for those who live where autumn leaves fall, it’s important to clean gutters at least twice a year.

The most important time is in late fall after all or most of the leaves have come down as leaves and twigs cause most clogs in gutters. The other important time to clean your gutters is the spring or early summer as pollen, flower petals and seeds such as maple “helicopters” can build up. Also, most deciduous trees drop debris in the spring, so even those of you living in conifer forests aren’t off the hook. Those who live in heavily wooded areas may find it necessary to clear the gutters three or four times a year.

And it’s not just the horizontal gutters you need to worry about. Always make sure the downspouts are not clogged and that they are carrying water away from the house foundation.

Tips for DIY gutter cleaning

Gutter cleaning is something you can do on your own if you know how to clean gutters, but it can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. Follow these safety tips to avoid damage to your home and trips to the emergency room.

1. Choose the right ladder for the job. For single-story houses, use a four-legged stepladder. You’ll probably need an extension ladder for two-story homes.

2. Inspect the ladder to make sure it’s sturdy and all of the steps are in good condition. Climb the first two steps to determine if the ground is level. For soft soil, place plywood under the legs of the ladder.

3. Never rest the ladder on your gutters as they weren’t design to hold up to that kind of pressure and the additional weight can cause them to bend, break or collapse.

4. Wear thick work gloves to protect your hands from dirt, animal waste, sharp debris and other hazards. Leather or suede gloves will provide the best protection.

5. Wear protective eyewear or goggles to prevent eye injuries. This is important when removing debris because a host of animals and insects can be living within the debris.

6. Use rubber-soled shoes if you need to walk on the roof.

7. Get a spotter.  The the best way to keep the ladder sturdy is to have someone hold the ladder while you’re on it. Another safety precaution is to keep both legs and one hand on the ladder at all times.

8. Attach a bucket securely to the shelf of the ladder with a lanyard to collect debris so you can use both hands.

9. Use a plastic gutter scoop to remove large debris from the gutter.

Gutter guards and screens

If you want extra protection for your gutters and to clean your gutters less often, gutter guards are a great option to consider. But if your goal is to never get up on a ladder again to scoop out leaves, you are out of luck with this option. Even the best gutter guard systems require regularly cleaning every few years.

Gutter guards are designed to prevent clogs by allowing water to flow to the gutter while keeping debris out. There are several types of guards available but not every type is right for every environment, so understanding exactly how each system works will allow you to choose the one that’s best for your home.

Types of gutter guards

You can generally classify gutter guards into one of three categories: screens, inserts or reverse curves.

Screens are the most common and work by covering your existing gutter with a membrane that allows water through, but blocks debris. The screens can be simple, like the screens that cover your windows, or complex with several layers of fine mesh to block even the smallest of particles. Like all filters, screens will need to be removed and cleaned from time to time.

Inserts are the least expensive and easiest to install. These guards fill the gutter with a porous material, such as foam, which allows water to filter through while blocking most debris. Inserts will need to be regularly removed and cleaned, and smaller pieces of debris may still collect in your gutter over time.

Reverse curves are slightly more advanced. They direct water over a curve and into a small slit while allowing gravity to force other debris to fall off the roof. The best reverse-curve systems require little maintenance, but while they’re efficient at keeping debris out, they may have water collection issues during heavy storms.

Gutter guard installation procedures and cost

Gutter guards systems can range widely in price from just a few dollars to upward of $30 per lineal foot installed. The average home has about 200 feet of gutter and $1,500 is an average starting cost for professional gutter guard installation.

Foam guards are usually the cheapest type of gutter guard and require minimal installation.

Screens have the widest variety of cost and installation expense, ranging from easy-to-install inserts to very complex. Simple screens need to be attached to the gutters and roof with screws or tape and can be installed in a few hours, while more advanced filtering systems require professional installation.

Reverse curves are usually the most expensive option and prices can reach up to $30 per foot. They should be installed by a professional to ensure optimal performance.

Hiring a gutter cleaning service

If you really want to never clean your gutters again, your only option is to hire a gutter cleaning service. This can be a particularly good choice for homeowners who have gutters that are difficult to reach, or who no longer feel physically comfortable doing the job themselves. No matter the reason, the most important thing is to regularly clean your gutters because the cost of neglect is too high.

The cost of gutter cleaning depends on the length and type of gutters you have as well as the height of your home as certain circumstances may require special equipment. Most companies charge a flat fee per foot of gutter, but the cost can rise, depending on the complexity of the work. Prices range from $75 to $225 for an average home.

