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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Advantages of K-Style Gutters

As the nation’s most popular gutter profile, the K-style accounts for nearly 80% of the gutters installed today.  Homeowners and contractors alike prefer this gutter option for its easy installation and durability.  With its stylish look, the K-style gutter is also one of the most attractive choices on the market today.  What makes this profile so popular?  Read on to learn more about the advantages of K-style gutters.

Why are they called K-Style Gutters?
This type of gutter is named “K-style” because of the shape it makes when looked at from a side profile.  Resembling the letter “K”, these gutters curve out on both the top and bottom rather than being perfectly round like more traditional gutters.  Many homeowners prefer this curvier profile as it closely mimics the look of crown molding, a popular fixture in interior design.  You may also hear these gutters called “ogee gutters.”  The word ogee is an architectural term meaning double arc or curve and typically refers to a more “S” shaped profile which, oddly enough, is also very similar to the K-style gutter.

Benefits of K-Style Gutter
There are many benefits to installing a K-style gutter system including:
- Provides a seamless finish making it less prone to leaks
- Can hold more water than a rounded style gutter
- Offers a stylish appearance for the home’s exterior
- Less likely to bend or protrude when impacted by force
- Strong and durable
- Can be easily found in many materials and sizes
- Many contractors have the machinery to make K Style gutters at the jobsite, providing longer lengths and ultimately less seams.
- Because this style has a flat back, the gutter hangers can be screwed directly to the fascia board

Materials Options for every Application
Because of their popularity, K-style gutters are now offered in a variety of sizes and materials to fit any application.  Although commonly manufactured in aluminum, K-style gutters can be found in a multitude of materials from copper to Galvalume.  Other available metals include: galvanized steel, lead coated copper and copper penny aluminum.  They are also available in a wide range of sizes.  Although many find the 5” or 6” size the right fit, K-style gutters can also be purchased in 7” or 8” sizes.  GutterSupply.com also offers a high back option as well as custom ordering.     

GutterSupply.com offers one of the largest selections of K-style gutters.  As the leading online supplier in the gutter supply industry, we offer the highest quality products on the market today.  Many of our K-style gutters require only a 10 ft. minimum per size and color ordered as well as many custom options.  We can ship up to 20 ft. lengths.  To help complete your job, we also carry all the fittings and accessories you may need.  Our knowledgeable staff is available to answer any questions you many have on this product line or any of the other quality products and supplies we carry.  Visit our website to learn more about our large selection of gutter options or contact us at 888-909-RAIN.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

5 Useful Tips for Buying Gutters Online

For busy, on-the-go contractors, online shopping can be an efficient way to easily shop for gutter supplies.    Available anytime, anywhere online stores can offer a huge selection of gutter types, sizes, and colors to fit any projects unique needs.  As a leading online source of all things gutter-related, GutterSupply.com is proud to offer the best products available at the lowest prices anywhere.  Our site makes it easy to find the quality supplies you need for the job.

If you are new to the world of online shopping, follow these 5 tips to make buying gutters online easy:

Create an Account for Easy Ordering – Few things are more time-consuming then entering your shipment and payment information with each order you place.  Creating an account with GutterSupply.com simplifies the process allowing you to check out quickly and easily each and every time.

Call for Assistance – Have questions about a particular product?  Our gutter professionals are here to assist you with any product or application question you may have.  We offer different ways for you to reach us depending on your preference.
  • Call Us – You can reach a Gutter Supply representative during normal business hours by calling 888-909-RAIN.
  • Email Us – To contact us with questions anytime, email your inquiries to info@guttersupply.com.

Use the Quick Shop feature – Our Quick Shop feature makes it easy to locate all the supplies needed for your project.  Acting like a virtual material list, this feature allows you to select the metal you need along with the preferred style, color, and size.  It will instantly generate a list of available items and pricing options.  Make your selections and then add your single “list” to the shopping cart with one click of the mouse.

Become a Contractor – One of the best ways to take advantage of GutterSupply.com’s online ordering is by becoming a registered contractor.  Not only do contractors enjoy special pricing but also receive instant online quotes and have access to technical experts for all their ordering needs.

