Big-box home improvement stores offer a variety of gutter protection options. We surveyed the gutter protection products offered at popular home improvement centers around the country. Here’s what we found. Read more »
Often the sight of people falling off of ladders, roofs and other high places is used as comedy on TV and in movies. Unfortunately, in real life, these situations are not at all funny. There are far too many things that can go wrong if you attempt to clean your gutters without taking necessary safety precautions. You can prevent potentially life-threatening personal injury by avoiding these common mistakes. Read more »
As they consider their gutter protection options, homeowners are always asking us if Gutter Helmet® is warranted. We want the world to know that yes, Gutter Helmet® is warranted for life! We weren’t exaggerating when we made this our slogan: Never Clean Your Gutters Again®. We guarantee that once you put this innovative product on your home, you will never have to clean your gutters again.
You’ve decided to go with a gutter cover for your gutters – great choice! You will appreciate the convenience of not having to clean dirty gutters at least twice per year, and the peace of mind that comes from staying safely on the ground while your gutter covers keep out leaves and debris. However, these benefits will only last if you invest in a gutter guard installation that is durable and backed by a reliable, comprehensive warranty.
Do-it-yourself gutter covers are often recommended by employees of home improvement centers. If you choose to purchase gutter covers at Lowes or Home Depot, be aware that the warranty coverage you receive for these products will be minimal or nonexistent. And obviously, there will be no coverage of labor when you install them yourself. DIY gutter guards from Home Depot or Lowes are meant to be a short-term fix for gutter issues, so be prepared to reinstall them within a few years. Read more »
This month, Gutter Helmet® – America’s #1 choice for gutter protection – is showing our support of American Heart Month and the fight against heart disease with helpful tips and encouragement to find out more about this preventable disease. Heart disease is far too common; every year in the United States, more men and women die of this disease than any other. In fact, one in four deaths can be linked to heart disease.
The good news is that healthy eating and lifestyle choices can often prevent heart disease. Here are some steps you can take to improve your health and the health of those you care about.
- Know your heart score. When you understand your risk for heart disease, you can make a plan to reduce that risk. Risk factors include smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, being overweight and physical inactivity. To get your personal assessment online, visit the American Heart Association.
- Choose to eat well. Foods low in saturated and trans fat, sodium, cholesterol and excess sugar can decrease your risk of heart disease. These include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds, lean meats and low-fat dairy products.
- Watch your weight. Especially after age 40, you can curb weight gain by following a healthy eating plan and staying active. Find a buddy to help you get moving, or search out a walking path in your area at StartWalkingNow.org.
- Don’t smoke and limit alcohol use. Smoking greatly increases your heart disease risk. If you do smoke, talk to your doctor about ways to quit. Excessive alcohol use can raise blood pressure and damage the heart, so limit consumption to one drink per day for women or two for men.
Join Gutter Helmet® on social media every Wednesday this month, when we’ll give you a tip on how to “go red” to fight heart disease!
Most homeowners know that their rain gutters should be regularly cleaned of leaves and other debris to prevent water runoff from backing up. When this happens, the heavy weight of water can pull the gutters away from the fascia or water may spill over the edge, causing potential damage to siding, windows and door, landscaping and the foundation. Read more »
One of the most common questions we are asked by homeowners who are considering Gutter Helmet® is whether their roof warranty will be affected by the installation of Gutter Helmet®. A new roof involves a serious investment of time and money, and that investment is protected by the warranty that is included with a professional roof installation. They want to make sure that anything they add to their home will not affect that coverage.
Homeowners in parts of the country subject to heavy rainfall often ask us if rain gutter covers from Gutter Helmet® can handle really heavy rains. The answer: yes, they can! But first let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. Gutter Helmet® has been tested to handle 22 inches of rainfall per hour, almost twice the heaviest rainfall ever measured by the U.S. Weather Service. The accepted world record for the most rain that fell in one hour is 12 inches of rain in Holt, MO, on June 22, 1947. Even more impressive, the entire 12 inches actually fell in only 42 minutes! However, this record is a matter of debate since there are other cases without official records.
In a previous blog, we discussed different heating options to keep winter ice off your roof. We also proposed that Helmet Heat® is the best of the bunch among gutter heating systems. Here’s more on this important topic for homeowners.
The Downsides of Heat Cables
For decades, heat cables have been many homeowners’ choice for keeping their roof and gutters free of the dangerous effects of ice dams and icicles. Heat cables are most commonly installed in a zigzag pattern along the lower edge of a roof. This installation can result in a very unsightly look on the roof. Heat cable also has to be fastened to the roof, and may not be able to melt large amounts of snow. Helmet Heat is the latest innovation in heat cable that solves many of the issues that plague its predecessor. Read more »
You are tired of cleaning your gutters twice a year because of the muck and debris that always lies inside, and the worry that climbing up and down a ladder brings. You have made the decision to invest in a gutter screen installation – congratulations! Next you need to choose a gutter cover with a warranty you can feel good about. After all, there’s no sense in paying for a product that will not stand the test of time. Read more »