The Best Type of Gutter System Revealed

It is hard, almost impossible to prevent your roof from leaking without a good gutter system. In other words, your gutter system will always determine how effectively your home will be protected from water damage. That is why you must learn or at least have a clue on the main types of gutters that are available. From there you can easily make the right choice as far as shopping for a gutter is concerned.

Half round gutters

They are been in use for several years. Their half structure makes it easy for them to direct water flow from the downspouts to the desired location. Since they are relatively shallow, they do not get clogged at all.  They are made of either copper or steel, which means that they can last for long. Unfortunately, half round gutters are costly. But if you can ignore the price factor, it is an investment that will certainly pay off in future.

Fascia gutter systems

They are just as popular as half round gutters. They feature drain channels that are fixed to a fascia board which is in turn fixed directly to the end of the roof rafter. Since the system does not require fasteners, they are easier and less costly in terms of maintenance. Unfortunately, they are prone to clogging and leaf debris as they are not as deep as their half round counterparts.

Vinyl fascia systems

They are popular, thanks to their affordable price tags and aesthetic appeal. They are strong in terms of resisting snow and debris pressure. The same cannot be said when it comes to resisting sunshine at high temperatures or pressure from a ladder.

Covered gutter systems

They are more or less like fascia models only that they have a top cover. The cover ends with a curved edge and covers the gutter almost to the edge of the outer walls. Heavy rainwater falls right inside the gutter while leave and debris fall down. In short, the cover works as a waterfall.

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Top 4 Common Gutter Guard Materials and Their Performance Analyzed

Please read my article about the Basics of choosing good rain gutter system for your home before reading this article. You will understand my point better. :) Now, let’s get started.

The design of your gutter guard will always determine its effectiveness. The more intricately designed models offer almost perfect protection from debris trying to find their way through rainwater channels. Better yet, they are self-clearing for peak and optimal results. But there is also the durability aspect which is pegged to the type of gutter guard material. The best materials as you will find out, can withstand extreme weather conditions with ease. They can also withstand pressure from ice and snow building up inside or on top of the gutter. So which are these materials?

Vinyl

Vinyl gutter guards have become increasingly popular these days, thanks to the affordable price tags they come. They are also durable. But that is not everything. Unlike other materials, vinyl has the ability to withstand pressure from heavy loads and resist impairing by rainwater.  In a nutshell, vinyl materials can last for up to 5 years. The only flaw they come along with is the fact that strong UV rays can harm their coating. That said, vinyl is ideal where there is moderate sunshine.

Metal

It is hard to ignore metal gutter guards for obvious reasons. First, they require little to no maintenance. Secondly, they are not delicate. Either way, there are two main types of metal gutter guards:

  • Galvanized steel
  • Aluminum

Of these two galvanized steel gutter guards happens to be more popular. They are moderately priced and extremely strong. They also cannot bend under heavy pressure. The setback they come with inability to resist rust after 5 or 6 years of use. This should be expected as by that time, you galvanized steel gutter guard will have withstood extreme weather conditions.

Then there is aluminum which is by far more reliable than galvanized steel. People keep them off because of the high price tags they come with. With an aluminum gutter guard, you can as well forget about repairing or replacing your gutter guard for as much as 8 to 10 years.  You must however stick to aluminum gutter guards that are thicker than 0.19 inches. But for optimal strength and durability, go for an aluminum protective system with 0.29 inch thickness.

Foam gutter guards

They are extremely affordable and easy to install. Unfortunately form is not durable. It tends to absorbs rainwater with ease. It also becomes brittle when exposed to sunlight for long. Worse still, it is susceptible to clogging. In a nutshell, it can be easily damaged.

Good Preparation For Plumbing Work

Did you know that there are a few things that everyone should do before calling a plumber or starting a repair job on his own? They are – if not necessary – at least very important and should be considered every time before trying to solve an issue either way: calling a professional or getting down to business on your own. Now let us see what some of these things are.

Equipment scan

What you need for plumbingFirst gather all of your tools and make a quick scan. There are some things that you need more than the others. Of course you’ll find some stuff you didn’t use even once and you don’t even know how to use them. Pack these things in another box and take it in your basement. This way you’ll make some order in your tool box and some space for tools you need to buy. Now what are these tools you have to own?