Review your Shopping Cart before completing Purchase – Checking your shopping cart before completing a purchase can help catch any mistakes in quantities or sizes.  Give your order the once-over to ensure you receive what you need and quickly.  Should you accidentally order the wrong product, returns of your online purchase are possible!   Simply contact GutterSupply.com within 30 days.  We will refund your purchase price less shipping & handling fees, plus a 20% restocking fee.  Keep in mind fabricated items and special order items are non-refundable.  Learn more about our return policy here.

If you are new to the world of online shopping, don’t be intimidated!  Trust the team at GutterSupply.com to help guide you through the process.  We make ordering online for quality gutter supplies stress-free.  Our intuitive site is simple to navigate and easy to use.  With over 3,000 products to choose from, GutterSupply.com is your leading online source for all of your gutter needs.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Gutter Cleaning & Installation Tips


We all know how important it is to install gutters properly and keep them clean.  But do you know the best ways to accomplish these tasks?  Here are some tips of the trade every homeowner and professional should know.

Gutter Cleaning Tips 

Dress for the job – To stay both safe and comfortable while cleaning a gutter system, it is important for you to come prepared.   Always wear a long-sleeve shirt, rubber-soled shoes, and protective gloves when working.

Clean gutters before the rainy season – Don’t leave the gutters full of leaves and debris right before the wet season.  No matter which region you live in it is important to clear the way for the increased amounts of precipitations ensuring your gutters can handle the extra load. 

A gutter scoop is the best tool to remove debris –While hosing down a gutter and using your hands to get rid of debris both work, the best and most efficient way to remove clumps of leaves is with a gutter scoop.  Gutter scoops are specially designed to glide on the bottom of the gutter to clear the space.  A good one to try is the Gutter Getter Scoop.

Ladder stabilizers can be a great investment – A ladder stabilizer can be very helpful when cleaning your gutters.  Products such as the Ladder-Max Stand Off Ladder Stabilizer not only help keep you more safe when high up but also prevents dents and scratches on the gutters themselves. 

Gutter Installation Tips

Figure in waste – Since many gutters come in standard lengths and sizes there will likely be some waste as you cut them to fit.  When calculating materials for a gutter installation project add 10% more to the final total to account for waste and trim. 

Use a chalk line to stay straight – Draw a chalk line and align the top of the gutters with it during installation.  This not only keeps your gutters at the proper slope but also ensures a straight line.

Plan the placement – To make hanging the gutters go more smoothly, lay out the placement of each piece on the ground first.  This helps to visualize and plan out the downspout locations as well. 

Use the right supplier – Rather than going to a big box retailer for your gutter supply needs, head online instead.  Online suppliers such as GutterSupply.com offer large selections at great prices and their shipping is quick, easy, and affordable.  They also have many resources such as toll-free phone support to help you find the right products for your project.

At GutterSupply.com, we make shopping for your gutter tools and supplies quick and easy.  As a leading online supplier in the gutter industry, we provide both professionals and homeowners the quality products they need to complete any size job.  We also offer bulk ordering and toll-free assistance.  Contact us at 888-909-RAIN or email us at info@guttersupply.com to learn more about how GutterSupply.com can help with your next gutter project.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Smart Solutions for Common Gutter Problems



A home’s gutter system performs the important function of funneling rainwater away from the home’s foundation and leading it safely to the surrounding ground for absorption.  A home without a proper gutter system can sustain many issues including cracked and damaged foundations, flooding into the home or basement, mold growth, and more.  Many homeowners will experience gutter problems at some point during the ownership of their home.  Some may be easily fixed by the homeowner themselves while others may require professional help.
 
Here are some of the most common gutter problems and smart solutions to remedy them.

1. Sagging Gutters - Sagging gutters are not only a nuisance to the home but also unsightly.  The cause of this problem is often the hangers used to support the gutters.  Over time these hangers can deteriorate or lift away from the home. Some may have even been spaced too far apart during installation.  Replacing them is often the best solution to a sagging issue.

2. Gutters Pulling Away from Home - Many homeowners begin to notice their gutters pulling away from the frame of the house.  Although not uncommon, this problem can make your gutters weaker and more prone to damage from heavy storms. While the source of this issue is often faulty installation, there are ways to remedy the issue.  Many professionals suggest rehanging the gutters properly and testing for adequate drainage.

3. Leaks or Holes - Few things are worse than a leaky gutter system.  Leaks often occur near the gutter joints.  If small, they can be easily fixed by sealing the area with caulking.  Smaller holes can be filled with gutter sealant.  Larger holes may require the installation of a patch to secure the area. 

