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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Beyond the Home: Selling Gutters for Peripheral Buildings


When homeowners consider adding a gutter system to the home, the decision is often a no-brainer.   Keeping excess water away from the foundation, they are often considered a critical part of the home’s exterior. But many homeowners often forget that other buildings on their property need protection too. Installing gutters onto peripheral buildings can be just as important. Thinking outside the box, this add-on service is a prime example of how to boost sales while offering your customers additional services to protect their real estate investments.

Now more than ever, homeowners are building expensive outer structures along with their new homes. Pole barns, free-standing garages, and larger sheds are popular additions as people look for ways to store their large RV’s and boats. To accommodate their storage needs, many are even building structures that can span thousands of square feet.  Along with a quality roof and durable siding, these buildings will also need gutters to properly drain water away from what is often the concrete slab on which it is built. Letting water pool around its base can lead to a number of problems. Issues that can occur include: soil erosion underneath the structure, damage to the foundation or floor, and unsettling and cracking of the floor.  It is important to stress to homeowners the importance of protecting all their buildings from structural water damage saving them both time and money in the future. The best way to accomplish this is through a quality gutter system.

While the main reason we install gutters systems onto a home is to protect it from water damage, there is also an aesthetic appeal which they provide. What many fail to realize is that it is important for other buildings on the property to reflect this same style and look as well. Especially when renovating an existing home, many forget the impact that drastic exterior changes can make to the property’s overall uniformity. Installing the same or similar gutter system onto
peripheral buildings can provide a seamless look preventing any one building from standing out like a sore thumb. Likewise homeowners should keep this in mind when building a new structure next to an existing home. Just as we try to match siding colors and roofing materials, the gutter system should also be taken into consideration.

Another benefit to installing a gutter system is that it is a sound investment. Whether it is a home, large garage, or shed, adding a quality gutter system will increase the property’s value while also making it more desirable to potential buyers when it comes time to sell. Emphasizing the return on investment homeowners can achieve can be a huge selling point.

At GutterSupply.com, we are continuously looking for ways to offer the best prices and largest selection to our contracting partners in the gutter industry. As America’s leading online supplier, we provide our customers the tools and materials needed to complete any size job. From large commercial installations to smaller shed renovations, GutterSupply.com has got you covered.

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

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

GUTTER MACHINE GIVEAWAY: It is easy to earn 5 bonus tickets in July!


Gutter Machine Giveaway


  1. Simply share your favorite gutter installation tip by commenting on this post
  2. Include your company name along with city and state at the end of your comment so that credit can be awarded to you
  3. Receive 5 BONUS tickets
  4. Limit one entry, 5 bonus tickets, per company
  5. This offer expires July 31, 2014

Who Qualifies:
Only registered contractors the 48 contiguous States are eligible for free shipping. Outside the 48 contiguous States, shipping, taxes and other charges are the sole responsibility of the winning contractor.


Thursday, June 19, 2014

Stainless Steel Mesh Gutter Guards: A Sound Investment

What’s the latest product to gain popularity in today’s gutter industry? It is stainless steel mesh gutter guards. As both homeowners and contractors alike are looking for a better way to keep gutters clear, many are finding stainless steel mesh as an effective alternative to standard screens or gutter foam inserts. Few other screening options can compare to this super-fine mesh when it comes to maintaining a clog-free gutter system.
Durable and easy to install, stainless steel mesh guards are quickly becoming the preferred method for gutter protection.
Corrosion & Rust Free
One of the huge benefits of stainless steel mesh gutter guards is their durability. Unlike other materials that are prone to deterioration over time, stainless steel is both corrosion-free and rust resistant. This translates to a longer product life and less need for replacement. As sustainability and cost-savings become increasingly important to consumers, stainless steel mesh guard systems offer both the resilience and return on investment that few other products in the industry can provide.
Keeping Water In & Debris Out
Engineered to draw the rainwater in while keeping debris out, stainless steel mesh guards are very effective at maintaining a clog-free gutter system. They are also far superior to a traditional close-top gutter or similar solution keeping even the smallest shingle stones from entering the system. Some, such as the Micro Mesh and Clean Mesh Gutter Systems, also feature a rain-siphoning offset louver system allowing them to withstand heavy rainfalls and extreme weather conditions.
A Sound Investment
The main drawback of stainless steel mesh gutter guards are their cost. Often more expensive than solid-topped gutter systems, they can range anywhere from $10-$15 per 4 ft. piece. Purchasing at a big box retailer can further skyrocket the cost to $20 per unit. While going with the lower-cost solution may be tempting, opting for this high-quality product can lead to fewer headaches and problems for the homeowner in the future. Keeping replacement costs to a minimum, these systems are sound investments with less maintenance and service needs than other options available in the market today.
Micro Mesh Gutter Guard
Clean Mesh Gutter Guard
Stainless steel mesh gutter guards are a great way for you to add even more value to your gutter services. Not only are the systems easy to install, they also provide a long-lasting, quality product for your customers to enjoy. At GutterSupply.com, we offer two high-performing stainless steel mesh guard solutions – Micro Mesh and Clean Mesh. The Micro Mesh option slides under the shingles while the Clean Mesh Guard fastens to the fascia itself. Both fit 5” and 6” K Style gutters and are extremely effective at allowing rainwater in and keeping debris out.

