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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Everything You Need to Know About Galvalume®

Choosing the right material for a new gutter installation is a big decision.  What makes the choice even more difficult is the many options available on the market today. Depending on your customer’s preference and budget, galvanized steel, aluminum, copper, and vinyl are all viable solutions.  Another material to consider is Galvalume® steel.   For many contractors, this product is the preferred choice for their gutter supply needs.  Below are a few of the frequently asked questions we receive on Galvalume®.

What is Galvalume®?
Galvalume® is a material constructed of steel coated with 55% aluminum and 45% zinc during a continuous hot dipping process.  This unique coating protects the steel from corrosion while creating a tough, long-lasting finish.  Galvalume was first manufactured in 1975 and has been thoroughly tested in many types of environments.
What are the benefits of using Galvalume®?
There are many reasons why Galvalume® Steel has become a popular alternative to standard aluminum gutter systems.  Here are some of its benefits:

·         Corrosion Resistant
·         Strong & Durable Metal
·         Resistant to Fingerprints & Smudging
·         Weathers Uniformly
·         Cuts & Bends are Protected
·         Roll-formed Dry & Oil-free

Which accessories can I use with Galvalume®?
It is best to only use accessories that are as resistant to corrosion as Galvalume®.  Below is quick guide on which accessories are best suited for use with Galvalume® steel.

Hangers
-          Aluminum
-          Stainless Steel
Fasteners
-          Aluminum Pop Rivets
-          Stainless Steel Screws
-          Zinc-coated Screws (can be used but zinc coating is slightly less resistant to corrosion than Galvalume®)

How does Galvalume® compare to Galvanized Steel?
What sets Galvalume® steel apart from galvanized steel is its longevity.  Depending on the environment in which it is installed (rural, industrial, marine, etc.), Galvalume® can last up to nine times as long at galvanized steel.

Which Galvalume® gutter options does GutterSupply.com carry?
GutterSupply.com is proud to offer our customers Galvalume® steel in both a K Style and 6” Reverse Bead Half Round option.  Click here to access our comprehensive materials lists for both styles. 

Can Galvalume® be painted?
Absolutely.  Galvalume® can be colored to match any existing exterior though, unlike galvanized steel, painting is not necessary to lengthen the life of this product.  Prior to beginning, first remove all oils and dirt.  We also recommend using a metal primer coat before a final coat is applied.

Are there any special concerns with soldering, welding, bonding, and fastening Galvalume®?
Most contractors find Galvalume® very easy to work with but there are some special considerations you should know about.  Visit our Galvalume® Fact Sheet to learn more.

At GutterSupply.com, we are dedicated to only offering the best in gutter materials and supplies.  Visit our website to learn more about Galvalume® or any of the other products we carry.  As a leading online source for contractors nationwide, we are committed to providing industry-leading products like Galvalume® at exceptional value for our customers.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Traditional Copper Gutter Alternatives to Match Any Exterior

When most people think of copper gutter systems they picture a traditional shiny non-patina copper guaranteed to age beautifully over time.  While this standard is a popular choice for many, others are looking for alternatives for a variety of reasons.  For some, the copper penny hue simply doesn’t match their current home’s exterior.  For others, the price of a copper gutter system is too costly.  Fortunately there are many products available in the market today that can offer varying color choices and price points.

Traditional Copper Alternatives
Whether constructed of actual copper or another material, there are many options for customers when it comes to creating the feel and look they are looking for in their home’s gutter system and accessories.

Copper Penny Aluminum – Copper penny aluminum is a great option for your customers that want the look of copper without the high price tag.  This aluminum product is painted to give the appearance of new copper and finished with a high-gloss finish.  Constructed of lightweight aluminum, this product will not tarnish or patina and does not require any special polishes and is available in K Style and Half Round.

Designer Copper Aluminum – When looking for a more weathered copper look rather than the shiny and bright “new” look, many turn to designer copper aluminum.  Designer Copper Aluminum mimics the next step in the patina process.  This popular alternative features a two coat paint finish that closely resembles aged copper.  Its texturized surface adds a beautiful dimension, rich appearance, and comes in a dark copper color.  This product is also available in K Style and Half Round.

Freedom Gray Copper – For those that like the sustainability and look of copper but prefer gray gutter options, Freedom Gray Copper is a great choice.  This product is constructed of sheets of copper coated on both sides with a patented tin-zinc alloy.  This practical option fits with many metal applications and offers a long-lasting, durable approach to gutter systems and accessories.  Homeowners with light-colored exterior features in their brickwork, stucco, and woodwork also find that this product’s runoff staining blends better with the rest of the home than that of traditional copper.

Euro Copper – This half round system features some of the heaviest gauge copper on the market today.  Long-lasting and easy to install, this system is solderless and can be found in seamless downspouts, miters, and elbows.  Also known as the European Gutter System, Euro Copper Gutters are only compatible with European Gutter accessories.

Whether you are looking for a traditional copper gutter system or one of the many alternatives listed above, GutterSupply.com has what you need.  As a leading online supplier of gutter supplies and equipment, we are dedicated to offering the best prices and selection in the industry.  Click here to learn more about the huge variety of copper gutter system alternatives GutterSupply.com has to offer or contact us at 888-909-RAIN.


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.