Welcome back to The Advantage! Last blog we had our minds on gutters, discussing how proper care and maintenance extends the life of not only gutters, but also the building they protect. We’re back today asking, “How do you know when it’s time to upgrade your gutters, and what are the most efficient options on the market available?”
Let’s start with when it is time to replace your old or worn-out gutters. Ask yourself the following questions to determine if any red flags are present indicating that gutter replacement is imminent:
Does the exterior of your home or commercial building have mold or peeling paint?
Are your gutters sagging or pulling away from your structure due to improper pitching (sloping)?
Is there standing water around your building attracting insects or mold?
Does the foundation of your home or commercial building have cracks or water in the basement?
If you can answer yes to any of these questions, the next step is calling your gutter expert to assess and help you create a plan to best address and correct the problem.
When it comes time to replace your gutters, seamless gutters are the most efficient option available today. The seamless structure eliminates leaks in the gutter system and lessens the opportunity for debris buildup to occur. Conventional sectional gutter systems are made of many sections pieced together by snap-in-place connectors which over time can form leaks at the seams and likely cause wood rot behind the gutter. Where the seams meet on traditional systems is also where many of the blockage problems can originate. This means going seamless will result in less maintenance to the home or commercial building owner as well.
Although there are many advantages to choosing seamless over traditional gutter systems, here are the top reasons from our perspective:
Custom measurements for exact fitting
Baked-on enamel finish never needs painting
Protects the value of your home
Eliminates unsightly seams
Greatly reduces the possibility of leaks
Many colors, materials, and styles to choose from
Preserves the architectural details of your home or building
Seamless gutters not only have the potential to extend the life of your roof, but also protect your home or commercial building’s value. For more information about seamless gutters or to get an estimate, contact us – our services are always backed by our satisfaction guarantee, the Vilandre Advantage!
Are your gutters ready to hold up to the harsh North Dakota season ahead? It’s the time of year when we start to think about winter prep, so this month we will be discussing the importance of proper gutter maintenance and some possible complications resulting from improper gutter care.
When gutters become blocked, they fail to do their intended job of draining water away from the building. That means your home or commercial building may experience problems that ultimately lead to costly repairs. Below are examples of problems that may occur from lack of proper gutter care:
Flooding – When water drains into the foundation, it can result in water damage and/or flooding in your basement or crawl space.
Sagging – If water accumulates in gutters, it makes them extremely heavy, especially in North Dakota winter months that can cause the water to freeze. This puts unexpected weight on the fasteners, which will in time sag and can even collapse and fall from the building.
Mold – When water is not given time to evaporate, mold and mildew will grow. Once mold begins to grow, it has a tendency to spread and can be complicated to remove.
Wood rot – Water can accumulate on wooden parts of the structure, resulting in unsightly rotten wood which leads to structural damage that is both difficult and expensive to fix.
Water staining – Foliage, dirt, and muck blocking your gutters cause water to leak over the edge of the gutter rather than drain through downspouts, leaving dirty water marks trailing behind.
Pests – Insects thrive on moist environments, especially mosquitoes, ants, and termites. These bugs will not only hang out in the gutters, but also quickly find their way into the building, particularly if there is any structural damage allowing for ease of entry.
Avoid many of these costly or unwanted side effects of unkempt gutters by doing the following:
Clean gutters regularly – Beginning of spring and during fall is a good rule of thumb to follow. Be sure they are clear before snowfall to avoid damage.
Trim back trees – Eliminate overhanging branches to limit debris that may fall into your gutters.
Install gutter leaf protection – These protection tools stop debris from entering your gutters using stainless steel and micromesh to ensure nothing impedes your system.
Keeping your gutters working properly is imperative for the health and curb appeal of your home, but like most things in life, gutters won’t last forever. Cleaning and maintenance will extend their life, but they will eventually need to be replaced. The most popular ones on the market today are seamless gutters which provide a highly efficient, leak-free system for your building.
Check back next blog for great tips about the benefits of seamless gutters and how to know when it may be time to replace your gutters. If you’re a home or business owner with gutters in need of an upgrade, be sure to have the specialists at Vilandre give you an estimate on our seamless gutter services.