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What You Need To Know About Seamless Gutters

If you’re getting new gutters for your home, is it time to go to seamless gutters? Indiana winters can be brutal, and your gutters will need to be able to protect your home from the elements. It’s important that gutters don’t become clogged and they continue to flow despite facing heavy rain, snow, and during a storm.

On houses everywhere, seamed (or sectional) gutters are the default setting. Sections of metal cut to fit your needs, and the pieces are welded or snapped together. They’re inexpensive and a simpler system overall. But are seamless gutters worth the increased cost? Many believe so.

The following will take a closer look at seamless gutters and help you figure out which style best suits your needs.

What Are Seamless Gutters?

Seamless gutters are long sections of metal or copper that attach to the corners and downspouts of your house. They are dispatched out of a gutter machine into the exact measurements of your gutter system.

Seamed vs. Seamless

Let’s take a look at the two versions of gutters and analyze the pros and cons of each:

Cost – Seamless gutters cost more than seamed ones. There are material and labor costs to consider when buying a seamless gutter system. As always, the key is to shop around and keep a close eye on what each contractor is saying. It’s also good to collect references and drive by those houses to get a feel for the quality of their work.

Installation – If you want a simple gutter system and you know your way around a hacksaw, a seamed gutter is the way to go. If you don’t consider yourself handy enough or don’t have the proper tools, you may consider a seamless system.

Ease Of Maintenance – While more expensive, seamless gutters are easier to maintain. They’re literally long sections of metal, not segmented pieces to connect. And cut correctly, they’re custom made to fit your home.

Protection – As seamless gutters don’t have seams in their middle sections – only at the corners – there are fewer weakness areas in them. This means, while you’re paying more for it, seamless gutters can often offer better protection.

Taking Care Of Gutter Needs In Indianapolis

Garage Doors of Indianapolis can help you put the finishing touches on your home. Whether you decide seamed or seamless gutters are your best bet, our team of experts have the experience and knowledge to make gutter installation and maintenance of a hassle-free job.

Contact us for a free quote today or call 317-284-9857 to make the decision a seamless one!

5 Reasons Why Keeping Your Gutter Clean Should be a Priority

Keeping a Clean Gutter Will Save You Money

It certainly isn’t the most fun weekend project, but it’s an important one nonetheless. Avoiding consistent and proper gutter cleaning can result in major debris build up and cause you numerous problems down the road. You should be clearing out your gutters at least once a year or you may run into problems.

Avoid Roof Damage

If gutters are not cleaned water will inevitably back up in your gutters and damage the edge of your roof surface due to constant contact with water. Leaves and other debris can potentially clog up your gutter to the point that water is flooding over resulting in a weak or rotting roof. Eventually, the surface, as well as the roof, will need to be replaced due to damages.

Keep Out Pests

Clogged up gutters can be appealing to a number of critters as a nesting site. From birds to mosquitoes, a bed of damp leaves is alluring and can attract these unwanted guests. If gutters are clogged with debris, leaves and rainwater can become stagnant inside of them instead of flowing to the proper drainage area. Making it the ideal atmosphere for mosquitoes. In addition, other bugs, plants, birds, and even mice have been known to infest moist gutter debris.

Damage To Fascia

Water backed up in gutters is heavy and can cause the gutter attachments to pull away from the wood fascia. The fascia is that board that runs right behind your gutter. Overflowing water can damage this important component of your gutter system can cause the wood to rot and weaken as well.

Overwatering Garden Beds

If your gutters become clogged to the point that water is spilling over the side and into your garden beds, you can damage your plants’ health by essentially drowning them. Overwatering can be as harmful as not watering enough. Attractive landscaping adds value and curb appeal to your home. It also dictates a lot of consistent upkeep and valuable time- so don’t let it get ruined by your clogged gutters.

Cracks in Foundation

When a gutter system is working improperly, the water collects inside the gutters and eventually overflows. When this happens, the water doesn’t get far beyond the home and can begin to pool around the foundation. This can cause serious damage that you want to avoid at all costs. If water overflows and builds up along your home’s foundation it can end up freezing, which can cause it to expand and generate cracks in your foundation.

All these household misfortunes can be easily avoided through regular gutter cleaning. The best time of year to take care of this chore is late autumn after your trees have shed their leaves and before the first freeze of the season.

