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Serving Wisconsin and Minnesota
Cleaning your gutters is one of the more necessary (and dreaded), parts of home ownership. The job can be a hassle and even a danger, but skip it for too long, and you could see some severe damage to your home. This handy gutter cleaning guide will tell you everything you need to know about why clear gutters are necessary, how to get them clean, and how to avoid ever having to do it again.
Before we get into the how, let’s talk about why gutter cleaning is so important, how often it needs to be done, and what could happen if you slack off.
Gutters are designed to carry water away from your roof and ultimately away from your house, preventing water damage from heavy rains and snow. Unfortunately, if your gutters are clogged, not only are they not draining away from your home, they can cause water to overflow, resulting in water damage. Cleaning your gutters ensures that waters from rain and snow will drain efficiently, keeping your home safe and undamaged.
The average homeowner should clean their gutters twice a year, in spring and fall, to clear debris, prevent clogs, and keep everything flowing smoothly. However, this can vary based on where you live. For example, homeowners in very arid climates with fewer trees might only have to clean their gutters once a year. On the other hand, here in the Midwest, we can have harsh winters with lots of ice, making it important to clean your gutters a minimum of twice a year. If you have a lot of trees on your property, you may even need to have them cleaned three or four times a year.
Depending on how quickly your gutters get clogged, you might not actually notice any issues right away if you forget to clean your gutters. Once you get a clog (and you will), water will stop draining effectively, and heavy storms with lots of rain, ice, or snow will cause the water to begin to damage your home. In addition, heavy water-filled and debris-laden gutters can sag or break away from the house, damaging the roof and fascia.
Now that you know how important it is to clean your gutters let’s talk about how to complete this tricky, yet important task.
Traditional gutters are open along the top to catch water as it runs off your roof. This is a simple, effective design for catching water, but it’s also great at catching everything else too. Leaves and other debris easily fall inside and get stuck. To remove collected debris, you’ll need a ladder, a bucket, a small shovel or trowel, and a garden hose.
Water damage to your home isn’t the only side effect of clogged gutters. When debris is left to rot in the gutters for long periods of time, it absorbs water and causes the metal gutters to rust, creating leaks. Gutter seams, where two lengths of gutter are joined together, are particularly vulnerable to catching debris and developing leaks. Leaky gutters can’t do their job, so while you are cleaning the gutters you should check the integrity of the gutters themselves.
Some gutters are covered with an add-on screen or cover to try to keep debris out. These gutters will still need to be occasionally cleaned to remove debris that got past the screen or cover. When it’s time, you’ll need to remove the screen or hood first, possibly requiring a professional to do the job. While screens or covers may mean cleaning your gutters less often, they’ll also make it more expensive and time-consuming when it comes to cleaning.
The alternative is a fully integrated, all-in-one system such as K-Guard Seamless Gutters. These gutters don’t have seams where leaks can develop, and they have a custom, removable hood that is designed to work with the gutter system, not against it. These are true maintenance-free and clog-free gutters, and the lifetime warranty guarantees that they will stay that way or be cleared or replaced for free.
If you’d rather not clean your own gutters, there is a solution: You can call a professional home improvement company and have them do the task for you, or better yet, install a maintenance-free option. The cost of having your gutters cleaned several times a year can add up, especially if you live in an area where it needs to be done frequently. Save yourself time, money, and worry by calling All Exteriors LLC today to have K-Guard Seamless Gutters installed on your home.
Have you ever thought about how nice it would be to have a sunroom in your home? A sunroom is an excellent choice for any homeowner who wants to improve their home. Here are six reasons to consider a sunroom installation.
An excellent gutter system in good repair is important, not only for aesthetics and convenience but also because it protects your house from the damage that could be caused by water not being drained away from the house properly. Water draining around the foundation can cause damages and leaks, and the buildup of ice dams caused by improperly draining gutters can cause leaks and water damage from above.
Warm weather is here, and with it, long evenings on the patio or deck, outdoor dinner parties, and all of the other things you love most about this time of year. Are you interested in updating your landscaping and outdoor living spaces this year? Perhaps a sunroom, patio, deck or outdoor kitchen to do more entertaining? Or just to give yourself a new favorite place to unwind? Here are the top 5 landscaping trends of 2018 to give you a few ideas.
Whether it’s spring or fall, summer or winter, there’s always some kind of weather that could damage your home. Leaks and exterior damage are just as detrimental in hot weather as they are in the cold, and the exterior of your home always needs to be in tip-top shape to withstand the elements. Here are six ways to prepare your house for all kinds of weather.
With warmer weather again, you are probably thinking about whether you will have to paint your home this year. But what if you didn’t have to paint it ever again? Here are some of the biggest benefits of Everlast siding.
Everlast siding isn’t like wood siding, fiber cement siding, or even vinyl siding. This high-quality composite siding is made from a carefully balanced combination of polymeric resin and granular stone. The result is a solid construction that won’t bow or buckle as wood and fiber siding choices do or chip and crack like vinyl does as it ages.
In addition to its solid construction, Everlast siding is so strong and durable that it’s guaranteed to last you for years. Not only is this siding strong due to its unique composition, but it’s also finished with an acrylic polymer that is guaranteed to protect the color from fading for years to come.
Water is the nemesis of most siding. Wood and fiber cement siding absorb and hold water, causing rot to damage your home. Keeping a protective coating of paint on the siding can help stave off the inevitable, but then the home must be repainted any time the old paint starts to crack or chip. Even vinyl siding can leak, letting moisture in to weaken the wooden structure of your home. Everlast siding changes the game with its resin and stone composition that won’t absorb water, and an interlocking design that effectively keeps water out.
If you’re tired of painting and repainting your home, the last thing you’ll want is another type of siding that’s hard to care for. Everlast’s resin and stone composition and acrylic polymer outer coating will make this siding the least maintenance-intensive part of your home. Dirt can easily be cleaned off with a pressure washer, but otherwise, this durable, maintenance-free siding should need absolutely nothing from you.
Okay, so this siding is strong, durable, and easy to care for, but does it look good, too? Luckily, if you’re looking to increase your home’s curb appeal, Everlast siding can do that, too. Choose from over a dozen different colors and two different trim packages, all of which will maintain its vibrant color for years to come, thanks to the UV-resistant finish.
You have plenty of other things to spend your time and effort on. Why spend it on something like taking care of your siding, when you could be doing something you want to do instead? For more information about where to buy Everlast siding or to schedule home siding installation, contact All Exteriors LLC today.
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New Richmond, WI 54017
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