Hiring a good gutter cleaning service is like anything else — you need to be careful who you pick. Make sure the company has insurance and a good track record.Angie’s List members are able to search for gutter cleaning companies in their communities and see which ones have been given good recommendations from past customers.

 

Source:https://www.angieslist.com/research/gutter-cleaning/

05 Oct 2016
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What to Know Before Hiring Gutter Installers

Proper sizing is key

Gutter installation is not rocket science, but it is something that does require some basic engineering.  A single run along the lower edge of a shed roof with a corner downspout is about as simple as it gets.  Homes with multiple roof lines, various degrees of pitch and multiple gables add a level of complexity that requires a plan. The key factor in developing this plan is to scale the system based on the square footage being served and factoring in your potential for heavy down pours.  The downpour factor is based on weather data and varies by region.  A 5 minute “burst” in Seattle is rated at only 2.1 inches per hour, while the same “burst” in Atlanta is 8.3 inches per hour.  A 5” K style gutter is rated to move about 5500 sq feet, while a 6” version can handle over 7500 sq feet. A Seattle roofer will install different gutters than a roofer in Atlanta. Knowing what Mother Nature can throw at you will allow you to plan accordingly.

Pitch and downspouts

Gutters make up half of the roof’s collection system. The downspouts make up the rest.  Sizing here also can make the system perform properly.  A basic 2 x 3 inch rectangular downspout is rated for about 600 sq feet, while a 3 x 4 inch spout can handle 1200 sq feet.  One way to squeeze out some more performance of the system is to increase the slope of the gutter.  Normal installs are typical at about ¼” of slope in 10 feet, with down spouts needed about every 40 lineal feet.  As an example: if you have a 50 foot run, a downspout should be installed at both ends.  For proper flow the pitch should be centered from the middle out to the spouts. Steeper pitch of the gutter allows the water to flow more freely and it helps with keeping the gutters free of debris.  Extreme pitch however may look a bit wacky from the street and add complications in its install along the fascia.

Gutter guards or open?

This is the big question many face when it comes to an install. Do I need one? Do they work? Is it worth the extra money?  Many gutter companies will insist that you need these and therefore try to milk more money out of you.  This is where you need to consider your local environment, maintenance schedule and DIY ability.  If your home is located in a forest that sees leaf or needle drop, you are at more risk for needing a gutter guard system.  Gutter location will also dictate their need.  My home is in an area where pine needles are common.

When I installed gutters on my own home I had the seamless company install basic open gutters on 2 of my three eaves.  One eave is over 30 feet in the air and drips along a seldom-traveled area of the yard.  That part of the home is also on pier footings so my concern for water infiltration was minimal.  Clearing the gutter there would be a complex and risky process. Where my gutters are installed are along the driveway side and the deck side. The deck side is more prone to needle drop, and catches more due to the roof size and prevailing winds but having the deck there makes clean out a breeze, a simple step ladder and a few minute every other year and I’m good to go. The opposite side is a 2nd story run but is pretty needle free.

Your choice to install guards should be based on you local situation, and despite the claims many will still require some periodic cleaning. Some designs make this process far worse than an open top system…so the benefit can be nonexistent.

 

source:http://www.networx.com

25 Sep 2016
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Gutters 101

When shopping for a gutter system, a homeowner will have to choose among a variety of materials, including aluminum, galvanized steel, vinyl, copper, and wood. Installers price gutter systems per linear foot, but this price should include all the necessary components for a gutter system, including the gutters, downspouts (the vertical section), corner joints, end caps, and hanging brackets.

Gutter Materials and Pricing
Aluminum is the most popular gutter on the market, as it is relatively inexpensive, durable, and easy to work with. Unlike steel, aluminum will not rust over time, and is available in a wide range of colors. Gutter installers will often quote a price (which includes installation) at a “per linear foot” price; although costs for an aluminum system will vary, homeowners may expect somewhere around $3-6 per linear foot.

Steel gutter systems are usually galvanized, although stainless steel options exist as well. Galvanized steel gutters will eventually rust after 20-25 years, but steel is strong and durable, making it a popular option for regions that experience extreme weather, heavy rains, and snow. Steel is slightly more expensive than aluminum; with prices averaging around $8-10 per linear foot. Stainless steel, which doesn’t rust, sells for upwards of $20 per linear foot.

Copper is also one of the more durable gutter options. Copper brings a certain aesthetic to a home’s facade, appealing to property owners looking to customize their home. “Copper is one of the strongest metals,” says Mike Milliman, a partner with the RainTrade Corporation. “It is suitable for any region.” Copper sits at the high-end of the gutter market, selling for anywhere from $12-25 per linear foot. Homeowners who are interested in a copper gutter system should consider the “patina” aspect of copper, which gradually ages and changes color with exposure to the elements. “A copper gutter system will only stay shiny for the first month or two,” Milliman says. “It will turn brown, dark brown, purple, and eventually a greenish color. Homeowners need to expect these changes.”

