Gutters

Fall Rain Gutter Checkup Protects Your Roof

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From the ground this installation might look OK, but close inspection shows damage to the hardware and shingle – exposing the structure to potential roof repair after a tough winter.

Cleaning every rain gutter should be a routine autumn maintenance project. In the Madison WI area, after this year’s torrential rains and high winds a pre-winter checkup can spot weakness and head off major roof repair. Gutters full of leaves, twigs and other wind-blown debris are prime candidates for mid-winter clogs. The weight of snow and ice can cause structural damage to the roof as well as the rain gutter, downspouts and adjacent walls. Checking now to be sure fasteners are secure, gutters aren’t pulling away from the house and there are no cracks of leaks gives you time to correct any potential problems.

A Rain Gutter Pre-Winter Check List

A routine fall checklist is basically the same as the one you should use next spring after the rigors of winter have stressed a rain gutter even more. The checklist includes: Continue reading

Selecting a Remodeling Contractor – Hedge Your Bets

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Get your search for a remodeling contractor off to a fast, reliable start with a detailed planning guide.

Whether you’ve planned for changes or they come as a result of unforeseen events, selecting a remodeling contractor for your Madison WI home is a major decision. Contractors bring many skills to the table and when you’re in the market for a home renovation you want a professional you can count on. Before your remodeling or repair project is completed you’re likely to have holes in the walls or roof – or have pieces missing on purpose or as the result of the weather. In each case, you want to be sure the remodeling contractor you hire will be around the complete the task. And that company do it right and stand behind it every step today and into the future. Continue reading

Rain Gutters Need Springtime Attention

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The weight of ice and snow can cause structural damage to a roof as well as gutters if downspouts are clogged. Fasteners pull away from the structure, metal gutters sag, crack and leak and the roof is needs repair.

Rain gutters are often overlooked and under-appreciated. Broken, loose and leaking gutters and downspouts are not only unattractive they represent a risk to the roof of your Madison WI home. To avoid costly repairs, roof maintenance inspections including gutters should be a regular springtime task.

Check Rain Gutters for Winter Stress

Most people consider maintenance for rain gutters to be a fall or early winter concern – removing fallen leaves and debris. That is a critical element in good roof maintenance. Checking again in the spring for damage from ice, snow and winter stress is also critical.

A springtime checklist includes surveying the whole roof: Continue reading

Timely Roof Inspection Helps Avoid Costly Roof Repair

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Icicles are indicators of extra stress on gutters and a heavy buildup leads to ice dams and potentially serious roof repair.

Snow and ice, freezing and thawing apply pressure to every roof in Madison WI and the surrounding area. Left unchecked, these whims of nature can lead to costly roof repair. A timely roof inspection can catch a potential problem while fixing it is easier and cheaper.

The buildup of heavy ice on gutters is an obvious problem that gets plenty of attention. As is a heavy load of snow, especially on flat roofs. But there are less obvious, but equally serious concerns:

• Condensation — When warm air from under the roof meets a cold surface, there’s condensation. A poorly insulated attic promotes condensation which can lead to mold, mildew and damage to the interior structures and underside of the roof. A roof inspection can catch roof vents that are blocked by snow or ice dams. Continue reading

Rain Gutter and Downspout Care Prevents Roof Damage

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A costly roof repair just waiting to happen – all this debris, rain troughs separating from the building with snow and ice adding to the mix. All this potential damage can be headed off with advanced planning and proper guards.

A building’s rain gutter and downspout network are its first line of defense when it comes to limiting roof repair from ice dams and unexpected water backing up as a result of Madison WI summer downpours. A clear, free flowing downspout delivers torrents away from susceptible shingles. A rain gutter free from debris prevents damage to interior ceilings, walls and floors, too.

Rain Gutter – Downspout Maintenance Checklist

Every rain collection system requires regular maintenance. Much of which should be left to professionals – insurance company reports indicate falls from ladders are among the most frequent and most dangerous household risks. Each year more than 300 people die from falling off a ladder. Thousands more break bones and suffer additional injuries – many as a result of attempting to clean and inspect the edges of their own roofs. Here’s a checklist of what should be reviewed: Continue reading

Rain Gutter Covers – Designed With Your Safety In Mind

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Rain gutter covers help you gutters protect your home’s foundation – and you – click to enlarge

One of the most important pieces of equipment designed to protect your home is the rain gutter.

In concept, the task is very simple. Rain Gutters help direct roof runoff away from the foundation of your house. Any water pooling at your home’s foundation can lead to soil erosion, rotted siding, create a breeding ground for mold and insects, and lead to water in your basement.

In order for gutters to work properly, you have to keep them clean. Debris such as leaves, pine needles, twigs, bird’s nests, hornet’s nests and a wide array of other materials can limit your gutter’s effectiveness. Continue reading

Selecting Roofing Contractors in Madison WI

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Expect to get any two of these three items when selecting a roofing contractor

If you need one in Madison WI, there are plenty of roofing contractors to choose from.

The problem most homeowners have is finding roofing contractors they can trust. After all, most homeowners do not replace roofs often. In some cases maybe only one purchase in a lifetime. Possibly twice, but the purchase date can be twenty years apart. Not a great situation for gaining knowledge and skill at making a decision. Continue reading

Ice Dam Prevention In Madison WI

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Proper insulation and correcting attic bypasses can help stop ice dam problems

An ice dam, the ridge of ice that builds up on roof eaves, is a common wintertime problem for Madison Wisconsin residents. An ice dam can cause costly structural damage that can affect not only the roof, but the interior of walls, floors and multiple levels in your home.

The shelf of ice and the icicles hanging from the gutters are obvious to the homeowner. What’s not always  apparent is the cause of an ice dam. Continue reading

Ice Dams – Protecting Your Home from Roof Ice

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Ice dams channel melt-water into attics and living spaces.

This is the time of year when homeowners find themselves dreading the ice and damning the dams — the ice dams forming on eaves and along the edges of roofs.

There are plenty of reasons to hate ice dams. They damage roofs and the underlying structures, encourage water buildup and leaks, and reflect heat loss and general energy inefficiency. Unfortunately, once an ice dam forms it’s almost impossible to remove in any manner other than waiting for spring.

Ice dams form when snow — as little as one or two inches will do the trick — on a roof, is melted by heat leaking through the roof from the attic. The melting snow runs down the roof and refreezes at the roof edge, where there’s no house heat to keep the snow in liquid form. Continue reading

Rain Gutters – Preparing For a Madison WI Winter

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Gutter Guards keep debris from accumulating in your rain gutters

Your rain gutters represent a first step in preventing ice damming that can cause roof damage, leaking and interior damage of ceilings, walls and floors.

In climates like we have in Madison Wisconsin, the combination of snow and changing temperatures create melt and freeze cycles on your roof and in you rain gutters. If debris is in your gutters, it can slow the flow of water. The result will be freezing water, ice build up and in many cases ice damming which can leads to water damage in your home.

An excellent first step in protecting your home and keeping your rain gutters functioning as they should is to consider a gutter guard to keep most debris out of the gutters.

Assuming your do not have a gutter guard in installed; consider following the checklist below to help maintain the best performance possible from your rain gutters. Continue reading