GutterSupply.com is offering 15% off both stainless steel mesh gutter guard systems for the entire month of June. There is no time better than now to stock up on what is sure to be a high-demand product.




Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Rain Barrels: An Environmentally-friendly Budget Saver

Rain barrels have been a mainstay for eco-friendly homeowners for decades but have recently experienced an upsurge in popularity among the everyday consumer.  With rising utility costs and efforts by municipalities to limit water consumption, many are looking for ways to keep their landscaping looking healthy using a plentiful (and free) resource – rainwater.  Rain barrels offer a way to easily collect this water storing it for use whenever the need arises.

A Cleve Storage Solution
For over 3,000 years the human race has been on the hunt for smart ways to catch and use rainwater. From cisterns to reservoirs, we have crafted some amazing inventions to store one of Mother Nature’s most bountiful resources.   One of the best examples of clever, simple water storage is the rain barrel. So how much water can one of these save you?  The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates gardeners using a rain barrel save about 1,300 gallons of water during the peak summer months. This could translate to huge cost savings for your customers!

Rain Barrel Features & OptionsMany envision a rain barrel as a bright blue eyesore in the backyard but don’t be fooled!  With their rise in popularity, they now come in many colors, finishes, and styles sure to match a number of aesthetics. These storage tanks also offer features that make them even easier for the average homeowner to use.
Spring Saver Rain Barrel

Flat Backs – Some homeowners prefer that the barrel sits flush against the home or garage. While the term “barrel” typically refers to a cylindrical device, many of these storage containers have flat backs making them less intrusive in the backyard.

Spigots – Brass spigots make it simple to attach a garden hose and access the water.  Spigots should be located above the bottom of the unit to prevent sediment from clogging it.

Screened Intakes – Keeping insets and bugs out of the barrel, most models feature a screened intake. This helps keep your water clean and prevents buildup from clogging the spigot.

One Piece Closed Design – Because of how and where they are stored, barrels can be accessed by all sorts of roaming critters. Manufacturers have responded to customer concerns by offering a one-piece closed design on most models.  This construction prevents children, pets, and wildlife from entering the barrel.
Rain Saver Rain Barrel

Plastic vs. Wood                                                                                                                          Rain Barrels carry heavy loads of water and need to be portable. For this reason, they are typically constructed of either plastic or wood. You will not find them in brick, stone, or concrete.  While using reclaimed wood to construct a barrel is increasingly popular, many find plastic as a better fit for their lifestyle. Not only is plastic easy to maintain and highly durable, it is also inexpensive and lightweight.   Since many like the look of wood without the high price tag, manufacturers are now offering plastic barrels with faux wood finishes as well.

Before summer comes and goes, consider adding a rain barrel to your customer’s backyard renovation plan. They are a simple way to add function to the home while saving money at the same time.


Rain barrels have been a mainstay for eco-friendly homeowners for decades but have recently experienced an upsurge in popularity among the everyday consumer. With rising utility costs and efforts by municipalities to limit water consumption, many are looking for ways to keep their landscaping looking healthy using a plentiful (and free) resource – rainwater. Click here to learn more about GutterSupply.com’s selection of rain barrels or contact us at 888-909-RAIN.                                   