Vinyl is one of the least-expensive gutter options on the market, and is also very easy to cut and work with, making these gutters suitable for DIY installations. Vinyl gutter systems are prominent in home stores because of the easy of assembly and availability of component parts. At around $3-5 per linear foot, vinyl is most affordable option for gutter installations. Vinyl tends to become brittle and break in colder climates. It is also not as sturdy or durable as metal counterparts.

 

Source:http://www.bobvila.com

15 Sep 2016
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Gutter Cleaning Tips That Can Save Your Life

If more building owners and facilities managers knew the proper way to clean out their roof gutters, there would be fewer injuries and deaths and far less property damage.

Fall is the season when gutters are cleaned out in preparation for the rainy or snowy season ahead.

If the rainwater doesn’t flow properly through the gutter and downspout system, costly repairs can add up from rainwater damage or freezing.

It’s time to clean out those clogged gutters, and to do it safely.

According to Robert Lenney, inventor of the Gutterglove and a gutter cleaning expert, being properly educated in the art of gutter cleaning is key to a successful and safe cleaning experience.

“Cleaning out gutters is pretty easy as long as you know what you are doing,” replies Lenney. “Every time I hear of someone getting hurt from cleaning their gutters, it makes me cringe; it could most likely have been avoided had they followed proper cleaning procedures.”

There are a variety of gutter cleaning tips that can bring sanity into this tedious task.

Some of the basics detailed by Lenney are listed below.

  • Practice Ladder Safety

Always let someone know you will be using a ladder to work on your building’s roof or gutters.

Use a safe and sturdy ladder, preferably one with a small shelf strong enough to hold a five-gallon bucket to collect gutter debris, and make sure to secure the bucket with a lanyard.

A four-legged step ladder is good for a single-story structure, and an extension ladder is ideal for a two-story or taller facility.
An orchard ladder is not recommended because there are only three legs for support and they can become unbalanced.

A wooden ladder is also not recommended because they are often wobbly and difficult to safely balance.

Fiberglass ladders seem to be the sturdiest, but are also the heaviest.

If you are cleaning gutters for hours upon hours, muscle fatigue can set in from moving the heavy ladder numerous times.

If this is the case, you should try using an aluminum ladder, which is the second-choice option for strength and support.

Inspect the ladder for defects, dents or loose parts before climbing.

If your ladder is fastened together with screws and bolts, make sure all parts are tightened.

When opening up a step ladder, make sure the extension-hinge arms are fully extended and locked in place.

  • Utilize A Garden Hose

Use a garden hose with a pistol-grip trigger spray nozzle.

This type of spray nozzle allows you to adjust the water pressure with the use of just one hand.

A pistol-grip trigger spray nozzle can be easily hung over the front edge of the gutter while moving the ladder or while using a gutter scoop.

This type of spray nozzle can be purchased at any hardware store.

  • Get A Gutter Scoop

Scooping out the leafy debris seems to be the best overall method for cleaning out gutters.

An excellent tool for this job is a plastic scooping tool, which can be purchased at most hardware stores.

Plastic scooping tools are unique because the front scooping edge is very thin and forms itself to the bottom of the gutter trough, making it easy to scoop out even the toughest debris in any size gutter system.

Stay away from using a metal scooping tool because the bottom of the gutter and seams can be damaged and scratched.

Scraping the bottom of a steel gutter can introduce areas to rust, and if the bottom of the gutter is already rusting, the rusting process could speed up.

  • Protect Your Hands

Gloves can help protect hands against dirty, rotting leaf debris that often contains bird, pigeon and squirrel droppings that are ridden with bacteria.

Gloves can also prevent painful cuts from the torn metal shards of an old, ragged gutter.

Cotton gloves can soak up dirty water that exposes skin to bacteria.

Leather gloves are not as maneuverable and tend to shrivel up when they dry after cleaning.

Rubber gloves can get poked or torn by metal shards in the gutter.

Thick, suede glove material is recommended because it is superior to cotton, thin leather or rubber gloves.

  • Protect Your Eyes

Eye protection is a must because one never knows what might fly out of the downspout when cleaning gutters.

People have experienced rats, birds, frogs, wasps and bees leaving at high speeds once they start removing a clog, and the last thing they want to have happen is an eye injury.

  • Clean Off The Roof

Rake or power wash all debris off the roof first.

