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Monthly Archives: March 2015

Expansion Joints

Did you know that aluminum expands and contracts when the temperature fluctuates?  This movement is minimal and does not warrant any special installation procedures for most gutter jobs.  However, Alloy Gutter Company occasionally gets asked to install seamless gutters that have very long runs. Because we are the gutter experts, (with over 35 years of experience) Alloy knows when expansion joints are needed and how to properly install them. Every job is unique and our installers will do a site analysis to determine your specific needs. If necessary, a lap type expansion joint will be installed. This will bridge together two sections of gutter and allow them to move independently. This eliminates any concern about the aluminum buckling due to temperature changes. Whatever size job, Alloy Gutter Company is here to take care of all your gutter needs. Give us a call with any questions or special concerns. We are the gutter experts for jobs both large and small.

Does Alloy Gutter Provide Gutter Estimates?

A quick call is all it takes to get a price on gutters. During the initial phone call, we will gather your general information and ask you a few questions about the scope of work needed. Of course, Alloy Gutter offers free estimates and you don’t even need to be at home when we come out! Your initial paperwork will be turned over to an estimator who will visit the job site. At this time, he will take measurements and photos. The estimator will return to our office and put together your quote. He will email or fax you a copy of the quote and give you a call to see if you have any questions or are ready to schedule the job. If needed, any revisions to the proposal can be done at this time. A common question we hear is, “How soon can you install my new gutters?”  In many cases, Alloy Gutter Company can quote and do your job the same day or next day. We will need to know your color choice and have the scope of work approved before starting your job.  Once we confirm the details of the job, we are able to get you scheduled fast.  Give Alloy Gutter Company a call and you will be amazed how quickly we can provide a quote and install your new gutters!

Help With Downspout Placement

We frequently get calls from contractors and homeowners concerned about where the downspouts should go. Most have experienced a problem with drainage. Alloy Gutter Company will be happy to meet with you to discuss your best options for downspout placement.

Keep in mind that the primary function of a downspout is to discharge water away from a home’s foundation.  Also, it is best to avoid discharging water on to a driveway or sidewalk.  Nobody wants an ice rink on the concrete during the winter months.

Because every property is unique, Alloy Gutter Company will advise you of what will work best for your home. Of course, the final choice is always up to you. Give Alloy a call and let a company with over thirty five years of experience help you to make the best choice.

Getting Crafty With Gutters

I’m always amazed by all the artsy/creative people out in the blogosphere. They never seem to run out of great ideas. They take the most unlikely objects and turn them into useful things for the home. Recently I went on Pinterest and searched “gutters;” I found gutter projects that are both doable and usable.

Many versions of outdoor planters are shown. Most of these gutter planters are attached to fences or hanging from chains. Herbs seem to be the most widely used plants. Typically, gutters hold rainwater but these now have drainage holes for the plants.

Another idea is to use gutters indoors as bookshelves. The photos often show them in children’s rooms. They can be cut to any length to create custom shelving units.

Can you think of any new uses for gutters? Here at Alloy Gutter Company we are sticking with what we do best; protecting your home’s exterior from moisture damage. However, you if come up with a crafty gutter idea, let us know and Alloy would be happy to share it on this blog!

Do I Need Downspout Extensions?

The primary job of a gutter system is to divert water away from a building’s foundation. The parts of a gutter system include gutters, downspouts and downspout extensions. Many times, people call with the following questions about downspout extensions:
  • What is that pipe sticking out of my downspout and what is it for? It’s an extension and it is used to keep the water away from your foundation.
  • Does it need to be so long? A typical extension is 3’ long; 3’ is the recommended length for water discharge. Occasionally, there are special circumstances that warrant longer extensions.
  • Why are there nails in my extensions? Your extensions need to be removable so that you can mow the lawn in the discharge area. They are often held in place with a roofer’s nail.
  • Are there any extension options? Flip up extensions are available for a nominal charge.
If you have any extension questions give Alloy Gutter Company a call. We will be happy to address any question or concerns you have about your gutter system.