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Gutter Notes and FAQs
Choosing Gutters | Save Money with Gutter Guards |
Gutter Cover Types | Eliminate Gutter Cleaning |
Gutter Repair or Gutter Replacement | Gutter Sizes |
Rain Gutters Versus Sectional Gutters | Seamless Gutters | Downspouts - Splash Guards - And More | Ice Dam

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Choosing Gutters
A gutter is a gutter, right? As long as it moves water away from your house? Unfortunately, there's more to gutters than meets the eye, and there are several vital factors which can affect the performance of your gutter system. Some of those factors when selecting a gutter include: material, profile, size, production, and coating. More specifically consider these factors when getting your estimate from Seagate or other remodeler:

1.Gutter Materials (Copper Gutters, Steel Gutters, Aluminum Gutters, Zinc Gutters)
2.Gutter Styles (K-Style Gutters, Fascia Gutters, Half Round Gutters, Seamless Gutters, Sectional Gutters)
3.Gutter Colors
4.Gutter Sizes
5.Gutter Coatings
6.Gutter Prices

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Save Money, Maintenance and Your Basement With Gutter Guards
It's true. The initial investment of having gutter guards installed to protect your home's gutters from clogging with debris will pay for itself time and time again when compared to spending your own valuable time cleaning gutters or paying a maintenance person to handle the dirty job for you. And just think of the potential costs that would occur if someone would get hurt while cleaning the gutters (maybe it's better not to). Plus, gutters that are free and clear to promote proper drainage of rainwater eliminate the maintenance hassle that clogged downspouts cause. Problems like flooded landscaping, ice dams, mildewed paint, erosion, and soggy yards are easy to prevent with a free-flowing gutter system. And, most importantly, it doesn't take much more than one decent rainfall with clogged gutters to cause irreparable damage to a normally dry basement. When water is not contained by clean gutters and directed away from a home's foundation walls, it naturally seeks the path of least resistance instead. This means all of the rainwater that runs off the roof (a remarkably significant amount) will pour directly downwards and pool at the walls of the foundation. From there, it only has one place to go—and your basement is just not the place you want that to be.

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Gutter Cover Types
There are basically two types of gutter covers: Do-It-Yourself Gutter Covers and Professionally-Installed Gutter Covers. You can find low-end gutter covers at your local hardware or home improvement store. Some of these gutter covers are mesh screens that lay on top of gutters and are affixed in place with screws or tape. These screens allow water to filter into the gutters while repelling debris.

Other do-it-yourself gutter covers are solid vinyl or metal panels which slide up under your shingles and attach to the outer lip of each gutter section. As debris slides off the top, water trickles down the top edge of the gutter cover and into the gutters themselves. The problem with self-installed gutter covers is that they aren't really designed to last for more than a few years. Soon, you'll be back on the ladder, fixing or replacing them—which defeats the purpose of why you bought them in the first place.

The best choice is to invest in Professionally Installed Gutter Covers. While the up-front costs will be higher, the gutter covers are more durable and will last for a long time. Some, including Gutter Helmet, offer a lifetime guarantee—so you really can forget about cleaning your gutters ever again.

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Eliminate Gutter Cleaning
And perhaps the ultimate worst part of it all is knowing that from the moment the gutters have been cleaned, they're already beginning to get dirty once again! If the hassles of gutter cleaning sound way too familiar to you, at least there is some good news. By installing quality gutter protection by installing gutter helmet, you'll eliminate the majority of these gutter cleaning trials and tribulations once and for all, including hiring gutter cleaners. Sure, even gutters with covers will need occasional maintenance, but having to hose them down once every couple of years is certainly more appealing than frequent, full-blown gutter cleaning that we all dread so much. Why not put all of the hassles of gutter cleaning behind you once and for all?

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Gutter Repair or Gutter Replacement
It can be a tricky question: repair or replace your gutters? Nowhere is it trickier than with a gutter, where a repair can mean risking your neck on a ladder, while a replacement can mean you're out hundreds, even thousands, depending on the situation. Here are a few common gutter problems: Sagging Gutters, Parting Seams, Rust or Dings, Blown Down by Wind, and Holes. Contact Seagate today for an inspection and a no-obligation estimate today.