Otherwise, the next rain will wash all the debris down into the clean gutter, clogging it up again.

Also, debris left on the roof can lead to water damming up in valleys, around the chimney or near heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment, which can cause erosion and roof leaks over time.

  • Consider Rubber Shoes

If walking on the roof is necessary to perform gutter cleaning, it is good to use rubber-soled shoes.

Rubber soles tend to adhere best and prevent slip-and-fall incidents.

Rooftops tend to be moist in the morning, so it is best to walk on the roof after the sun is well up in the sky and has dried up all the moisture.

Late mornings or early afternoons are the best times to walk on a roof.

  • Unclog The Downspouts

Make sure the downspouts are clear.

After all the gutters are cleaned out, run the water hose down the downspout at full pressure.

If the water backs up out of the top, a clog is present.

Normally, it can be unclogged by tapping on the side of the downspout.

But, if that doesn’t work, the downspout and back need to be removed, and it should be flushed from the bottom.

If a clog is present and the downspout is connected to an underground drain, it is best to disconnect the bottom of the downspout from the underground drain.

Otherwise, the clog may move to the underground drain.

  • Schedule Semiannual Cleanings

Make sure your gutters are cleaned at least twice a year: Once in the fall and again in the spring.

One main reason for cleaning out gutters is to eliminate the possibility of water damage from rainwater runoff due to a clogged gutter.

Another reason is to reduce the possibility of rust corrosion.

Even though it may not rain during the summer, if there is debris in the steel gutters, the rusting process can speed up.

It’s difficult for rust to speed up with clean gutters.

The faster the rusting process, the sooner new gutters will be needed.

  • Be Mindful Of Power Line Hazards

When cleaning gutters around a power line cable that drops from the power pole to the roof of a building, conduct a visual inspection of the electrical cable where it connects to the roof.

This is to ensure that the protective wire insulation hasn’t rubbed off through years of wear-and-tear by weather and nearby trees.

If the cable appears to have damage, do not attempt to repair it; instead, call a licensed professional electrical contractor to fix it.

If it’s raining and there is an electrical wire problem, do not attempt to clean out the gutters until the wires are fixed; water is a dangerous conductor of electricity.

Whether it’s raining or not, it would be a good idea to have the electrical wiring repaired before cleaning out your gutters.

  • Invest In Gutter Guards

Using a quality gutter guard can eliminate the need for cleaning out gutters.

Consider carefully the manufacturer’s claims before purchasing a gutter protection system that keeps out leaves and pine needles because many promises are made that can’t be delivered.

Eight Gutter Cleaning Tips

1.   Let someone know you are cleaning your gutters

2.   Use a safe and secure ladder

3.   Rake leaves and other debris off the rooftop first

4.   Wear rubber-soled shoes when walking on the rooftop

5.   Use a plastic gutter scooping tool

6.   Wear gloves and proper eyewear

7.   Unclog downspouts

8.   Watch out for hazardous power lines

 

Source:http://www.cmmonline.com

05 Sep 2016
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HOW GUTTER GUARDS PRESERVE YOUR GUTTERS

The last thing anyone thinks about is their roof and especially their gutters. The rain gutters are one of the most significant components on the outside of a home as they filter water off of the roof and away from the foundation. Water can be surprisingly damaging to the home.

Attached to the gutters are the downspouts. Although the gutters and downspouts are attached to the top of a house, they are actually more important to the bottom because if the foundation becomes frequently wet and sagged, it becomes a festering playground for mildew and mold.

Gutters should always be kept in the best repair. Homeowners should be able to tell whenever their gutters are clogged because the rainwater will spill over and the unit will become unattached to the exterior of the home.

The solution to preventing gutter clogs is gutter guards. The use of gutter guards can effectively stop dirt and debris from getting into your gutters. The roof is the brain of the home and needs to stay protected at all times. Debris and dirt can damage a roof as easily as rainwater.

Gutter guards can be beneficial in the following ways to homeowners:

 

  • Save time & money
  • Less maintenance
  • Stops rust from forming
  • Prevents blockages
  • Stops mold & mildew growth

 

Saving time and money is something that all homeowners would like to do. Installing a gutter guard can help save a great deal of time, energy, and money. With a guard attached to the gutters, there is no more wasting time cleaning the gutters out on the weekends.

Some gutter cleaning jobs are too big for the average homeowner. This causes many to hire professionals. Hiring contractor costs money. By having the device installed, there is no need to hire a professional to clean out the gutters.