Now it is clear why gutter cleaning should be made a priority. If you something keeps you from doing it, call a professional to help. A good gutter system will keep your home safe through every season by preventing water damage. If you’re unsure how your gutters are holding up, call us for an appointment so we can assess your situation. We are happy to give you the advice and service you need.

Is Your Gutters Filled with Leaves?

6 Signs That Your Gutter System Needs Replacing

Unlike a burst pipe, an electrical shortage or a malfunctioning appliance, problems related to your gutters can go completely unnoticed – until you’re faced with costly repairs involving damaged windows, doors or even your home’s foundation.

While it’s important to make sure you’re regularly inspecting and cleaning your gutter system, you also will need to check for signs that it needs to be repaired or replaced. Like any other parts that make up your home, your gutters will eventually need to be upgraded.

Here are 6 signs that it’s time to replace your home’s gutters, which are designed to ensure water is flowing away from the structure of your home.
1. Gutters that are sagging. This is one of the most noticeable warning signs that your gutters are not functioning properly. If the gutters are sagging or pulling away from your home, there’s a chance that the gutters are full of water or debris or that they’re not properly pitched. If the problem persists, even after a cleaning or minor repairs, it’s time to replace your gutter system.

2. Rusting or peeling paint. Whether you notice obvious signs of rust or peeling paint, there’s a likelihood that your gutter system is starting to be compromised. Rusting gutters are typically caused by water that’s not flowing through properly, also known as sitting water.

3. Cracking or splitting. If you start to notice tiny cracks or splits, these are signs that there will be more to come as water continues to flow through the gutters. You can have the problem addressed immediately by fixing any cracks or holes with sealant, but this may not be a long-term solution. Consider a gutter system replacement since deterioration of your gutters could eventually lead to damage to your home’s structure, including roof shingles, the foundation and fascia boards.

4. Broken fasteners. If these metal pieces, which fasten your gutters in place, break or fall off, you can address the problem by replacing them. However, if the problem persists, it may be an indication that the structure of your gutter is old and that they’re in need of replacement.

5. Pooling water. Take the time to look at your gutter after a storm. If water is spilling out from the gutters, that means that they’re not functioning properly. Have them inspected for repairs or a replacement. It’s important to ask an expert about the best option.

6. Leaking or water damage. If you start to notice leakage or water damage inside or outside the home, there’s a possibility that your gutters are malfunctioning. Tell-tale signs could be damage to your landscape or water damage in your basement. It’s important to have the problem addressed immediately.

An investment in a new gutter system could have significant payoffs. By taking the time to inspect and replace your gutter system, you can avoid significant damage to your landscaping and home.

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Gutters + Winter: What You Need to Know

A good gutter system will help your home stay safe through every season by preventing water damage – something to be even more cognizant of as winter approaches. If your gutters are not in top functioning order, any amount of accumulating snow could potentially cause damage. While water can create its own issues, ice brings a whole new level of considerations for homeowners. As ice expands, the damage to fascia – the horizontal board that protects the roof and the interior of the home from moisture by blocking its entrance – can be severe and a cracked foundation may require thousands of dollars of costly repairs. Below is a list of best winter gutter maintenance tips to keep your home and gutters in top condition:

Clear debris from gutters. It can be a daunting task, especially in cold weather, but invest the time to remove visible debris from gutters. You may opt for professional assistance, or decide to tackle the chore yourself. Luckily, this can be accomplished without much expense using a sturdy ladder, gloves and a garden trowel or gutter scoop. Special attention should be paid to corners and junctions where leaves are likeliest to gather. Gutter covers are another preventive measure homeowners can take to limit the amount of leaves and debris in gutters.

Inspect. Seams – located in the corner of your gutter system – and anchors should be your focus during inspections. No gaps should be exist between the fascia and the gutter.

Seek out and address standing water or structural damage. Locate any signs of staining, rotting or other water-related damage, or even standing water. If the damage is evident, determine the source of the water flow and make repairs as needed. If visible mold exists, rely on a professional for solutions.

Check downspouts and flow. Gutters should be redirecting water, in a downward slope, at least 10 feet from the foundation of your home. Confirm that water is not pooling close to your home, which could ultimately wind up leaking into your basement.

If this sounds like something you’d rather leave to the professionals, that’s what we’re here for. Contact Garage Doors of Indianapolis with your gutter maintenance needs.