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

10 Facts Every Expert Should Know About Leader Heads

Leader heads have often been considered the “cherry on top” of a well-installed gutter system. While the average gutter professional doesn’t run across leader heads on a regular basis, they are an important aspect of the trade every expert should have at least some knowledge in. This becomes especially true when working with higher-end, luxury homes or the commercial industry. Taking time to learn some of the basics about leader heads will keep you prepared for whatever comes your way.
Here are 10 facts about Leader Heads every gutter expert should know:
  1. They have many alias – Leader heads go by a number of names including: collector boxes, conductor heads, scupper boxes, rainwater heads, collector heads, and rain collectors. Don’t get confused – they all mean the same thing!
  1. Where they are found – Leader Heads are typically found on upscale homes, government buildings, churches, and even university campuses.
  1. Easy to install – Although they seem complicated, leader heads are actually quite simple to install. Using mortar plugs, they are easily mounted to brick or stone.
  1. Designer Copper Aluminum Conductor Head
    Offered in different metals – Leader heads come in a large assortment of metals including: aluminum, lead coated copper, pre-weathered zinc, galvanized steel and the most popular option, copper.
  1. Provide function and form – While they are mainly used for the aesthetic quality, leader heads also help control overflow helping to prevent water and ice buildup.
  1. Custom fabricated – Most leader heads are custom fabricated and can range in price from $90 to upwards of $1500. The more elaborate and labor-intensive the head, the higher the cost. The material it is constructed of also plays a factor in its price tag.
  1. Abbey Conductor Head
    European influence – Originating in Europe, many leader heads bear names reminiscent of where they came from. Some of GutterSupply.com’s more popular products include the Royal, the Essex, and the Rafael.
  1. Options galore – Leader heads come in a wide array of designs ranging from ornate scrolls to modern flare. GutterSupply.com carries nearly 40 unique models ensuring there is a fit for every project.
  1. Great upsell item – Looking to generate more sales? Leader heads are a great way to upsell to the historic or luxury home market. While some architects will include them on design plans for commercial properties, many homeowners are usually not even aware that they exist.
  1. Seeing is believing – When pitching leader heads to the customer, they often must see to believe (and to spend the extra bucks). To sway their decision, consider showing them a couple models that will work well with their property.
When you are ready to dive into the leader head world, GutterSupply.com will be there to help. We offer a large selection of leader heads in a number of designs at some of the lowest prices in the industry. While most of our models are custom ordered, we also stock a wide variety of standard leader heads in aluminum, steel and copper. To learn more about leader heads, contact our expert staff at 1-888-909-RAIN (7246). You can also view our vast inventory of gutter supplies in the product catalog.




Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Top 5 Tools to Make Your Job Easier

Work as a professional gutter contractor can be a tough job. Working efficiently while staying safe on the job is important to growing your business. Fortunately, there are a number of tools designed specifically with the gutter contractor in mind. Here are some of the best products to help you on the jobsite.
Ladder-Max Ladder Stabilizer If you use an extension ladder on a day-to-day basis, you need to invest in the Ladder-Max Ladder Stabilizer. The only standoff to be certified by OSHA for roof placement, this professional-grade stabilizer allows users to easily access high areas without damaging the customer’s gutters. Featuring 19 inches of standoff, this product keeps you in a natural position and not straining to reach. The unit quickly and easily attaches to a variety of extension ladders and is constructed of 16 g. heavy duty galvanized steel tubing.
Gutter Mate
Gutter Mate 
The Gutter Mate works like an extra pair of hands on the jobsite. Holding one gutter end up while you work on the other, the Gutter Mate is a great tool to keep the system level during installation while allowing you to work efficiently. It also self-adjusts accommodating for pitch with ease. 


Midwest Seamers A quality seamer can be a gutter contractor’s best friend and Midwest seamers are some of the best out there. This line of tools comes in 3-Inch, 5-Inch, 6-Inch and 9-Inch straight seamers and feature rugged, durable components. To add even more value, the Midwest seamer’s blades are also easily interchangeable.

