After 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 »
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.
Gutter Helmet is pleased to be included on the newly released list of the Top 5 Products of 2014, as chosen by readers of Gutter Opportunities. Gutter Opportunities is a special tri-annual publication of Metal Roofing Magazine and dedicated exclusively to the rain handling industry. The magazine features a complete guide to gutter products, marketing ideas and strategies for gutter businesses, as well as industry news, features and machinery tips. Read more »
With all the activities and home maintenance chores that come with spring, it’s easy to forget (or put off) cleaning your gutters. Don’t ignore this important task! By not checking for damage and clearing out the dirt and debris that has collected in the gutters since the last cleaning, you could be in for roofing, siding and even foundation issues in the near future.
The sole function of a gutter and downspout system is to protect your home from water damage by channeling water that drains off the roof and depositing it safely away from the house. However, when this system is compromised by clogs or other issues, water can back up and penetrate the roof, soffit, fascia and siding. Eventually this can cause rot and damage to both the exterior and interior. Read more »
Did you know the heat that enters your home through window glass is responsible for an estimated 20% of the load on your air conditioner? A retractable awning is a wonderful way to combat unwanted solar heat gain because it is more effective at preventing solar radiation from penetrating glass than window films and tinted glass. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, awnings placed over south-facing windows can cut heat gain by up to 65% in the summer, and awnings placed over west-facing windows can reduce heat gain by up to 77%! That’s impressive savings, both in energy usage and cooling costs. Read more »
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!