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Thursday, December 11, 2014

7 Tips for Installing Christmas Lights on Gutters

Xmas Lights
The holiday season is officially here and along with it the hurried scramble to get the lights hung outside before the cold snow and weather comes.  While you may want to rush through the process, it is important to take time to ensure that the lights are not only safe and secure but also aren’t causing unnecessary damage to your gutters, eaves, soffits, and siding.  Taking just a few extra steps can safeguard your home’s exterior from avoidable wear and tear while allowing you to transform your house into a festive and decorative masterpiece.

Here are seven tips on safely securing Christmas lights to the gutter system and surrounding areas:

  1. Take time to measure before you begin.  Use a long tape measure to determine the length of string you need prior to starting.Then lay your lights on the ground in the desired pattern to make sure you have enough length.  A little slack never hurts; when lights are too taut they can strain the gutter system.

  2. Also check the lights.  Frayed or damaged lights can be a fire hazard for the home.  Plug in the strings to ensure they are all working properly before your begin clipping them on.

  3. Prep yourself with the right clothing.  If you live in northern regions, this may include base layers that keep you dry and outer layers that block out the wind and elements.  You will also want to invest in heavy-duty gloves to safeguard your hands while working.  If using staples or nails, leather palm gloves can provide the protection you need.

  4. Use light clips when possible.  Light clips tend to be less rough on your gutters and soffits while also keeping your lights in place.  Read the clip’s package to find the ones right for the material you are attaching it to.

  5. Make sure to always use a durable ladder for the job. You may also want to consider a ladder stabilizer such as the Ladder-Max brand ladder stabilizer.  Not only does it make your trips safer but also helps to prevent damage to your gutters, soffits, metal siding, and eaves.

  6. Did you know that clips come in both vertical and horizontal designs?  Most will work with a standard gutter system but make sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions on installation so you don’t damage the clips or the gutters.

  7. If hanging other décor from the gutters, check the weight load first.  You don’t want to strain your system by hanging too heavy of items on them.

Did you know that GutterSupply.com carries more than just standard gutter materials?  We also offer our customers a large selection of tools and supplies to help with many other exterior projects.  Stay safe this season by investing in a Ladder-Max Ladder Stabilizer or rugged leather gloves both found at the lowest price around on GutterSupply.com.  We are here to not only to help with all of your gutter supply needs but also much, much more.

To learn more, visit out Gutter Machine Mega Sale page here or contact us at 888-909-RAIN. 

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

5 Tasks to Get Your Gutters Ready for Winter

If your customers live in the northern regions of the US, they are accustomed to yearly prepping’s for the dreaded winter months.  These chores may include completing a chimney cleaning, adding insulation to the windows, and getting the snow blower gassed and ready to go.  During this time of preparation, it is also important to remember to get our gutters ready for the snow and ice that winter brings.  Helping your customers complete just a few simple tasks will ensure the gutter system keeps their home safe and dry all season long.


Here are 5 tasks to help get your customer’s gutters ready for winter:

  1. Clean out the Gutters – The number one task that should be completed before winter arrives is a thorough gutter cleaning.  All debris should be removed from the system allowing for the free flow of melting snow and ice when winter arrives.  Some homeowners may want to wait until later in the autumn season to ensure that all the falling leaves are cleared from their gutters.
  2. Don’t forget the Downspouts – When cleaning the gutters, don’t forget to also check the downspouts.  It is just as important that these are clear of any clogs and are free of cracks or leaks.  Running a hose through the downspout can help determine if there is blockage within.
     
  3. Check for Leaks – Leaks in either the gutters or the downspouts can create huge problems with water pooling in areas it shouldn’t.  It can also cause water to leak into the home’s foundation causing even more damaging issues.   Leaks are most prone to occur in the gutter system’s joints.  If one is found, use a product such as Rescue 911 Instant Leak Sealer to seal the area.  This product is flexible, waterproof, and weather-resistant making it a perfect solution for winter prepping.

  4. Install Snow Guards – Although not directly related to the gutter system, snow guards help to manage the flow of melting snow and ice on the home’s rooftop and prevents huge avalanches of snow from falling onto the gutter system possibly damaging it.  Snow guards come in a number of sizes and materials so make sure to choose the right one for your customer’s needs.
  5. Add Extensions – When needed, extensions can be a great way to further lengthen the flow of water away from the home preventing leaks in the foundation.  Flexible extensions are any easy fix to prevent water from pooling and freezing directly near pathways or other areas.  The Flex-A-Spout is a great option to easily extend the water flowage.  This product can also be helpful all year long and comes in brown, green, and white to match any home’s exterior.

Looking for products to help prepare your customer’s gutters for winter?  As the leading online supplier of gutter supplies and tools, GutterSupply.com has everything you need to get the job done.  We carry a large inventory of quality products such as the Rescue 911 Instant Leak Sealer and the Flex-A-Spout all at the lowest prices in the industry.  Visit our website today to learn more.

 
 

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Everything You Need to Know About Snow Guards


The winter season is quickly upon us.  Before we know it snow will be piling up on our sidewalks, streets, and roofs.  There is no time better than now for homeowner’s to install snow guards on their roof.  Dating back to 1874, snow guards have provided both security and protection from huge avalanches of snow falling off the roof and damaging the surrounding property.  These easy to install, unobtrusive roof accessories are helpful for the both the everyday homeowner and the small business looking to guard both property and people from massive amounts of heavy falling sheets of snow and ice.   Read on to learn everything you need to know about snow guards.

Snow Guard Advantages
 
Snow guards provide a number of benefits including:
  • Prevents snow from overloading gutters
  • Protects from snow avalanches and ice damming 
  • Helps to more evenly distribute the snow on the roof 

Installation
The great thing about snow guard installation is that you rarely need to remove shingles in order to install the guards.  Snow guards are often staggered in 3 rows.  Most snow guards are surface mounted and many can be installed using adhesive alone.  Others which require additional strength may be applied using both adhesive attachment and self-tapping screws or other suitable fasteners.   Snow guards can be placed both on new roofs and existing ones.  Depending on the material of which they are constructed, some snow guards can even be soldered to the roof panel.  This is especially ideal for copper roofs.  

Placement       
Snow guards should be placed strategically throughout the roof on the areas in which the snow first begins to slide when melting.  There are two main concerns to consider when choosing where to place the snow guards: the pitch of the roof area and the infrastructure underneath the area.  Guards should be placed near higher pitches and where critical infrastructure is located below.

Guard Options
It is important to choose the right snow guard for your roof.  A slate or asphalt roof requires a snow guard with a slotted bar for secure placement.  You can even find options for metal, cedar, and flat tile roofs.  To match any type of roof, guards come in a number of materials and sizes from galvanized malleable iron to bronze, copper, and stainless steel.  Some areas may even need more heavy-duty snow guards if they receive more than the average snowfall.  Consider how many feet of snow you receive on average each year to determine if your roof could benefit from a stronger guard.

GutteSupply.com has a vast selection of snow guards and accessories all designed to protect any space from dangerous snow avalanches.  We carry a number of options to fit any roof style and need along with a multitude of finishes.  Not sure which one is right for your roof project?  Contact our expert team for help.  To see our large selection of snow guards or to learn more about them, visit our website or contact us at 888-909-RAIN.
 

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