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14 August 2012
While most homeowners probably take them for granted, gutters and downspouts play a critical role home maintenance.
When it's working perfectly, a home's drainage system will hardly be noticeable, but when something goes wrong, homeowners may notice several signs.
When gutters are clogged the water will either overflow or back up between the gutter and the shingles.
In the winter a clogged gutter may freeze and crack. In addition to clogging, the spikes that attach a gutter could also come loose. This can cause the pitch of the gutter to change and interfere with proper drainage.
Over time, leaks can develop in gutters that have seams.
Whenever you have seams in your gutters, there's always the possibility for leaks. The best choice in aluminum gutters are seamless gutters.
Homeowners can also install leaf guards on their gutters which will improve the home's drainage system.
Most problems with a home's drainage system can be prevented by regular gutter cleaning. The frequency of cleaning depends on the number of trees on a property, since leaves will clog gutters. It is recommended that you do a fall and spring cleaning.
Another major problems homeowners experience with their home's drainage system is clogged downspouts. However, regardless of maintenance, eventually aluminum gutters and downspouts do have to be replaced.
Aluminum gutters last from 15-30 years, depending on how they're maintained and kept up. But, once they get older, the seams will start to bust open.
If a gutter is damaged, it can be patched, but it will still leak again. In most cases, if a gutter has had leaks, it should be replaced with new seamless gutters. Seamless gutters these days last a lot longer.
Also, gutters can now be equipped with heat cables to keep ice from forming in them in the winter.
For information on aluminum seamless gutters, contact Custom Insulation.
Excerpts Reading Eagle
10 August 2012
As summer winds down and the fall approaches, we can’t help but start thinking about the upcoming heating bills. As you know, heating and cooling is one of the largest expenses we have in our homes. If you are interested in energy conservation, consider updating, adding or replacing your attic insulation.
Attic insulation and ventilation is a critical part of heat gain and loss in your home; heat gain and loss results in large energy bills. Heat enters your home in the summer and leaves your home in the winter through your attic.
Proper attic insulation allows you heating and cooling system to work less, lowering heating and cooling bills. Making sure you have proper attic insulation is key in the winter to prevent heat loss.
While we are there, we’ll ensure that your attic ventilation is working properly. Through your duct work, it is important to prevent heat and moisture from being trapped. Damaging moisture rots wood and promotes the growth of mildew and molds.
Attic insulation and ventilation is a home improvement project that pays for itself in reduced energy bills and it protects your home at the same time. Contact Custom Insulation today.
31 July 2012
There is a sales tax holiday coming up in Massachusetts. If you have any home improvement projects that need doing: gutters, insulation or fireplace inserts or stoves, this is your opportunity to save some money.
Gas and Wood burning stoves and fireplace inserts save you money on your heating bills. If you want a more efficient way to heat your home while adding ambiance, a fireplace is the answer. Many older homes in Worcester are drafty or inefficient, fireplace inserts and stoves increase your heating efficiency and add beauty to any room.
Speaking of those older drafty homes; new insulation is another way to improve your homes efficiency and decrease your heating bills. Insulating crawl spaces, attic spaces and drafty areas with either blanket, spray foam or blown-in insulation keeps your home the temperature you want it.
Need new gutters? Good, because tax free weekend will be the perfect time to get them. Weather you want aluminum gutters, a gutter guard system or copper gutters, a new gutter system will better protect your home.
For your home improvement projects, contact Custom Insulation.
26 July 2012
Home improvement projects are always a good investment; and some projects are better than others. If you want to increase your curb appeal, increase your home’s value while protecting your home, consider copper gutters. Copper Gutters are gaining in popularity.
Everything you need to know about copper gutters:
If you are looking for a home improvement project with great ROI and visual appeal, copper gutters may be your best bet. Contact Custom Insulation for more information.
20 July 2012
Gutters prevent water damage in your home, from the roof to the basement. Copper gutters are becoming more and more popular. At Custom Insulation we love when homeowners choose copper gutters.
Why? Other than the distinctive style they add to your home, copper gutters will never rust or rot and are more easily maintained than aluminum gutters. There is a style and appeal with copper gutters that only they can achieve.
Copper gutters add a higher value to your home. though they oxidize over time, many people prefer that greenish look which looks particularly at home on older houses in Worcester.
If you need gutters, want to improve curb appeal and are also looking to invest in your home, copper gutters are an excellent option. The many benefits mean that you're going to pay a bit more for copper gutters but it also means that you will be getting a product that lasts longer and is easier to maintain. Contact Custom Insulation for more information.
10 July 2012
It is a dirty job, cleaning the gutters. Clogged gutters cause lots of problems for your home: erosion of the dirt around your home, ruined landscaping and plants, flooded basements and crawl spaces, roof damage as well as damage to your fascia and siding and wood rot.
With proper drainage, gutters help control water around a home. Keeping the gutters clean, helps prevent these issues.
Cleaning gutters involves either a messy, dangerous job on a ladder or a big yearly cleaning bill. That's why you need smart, tough gutter guards that ensure that water flows into your gutters — and leaves and debris stay out.
Finally, put an end to the time and expense of cleaning those gutters once or twice a year. Now there is a product that is built to last and does what it is supposed to do! The WaterFall Gutter Guard System.
WaterFall's innovative "step" design keeps gutters clean of leaves and twigs while allowing water to flow into the gutters and away from the house. Contact Custom Insulation for more information.
6 July 2012
The housing market is starting to look healthier in Massachusetts, however, competition is still fierce in real estate, and home prices are still lower than in years past. In this market, you need to differentiate your home to make it stand out from the competition. Curb appeal is more important than you would imagine. There is a way to boost your curb appeal and increase the character and value of your home, copper gutters.
Copper gutters give a home unique character. They add significant curb appeal, but they are functional as well. They even add more functionality than traditional aluminum gutters because of their low maintenance, and long life. Copper gutters are reliable and will make your home stand out.
The many benefits of copper gutters include low to no maintenance, they can last on your home from 80- 100 years, and the fact that they are considered a green product because it is natural and recyclable.
Want to set your home apart from the others in your neighborhood? Choose copper gutters and contact Custom Insulation.
29 June 2012
There has been so much rain in Worcester. Many homeowners experienced flooding due to clogged gutters. The gutters did not work as designed because they were clogged by debris.
The Waterfall Gutter Guard System is designed to be a very inexpensive and effective way to terminate clogged gutters.
Waterfall Gutter Guards are easy to use, no roofing required. It slips under the bottom row of shingles over your gutters and water easily flows into the gutter and out your down spout as your gutters are designed to do.
As it rains, the water flows down you shingles and down the gutter guard system -like a waterfall- into the gutter below without bringing with it pine needles, branches and leaves.
The short video below, filmed at a builders convention shows how it works.
For More information, contact Custom Insulation.
22 June 2012
It has been hot in Worcester this week, and summer has only just begun. If you are concerned about your air conditioning bills or if your AC has been running all day, but when you go upstairs it is still hot, you may want to consider adding insulation to your attic and crawl spaces.
The insulation in older homes can be less efficient than the insulation that we use today. It can “shrink” so it no longer fits between the beams, or it could be of a lesser R-value than you really need.
Older homes actually may not be insulated at all, or may have large sections of the home that are missing insulation.
With cellulose insulation and spray foam insulation, it is easier than ever to add insulation to a home that is already built with minimal disruption. Do throw money out the windows this summer on air conditioning. Contact Custom Insulation for information on how to make your home more energy efficient.
13 June 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.
Insulation helps keep your house cool in the summer!