 

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3 Ways to Approach Gutter Cleaning

Even if you don’t have massive oak trees surrounding your home, your gutters could be susceptible to a buildup of drifting leaves, season after season. If your gutters haven’t been cleaned lately,  they could be at risk of being damaged.

Experts say neglected, clogged gutters could actually lead to leaks in the roof or other surfaces of your home, resulting in water damage that can cost hundreds to thousands of dollars to repair.

If you haven’t done so already, it’s time to tackle those gutters by cleaning them yourself or hiring a gutter cleaning service to do the job. However, selecting a gutter cleaning service may not be the only solution to consider. With the installation of seamless gutters, for example, you can minimize the amount of gutter cleaning altogether.

Take a look at your various gutter maintenance options:

Do it yourself. Cleaning gutters is one of the most popular DIY projects among homeowners. However, it also is one of the most potentially dangerous tasks you can take on. Why? Cleaning gutters involves working on a ladder, which is a fall risk. Sturdy equipment and proper techniques safely speeds the process. As you work, take your time to carefully secure the ladder against a sturdy area of the roof.

Hire a professional cleaning service. The investment in professional services takes the stress and danger out of your hands. Professional gutter cleaners, too, are skilled and work fast. Look for insured companies with a good deal of experience and ask for an estimate upfront.

Install seamless gutters. If you live among tall trees, you may find that gutter cleaning becomes a ritual that rolls around too soon. In that case, you may want to consider installing seamless gutters. These special gutter systems eliminate the need to clean leaves and debris. They are a good option if you prefer to keep home maintenance to a minimum.

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When to Replace Gutters or Repair Them and How to Do It

Homeowners invested up to $500 last year fixing gutters, according to Homeadvisor.com. It’s money well spent, because gutters have the power to protect against headaches, like a basement full of water. They do wear out over time, but it’s possible to prolong life with DIY repairs. What’s involved and how do you know when it’s time to call in a specialist? We’ll give you the 101.

Why gutters are so important

Gutters shield your home from water. By capturing rain as it drains from the roof and directing it away from the foundation, they protect the structural integrity of the house, preserve lower levels and keep it dry. Without gutters, water would collect around the house foundation, creating the hydrostatic pressure that forces water into low-lying areas like the basement and crawlspace.

Signs of gutter problems

You know gutters aren’t performing correctly when you see:

  • Sagging
  • Leaks
  • Insufficient drainage

What’s happening in these situations? Let’s take a closer look.

Sagging gutters: add support

Gutters sag, droop and otherwise pull away from the house when hangers, hardware that connects the gutter to roofing fascia board, wear down over time. This is typical aging, and it can indicate a breakdown on either side of the connection. It’s also possible that fasteners weren’t set up to carry the weight of a full gutter: when spaced too far apart, fasteners can’t provide enough support and the gutter sinks.

The problem can be quite simpler: your gutters may be bogged down with leaves, branches and other debris that adds weight and prevents water from flowing freely.

What to do? Add support. Consider replacing or adding spikes to support the ferrule and/or the hangers. It’s also a good idea to clean gutters about every six months and perhaps invest in gutter covers to make the job easier.

Leaks and holes: clean, cover and seal

Regardless of whether your gutter is made of aluminum, copper, steel, galvanized steel, zinc or vinyl, the material can be compromised. Sometimes all it takes is a brush from a branch or tool to scratch the finish and create an environment for rust to thrive. Before long, rust can weaken the material to the degree that a hole develops. Breakdowns also happen in joints where the gutter curves around roof corners.

What’s the fix? Clear the rust away with a wire brush. Once clean and dry, apply roofing cement designed for the appropriate gutter material to cover and extend beyond the hole. Joints are more responsive to the gutter sealant, which should be applied internally.

Malalignment: create a steady slope

Your roof slopes for a reason: it allows water to roll off the surface. Gutters, too, need a slope to create a level degree of drainage to and through the downspout. They should angle down ¼” about every 10 feet to create a steady flow. If you have still water in gutters and no obstructions are visible, measure to see if the distance is off.

It’s possible to detach and rehang gutters, but it’s tricky to pitch them correctly and consistently. Malalignments could mean a risk of water damage, flooding and otherwise compromising your home foundation. It’s best to call a gutter specialist to manage the job and prolong gutter life. Garage Doors of Indianapolis has outfitted and repaired greater Indianapolis homes with gutters, particularly Gutter Flo Seamless Gutters, for long life. Need an estimate? Let’s talk.

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