Seamless gutters are designed to collect water as it comes off of your roof and direct that water away from your home. It sounds simple, but it is very important to protect your home from water in this manner. The pitch of your gutter system is equally important. Gutters must be pitched to drain, so that water does not collect in your gutters and just sit there. Standing water can be a major problem in and of itself, attracting pesky insects such as mosquitoes! We understand that your home is your most valuable asset, as well as an ongoing investment. We want to help you protect and preserve that investment. That is why we have our seamless gutter experts to take care of your water management.
We all know how to keep in the inside of our gutters clean - with regular cleanings or the installation of leaf protection products, but few people are aware of the suggested solution for cleaning the outside of gutters. Some gutters, especially white ones, can get what we call "tiger-stripes." This happens when dirt and grime build up in the lip of the gutter, and moisture is combined with the pollutants in the gutter, causing the filthy mixture to stream down the front of your gutters. Rain causes the dirt and grime in the gutter to overflow down the front of the gutter, even more so in especially rainy spring and summer months (HELLO, MICHIGAN THIS YEAR!!) The good news is.... there is a do-it-yourself solution to help you get rid of these hideous streaks! The recipe is as follows:
- 1/3 cup laundry detergent
- 2/3 cup trisodium phosphate
- 1 quart 5% bleach
- 3 quarts water.
You may not pay that much attention to your gutters, but it is very important that they are functioning properly. One of the main reasons that it is important is because you do not want rain water to be pooling near your foundation, as this could potentially cause water leaks in your basement. Another reason is that rain water can erode away your concrete pavers and landscaping. An easy way to fix these problems is to ensure that you have properly functioning seamless gutters. Reasons you might need new seamless rain gutters include:
- Your gutters have leaky corners when it rains
- Your gutters overflow when it rains
- Water goes behind the gutters
- Your gutters have visible cracks
- The paint on your gutters is peeling - this means that the gutters are leaking
- There are water marks below your gutters - indicating that your gutters are leaking and leaving these marks behind
- Your gutters are pulling away from the house
In a state like Michigan that experiences frequent rainfall, seamless gutters are of utmost importance. Water can be very damaging to the structure of your home, and gutters are your first defense against water. Having seamless gutters on your home will prevent rain water from flowing off your roof right onto your head as you enter and exit your home. Without gutters, sheets of water will run right off of your roof. Seamless, as opposed to sectional, gutters minimize annoying, dripping leaks. Gutters protect your expensive concrete work. Constant dripping water can erode away your walkways, driveways, paver sidewalks, and brickwork. Gutters protect your soil from erosion, preserving your home's curb appeal and keeping your landscaping in tact! Gutters direct water away from your home's foundation, reducing mold, mildew, oxidation, and insect infestation in your basement, foundation, and crawl spaces. Seamless gutters also add value to your home. They are great for resale! They show that you care about water management and maintaining your home!
It has been a long, cold winter here in Michigan, but spring has finally arrived! And we know what that means - it is also "home improvement" season! As the weather begins to warm, homeowners will get outside and see what types of work they need done on their homes. Not only do seamless gutters and leaf protection protect a home's foundation from water, they also add resale value to a home or simply beautify a home that needs a little TLC. Alloy Gutter Company is fully equipped to assist your company in all of their seamless gutter and leaf protection needs. We employ expert installers with years of experience, a fully staffed office 5 days per week, and offer same-day, next-day scheduling on all of our seamless gutter work. Alloy Gutter is here for all of your exterior home improvement needs this spring - call us now to get on our schedule!
It looked like it was going to be a mild Michigan winter this year, but in the last couple of weeks Winter has unleashed her fury... And where there is melting snow on roofs, there are icicles. But do your icicles indicate a problem? As you can see from the above picture, moving water freezes whether it is falling from a steep waterfall or a steep fall off the gutters of a home. Many people worry that the presence of icicles hanging on their gutters indicate a problem with the pitch of their installed gutters. This is most likely NOT the case. So what does cause icicles on your home? Experts say they are a byproduct of an “ice dam,” a buildup of ice on the roof along the part of the roof that extends beyond the exterior wall or the eaves. The buildup is a result of energy loss from inside the house. Not only does this loss of heat have a high monetary cost, but It also can lead to problems like rotted roofs and rafters, ruined insulation, moisture inside the walls, mold, peeling paint and even physical injury from falling icicles. When the snow on the roof melts from the loss of heat off the roof, it runs down to the eaves. When the outdoor temperatures are cold enough to freeze, the eaves are also frozen since they extend beyond the warmth of your house. The melted snow freezes when it reaches the eaves and your gutters. Eventually, enough melted snow (that has now frozen) fills the gutters. When melting snow runs over the filled frozen gutters, icicles are the result. How can you prevent icicles? It's simple! Fix the problem that is letting heat get out of your home by way of your roof. Insulate or re-insulate your attic. In the mean time, have the snow that will eventually melt removed. We can help with our Roof Raking service.
Alloy Gutter Company offers roof-raking and snow removal from roofs. We also can apply calcium chloride to melt the snow. This helps to prevent ice damming and also removes the heavy weight of snow from the roof that can cause damage or even a roof to cave in. Removing snow from a roof can be dangerous, why not have an insured expert take the stress out of taking care of your roof. Call us today at (734) 374-2100 for a free estimate or to discuss any questions you might have. Heavy Snow Can Cause:
- Cave In's
- Water Intrusion
- Brown Stains
There are many reasons it is important to keep your seamless aluminum rain gutters clean. It becomes especially important for them to be clean once winter rolls around. One major reason is that the added weight of debris in the gutters beneath a heavy layer of ice can cause gutters to pull away from the house. Failure to keep your gutters clean can result in roof leaks, rotten fascia board, and damage to your foundation - all of which are major, yet preventable problems.
- Alloy Gutter can clean your customers' gutters before winter hits. This will help to eliminate the issue of gutters pulling away from their homes due to the added weight of wet, gunky leaves.
- Alloy Gutter can install leaf protection systems on your customers' homes to eliminate this problem in the future.
Why Do Homeowners Need Leaf Protection? When your gutters are clogged, water is no longer being directed away from your home. One of the biggest concerns resulting from clogged gutters is that water will pool at the foundation of your home. Over time, this can weaken your foundation, causing cracks that will widen in the winter months when water freezes and expands. Other concerns include: water leaking through the roof, water causing exposed fascia board to rot, and water getting behind siding, causing separation and water damage. So although many people may not give thought to the condition of their gutters, neglect and disrepair of gutter systems can lead to very dangerous problems and costly repairs. Alloy Gutter Company proudly carries three types of leaf protection to prevent all of the above listed problems, as well as many others! We are also able to install other types of leaf protection upon request - we have simply decided to carry these products because we find them to be the most cost effective as well as efficient in their protection from leaves and debris.
If you're like most contractors, you can never seen to find enough time. With Alloy Gutter's same-day, next-day installations, you don't have to do anything. Just give us a call or fax us a job, and we'll take care of it for you. Summer shouldn't be stressful, and with Alloy Gutter it doesn't have to be!