For every basic job you need to have some pliers. The best are combination pliers, or for plumbing related repairing rather use pump pliers. When you’ve check this one, make sure you own some wrenches. The most convenient are socket wrenches that make your turns easier and more comfortable than classic wrenches. And not to mention, that you can’t do a single thing without a screwdrivers. Make sure you own a slotted and a cross-recessed type in a few different sizes.

Identifying the problem

By that we have in mind gathering as much details about the problem as possible and passing the information to the plumber you’re calling – My Boston plumbers are always happy if I can give them as detailed information as possible. This way he’ll lose less of his time at your home inspecting the problem and you’ll lose less of your money, because he’ll finish the job quicker. By telling the details about the issue to the plumber, he’ll also come better prepared and properly equipped.

As you see these are just some hints how to be well prepared and equipped and in the end how to save some time and money. You’re welcome to read our other articles about plumbing related issues and to get to know some new tips on repairing your plumbing installation system.

The Basics of Choosing a Good Rain Gutter System for Your Home

What do you do when your roof starts leaking or your wall starts retaining water?   Most owners consider roof repairs. A few consider rain gutter re-installation. Turns out the latter are always right. Turns out too that a good number of homeowners with faulty rain gutter systems did not do their homework right when looking for their gutters. So how do you avoid the same mistakes?  It is easy. Simply consider the following tips.

Nice residential home with guttersKnow Your Environment

Start with knowing well where you live. What is the average temperature? What’s the average precipitation like? What about the average rainfall? Consider too the foliage around and above your roof.   When armed with the right information, it will be easy to choose a good rain gutter system. Steel will be good in extremely hot areas. The best option however in extreme weather conditions is aluminum.

Know what’s available

There are all kinds of rain gutter systems on the market today. The most popular type is aluminum and vinyl in that order. Both of them can be easily found at most home improvement stores.  Aluminum is better than vinyl for several reasons. Vinyl is good but is susceptible to extreme cold and brittleness.

Consider Your Options

Sectional gutters may seem ideal if you are on a budget. But how long can they last? That is where seamless gutter systems creep in.   They are popular for all the right reasons. They do not leak and can go for years without maintenance. That said and done, churn out what you have to and sacrifice for a seamless gutter system. Keep in mind that it is not easy to fix seamless gutters on your own. Seek the services of an expert. Then clean your gutter and get rid of debris as often as you can. That is the only way you will have a long lasting rain gutter system that will offer you value for money.

Choose a Reputable Gutter Repair and Installing Company

Forget about the repair part. Focus on installation. After all, prevention is better than cure. Choose a company that is well known for its work. Check on their personnel. Are they skilled? Are they friendly? Check too on what their clients have to say about them. I live in Seattle and I can recommend Gutters Seattle – they did a great job with my gutter installation. It is one thing to have a good rain gutter system and another to hire an incompetent company to do the fixing. Such things as BBB rating may be good pointers to companies that won’t let you down.

Hiring a roofer versus a DIY roofing project

RoofingYour house is probably one of your greatest accomplishments. If this is the case, then you will want to preserve its beautiful state for a long time, but this is often easier said than done. For instance, your roof is often exposed to severe weather conditions, and will therefore, require specialized attention every now and then. In this regard, homeowners will often find themselves needing the services of professionals such as roofers. However, most homeowners will prefer to “fix” their home problem as compared to hiring expert help probably to save on some expenses or simply for the satisfaction of completing a DIY (Do It Yourself) project! Below are several reasons why it is best to get a roofer rather than fix a roofing problem as a DIY:

Technical know-how

It is important to realize that unlike other things in the house like entry doors and furniture, roofs are volatile. So, if you happen to use the wrong tool, or hammer a nail into the wrong place then you will probably have to deal with a “big mess” much later! So, to avoid more serious and even detrimental situations it is best to leave the roof repairs to qualified roofers.

Safety precautions

The roof is no place for a novice to undertake a practice session! Without the necessary safety precautions you may be putting yourself in harm’s way by attempting a few roof repairs. For this important reason, it is best you call your roofing professional to provide help even in emergency situations.
There are a lot of DIY tutorials on the internet, however when it comes to roofs it is best you seek professional help or even advice prior to undertaking a roofing project. A professional will guarantee safety and he or she will also guarantee quality work.