There is no other way to protect the gutters or the roof for that matter other than with gutter guards. No one can throw a tarp over their roofs and hope for the best. A gutter guard won’t stop other things/damages from happening to your roof but will stop clogs.

Gutter guards reduce the amount of time a homeowner spends on their roof. There will be some matter left behind in the gutters, but not piles of debris like they would if they were left exposed. Normal gutter cleaning, for preventative maintenance, should be done once a year.

A gutter left exposed can cause debris to accumulate in the gutters without warning. This is especially true during the wet seasons. The gutters will start to rust after a period of time being hit with rain. Rust reduces the longevity of gutters.

Blockages impact a gutter greatly. Gutter guards eliminate large build-ups keeping them clear. The gutter can be prevented from a smooth flow when such hindrances block it. An overflowing drain can impact a home negatively.

Water damages to the exterior of the home leads to permanent stains, damaging the roof, and running the foundation. That’s why there are various types of gutter guards available in today’s home improvement market.

The presence of water often leads to mold and mildew growth. This will affect the home as well. Keeping up with the hygiene of a home is tough to do, but essential because the homeowner loses money when they don’t attend to their property.

Because a gutter guard helps in the elimination of clogs and water in the sewers, it prevents insects from breeding such as mosquitoes, cockroaches, and spiders. This also helps save the homeowner money on pest control bills.

Gutter guards can be extremely helpful in areas which are prone to bushfires. Guards stop the accumulation of debris, so the device will stop floating members with any intent to start a fire. The gutter guards can save lives!

Choosing the right one though is very important as they come in several different types:

 

  • Aluminum
  • Copper
  • Plastic

 

All three types of these gutter guards can be purchased from a local roofer as well as installed. They can also be purchased at a home improvement store. The use of a good gutter guard will save the roof and gutters from permanent damages.

 

Source:http://www.footbridgemedia.com

25 Aug 2016
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Install Gutters: Hire Someone or DIY?

To many people, “DIY” is more than just a label. It’s an attitude, a state of mind, or even a personal statement. It’s emblematic of being independent, self-reliant, and not beholden to anyone else.

However, a big part of DIY is knowing when to ask for assistance — which often entails hiring a professional. Since this is a gutter-related blog, let’s examine gutter installation and whether you should hire someone to install gutters on your home, or do it yourself.

The Benefits of Doing it Yourself

The most tangible advantage associated with a DIY gutter installation is the reduced costs involved. All of the materials are available at any home improvement or hardware store, and there are no special tools or equipment needed to complete the project. Installing gutters can also be done on your own schedule without having to arrange an appointment with a contractor (and be at home when he arrives). Doing it yourself also lets you pick the precise style of gutters you want, and even install gutter guards during the process. And, last but not least, hanging your own gutters gives you the satisfaction of a job well done.

The Benefits of Hiring a Contractor

On the other hand, hiring a contractor to install gutters on your home will keep you off of a ladder or roof, where your safety is at risk from potential falls and the associated broken bones, concussions, or more severe injuries.

In addition, hanging gutters is harder than it looks; and professionals have the experience to set the right pitch, attach the seams firmly, and secure the guttering to your fascia properly — without damaging the materials in the process. Also, gutter installers know how to identify and repair other issues related to malfunctioning gutters (like rotting fascia boards, siding leaks, or deteriorating shingles) that may also be present on your home.

Finally, gutter contractors will either bring all of the bulky guttering materials to your home or manufacture seamless gutters on-site, thus solving the DIY problem of transporting the materials from a retailer to your home.

How to Find a Reputable Company to Install Gutters

If you do choose the latter option, it’s important to find a contractor that is trustworthy, dependable, and skilled at gutter installation. When exploring possible contractors to install gutters, go online and check out some sites where customer reviews are posted. They’ll often give you unbiased, unfiltered opinions of a given company’s performance (or lack thereof). You should also make sure that any contractor has the proper insurance, so that you don’t expose yourself to a lawsuit if someone injures himself on your property while installing your gutters.

It’s also important to obtain a pre-project estimate in writing from your gutter contractor, along with details on how long the job will take (most gutter installs can be done in a single day). You should determine precisely who will be supervising the work at your home, as well as whom to call if there are any problems or concerns. Finally, make sure the contractor guarantees not only the materials used in the job, but also his labor and workmanship as well.

The answer to the title question will be different for every homeowner. The biggest thing to remember is that you need your gutters to be installed correctly in order for them to collect and channel runoff water from your roof and away from your home’s foundation. Whether those gutters are hung by you or a pro is your call.