4. Improper Pitch - To successfully drain water away from the home’s foundation, the gutters must be properly pitched.  Industry standards suggest at least a quarter inch pitch every 10 feet.  If sagging, clogging, and leaking issues have all been addressed and the gutters still have standing water in them then the gutter is likely improperly pitched.  Sometimes the gutter can be simply pushed back into place and others times it needs to be rehung. 

5. Clogged Gutters - Clogged gutters are one of the most common complaints contractors run across.  When gutters become filled with leaves and other debris, they are less able to efficiently funnel the water away.  Gutters must be cleaned on a regular basis to keep the space clear and open.

6. Animal Infestation - There are many types of critters that take refuge in gutter systems.  Squirrels, birds, insects, rodents, and even snakes can all quickly become a nuisance when they begin infesting a home’s gutter system.  The animals must be removed to prevent damage to the area.  A professional expert in the field can help relocate the pests or offer extermination services.

GutterSupply.com is the leader in online gutter supplies and materials.   We are dedicated to keeping both professionals and homeowners educated on the best practices for gutter installation, maintenance, and repair.   

To view our large inventory of quality products visit our website or call us at 888.909.7246 to learn more. 

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Friday, June 19, 2015

The Basics of Ladder Safety

As professional gutter contractor, climbing up and down a ladder hundreds of times a day is just part of the job.   It can be an exhausting and treacherous task and one of the main reasons why homeowners hire a professional to do the work.  In fact, the Center for Disease Control reported that 43% of all fall fatalities in the last decade involved a ladder.*  The height at which the fall may occur only makes the risks of this jobsite hazard even more dangerous.  For this reason, it is important that all contractors keep ladder safety in mind each and every time they climb.

Follow these guidelines for proper ladder safety:

Before you begin working
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Prior to setting up your ladder, check out the area in which you’ll be working.  Is it a high traffic area where adults or kids may be passing through?  Are there any signs of bee’s nests, birds nest, low-hanging branches or other environmental concerns?  

Visually inspect the existing roof, gutters, and building’s general exterior for signs of deterioration.
Assess the levelness of the ground looking for areas of unevenness or dips.

Consider the weather conditions.  Ladders should not be used during periods of high wind or storms.

Wear the right gear to stay safe.  Slip-resistant shoes are a must.  For better traction, clean the bottoms of the shoes soles prior to working.  You also want to utilize gear which helps you remain hands-free while climbing up and down. Consider wearing a tool belt or having a helper hand you tools and material.

Selecting the right ladder:

Size the ladder right for the job at hand. The ladder’s Duty Rating should be sufficient enough to handle the climber as well as all tools and supplies.  It should also be tall enough that the climber does not need to use the top rung to reach the working area.

Inspect the ladder prior to use.  Check for loose or damaged parts.  A ladder that leans or sways should never be used. 

Using the ladder properly:
When climbing a ladder, use slow, deliberate steps avoiding sudden movements.

Never attempt to move a ladder while you are on it.

Avoid overreaching while on the ladder.  A good rule is to keep your belt buckle in between the ladder’s side rails at all times.

Follow the Three Point-of-Contact rule at all times.  To minimize your risk of falling maintain three points of contact to the ladder while climbing up or down or working from it.  Keep either two hands and one foot or two feet and one hand on the ladders steps, side rails, and/or rungs.

At GutterSupply.com, we know how important ladder safety is to your business.  Helping keep you and your employee’s safe on the jobsite, we offer equipment such as the Ladder-Max ladder stabilizer and more.  Browse our extensive website to learn more about our large selection of safety products.  We make it convenient to order right online for all of your gutter supply needs.

*Occupational Ladder Fall Injuries – United States, 2011

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

A Professional’s Guide for Soffit Installation

If you have a home plagued with peeling or rotting soffits and fascia, installing new aluminum replacements may be the best solution to this common problem.  It can also save you the time and hassle of scraping and painting the wood edges. Like many home renovations, the quality of the installation has a great impact on the durability and overall finish of your soffits.  Knowing which materials to use and how to best install can help leave you with long-lasting results.

Before Beginning
Before beginning a soffit or fascia installation it is important to fix any underlying roof issues.  If the home experienced water damage in the past the problem is likely to persist into the future.  Although aluminum is less susceptible to the damaging effects of water, the wood underneath is still prone to it.  Ice dams, sagging shingles edges and broken shingles are all common problems to look for. 

