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Category Archives: Gutter Repair

Faster Is Better – Use Nail Guns Over Hand Nailing

The result of hand nailing versus using a nail gun shows that the downside to hand nailing a roof is the extra labor costs involved. The roofing job will take more time. The roofing material manufacturers say both methods are good however when you ask the roofers their opinions usually fall distinctly into one camp or the other. Some refuse to use nail guns while others swear by them. The first nail gun came into use around 1950 and its use was adopted by roofers all over the country. With nail gun installation, the potential for problems might be higher as holding a nail gun at the wrong angle could drive the nails in at odd angles. Roofers need to change adjustments due to changes in wood type, roofing material and the weather. Different contractor's may have different preferred installation methods.   KEYTAKEAWAYS:
  • The introduction of the Milwaukee cordless nailer lineup offers a variety of high-quality nailers, in the most commonly-used gauges.
  • There are gas-powered nailers available, and some do a pretty good job.
  • When the nailer is turned on, it defaults to sequential mode, which is indicated by steady green lights near the power switch.
"Doing punch list work like that would be an excellent way to use the Milwaukee cordless nailer. It’s very fast and easy to just grab it, power it on, and bang away; not having to mess with a compressor and air hose saves a fair amount of time and aggravation." Original Sorce: http://homefixated.com/milwaukee-cordless-nailer-review/

Importance of Checking Your Gutters

gutter-drainage Working at Alloy Gutter I’ve learned exactly what I should be looking for when I have any gutter issues. I recently purchased a house and immediately noticed that I would have to fix the gutters as soon as possible. The previous owner had put in a nice patio but had failed to reroute the gutters so that the downspouts don’t pour out on the patio. There are a number of things that can happen when downspouts are pouring out onto a patio. If the water is able to get under the patio you’ll start to notice that your patio will have a green tinge. This is from the water not being able to complete dry under the patio. The moisture will be trapped causing mold to start growing. Another issue that will arise is ice forming all over the patio. During the winter months when the water is sitting on the patio, it will eventually freeze and you will have a nice ice rink. It was important to take note of these things as I made the biggest purchase of my life thus far. I came into work the next day and asked if they could take care of the issues and they were out that very day. If you want things taken care of quickly, such as your gutters, then Alloy Gutter is the right fit for you. Give us a call and we will be happy to assist you.

Does Alloy Gutter Company Repair Gutters?

Yes, we can repair your gutters. Alloy Gutter gets many inquiries about gutter repair work. The following is a list of most frequently asked questions: Do I need new gutters or can the old ones be repaired? You need to take into consideration how much repair work is needed. If it’s just a small area that needs repair and the rest of the gutter system is working well, then repair work may be the way to go. However, if there are many areas needing work then replacement of the entire system is usually best. What is the cost difference between repairing my existing gutters and replacement gutters? Sometimes the price difference is not as much as you may think. Patching together multiple areas of an existing gutter system can be labor intensive. For that reason Alloy Gutter often quotes new gutter systems when the cost of repairing the old ones is not much of a savings over the cost of new gutters. What are some of the advantages of new gutters versus repairing old gutters? One of the biggest advantages of putting on new gutters can be summed up in one word “WARRANTY.” Our crews will do their best to repair your existing gutters. However, we are unable to guarantee repair work done on old gutters. Of course, Alloy Gutter’s new gutters do come with a warranty. Many people don’t want to replace their gutters when they are thinking of selling their house. But with most home buyers getting professional home inspections the condition of the gutter system will be noted. An older gutter system that has been cobbled together is not nearly as appealing to a buyer as a new gutter system. Alloy Gutter Company is able to provide you with a quote for both repair and replacement of gutters. Give Alloy a call at (734) 374-2100 or contact us, and we will be ready to discuss your options. Whatever way you decide to go, Alloy Gutter is here to help you make the decision that is best for you.

The Price You’ll Pay For Leaking Gutters

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Who enjoys spending money on gutters? Not me. I would much rather spend money on the “fun stuff” for my house; things that people will actually notice and compliment me on.  However, new gutters are not as expensive as most people think and you don’t want to spend a much larger amount on repairing a water damaged home.

I was watching a home remodeling show where the homeowners had ignored an overflowing gutter. As a result, their basement started to develop a musty smell that they chose to ignore. The brick and trim on the home’s exterior started turning green from moss growth. The water pouring down along the foundation of their house was causing more damage with every rainfall.

A few years later they decided to remodel their basement. Once demolition was underway their contractor found several unwelcome surprises. The cement block basement wall was ruined in several spots and the front porch brickwork needed extensive repairs. This was the result of ignoring an overflowing gutter.

The time had now come to pay the price for the deferred maintenance. It was going to cost several thousand dollars to fix the water damaged areas. They were told that these repairs had to be completed before any other work could be done.  Of course these dollars were not in the budget and the scope of work for the basement remodeling project had to change.

Don’t let this unpleasant surprise happen to you. Make sure your gutters are working properly so that your largest investment is protected. At Alloy Gutter Company we are experts at preventing costly water damage. We can install new gutters or even repair your existing gutters. Call Alloy Gutter Company for a free estimate and be assured that costly water damage issues are not in your future.

Spring Is Here! Suggestions From HGTV

Now that winter is nearing its' end and spring is on the horizon, it is time to get outside and examine your house.(Contractors - encourage your homeowners to do this!!) The spring sunshine will highlight areas that have taken abuse over the wet winter months. Fan of HGTV? They're #1 home maintenance tip for spring is to get out and take a look at your gutters! HGTV's first suggestion is to look for loose or leaky gutters. If your gutters are hanging off your house or if they are getting old, it might be time for a total replacement. You definitely want to avoid improper drainage, which could lead to water leaking into your basement or crawlspace. HGTV's second suggestion is to check for debris clogging your gutter system. This would be a good time to call on us for a professional gutter cleaning, or perhaps even to consider a leaf protection product. As always, we would be happy to come out and offer suggestions for your home as well as give you a free estimate.