 

Source:http://www.harryhelmet.com

15 Aug 2016
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Gutter Installation and Repair

Repair or replace gutters
Gutters systems can last 20-30 years, but that doesn’t mean they’ll never need repairs. The first step to extending the life of your gutters is regular gutter cleaning. But let’s suppose you already have damaged gutters. While many problems can be repaired, sometimes you just need to go ahead and replace your gutters.

The main factor in determining whether to repair or replace your gutters will be extent of damage. If you only have one or two trouble spots, they should be easy to fix, but if multiple sections of your gutters are giving you problems or you have tried repairing a problem before and it keeps coming back, you should save yourself the headache and replace your gutters.

If you don’t feel comfortable making the call yourself, you can call out a reputable professional to look at your gutters and give you an assessment. Be warned, while companies that install new gutters often also make small repairs on existing gutters, you should expect to hear a sales pitch arguing that new gutters are the way to go.

If you are confident you just want your gutters repaired, make several calls and get multiple estimates. This can also be a good job for a handyman, who may be more likely to give you a good price than someone who is motivated to sell you a new system. When searching Angie’s List for service providers, be sure to check both categories “gutter repair” and “handyman.”

Common gutter problems

Gutters are relatively simple in design and so there are just a few major ways they can fail. These are the most likely causes for gutter damage and how to repair them.

1. Blockage. Your gutters can be clogged with debris such as build up from natural materials like leaves or from unnatural materials like tennis balls. If you notice water marks under your gutters or pooling water and mildew near your foundation, your gutters are probably overflowing and simply need cleaned out. Don’t just think horizontal here. Your downspout can also be blocked.

2. Sag. If you notice your gutters leaning down or pulling away from the house, you need to act quickly to avoid rotting fascia board and total gutter collapse. The reason for your gutter sag is most likely the result of a broken hanger or spike. Inspect the problem area and replace broken hardware as necessary. You can purchase screw-in spikes instead of hammer-in to help with spike holes that have become worn and loose.

Your gutter might also be sagging due to excess weight from debris that needs cleaned out, ice expansion over the winter or from undue stress such as leaning a ladder on your gutters, which you should never do. If there is permanent warping, you may need to replace that section of gutter, if not your whole system depending on the extent of the damage.

3. Leaks. If your gutters are not blocked and water is still escaping, you have a leak. A leak sometimes opens at the joints between sections of gutter, which can simply be resealed. Other times a leak develops through a crack in the gutters from corrosion or other damage. You can patch these leaks, but once a weak spot is established, it will likely be a recurring problem.

4. Poor pitch. Gutters are meant to have an imperceptible slope towards the downspout, about 1/8 or 1/16 inch per foot, to keep water flowing. If water is pooling in your gutters when there is no blockage, your gutters are probably improperly pitched. This could have happened during a poorly done gutter installation or can be the result of a house settling. This problem may be hard to identify, but it’s important to address as pooling water can lead to corrosion or provide a breeding ground for pests such as mosquitos.

Gutter pitch adjustment is delicate work as you must maintain a precise angle, in a straight line, over long stretches of gutter. This repair can be done by the homeowner, but it’s also a good job to hire a handyman for to be sure the job gets done correctly and the problem gets fixed.

DIY or hire a pro?

Hanging gutters isn’t rocket science — but there is some science involved, not to mention skill, so make sure you’re up to the job. Keep in mind, if you do a bad job it will be obvious to everyone who walks past your house.

If you install gutters yourself, you will be buying materials in sections from the hardware store and joining them together to stretch the length of your roof. This means there will be visible seams that could leak. You also run the risk of creating a wavy effect over several sections while trying to span 40 feet or more of roof line. Even if this is not noticeable to the naked eye, you will create places where water pools and does not drain.

Gutter replacement professionals can manufacture lengths of gutter on the spot to match the precise length of your roof line, which means no seams to join together and the pitch is much easier to install correctly.

When considering doing the job yourself, or if you are on the fence, first add up the total footage of gutter you need, including downspouts. Don’t forget to include the number of end caps, elbows, spikes and so on to get a complete budget. Go to the hardware store and figure out how much it will cost for the materials. Remember that this will be a two-person and two-ladder job. If you’ll need to buy or rent ladders, add that to your cost.

Once you have that number, call three reputable gutter installation companies and get estimates. Naturally, they will be more than your materials-only total, but you can then decide whether the difference is worth it to have the job done professionally.

Gutter materials and cost

Manufacturers use several different types of materials to make gutters. There is wide variability in durability, curb appeal, weather resistance and price. These and other factors will determine which rain gutter system is best for your home.