NailHawg™ Magnetic Nail SweeperThe NailHawg™ Magnetic Nail Sweeper is a great tool to have on hand to keep the jobsite clean. Its innovative magnetic assembly collects debris with ease and will last for years to come. This product also features a hand/toe release for quick collection of nails into one dedicated spot for disposal. 
NailHawg™ Magnetic Nail Sweeper
Gutter Getter Scoop
Cleaning clogged, neglected gutters just got easier with the Gutter Getter Scoop. This inexpensive but effective product is lightweight enough to bring to any jobsite but designed with durability in mind. The Scoop’s shape makes it a perfect fit for virtually any size gutter, and its flexibility makes it easy to access even the narrowest of openings.
Gutter Getter Scoop


Gutter Grabber Along with the Gutter Scoop, the Gutter Grabber is another great product in the Gutter Getter line of professional tools. The Gutter Grabber features a pointed blade to efficiently clean every inch of the gutter from corner to corner. The company also offers the Gutter Grabber Plus which includes a steel handle extension making the work go even quicker.
At GutterSupply.com, we understand that the work of a professional gutter contractor can be difficult. To make the job easier for those in the field, we are dedicated to supplying effective, quality tools at the best prices around. With an emphasis on customer satisfaction, our team is trusted by contractors nationwide for all of their gutter supply needs. To learn more about the products listed here or additional gutter tools GutterSupply.com carries, click here or contact us at 888-909-RAIN.




Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Keep Your Customer Informed: Tips to Avoid Clogged Gutters

One of the most common service calls gutter contractors receive is for clogged gutters. Left untreated, backed-up gutters can lead to more serious issues including leaky roofs, damage to the home’s siding and fascia, and even foundation cracking and settling. Rather than fielding service call after service call, take time to inform your customers on the proper maintenance of their gutter system. Assisting homeowners in avoiding this common problem will help you build a stronger relationship with your clients while offering great customer service.
  •  Gutter Cleaning Tools Available
    Regular Maintenance is a Must –Bi-annual cleanings are the most effective way to prevent clogged gutters. Many homeowners intend to clean their gutters during the spring and fall yet when the time comes around they fail to do so. Help your customers determine if they are ready for the challenge or are better suited for hiring a professional. The latter provides a great opportunity for you to suggest a maintenance program which matches their needs.

  • Gutter Construction Matters – When providing guidance on gutter options make sure to provide your customers with the pros and cons of the various material choices. While price can be a determining factor, some customers, when given the benefits, may prefer higher quality gutters over less expensive alternatives. Galvanized steel, although very cost effective, is susceptible to rust and prone to cracking than aluminum. Aluminum lasts longer, comes in a variety of colors, yet susceptible to denting. Copper, CopperPlus, Freedom Gray and Zinc gutters are pricey options but may have appeal to certain clients once they understand the benefits. Educating your customers on the life expectancy of gutter materials demonstrates your professionalism and builds relationships that can lead to future business.

  • Proper Slope is Key – Since your customers don’t install their gutters, they are most likely unaware of how important slope is to the overall health of their gutter system. Proper pitch will allow water to stream downhill rather than pooling which eventually leads to issues. Demonstrate for homeowners how to check for proper pitch as well as how to examine the downspouts.

  • Be Proactive – Make sure to stress to your customers the importance of addressing any gutter damage immediately. While they may be tempted to delay the process to avoid service fees, impress upon them that this will only lead to further damage costing them even more in the long run. Inform them of basic maintenance they can complete between professional cleanings and how to perform visual inspections of their gutter system.

  • Gutter Guards are a Opportunity to Increase profits!
    Gutter Guards Help – Gutter guards are extremely helpful in keeping the gutters clean and free of debris. Providing a solid cover over the channels, these guards protect the area from a number of ailments including pest infestations and ice damming. Although there is cost involved in having the system purchased and installed, many homeowners enjoy the convenience and peace of mind that gutter guards offer.

As a leading supplier of gutter products and accessories, GutterSupply.com continually strives to provide the best in service to those in the trade. We offer quality supplies at competitive prices to help keep the gutter service industry growing.