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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 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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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

6 Reasons to Become a Registered Contractor Today

Have you heard about’s contractor program?  In a continued effort to better serve our customers, we have a special section of our website just for professional contractors and other businesses in the industry.  Our contractor partners enjoy many benefits from special pricing to custom printed materials and more. Whether you have shopped from us for years or have just recently discovered our site, we invite you to learn more about this special program.

Here are 6 reasons to become a registered contractor today:

  1. Enjoy Special Pricing – Want to get quality gutter supplies at great prices?  Our contractors enjoy special pricing on our large selection of products. You can also buy in bulk for those bigger projects.

  2. Receive Free Customer Sell Sheets – Customized sell sheets can help take your business to the next level.  We can add your unique business logo and contact information to sell sheets for our most popular products such as Gutter Guard, Micro Mesh, and Filter Flow.  Our sell sheets come in full color with a custom imprint made just for you.

  3. Easy Online Ordering – Entering in your contact information, address, and payment each and every time you order is a pain not to mention time-consuming.  Registered contractors enjoy easy online orders with much of their information securely saved for future use.  All you need to do is select the products and quantities you need for that specific order.

  4. Access to Thousands of Products – Those in our professional contractor program enjoy access to over 3,000 gutter products. ensures each of the products we offer are made with quality and durability in mind. Our gutters come in 12 metals along with hundreds of different sizes and styles.  We also carry some of the top brands in the industry including Van Mark brakes, New Tech gutter machines, and more.

  5. Quick Online Quotes – We know that the professional gutter contractor is often busy and on-the-go all the time.  That’s why we offer instant online quotes so that you can get what you need and fast.  No need to wait around for an emailed response.  You can take care of all of your ordering needs right through our website.

  6. Support from Our Technical Experts – If you have a question about a specific product or need help in selecting the materials for a unique application, contact our team of technical experts for help.  Whether you prefer to email or call, we have people standing by during standard business hours ready to help.  Learn more about how to contact us by visiting here.

If you are a professional contractor looking for great products at affordable prices, sign up for our contractor program today.  Just fill out a quick questionnaire and provide one business reference to get started on enjoying all the benefits of our professional partners.   If you have other questions about our contractor program or want learn more about it, visit us here or call 1-888-909-RAIN (7246). 

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Selecting the Best Brake for Your Business

A quality brake can be one of the best investments you make for your gutter contracting business.  Being able to bend materials on the jobsite can save you valuable time and money.   When making a large purchase it is important to consider which features you will need.  Finding the perfect fit for your business will ensure that you’re left with a product you are happy with for years to come. 

Here are 7 features to look for when researching which brake is the right fit for your business:
  1. Throat Depth – Make sure the brake system you choose has the throat depth needed on the jobsite.  The Mark I, II, and IV Series each have a throat depth of 14” which allows for more custom bends.
  2. Easy Adjustment – An important aspect of any large machinery is how easily it is adjusted.  Especially for a one-man job, being able to quickly adjust for each bend is critical.  Van Mark promotes that their brakes never need adjusting but include independently-adjustable UHMW plastic wedges when the need arises.
  3. Bending Power – Both the bending capacity and bending power of a brake are essential features to consider.  The Mark II series features POWERslot technology offering greater bending power with less force making for a smoother, better end-product.
  4. Durability – Durability is often determined by the type of raw materials the brake is constructed of.  Using quality materials and a construction that is built to last will ensure your system will be dependable for the long-term.
  5. Portability – You don’t need to sacrifice the portability of a system for better quality.  In fact, there are many brakes available on the market today that are both durable and lightweight.  A lightweight system with handles makes for easier transport from jobsite to jobsite.  
  6.  Maintenance Needs – Servicing a brake system can take a lot of time and energy.  Brakes with minimal parts require less maintenance and repair needs, allowing you to stay on the jobsite and working. 
  7. Commercial vs. Residential – Do you need a brake that will work for both your residential and commercial needs?  Both the Mark I and the Mark II come in commercial and contractor models and feature dual locking, bending handles.
A quality brake can be one of the best investments you make for your gutter contracting business.  Being able to bend materials on the jobsite can save you valuable time and money.   When making a large purchase it is important to consider which features you will need.  Finding the perfect fit for your business will ensure that you’re left with a product you are happy with for years to come. 

Here are 7 features to look for when researching which brake is the right fit for your business:

The alloys and tempers of metal vary, resulting in a wide variety of bending capabilities.  For further questions on specific metals, contact our team at 1-888-909-RAIN (7246). 