Your Materials Matter
To take on this type of project you also need both the right materials and the correct quantity of them.  Most soffit panels come in 12’ lengths and are 12” wide.  Purchase a good mix of both solid and vented soffits.  A good rule to follow is 80 percent solid and 20 percent vented.  Aluminum soffits are often pre-painted so make sure to choose a color that will blend well with the existing exterior.  You also want to consider the profile of panel you choose.  At GutterSupply.com, we carry both Double 6 and Triple 4 profiles to fit every need.  

Here are a few soffit installation tips to follow for a professional finish:

  • For better end results, follow an installation sequence. Many suggest starting by leveling your existing wood soffit with the bottom of your fascia board. Install the J-Channel then moving to the soffits, then fascia, then drip edge.
  • If installing vented soffits, remove any existing vent covers in that area for better airflow.
  • Use the right trim nails for the job.  Make sure your trim nails are at least 1 ¼” long.  Also make sure to select a color that matches the materials you are installing.
  • Utilize a carpenter’s square to line up the first panel correctly. Install the panel perpendicular to the home with the groove side facing the direction you are installing.
  • If you have an existing frieze board below your wood soffit you can cap this with the material you will be using for your fascia. When bending your frieze board you should create a (Z bend) allowing the aluminum soffit to be level with the bottom of your fascia. Then install your J-Channel over the aluminum frieze board.

When installing soffits and fascia onto a home it is important to both prepare and plan for the project.  One way to make sure you have the right materials and tools for a professional finish is by choosing the right partner for your supply needs.  GutterSupply.com is one of the nation’s largest online suppliers in the gutter industry.  We not only carry a large selection of both soffits and trim but also the quality tools you need to install them including tin snips and utility knives.

If you have any questions contact us or call us at 888-909-RAIN.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Gutters and Gutter Guard Myths Debunked


How much do homeowners really know about their gutters and the guards installed to protect them?  What they think is fact can be a far cry from the truth.  It is important to be aware of these misconceptions so that, as contractors, we can inform our customers on how gutters work, the function and purpose of a quality gutter guard system, and the best practices for maintaining both.  Below are some common myths about gutters and gutter guards.

The best person to clean my gutters is me….

Gutter cleaning is not just another chore that easily be accomplished by any homeowner.  The height at which you work and the difficult of this task can both make cleaning the gutter virtually impossible for some people with limited abilities or range of motion.  An experienced contractor with the appropriate ladder and tools to complete the work is often the best person for the job.

Few trees mean no debris in my gutters….

Just because a home has few or no trees, there are still many ways debris can get into the gutter system.  Wind-blown leaves from surrounding homes are often the common culprits  While properties with less trees may require fewer cleanings, they still need regular maintenance and inspections.

Gutter guards eliminate the need to ever clean my gutters again….


Installing gutter guards or gutter toppers can make necessary cleanings less frequent but does not completely eliminate the need for them. Virtually any system will allow at least some debris into the gutters themselves.  Gutter guards do however greatly reduce the amount of buildup while reducing the likelihood of blockages occurring. 

Gutter guards are ineffective….

Despite being a growing, thriving industry, many still believe that gutter guards are unnecessary for the average homeowner.  While every home and property is unique, many people can benefit from installing a quality guard system onto their home’s exterior.  These systems can greatly reduce the amount of debris within the gutters especially for homes with many trees and foliage.   For these types of properties, they can also lower the frequency in which gutter cleanings are necessary.

Metal is best when it comes to gutter guards….

Many believe that metal guards are far superior to any other type of system including vinyl.  While metal is a smart, durable choice the most important aspect to consider when choosing your gutter guards is which overall system is best for your unique home.  The climate in which you live, the foliage around your property, and the home’s architecture all play important parts in determining the right system for you.

If common myths have lead your customers to ignoring this important part of their home’s exterior, inform them on how to best to care for their gutters and gutter guards.  Stress to them the importance of annual maintenance and inspections.  Also make sure they know how critical quality installation by a trained professional can be to the durability and effectiveness of their system.  At GutterSupply.com we are dedicated to keeping both professionals and homeowners informed on the best practices within the gutter industry.  Click here to learn more.

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