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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/

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

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

05 Jul 2016
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Why is Gutter Cleaning So Important?

A debris-clogged gutter can cause a leaky roof or water damage to the interior or exterior of your home.
Gutters are an integral piece of your home’s well being. They serve to control the flow of rainwater to protect your roof, walls, foundation and landscape.

But when neglected, experts say gutters can turn from a necessity to a nightmare. A gutter clogged with leaves, sticks and other debris can cause a leaky roof or water damage to the interior or exterior of your home. Contractors say gunked-up gutters also make nice homes for pests, rodents, mold and honeycombs from bee infestations.

“If you let gutter cleaning go by the wayside, it can cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars,” says Jeff Lambert, a supervisor with The Gutter Man in Houston.

“Gutters are a potential bomb above your head full of insects and critters, if you let them stay out of sight, out of mind,” Lambert added.

How often should they be cleaned?
It depends largely on where you live and, most importantly, how many trees are in your yard. Bob Vecchio, owner of The House Doctors in Cleveland, recommends having gutters maintained in the spring and fall.

“I recommend people calling me in the fall when all of their leaves are down or almost down, Vecchio says. “In the springtime, maple trees get those little helicopters that go everywhere, including into your gutter.”

Vecchio says it’s important to have a professional clean the downspouts as well because a clogged downspout “makes it hard for the rain to go down and that causes them to back up and overflow the gutter, which can cause damage to your home.”

You can judge how often to clean your gutters based on how often leaves in your area fall and the types of leaves, Lambert says.

“It should be on everyone’s to-do list about every four months, depending on the tree climate,” he says. “In a high-yield environment, leaves fall all year-round. You can’t wait until the last leaf falls.”

25 Jun 2016
gutters

What happens when you don’t clean your gutters

Leaking gutters
Perhaps the most common ailment to both cleaned and uncleaned gutters is a leak. Easily found and repaired during routine inspection of the gutter, a leak that goes unfixed can cause major damage to the exterior of your home and even the gutter itself. A leak can cause mold and rotting, leading to the gutter giving away and falling from your roof.

Leaking roofs
A leaking roof occurs when your gutter cannot maintain the water drainage from your roof. The spillage that does not fall to the ground can accumulate on the roof, causing damage. During cold weather, gutters may fill with ice, causing snow buildup on the roof. The sitting snow and later melting cause added weight and eventual harm to the roof.

Leaking basements
Most gutters drain toward the bottom exterior of the home. If they are not working properly or aren’t cleaned, the excess water will collect around your basement and eventually leak in. A leaking basement is one of the most hazardous possibilities, because it can result in a gas leak, electrical shock and pollutants in your home.

Rotted wood
Some homes have foundations made from wood. Without a gutter for the water to drain properly into, the water will accumulate and saturate into the house. Over time the wood will rot, causing possible foundation damage and issues with your home’s structure.

Foundation cracks
Like rotting wood, foundation cracks occur when water is absorbed into the home. More likely to occur during colder months due to freezing temperatures and possible “frost heave,” water buildup will cause wall cracks and cracks in the foundation itself. Not as easy to see, this damage occurs in between walls and can eventually lead to mold in your home.

Insect infestation
Where there is moisture, bugs will go. Without a properly maintained gutter, bugs will grow to love your wet and moisture-filled gutters. Nasty critters like carpenter ants, roaches, earwigs, mosquitoes and even termites are likely to cause an infestation in a non-maintained gutter.

Sidewalk/driveway damage
Not only can water cause your sidewalks and driveway to become slippery from excess water and ice, but it can also cause damage. The extra water can cause a sagging and cracked foundation. To avoid this, direct your drain spout in another direction.

Drowning landscape
When a gutter is damaged or unable to retain water, the water then leaks out to the landscape, including your exterior plants. Overwatered plants can turn dull and die, causing an ugly and drowning landscape.

 

Source:http://www.sheknows.com

15 Jun 2016
gutters

How to Maintain Your Gutters

Gutters and downspouts play a big part in making sure your home is protected from water and moisture damage. Clogged or leaky gutters can result in water spilling out and collecting around the home’s foundations. This could lead to major problems such as:

  • Foundation walls settling/sinking
  • Bulging and/or cracking of basement walls

To avoid these problems, keep your gutters and downspouts in good condition through regular maintenance. Here are some tips to help you along the way.

1. Clean Your Gutters

  • Manually clean out leaves, sticks, needles and seeds using gloves; scoop out any debris with a garden trowel.
  • Avoid using a hose to remove debris – it might clog up the downspouts.
  • Remove any pasty sediment that results from tiny granules of asphalt roofing shingles mixing with dirt and water.
  • If there’s any residual matter, flush it out with your garden hose.
  • Clean downspouts by turning your hose on full blast and threading it into the opening.
  • Adjust your gutters so they’re sloped one vertical inch for every 15 to 20 horizontal feet so they drain properly.

2. Repair Gutters

  • Install new hangars to hold gutters in place. Gutters are usually attached using straps, hangers or long nails inserted through metal collars (known as “spikes and ferrules”).
  • Instead of replacing straps, re-nailing old spikes or adding new spikes, use gutter hangers with self-tapping screws (available at home improvement centers) instead.
  • Replacing straps means prying up roofing materials; it’s easier to install new hangars instead.
  • If spikes need repair, replace them with gutter screws and matching ferrules; a gutter screw has more holding power than a spike.

3. Fix Leaks

  • If you find any leaks at seams, fix them with silicone sealer.
  • If there are rust holes in your steel gutters, replace them instead of trying to repair them with patch kits, which offer only a temporary solution.

4. Replace Gutters

  • If you’re in the business of replacing gutters, opt for steel over aluminum or vinyl, as steel gutters generally performs better.
  • Expansion and contraction due to weather conditions will cause aluminum gutters to come loose more frequently.
  • Vinyl gutters some in 10-foot lengths, which means there’ll be lots of seams to seal.
  • Steel gutters can be installed without intermittent seams and some versions feature baked-on enamel finishes with 40-year warranties.

Source:http://www.resnet.us/library/maintain-gutters/