At we are proud to carry Van Mark brand brake systems and accessories including the Mark Series.  Van Mark has been a worldwide leader in the brake industry, producing not only a superior product, but also making the job of the contractor easier.  To learn more about the features of each brake system we carry, visit us here.  You can also view our selection of quality brakes in our product catalog.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

7 Questions to Ask the Homeowner Before Starting a Gutter Guard Installation

Here are some questions to ask the homeowner when planning their gutter guard installation. Experienced contractors know that a smoothly-run project begins with a good conversation with the homeowner.  Asking the client the right questions can pave the way for realistic customer expectations that both you and your team can achieve.

  1. What are your current concerns?  Before you can offer a solution to match a customer’s needs you must first find out what those needs are.  Ask open-ended questions such as “What about gutter guards appeal to you?” or “What problems do you want to address?"
  2. What is your timeline?  It is always important to have a clear idea of how quickly the homeowner wants the system installed for a number of reasons.  First, it prevents you from over-selling your services.  You have the opportunity to discuss with them how long the typical project takes for homes similar to theirs.  Secondly, discussing timing opens the discussion on what the homeowner can expect from your company based on your current workload.  This ensures no one is left disappointed.
  3. How long would you like the system to last?  The gutter guard material a client chooses will play a critical factor in how long the product will last.  If they plan on staying in their home long-term, they may want to choose a durable, long-lasting product such as steel.  If they are preparing to sell their home shortly but still want to enjoy the benefits of a gutter guard system in the short-term, they may consider simple foam inserts or a vinyl system.
  4. What is your budget?  Knowing the customer’s budget restrictions will help you determine the best materials and products to offer.  While you can discuss systems that may be a little above or below their budget, steer clear of straying too far.  Quoting too high may send their business to a competitor.
  5. What type of vegetation accumulates most often in your gutters?  Knowing the type of vegetation that surrounds the area will help you and the homeowner find the right solution for their home.  When they clean their gutters, what do they find: large leaves and debris or smaller needles?  If their gutters become filled with small needles, you may want to discuss solutions which feature a finer mesh.
  6. How important is appearance to you?  Do they want their system to seamlessly fit with their current exterior or are its looks secondary to cost?  Gutter guard systems come in a number of colors and materials but not every brand may match the home.  If curb appeal matters make sure to guide the discussion towards solutions that not only work great but also look great too.
  7. What questions do you have?  Don’t forget to ask your customers if they have any question for you.  They may be too shy or timid to bring up concerns they may have so open the line of dialog for them.  Having clear communication will result in a smoother install as well as a more satisfied client.   

When ready to purchase the supplies for your next job trust America’s #1 online supplier of gutter tools and supplies -   We carry one of the largest selections of gutter guard systems and accessories so you can take on any job, any time.  Browse our large inventory of professional-grade products or call us at 888.909.7246 to learn more. 

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Ornamental Accents That Wow

When it comes to offering your customers complete gutter systems, it is often hard to stand out from
the competition.  A gutter system is just a gutter system, right?  Wrong.   Offering your clients more than just the ordinary can help you separate yourself from the others while increasing your add-on sales. Ornamental gutter accents are a great addition to any home and can be the finishing touch that wows.  And you don’t have to be servicing mansions to get in on the action.  These products come in a variety of price points, styles, and options sure to fit any project and any budget.

Ornamental Gutter Products

Whether your customer is looking for traditional appeal or a more unique flare, there are many ornamental options available in today’s market. 

Gutter Medallions – Gutter medallions are a beautiful way to add the finishing touch to k style gutters. Each piece is constructed of cast iron and features a pre-punched hole on the top to easily screw it into place.  With both flower and leaf design options, you can help your customers add beauty to their home with these simple, easy-to-install medallions.

Leader Heads
– Leader heads, also known as collector’s boxes, can add great architectural appeal to many homes. Coming in a variety of materials from aluminum and copper to pre-weathered zinc, leader heads can be matched to property’s existing system adding a special flare to the exterior.  With one of the largest selections in the industry, carries over 30 leader head options.

Gargoyles – Gargoyles are not just for European castles anymore.  Once used in medieval times to defend a home from evil spirits, these detailed pieces of art can serve both function and form as a decorative spout for the gutter system.  Many of the gargoyles offers are custom fabricated ensuring your customer receives the highest quality product available online.

Ornamental Outlets & Downspouts
– Half round gutter outlets offer both function and beauty when it comes to system design.  These accents have a larger opening than standard outlets allowing leaves and other debris to more easily flush out preventing bottlenecking.  Twisted spiral gutter downspouts are yet another way to help your customer’s home stand out from their neighbors.  Available in both thin and wide spiral designs, each downspout is made by hand with the highest quality supplies and craftsmanship. 

