Home Maintenance Checklist: Give Your Home a Spring Check-Up

The winter of 2014-15 marked another year of weather extremes for a large part of the United States. Most areas of New England experienced below-average temperatures and record-shattering snowfall amounts. During the month of February alone, 898 lowest minimum temperature records were broken and 91 were tied in locations throughout the Northeast, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In late January, the Blizzard of 2015 dropped more than two feet of snow and brought travel to a standstill across the region. Boston set a new all-time snowfall record of 110 inches, which is about 70 inches above normal.  Read more »

The Do’s and Don’ts of Ladder Safety

More than 90,000 people are treated in emergency rooms every year due to ladder-related injuries, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported. This statistic underscores the seriousness of ladder use, and the importance of taking safety precautions when using this common household tool. With spring gutter cleaning season approaching, now is a good time to review ladder do’s and don’ts. Read more »

How the Gutter Helmet® Gutter Cover Works

Gutter Helmet gutter guard protectionThe Gutter Helmet® gutter cover installs right over your existing full-size gutter. You’ll notice that the nose of Gutter Helmet® actually extends past the lip of your gutter. That’s our patented Nose Forward Design™ that prevents debris from entering your gutters. Unlike some other rain gutter covers that say they protect just as well, there are no vertical openings on Gutter Helmet® – only a 3/8-inch gap to let water in while keeping debris out. Our customers tell us that an extraordinary amount of water enters their gutters, but virtually nothing else. Gutter Helmet® is professionally installed and can be positioned over or under your shingles.

How Does the Water Get In?

Gutter Helmet® puts physics to work for you and then helps it along. It starts with the principle of surface tension, the same reason water dribbles when you try to pour it out of a glass. Hold a glass sideways under a tap and turn on the water. Notice how the water sheets around the glass, clinging to it even on the underside? Turn up the tap and water still adheres. Gutter Helmet® uses that principle and applies it to a carefully engineered design, using a precise shape and angle. We add a patented textured surface coating that makes it even more effective by causing water to sheet rather than bead up. Rainwater flows right around the nose and into your gutter system.

But How Much Can It Handle?

The hardest rain every documented in the United States is just over 11 inches per hour. That’s a lot of water! Gutter Helmet® is tested to securely handle twice the heaviest rainfall ever recorded by the U.S. Weather Service: 22 inches per hour. If it rains more than that, you’d better find that Noah fellow and ask for a ride.

To learn more about how the Gutter Helmet® system works and how it can protect you and your home, call (866) 547-7352 to arrange for a free gutter protection quote from your local dealer, without any obligation.

5 Gutter Cleaning Tips That Could Save Your Life

man on roof cleaning guttersIf more homeowners understood the correct method to clean their gutters, far fewer people would be injured or die while performing this common home maintenance task – and the statistics are surprising. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 90,000 emergency room visits result from ladder-related injuries every year. Over the last 10 years, the number of ladder-related injuries has increased by 50%.

Key to a safe gutter cleaning experience is knowing the precautions to take to protect yourself and your home. Read more »

The Downspout Extender, Part 2: Ideas to Create Better Curb Appeal

In a previous blog, we established that a downspout extender is one of the most effective ways to prevent basement flooding. Homeowners who have long struggled with damp, musty basements and crawl spaces are amazed that adding an extender to the downspout – which moves water drainage from the roof farther away from the foundation – can be such an easy solution.

However, for many homeowners, a long piece of guttering stretching out onto a well-manicured lawn is an eyesore – not to mention inconvenient when it comes time to mow the lawn or walk around the yard. For those who want to conceal a downspout extender, here are five clever solutions. Read more »

The Downspout Extender, Part 1: Protect Your Home from the Threat of Basement Flooding

white hinged downspout extensionWould you be surprised that one of the most effective ways to prevent basement flooding is with a simple piece of guttering known as a downspout extender? For many homes, this extension of the gutter system is a miracle fix for chronically damp basements and crawl spaces, or musty smells in these areas. Just by moving water drainage farther from the foundation, you too could spare yourself the cost of a waterproofing system or other expensive solutions.

To determine how far you should extend your gutters, consider the type of soil and the slope of the lot around your home. If you have loose, sandy soil where the builders filled in after construction was complete and this surface slopes toward the house, water will flow easily through the soil and pool around the foundation. This could even cause the structure to settle unevenly. Read more »

Get Ready for Summer: The Benefits of a Retractable Awning

SunShade awning by Gutter HelmetEnjoy the sun when you want it and the shade when you don’t: that’s the most appealing benefit of a retractable awning. In just seconds, you can turn your hot deck or patio into a cool, shady retreat that’s 10-20 degrees cooler than before you pushed the button.  In addition to installing America’s #1 choice in gutter protection, select Gutter Helmet® dealers also install SunShade awnings to help homeowners get more out of their outdoor living spaces.

SunShade awnings are custom-built in America to the highest standards of both style and functionality. You’ll love all the benefits you get from a SunShade awning. Read more »

April Showers Bring … Overflowing Gutters?

overflowing guttersAfter a long winter, nearly everyone looks forward to spring with its warmer weather, brightly colored flowers and pretty greenery. Spring also brings a need for routine home maintenance, especially for the gutter system. Winters are hard on gutters! For many months, they may be loaded down with heavy ice and snow that loosens fittings and causes them to pull away from the house. Read more »

Gutter Helmet® Featured on the Lifetime® Channel’s Designing Spaces

Owning a home means there is no shortage of do-it-yourself projects. One of those projects that is not a lot of fun, and in fact can be quite dangerous, is cleaning out the rain gutters. Climbing a ladder and dealing with leaves, bugs, debris and muck is a tiring and potentially hazardous chore. That’s why the producers of Designing Spaces – the popular home improvement show that features innovative remodeling, decorating and home design ideas – chose to feature Gutter Helmet® on their March 23 episode.

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