Aluminum gutters are a popular choice because they are easy to install, fairly weather-resistant and economical. They are available in a wide range of colors and cost between $4 to $10 per linear foot, installed. The curb appeal is good, but can diminish somewhat over time. The main disadvantage of aluminum that it is readily damaged and bent by flying debris and high winds.

Copper gutters may be the right option for owners of historic or high-value homes. The curb appeal is high, but if you want to retain the copper’s natural color, it will be more expensive and difficult to maintain. If patina is what you want, forgo the sealants and let nature take its course. The cons of copper are the $15 to $30 per foot price tag, with an average cost of $23 per foot. This makes copper the most expensive gutter material. There’s also a risk that copper gutters will be stripped off of your house by thieves for the metal value. This risk ebbs and flows with the price of copper.

Stainless steel gutters are not a very common for residences, both because of cost and upkeep (rust). However, it’s the most durable gutter material and will withstand extreme weather conditions. With proper maintenance, steel gutters will last a lifetime. Steel gutters cost $8 to $12 per linear foot. The drawbacks to steel are its low curb appeal and the maintenance required to prevent rust and corrosion.

Vinyl gutters have become very popular because they are easy to install and have a wide range of color options. The $3 to $5 per linear foot price range makes vinyl one of the most economical choices. The curb appeal is good because vinyl is available in numerous colors and is generally fade-resistant. However, vinyl may not do well in extreme temperatures. Cold temperatures cause the material to become fragile and crack with continued exposure. Vinyl is also prone to damage during high winds.

Wood gutters would be a rare choice, but wood is sometimes used for restoration work. The curb appeal is high, but it requires more maintenance to prevent cracks or rot. It’s also difficult to install.  Cost have ranged between $12 and $20 per linear foot, but could be more so an an onsite inspection is necessary to determine the cost.

Some installers charge separately to remove and haul away old gutters and downspouts, so ask the pro if the expense is included in the estimate.

Source:https://www.angieslist.com

05 Aug 2016
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How Much Do Gutters Cost to Install or Replace?

One of the eventualities in owning a home is the natural depreciation of your gutters. At some point, you will need to replace the ones that you have.
The process may seem scary, but a home that lacks properly functioning gutters is much more frightening. A constant flow of rainwater not only irritates you as a dweller, but also erodes the foundation of your home. Basement leaks, roof rot, and moldy attics are all likely byproducts of failing gutters. If you think you need new gutters, you probably do. Here is a guide to everything you need to know about installing or replacing them.

Gutter Installation – Materials & Labor Costs

Gutter Prices & Materials

The cost of gutter materials depends a great deal on the type of gutter you select. There are four major choices.

  • Vinyl gutters are the least expensive, costing as little as $4 per piece. Even the nicest vinyl gutters are rarely more than $8.
  • Aluminum is a bit more expensive, starting at $6 per piece with the most expensive gutters in the $12 range.
  • Steel gutters are much better in quality, and their price reflects this. They start at $11 and oftentimes cost $33 per piece or more.
  • Copper is the highest quality of all. It costs at least $40 per piece and usually costs well in excess of $100.

When you purchase new gutters, you’ll also want to buy downspout extensions. Expect to pay between $6 and $15 for vinyl and aluminum versions, while steel at least doubles that total and copper will cost $90 or more. You might also have to pay for additional materials like:

  • Splash blocks/drains: splash blocks and drains help to direct water away from the foundation and prevent damage. They cost between $5 and $10.
  • Flashing: Flashing protects your roof underlayment and siding from potential moisture damage and costs around $10 to purchase and install as a DIY project.
  • Hangers: Gutter hangers give it extra strength and help hold it up, especially when there might be a lot of wind or water draining during a storm. Their prices start at $2 and go up.

Labor Costs

Having a gutter contractor handle the installation of your new gutters is advisable in that paying for such a service removes a lot of hassle from the process. You want the job done right and with minimal aggravation. A professional gutter installer should finish this process in an average of seven hours, which means it’s only a day’s work in most instances. Even larger scale projects will probably take no more than three days to complete.

The downside is the added cost. Paying someone for their services will add to the bottom line. The estimate for a contractor to replace a gutter and downspout section that measures 50 feet is about $509 for an experienced contractor. Note that this estimate does include materials in addition to labor, so it’s the sum total for the 50-foot section. So, you should expect to pay roughly $5.18 per square foot. Note that the price is location dependent.
You may get more or less for your money, depending on the cost of living in your area. Also note that your roof pitch impacts the estimate. You will pay more for a steeper incline.

