From a great article posted by Gutter Helmet there are 4 quick things that can be done to winterize your home today.
1. Insulate- Insulation works and it lasts, but only if it stays dry. Find out if you have any leakage around your gutters or downspouts that may allow unwanted moisture in!
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Who knew gutters came in so many varieties! Aluminum or stainless steel? Sectional or seamless? No matter your budget or preference we've got you covered...
Replacing old gutters can be an invigorating cosmetic face lift to your home. Not only will your new gutter system operate more efficiently but you're bound to get a more visually appealing look out of it as well. Here are a couple of options for you ranging from Least to Most Expensive:
1. Vinyl- Relatively easy to install, don't rust or corrode, and are on the lower end of the spectrum when it comes to price. Downside here is they have a tendency to deteriorate a bit over time and especially with colder weather they can get a bit brittle. Additionally, they aren't the strongest material out there so expect some sagging over time or after an especially heavy load sits on them for a period of time.
2. Aluminum- Like Vinyl these won't give in to rust or discoloration and they also hold paint pretty well. However, like vinyl, they aren't the strongest material around and can be susceptible to denting and scratching with improperly placed ladders or branch damage.
3. Steel- As you probably can imagine, steel tends to be a bit more durable and strong then the first two options above. Downside here is that there can be some rusting that comes with galvanized steel. The solution here is to go with the old stand-by for the all-weather material we have all come to know and love; Stainless Steel. These gutters are strong, they look great, and they won't rust or corrode. The price for this lovely look is about 2-3X the cost of the above mentioned systems.
4. Wood- If you have a home in a historic area, like certain spots of downtown Issaquah for example, you may be replacing an all-wood gutter system and you may just want to keep it consistent for the look and aesthetics. Expect to pay quite a bit for this set-up but it could be the difference between a great looking roof and gutter vs. one that looks out of place completely.
5. Copper- A beautiful looking gutter that has a lot of the same qualities as some of the metals in the list above. It's fairly strong and resistant to the elements but as I'm sure you already guessed, it's expensive! What a cool look to a house though!
Once you've picked out your material you'll then need to determine whether you want it installed in sections or as a continuous piece. Not all materials area available both ways. As you can imagine getting a piece of cedar to wrap around a house without gaps just isn't happening. Keep in mind, as gutters age the gaps and joints between attached pieces are often the first places to fail as material and wear and tear takes effect there first more often then not.
Have an idea of what will look good on your house? We'd love to include some ideas in your next consultation. Give us a call! 425-448-8484
1. Your plants and landscaping can serve dual purposes! Having some low ground cover that has some solid soil grip is a great way to go. Grass and other low ground cover varieties will often absorb some of the moisture and they wont move down grade as a result. Some different types of bark or really loose sitting material might slide on down and they aren't the most absorbent material in the world. Concrete, rock, liners, and pavers can also help with this.
2. Install a French Drain! Sounds fancy doesn't it? Good thing is you don't even need to be French to make one of these happen. The man who perfected the technology was from Massachusetts and his last name just so happened to be French. The entire purpose is to take standing water and bring it away from the foundation using a gradual decline in slope via a perforated tube surrounded by rock or gravel. There are varieties to this (Finished house vs. one under construction... water already in the basement.... no slope at all to work with).
Regardless of where you're at currently, if you have constant soggy material around the exterior of the house it might be a god time to take a look and see what's going on with the foundation. Are the gutters clean and clear? Are the downspouts able to remove rain water from the foundation without impediment?
We're happy to help you protect the biggest investment you've made in your entire life!
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1. Clogged gutters can cause damage to the foundation of your home! Having a gutter backed up with gunk; leaves, debris, bio matter, or having a bottleneck somewhere along the line can lead to massive problems for you and your home. The purpose of the gutter and downspout system is to collect water and collect it from your roof, move it to the exterior edges, and then run it down the sides of the building and AWAY from the foundation. When gutters are backed up we get some pretty nasty results. The water collected will want to flow somewhere, and if it can't make it's way along the desired course and through the downspout then we will have to deal with gravity taking control of the situation. Water backed up will fill up the gutter and then instead of running through the down spout and away from the foundation it will spill over the gutter itself and either run down the house or drip down below to the ground. As you can imagine, this can have awful implications with regard to the foundation of the home. Water pooling up along the baseline of the house is a sign of a real issue and it may not be evident immediately but over time it can cause some serious issues. Don't believe us on the importance? Ask you homeowner's insurance company how they view backed-up gutters when it comes time to file a MASSIVE claim like a foundation issue.
2. Gutter backup can damage certain surfaces! You'll notice that gutters aren't made out of wood or some other super absorbent material. That's because the prolonged presence of water can have some really adverse effects on certain materials over time. There is a very specific reason why the gutters on your house are positioned where they are. The goal of moving water from the roof to the gutter to the downspout to away from the foundation isn't there by accident. When water pools in the gutter it causes a variety of issues. Getting moisture away from the house is critical, and when it sits idle in a backed up gutter it can interact with the fascia that runs horizontally under the edge of the roof. These can get soggy, moldy, and weak when it comes to holding weight (like the gutter!) and we've seen this cause a variety of key components to break off and collapse.
3. Gutter spillover can damage your landscaping! When your gutters back up and spill over the edge the dangers of damaging the foundation and siding and fascia are all real threats. One aspect that gets overlooked is what happens to the landscaping around the home that sits directly below the edge of the roof and gutter. A lot of homeowners put as much attention into their yards as they do with the upkeep of the inside of their home. Do you really want a steady drip of stale, moldy water to fall into that new bamboo tree you planted this past spring? We see beds of ground cover, herbs and spices, and exotic plants and trees destroyed every year because of this. Let us know what sort of landscaping you have and ask how you can best protect it from man-made damage. It's already hard enough to keep some of these exotic and specialty plant/tree breeds alive with steady care and maintenance. Don't let your hard work go to waste due to a faulty gutter system.
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