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Gutter Sizes
Though 5- and 6-inch gutters are industry standards, several factors can determine whether your home might need a larger gutter. The terms "5-inch" and "6-inch" refer to the width across the top of the gutter. And in most cases, these sizes are sufficient to drain water away from your house. But two factors might argue for a 7-inch gutter. First, you may live in an area of the country that's subject to steady drenching rains or sudden torrential downpours. Plus, American homes have also steadily gotten bigger over the past generation—and that means more roof area that must be drained. Determining the optimal gutter size for your home—as well as the required number and size of the downspouts—is where a professional installer can be a help.

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Rain Gutters Versus Sectional Gutters
Sectional gutters are exactly what they sound like; sections of material that you weld together and mount. Sectional gutters are cheaper, as you just buy the material and, if you want to, you can do it yourself. The trade-off is that it'll take more time, as you have to weld the sections together, and there are more points where the gutter can leak or break. Seamless gutters, on the other hand, have fewer welds, only at the corners and downspouts. They're stronger, as they're one consistent piece of material, and less likely to break or leak. On the other hand, they cost more; you can only have them installed by a seamless gutter contractor with a specialized machine.

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Downspouts - Splash Guards - Sloped Ground - Trenches - French Drains
Extended Downspouts: There are several sizes of downspout extensions (from straight pieces to curved or flexible tubes) that will keep funneling the water away from your foundation. You can arrange it so the downspout terminates in a ditch or on a driveway (but not in your neighbor's yard!)

Splash Guards: These items are about two feet long and are designed to prevent water from flowing straight down next to a structure. They are made of polypropylene, plastic, or other materials, and are appropriate if the water only needs to travel a short distance.

Sloped Ground: This natural method only requires shovels, dirt, and some labor. Remove the grass or turf around your home in a six-foot radius. Then start dumping dirt in the space and packing it down tight and even, making sure that it slopes slightly away from your house. Finish by replacing the grass and reseeding any bare spots.

Trenches: Think of this as extending your house's gutter system underground. Before digging, make sure that you map out a route for the trench that proceeds down a natural slope to a place where water is allowed to flow (like to an alley drain or a retention pond). A good rule of thumb is to dig a channel that is approximately six inches wide and an inch or two deep. You may wish to put rocks, gravel, or drain tile inside the trench to facilitate water flow.

French Drains:This approach works much like a trench, but involves an enclosed pipe and is usually buried deeper underground. The pipe should be perforated to allow water to flow into the ground along its way out. For best results, a French drain should terminate with the opening exposed to daylight.

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Seamless Gutters
Simply stated, seamless gutters are seamless because the installer purchases a large coil of strip metal, mounts that coil on the back of a gutter machine, takes the machine to your property, rolls the metal through the machine, and—voila!—out the other end comes a fully formed gutter in the desired length. No seams! The advantages are obvious: quick production, no unsightly seams to join up, less labor and installation time. Simple. (But don't forget, those seamless gutters aren't entirely seamless. Whenever your gutter rounds a corner, there is a seam. When a length of gutter comes to an end and must be capped, there is a seam. And when a hole is cut in the trough for a downspout, there is a seam.) (Introduced in the late 1950s and early 1960s, seamless gutters came to dominate the market by the 1970s.)

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Gutters and Ice Damming / Ice Dams in Roofs
Those winter icicles hanging from the front of your gutters may be picturesque. But they point to a potentially serious problem called ice damming. Ice dams are not a problem with your gutters, per se, although your gutters are part of the process. Here's how it works and why you need to deal with it. Snow on your roof can melt from underneath because your roof is warmer than the ambient air temperature. For one thing, most roofs are dark in color, and dark colors absorb more heat from the sun than do light colors. For another, hot air from your interior living spaces will migrate to the roof if your attic is inadequately insulated or ventilated. When snow melts from underneath, the water drains away under the snow and flows into your gutters. But your gutters, which hang out past the roof eaves, are cold. When the snowmelt hits your gutters it refreezes. In time the frozen water builds up and creates an ice dam, which in turn causes more water to back up and refreeze. Left to itself, the accumulation of ice will work its way into your roof shingles, under the tar paper, and eventually into the plywood beneath.

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