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The Truth About Gutter Protection

 

Which is the best gutter protection system for your home?  Should you just forget about protection altogether and have Streamline Exteriors clean the gutters regularly?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAny type of gutter protection may help keep your gutters clean, but your expectations have to be realistic and some maintenance will be necessary. Perfect gutter protection, one that is completely maintenance free, does not exist. Due to regular wear and tear, gutters need to be adjusted and/or tightened. Roofs in wooded areas need to be cleared of debris and of course even high-quality gutter protection needs to be maintained in order for it to perform properly. Gutter protection is a tool to reduce the frequency of gutter cleaning and maintenance, not eliminate gutter cleanings completely.

 

 

What “sensible” gutter protection does Streamline Exteriors  work with?

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Leaf Relief is one of the best products available. It is simple, sturdy, and in the right application, cost effective. Additionally, we recommend that customers who want gutter protection realize that they should the roof, gutters and gutter protection cleaned and maintained at least once per year or as otherwise recommended. Unlike some companies who provide gutter protection, we do not make claims that your gutters will be “clog free for 25 years or a lifetime.” Rather, we view gutter protection as a tool to reduce the frequency of gutter cleaning and maintenance.

 

Would you install gutter protection other than Leaf Relief?
We get requests to install gutter protection that homeowners buy on the internet or from hardware stores and we are happy to install those products and accommodate our customers with our informed opinion regarding them. The price of installation will be determined by the price of gutter cleaning and the difficulty of the job. We will also provide the homeowner with a gutter cleaning price with the gutter protection in place and suggest at least a once a year cleaning and check-up for the system. We will not obligate ourselves to stand behind the performance or the warranty of a particular product, but we will insure that the gutter protection is installed properly.

 

READ THE FINE PRINT ON ALL “25 year, no-clog” WARRANTIES!
Terms like “lifetime” warranty or “never clogs,” are the type of language designed to get the end-user to think a particular gutter protection product is completely maintenance free.

Most warranties originate from the manufacturers, not installers of gutter protection products. They often offer what appear to be excellent warranties that are in fact so good that they are unbelievable. While the gutter protection is warranted not to clog for 25 years or lifetime, the warranty will often spell out that periodic or occasional cleaning is necessary or that a special brush will be supplied for the homeowner to periodically brush off the fine screen mesh or filter. Rather than just listening to the hype about a revolutionary product that promises to save you time and money, please read the fine print of the full version of a warranty for conditions, exclusions, prorating and remedies to any problems. Most gutter protection systems list the full version of their warranties on their websites or you can call the company directly and request one.

 

 

Regular gutter maintenance is often the best and most economical way to keep your gutters functioning. In fact, there is nothing more reliable than a professional cleaning the gutters, removing roof debris and evaluating the conditions of your gutter system routinely.

 

All of our routine gutter cleanings include:

  •  Debris removal from all gutters
  • Clearing all downspouts
  • Tightening the entire gutter system
  • Inspection  of the gutter system for any repairs that may be necessary

Let Streamline Exteriors do a FREE – No Obligation Consultation to discuss the best solution for your home. Call 443-802-2180 or email us to schedule.

Tips for reducing mosquitoes around your home

mosquitoClogged gutters not only create the potential of causing damage to your roof and home’s exteriors, but also attract insects to your outdoor living space. Having your gutters properly maintained by the professionals at Streamline Exteriors will help to lessen the amount of mosquitoes and others pests you see during the warm seasons.
Why are mosquitoes attracted to gutters?

Mosquitoes love standing water. It provides them with an ideal breeding ground and easy access to their favorite meal – you. Keeping a clean gutter system will lessen the amount of mosquitoes you see during the warm seasons.


Why are good gutters important to keep them away? 

Proper gutter systems make a huge difference in the way water moves around your home. A good gutter system moves excess water safely away from the home, therefore pools are far less likely to gather nearby that attract mosquitoes. If gutters are clean and working properly, you should notice a decrease in the amount of mosquitoes and other pesky insects living in the area outside the home.

How do I know when to have my gutters cleaned? 

You should stick a regular gutter cleaning schedule to ensure effective pest prevention. We recommend at least twice a year, once in the spring and fall. If you can’t do it regularly, check your downspouts during a rainstorm. If they don’t seem to be flowing well, it’s probably time to clean your gutters. If you live in a two-story house, you can also check your gutters from a window on the second floor.
Other areas in the yard that may hold water and attract mosquitoes:

  • Potted plants with pans underneath that hold water are good breeding sites. 
  • Drainage ditches with emergent vegetation
  • Standing water in low grassy areas
  • Old tires
  • Rain barrels
  • Unused or poorly maintained pools
  • Tree stumps
  • Flat roofs
  • Boats on trailers
  • Tarped vehicles
  • Birdbaths, barbecue grills, ashtrays and other small containers
  • Tall Grass

Call 443-802-2180 or email the professionals at Streamline Exteriors to schedule your next gutter cleaning.