Gutter Enhancements & Accessories

Cleaning

Keeping your gutters clean is an important step in protecting your investment. You should consider purchasing a special tool to add to your pressure washer. A gutter cleaner attachment costs as little as $25 on Amazon, and it provides you peace of mind about the state of your gutters. These devices are long enough that they require no ladder to perform the work of cleaning your gutters. You can also hire a professional to clean your gutters for approximately $100 to $200 (learn more about gutter cleaning costs).

Gutter Guards

This plastic mesh guard prevents leaves and other clutter from creating blockage in your gutters. The better products don’t rust or erode over time, making them ideal one-time purchases. A middle-tier gutter guard with dimensions of 6″ x 20′ costs approximately $6. Since the average professional gutter cleaning is $75, think of this as money well spent. There are some types of gutter guards that are built in to gutters already. LeafGuard, one of many brands, designs the gutter and guard mix so that water flows straight into the downspout while block leaves and debris.

Wire Mesh Screens

Nature’s pests represent one of the largest dangers to the integrity of your gutters. A swarm of pests can undo all your hard work on your gutters. Wire mesh screens present an elegant, cheap solution to the problem. They fit on top of your gutters and provide protection against anything that tries to enter your gutters. These screens are the cheapest gutter guard solution at a modest cost of as little as $1 per square foot.

Heat Tape

Winter weather is one of your biggest enemies in protecting your gutters. Freezing temperatures can wreak havoc. Once the ice thaws, overflow will spill down to the ground, creating dangerous walking and driving conditions on the surface below. If you live in an area that experiences a lot of cold weather, heat tape will protect your gutters from icing. The cabling runs through your gutters. During inclement climate conditions, you simply activate the cables in your gutters and downspout. The water will drain away naturally as intended. You can purchase heat tape for as little as $77 for 100 feet, so it’s a solid investment for people in colder regions.

Downspout Screens

Clogging is a natural concern for all gutters. Downspout screens address this issue by redirecting potential clogging debris away from the downspout opening. The clever design accommodates the natural motion of water to elevate leaves and other objects above the slope of the gutters where the wind will eventually blow them away. These devices are economical at a cost of roughly $8 each.

25 Jul 2016
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Gutter Installation Cost

How much does it cost to install gutters?

The average cost to install galvanized or aluminum gutters is approximately $4 to $9 per linear foot. There are also vinyl gutters which are much easier to install, and which run at roughly $3 to $5 per linear foot. Therefore, installing from 125 to 200 feet of gutters will cost $1050-$2400.

These prices, however, tend to apply strictly to the DIY homeowners. When a professional gutter company is hired for the work the prices will climb a bit with averages ranging from $1050 and $2400, and with separate prices assigned to downspout installations.

For the purpose of this discussion we will look at the price and requirements to install 200 feet of gutters.

Cost breakdown

For the gutter installation, the typical costs include:

  • Materials – costs for gutters range widely with PVC and vinyl being the least expensive. There are also aluminum gutters (which dent very easily and which become brittle with prolonged exposure to the elements), wood gutters, galvanized steel gutters, and even copper gutters. Plastics range from $3 to $5 per foot, aluminum average $4 to $9, wood are around $16 per foot, steel are from $4 to $8, and copper will be the most expensive with an average price of $20 per foot; and
  • Labor – when the homeowner decides to have the job done by a professional, they will have to add more to the budget for this part of the work. A good carpenter or “handyman” can usually handle a gutter guard installation in a very short period of time. According to DIYOrNot.com it would require the average contractor around seven hours to install a 50 foot section, which means that the project described here would require three days of work and a total of $2200 to complete.

Enhancement and improvement costs

  • Gutter Drainage – according to DIYOrNot.com it will usually require no more than $160 to pay a professional to design and install a system for the drainage of gutter water away from the house or foundation;
  • Removal and Disposal – removing old gutters and disposing of them will usually add to the total cost of the project. To pay a professional for the work will usually demand around $100;
  • Cleaning – the average cost for a professional gutter cleaning is approximately $90 for a single service. In most areas it is necessary to clean gutters at least three times each year;
  • Gutter Guards – there are dozens of varieties of gutter guards, with DIY and professionally installed options among them. The costs for a system can range from as little as $200 (DIY) up to $3600 for a professional installation;
  • Downspout Screens – in addition to using gutter guards, a homeowner may want to consider installing downspout screens. These redirect floating debris away from the downspout opening and allow water to drain away immediately; and
  • Heat Tape – there are many heating elements that are impervious to the effects of freezing temperatures, ice, and water and these will help to prevent ice from forming on top of, or inside a gutter. While a homeowner is installing gutters, or having them installed professionally, they may want to consider installing heating elements wherever icing occurs.

 

Source:http://www.fixr.com