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Category Archives: Landscaping

Why Do You Need Seamless Gutters?

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!

Leaf Protection Confessions

I’ll be honest.  I used to be one of the biggest critics of leaf protection systems.  I thought that they were over-priced, ineffective, ugly, and completely superfluous. Until I bought my own home and cleaning the gutters became my responsibility. I live in a small home; however it’s surrounded by trees.  As pine needles, helicopters, leaves, walnuts, birds’ nests, tennis balls and all sorts of other interesting accessories collected in my gutters, it didn’t take long before they were full of water and overflowing with rancid, brown-colored ooze. So my Saturday would look a little something like this:  Haul the ladder out, strategically and carefully wrestle it around trees, shrubs, electrical meters, decks, and walkways,  begin removing a copious amount of black smelly gutter muck from the gutters and downspouts, and running a garden hose up the ladder to spray out as much of the debris as possible.  (By this time an audience of half a dozen or so neighborhood kids would be standing beneath my ladder, watching with particular interest).  By the end of the process, I’ve been dive bombed by angry, overly protective mother birds, nearly fallen off the ladder, and covered myself from head to toe in gutter muck.  (I suppose it is entertaining for the kids).  Now every time I reach for the ladder, I hear a neighbor kid yell, “HEY EVERYBODY, HE’S GETTING THE LADDER OUT!” It gets worse.  This is a process that requires constant attention throughout the year. To ensure that your gutters are draining properly, they need to be cleaned out on a consistent basis.  It doesn’t take but a handful of leaves (or 1 rogue tennis ball) to clog your downspout outlet.  One clogged outlet could result in a basement full of water or washed out landscaping. Turns out that leaf protection is quite functional and cost effective.  We offer a wide range of leaf protection products, all of them effective, affordable, and zero maintenance products. 6935265