Gutters

Good Gutter Design Can Keep Basements Dry

February 10, 2017
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Water can cause damage to homes but a well-designed gutters can be a solution.  How your gutter professional designs the flow of your gutters can mean the difference between having water in your basement or staying dry. Here’s a list of a few things that your gutter professional should always be looking at. Identify the slope…

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Multiple Layers with Cedar? Replace Gutters to Prevent Rot

July 14, 2016
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This past spring I had a customer tell me they needed a roof but I was the only contractor who had told them that a new roof would require new gutters. Sometimes we run into situations where the original roof was cedar shake and past homeowners have added additional layers of asphalt shingles over the…

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Gutter Flashing Prevents Fascia Rot

June 8, 2016
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Gutters alone won’t solve problems in cold weather climates — gutter apron, sometimes called gutter flashing, is also important to prevent rot of your fascia. Fascia is that piece of wood, just behind the gutter.  In most homes, the gutter is flush with the fascia. Gutter apron is a piece “L” shaped material, usually aluminum,…

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Mystery Gutter Corrosion Problem Solved

March 23, 2016
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To fix an elusive home improvement problem you have to have a stubborn determination, an open mind, and sometimes a strong stomach.  That was the case when I was asked recently what caused a new aluminum gutters to fail after just a year.   The answer took long to get to and in my 14 years…

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Q: How much are gutters by the foot?

August 15, 2015
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Some companies try to shortcut the details of how they’re going to do your gutters by telling you a “per foot” price.  This misleads customers into thinking that a linear foot counts as a gutter foot.  Be wary of companies that offer the “by the foot” pricing. Here’s why: Marketing hype sometimes sucks people into…

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Overflowing Gutters Cause Basement Problems

July 27, 2015
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Diagnosing gutter and water problems can be complex. Maryann from Cedarburg was at a loss; unable to figure out what was causing water to cascade over her gutter and come through her basement walls. THE CHALLENGE: Her challenges can be solved, but it’s going to take some changes and an understanding of why the problem…

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What Causes Water To Spill Over Gutters?

April 15, 2015
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Q:   I noticed this morning, during the moderately heavy rain we had, that the rain was falling over the gutter (north side of the house, over my porch/sidewalk) in sheets. The ground below quickly became a little lake. What would cause that? Are there more “design issues” on the front that need to be attended to?…

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Understanding Ice Damming

March 5, 2015
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In late winter I get many calls from people asking me if I could put new gutters on their houses to solve their ice damming problems.  I have to be honest with them and explain that ice damming is a product of ventilation and insulation gutters won’t fix their ice damming problems.  It may not be good for business,…

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Buying from a House Flipper? Use Caution

March 4, 2015
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As a professional remodeler I see the good, the bad and the ugly.  Being an educated buyer is your best defense against inheriting someone else’s problem. Common problems that I see regularly are that low quality materials were used on house flipper projects and low quality installation practices were used.  This is not to say…

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Can Gutters be repitched?

September 18, 2014
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I receive at least one call a week from frustrated homeowners, house flippers or investors asking me to re-pitch poorly installed gutters.  Their thought is that it will be a cheap and cost effective way to make improperly installed gutters function well. They are mistaken. Here’s why: Gutters have a piece of flashing that is…

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