Ornamental Brackets
– Downspout brackets can be the “icing on the cake” when it comes to gutter system design.  They add the finishing touch to complete the project and can be found in many design aesthetics from contemporary to a more traditional appeal.  There are also many pipe bands and clips available to complete the look.

If you are looking for beautiful gutter accents, browse’s large selection of ornamental products.  We offer both traditional and unique leader heads, downspouts, and more all sure to satisfy the needs of even the most challenging clients.  Click here to learn more about the huge variety of ornamental gutter accents has to offer or contact us at 888-909-RAIN.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

10 Gutter Installation Tips from the Pro’s

Are your gutter jobs taking you too long and leaving your customers with only so-so results?  If so, it may be time to brush-up on your skills.  Knowing the tricks of the trade will not only help you cut cost through less waste and time on the job but also leave your clients with a better product in the end.  Read on to learn more about how to work smart when out in the field.

Here are 10 tips for professional Gutter Installation:

  1. Use a Material List – Begin by compiling everything you will need to complete the job.  This not only ensures your truck is loaded properly but also can help you plan the cuts that will make the best use of your material eliminating waste.  Taking time in the beginning to plan helps you work smarter in the end.
  2. Join Sections on the Ground – It is much easier to join your gutter ends from the ground than high up in the air.  Assemble your system from below and then adjust as needed when on the ladder.
  3. Good Snippers are your Best Friend – A good pair of snippers is helpful for almost any task at hand.  Invest in a quality pair to work quickly and cleanly.
  4. Cut Out the Downspout Outlet – To make your work look neater, cut the downspout outlet
    out of the gutter rather than using a small section with an outlet already installed.  This practice eliminates two seams leaving a much more finished look.

  5. Remember the ¼” for every 10 ft. Rule for Slope – Sloping is one of the essential ways that water is eliminated from the system so you want to make sure you get it right.  Each gutter should be sloped toward the downspout at an angle of 1/4-in. for every 10 feet of system.
  6. Apply Sealant Properly – When applying sealant always apply a liberal amount on the inside of the gutters.  Gutters must be dry so make sure to wipe any condensation off the parts when working in the morning or after a rainfall.
  7. Good Crimpers make Downspout Installation Easy – Downspout crimpers make it easy to prepare the downspouts for installation.  Good quality crimpers will make a factory precision crimp each and every time.
  8. Use Screws to Install Downspouts – When installing downspouts use screws rather than standard rivets.  The screws make it easier to remove the downspouts when cleaning out debris or clogs.  A 1/4-in. hex screw is a good one to try.  Just make sure it is pre-painted to match the rest of the system or it will stick out like a sore thumb.
  9. Always Have the Crimp Face Down – When installing elbows and downspouts always have the crimped ends facing down.  This is key to preventing leaks at the joints and ensuring a functional system.
  10. Clean Up after Yourself – Every good professional knows how important it is to leave the customer’s property as clean as it was when you arrived.  Make sure to take with you your leftover materials and supplies leaving them with not only a soundly-installed system but also a great impression of your company. 

When purchasing materials for your next job, visit for all the top-quality supplies and tools you need.  Not only do we offer a huge variety of gutters in every material imaginable, we also carry the best tools in the industry. For professional gutter products at the best prices, contact our expert staff at 1-888-909-RAIN (7246).

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Are Galvanized Steel Gutters Right for Your Home?

Many homeowners are unsure about the different options to choose from when deciding on which gutter system to install.  But did you know that there are many different styles of gutter material to choose from?  It is important to discover all the options available to you including galvanized steel.  Galvanized steel is becoming increasingly popular due to its durability, cost-effectiveness and low maintenance. 
Galvanized steel is among the most durable material options when choosing a gutter system.  With the addition of the galvanized steel coating, it adds another layer of protection to guard against harsh conditions during the winter and spring months. 

Low Cost
During the decision process, many homeowners weigh heavily the cost of the different gutter systems they are comparing. Galvanized steel systems are among the most cost effective because, once installed, they can last up to 20 to 30 years.  This offers a great return on their investment.

Low Maintenance
Galvanized steel gutters are very difficult to damage and require little maintenance.  They are able to endure heavy rain, ice, sleet, and hail without showing any dents or scratches.  These gutter systems also can resist water, cold, heat, and foul weather all while holding their shape and continuing to function properly.
Whether you need a minor gutter repair or a complete gutter system installed, Custom Installations is here to help.  We have experience working with many types of gutter materials including galvanized steel, copper and aluminum.  Let our experts at Custom Installations help you make the right decision for your gutter system while addressing any of your other home exterior needs.  

Contact us  for more information or to schedule a consultation.

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