Exterior Remodeling Choices That Shorten the Honey-Do List

low maintenance siding fiber cementSunny spring and summer days are perfect for making exterior home improvements. To use your time and money wisely, it’s important to choose projects that are low-maintenance and have a good return on investment. Think about the following upgrades that will reduce your ongoing home maintenance demands.

Fiber cement siding. Fiber cement siding – made of a mixture of sand, wood fiber and Portland cement – will never rot, and resists expansion and contraction as the weather changes. That means less caulking and painting for you. Fiber cement is warranted for up to 50 years.

Vinyl siding. Vinyl siding is the most affording siding material (about 20-40% cheaper than fiber cement), never needs painting, and resists rot and insects. Because it is lightweight and easy to install, installation costs for vinyl are low. It has an estimated lifespan of 35 years.

Metal roofing. Metal continues to grow in popularity for roofing. While asphalt shingles deteriorate after 20-30 years or less, a metal roof can perform two to three times longer with almost no maintenance required. It is inherently resistant to fire, impact and high winds, which means fewer repairs.

Composite decking. Forget staining and sealing; synthetic composite decking is the ultimate choice for a low-maintenance, long-lasting deck with the look and feel of wood. Composites are highly durable and resist insects and rot.

Gutter guards. Gutter guard systems block debris from settling in the gutters, keep out pests and protect your home from serious water damage. They fit over existing gutters, so there is no need for replacement. With a quality metal gutter cover, you can enjoy the freedom of never having to clean your gutters again.

Landscaping. There are many options for low-maintenance landscaping if you utilize native plants that don’t require a lot of watering and pruning. As a bonus, healthy native plants create an environment that attracts a diverse array of birds and butterflies. Get great tips on landscaping with native plants and find nurseries in your area.

5 ‘Yes’ Answers You’ll Get From Your Gutter Helmet® Installer

If you get quotes on Gutter Topper®, Leaf Relief™ or gutter guards from Lowes or Home Depot, be ready to ask lots of questions about how these systems work, the background of the installer and the warranty coverage. Then compare their answers to the answers you’ll get from your local Gutter Helmet® dealer.

  1. “Yes, we have references.” When you are considering a gutter guard installer, take a look at how past installations are working on other homes and talk to neighbors about their experience with the company. Gutter Helmet® installers are happy to provide references for you to contact. Read more »

Add Value to Your Home with These 5 Inexpensive Remodeling Projects

bathroom remodel shower miniSpring is the time to partner with your contractor to make your dream home a reality! Investing in home improvement projects requires wisdom and planning, however. Many improvements don’t add value to your home, and some can even detract from the asking price when you decide to sell (think pools and home offices). On the other hand, projects including these can add significant value to your home: Read more »

Gutter Helmet® Dealer Earns EBSCO Research 2015 Best Pick™

Gutter Helmet® is pleased to recognize Gutter Helmet by Harry Helmet, one of our distinguished dealers, for earning an EBSCO Research 2015 Best Pick™ for high-quality workmanship and customer service in the Washington, DC/Baltimore/Philadelphia metropolitan areas. Gutter Helmet by Harry Helmet led all gutter protection providers in these regions. The honor was presented by EBSCO Research, an independent consumer research firm which publishes the Best Pick Reports® publication on an annual basis in select markets across the United States. Read more »

Which Garden Design Suits You?

Believe it or not, everyone has a personal garden style. The types of gardens we create reflect what we enjoy and, when planted in front of the home, give the outside world a first impression of who we are. No matter your taste and lifestyle, there is a garden design style to suit you! Take your pick of these styles, or combine them for even more enjoyment.

urban gardenUrban garden. Urban gardens come in many different forms, from herbs in a window box to cultivating an abandoned lot. With a clever design and good soil, an urban garden can produce everything from tomatoes and salad greens to strawberries! For apartment dwellers, hanging baskets and container gardens can still yield a bounty of enjoyment in a limited space. Read more »

How to Clean Your Deck or Patio

Nothing is better in the summer than hanging out with family and friends in your backyard, sipping cold drinks and eating food hot off the grill. But it’s hard to relax and unwind when you’re looking at a grimy deck and sitting on dirty furniture. Follow these tips to get your outdoor living space summer-ready. Read more »

Still Haven’t Cleaned Out Those Gutters? Let Us Do the Job for You

Gutter cleaning is a must on the spring maintenance to-do list, but it is easy to understand why gutter cleaning is everyone’s least favorite chore. Mucking out rain gutters is dirty, dangerous, time-consuming – and necessary. You probably already know that spring and summer can bring trouble, especially if your gutters are already full of leaves. You can avoid major damage and the hassle of cleaning your gutters by installing America’s #1 choice in gutter protection. Read more »

Ease Your Mind with Certified Gutter Helmet® Installation

Certified GH Installer

Proper gutter and gutter guard installation is an important aspect of home improvement. While installing gutter guards yourself or hiring a friend to do it for you might save on upfront costs, poorly installed products could end up costing more in the long run due to water damage. Here’s why you should turn to certified Gutter Helmet® installers for a gutter guard installation.

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5 Trees That Don’t Belong in Your Yard

theblackwalnutIn a rush to fill out the emptiness of a bare yard and give their home shade against the summer sun, many homeowners plant trees without first knowing what they’re getting into. Like a pet, tree species have very distinct characteristics and require varying levels of maintenance. Here are some of the trees that have the potential to do more harm than good in your yard.

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Rainwater Harvesting Can Help in Drought-Stricken Areas

rainwater harvesting gutter

Water continues to be in short supply in many parts of the country, with the western portion of the United States suffering from persistent drought. For 2015, the National Weather Service is predicting ongoing drought conditions in Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Utah, Nevada and western parts of both Colorado and New Mexico. Waterless California is entering its fourth consecutive year of severe drought. Drought also continues to spread through portions of the upper Midwest and Texas.

When the dog days of summer come, every drop will matter in drought-stricken areas. Placing rain barrels underneath downspouts, also known as rain harvesting, could make all the difference for parched lawns, gardens, trees and houseplants. Read more »