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Gutter Replacement Rules

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Often homeowners spend weeks agonizing over which color and style shingle is best for their new roof. Then, after going to all this effort, they let the roofing company to install any old piece-of-junk gutters.

Since rain gutters and downspouts can be even more conspicuous than the roof itself, you should choose new ones with at least as much care as you chose the shingles. But before you do, make sure you actually need replacement gutters. Too often, you don't.

In the course of bidding on a roofing job, many a roofing contractor will say, “As long as we're at it, this would be the time to replace your gutters.”

Installing new gutters in conjunction with roof replacement is simply a way for roofer to make a little extra money, and freeing their workers from having to protect the existing gutters from damage during the job.

Worse, the quality of most replacement gutters and downspouts supplied by roofers is typically worse than that of original gutters in sound condition. So, homeowners who agree to lump in gutter replacement with their new roof often wind up with a flimsier, less attractive and quite unnecessary “improvement.”

The rules of thumb regarding gutter replacement are simple:

1. If your original gutters are straight, solid and don't leak, they don't need replacement.

2. If they do leak, there's a fair chance they can be repaired. In the case of steel or copper gutters, contact your local sheet metal shop.

3. If you do decide on replacement gutters, demand gutters that are at least equal to the originals in quality. Have gutter replacement specialists, not the roofer, recommend the best gutters for your home.  Consider copper gutters as well.

4. Put at least as much thought into choosing the gutters as you do into choosing the roofing material. Don't let the contractor make this choice for you. Many will simply fall back on the style of gutter that's the least trouble to install.

To find out if your gutters need to be replaced, or for help choosing and installing new gutters, contact Custom Insulation Company.

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Protect Your Home from all the Rain with Seamless Gutters

Joseph Coupal - Friday, June 08, 2012
With all the rain, thunderstorms, wind storms and potential upcoming hail you probably now know the benefits of having the right gutter system on your home.

As a result of the all the recent rain, have you noticed any water in your basement that you have never had before. If so, you may have issues with your gutters.

If your gutters are not working properly, you could end up with water in your basement, water behind your siding, basement flooding or damage to your fascia, soffit, foundation, and landscaping. As you can imagine, all of these scenarios are bad for your home.

Protect your home with Custom Insulation’s Seamless Gutters. Not only are seamless gutters more attractive, they are more effective as well.  Seamless gutters are more attractive and more effective. If your home needs new gutters, contact us.

Copper Gutters Increase Home Value and Decrease Home Maintenance

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Homeowners are always looking for ways to make their homes more beautiful with less maintenance. If this is accomplished while increasing the resale value of the home, all the better.

Copper Gutters are a great way to do this. Copper gutters last longer and stand the test of time much better than other types of gutters, including aluminum gutters. Additionally, they require very little maintenance and are beautiful additions to the outside of your home.
 
Of course every home needs a gutter system, and traditionally, the choice has been aluminum gutters. But more and more homeowners today are discovering copper. Some are choosing copper gutters purely for beauty, but regardless of the initial reason for reviewing copper gutters, the benefits pay for themselves.
A greener alternative, copper gutters today are almost entirely made from recycled copper.

They are very low maintenance, with no rust or rot, you won’t have to replace them for the life of your home.
Copper gutters are very sturdy and durable, rarely is there a storm where you will find your gutters hanging off when you use copper.

Copper gutters can give your home a better resale value because of both utility and aesthetics.

Copper gutters are especially right for those homeowners who want to maintain the architectural beauty of their home, but copper gutters complement any style home beautifully. Copper gutters are fast becoming the preferred choice for the homeowner. For information on the cost and installation of copper gutters for your home, contact Custom Insulation
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Gutter Cleaning Tips

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Custom Insulation offers The WaterFall Gutter Guard System as a way to protect your seamless gutters from debris and the need to clean your gutters. If your home does not have this gutter guard system, it's that time of year when a second gutter cleaning is almost always needed. New leaf debris and recent high winds can cause leaves, pine needles and debris to clog your gutter causing potential rainwater overflow. In turn, this can cause landscape erosion and water damage to your home.

There are a many gutter cleaning tips that can bring sanity and safety to this springtime job. Here are some of the basics:

Ladders: Always let someone know you will be using a ladder to work on your gutters. Use a safe and sturdy ladder, with a small shelf strong enough to hold a five-gallon bucket to collect the debris from the gutter.

A four-legged step ladder for a single story home or an extension ladder for a two-story home is recommended.

Hose nozzles: Use a garden hose with a pistol-grip trigger spray nozzle. This type of spray nozzle allows you to adjust the water pressure with one hand. This style of hose nozzle allows it to be easily hung over the front edge of the gutter while you move the ladder.

Wear Gloves: Gloves can help protect hands against dirty, rotting leaf debris that are often ridden with bacteria from wild life.

Rake the Roof: From the ground, rake all branches and leaves off the roof first. Otherwise, the next rain will wash all the debris down into the clean gutter, clogging it up again.

Tired of cleaning gutters, or hiring others to do it for you? We don’t blame you; contact Custom Insulation for information on our Aluminum Gutter Guard System.

With Copper Gutters you Get Distinctive Visual Appeal

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Winter is just about over, and you have started your "spring home repair list". This year, add copper gutters to the list. Copper gutters are really gaining in popularity, and you need a gutter system anyway.

Besides aesthetics, copper gutters are a great home investment. They don’t rust or rot and they need very little maintenance.  Copper gutters are an excellent addition and investment for the exterior of any home and they also add value to your home.

Copper gutters have an exclusive look that will set your home apart from the other homes in Western Massachusetts, but you will be getting a product that lasts longer and is easier to maintain. Add a distinctive style and flare to your house which is different than your standard gutters with copper. This style of visual appeal can only be accomplished with copper gutters. Contact Custom Insulation for more information.




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