In a state like Michigan that experiences frequent rainfall, seamless gutters
are of utmost importance.
Water can be very damaging to the structure of your home, and gutters are your first defense against water.
Having seamless gutters
on your home will prevent rain water from flowing off your roof right onto your head as you enter and exit your home. Without gutters, sheets of water will run right off of your roof.Seamless
, as opposed to sectional, gutters minimize annoying, dripping leaks.
Gutters protect your expensive concrete work. Constant dripping water can erode away your walkways, driveways, paver sidewalks, and brickwork.
Gutters protect your soil from erosion, preserving your home's curb appeal and keeping your landscaping in tact!
Gutters direct water away from your home's foundation, reducing mold, mildew, oxidation, and insect infestation in your basement, foundation, and crawl spaces.Seamless gutters
also add value to your home. They are great for resale! They show that you care about water management and maintaining your home!
It has been a long, cold winter here in Michigan, but spring has finally arrived! And we know what that means - it is also "home improvement" season! As the weather begins to warm, homeowners will get outside and see what types of work they need done on their homes.
Not only do seamless gutters
and leaf protection
protect a home's foundation from water, they also add resale value to a home or simply beautify a home that needs a little TLC.Alloy Gutter Company
is fully equipped to assist your company in all of their seamless gutter and leaf protection needs.
We employ expert installers with years of experience, a fully staffed office 5 days per week, and offer same-day, next-day scheduling on all of our seamless gutter work.
Alloy Gutter is here for all of your exterior home improvement needs this spring - call us now to get on our schedule!
It looked like it was going to be a mild Michigan winter this year, but in the last couple of weeks Winter has unleashed her fury... And where there is melting snow on roofs, there are icicles. But do your icicles indicate a problem?
Icicles On A Home
As you can see from the above picture, moving water freezes whether it is falling from a steep waterfall or a steep fall off the gutters of a home. Many people worry that the presence of icicles hanging on their gutters indicate a problem with the pitch of their installed gutters. This is most likely NOT the case.So what does cause icicles on your home?
Experts say they are a byproduct of an “ice dam
,” a buildup of ice on the roof along the part of the roof that extends beyond the exterior wall or the eaves. The buildup is a result of energy loss from inside the house. Not only does this loss of heat have a high monetary cost, but It also can lead to problems like rotted roofs and rafters, ruined insulation, moisture inside the walls, mold, peeling paint and even physical injury from falling icicles.
When the snow on the roof melts from the loss of heat off the roof, it runs down to the eaves. When the outdoor temperatures are cold enough to freeze, the eaves are also frozen since they extend beyond the warmth of your house. The melted snow freezes when it reaches the eaves and your gutters. Eventually, enough melted snow (that has now frozen) fills the gutters. When melting snow runs over the filled frozen gutters, icicles are the result.How can you prevent icicles?
It's simple! Fix the problem that is letting heat get out of your home by way of your roof. Insulate or re-insulate your attic.
In the mean time, have the snow that will eventually melt removed. We can help with our Roof Raking
Alloy Gutter Company offers roof-raking and snow removal from roofs. We also can apply calcium chloride to melt the snow. This helps to prevent ice damming
and also removes the heavy weight of snow from the roof that can cause damage or even a roof to cave in. Removing snow from a roof can be dangerous, why not have an insured expert take the stress out of taking care of your roof. Call us today at (734) 374-2100
for a free estimate or to discuss any questions you might have.
Heavy Snow Can Cause:
- Cave In's
- Water Intrusion
- Brown Stains
There are many reasons it is important to keep your seamless aluminum rain gutters clean. It becomes especially important for them to be clean once winter rolls around. One major reason is that the added weight of debris in the gutters beneath a heavy layer of ice can cause gutters to pull away from the house. Failure to keep your gutters clean can result in roof leaks, rotten fascia board, and damage to your foundation - all of which are major, yet preventable problems.
- Alloy Gutter can clean your customers' gutters before winter hits. This will help to eliminate the issue of gutters pulling away from their homes due to the added weight of wet, gunky leaves.
- Alloy Gutter can install leaf protection systems on your customers' homes to eliminate this problem in the future.
Exterior Home Improvements don't have to end with autumn!
Why Do Homeowners Need Leaf Protection?
When your gutters are clogged, water is no longer being directed away from your home. One of the biggest concerns resulting from clogged gutters is that water will pool at the foundation of your home. Over time, this can weaken your foundation, causing cracks that will widen in the winter months when water freezes and expands.
Other concerns include: water leaking through the roof
, water causing exposed fascia board to rot, and water getting behind siding
, causing separation and water damage.
So although many people may not give thought to the condition of their gutters, neglect and disrepair of gutter systems can lead to very dangerous problems and costly repairs.
Alloy Gutter Company proudly carries three types of leaf protection
to prevent all of the above listed problems, as well as many others! We are also able to install other types of leaf protection upon request - we have simply decided to carry these products because we find them to be the most cost effective as well as efficient in their protection from leaves and debris.
If you're like most contractors, you can never seen to find enough time. With Alloy Gutter's same-day, next-day installations
, you don't have to do anything. Just give us a call or fax us a job
, and we'll take care of it for you. Summer shouldn't be stressful, and with Alloy Gutter it doesn't have to be!
One of the many great things about using Alloy Gutter Company
as your seamless gutter
, leaf protection
, and seamless gutter material delivery
is that we offer same-day, next-day service on our estimates
, repairs, and installs
Your jobs are our top priority!
We understand the time sensitive nature of exterior home improvements, whether a homeowner has a leak, needs their gutters fixed before a summer party, or would like to improve the appearance of their home with a new system.
Call us today to see how we can help you out this summer!
Even if you do not give much thought to the big green machine, rain barrels can help you go green in more places than your environmental footprint, namely your wallet!
Reasons to Consider Rain Barrels:
Would you really save money??
- Rain water is naturally soft, so it is better for washing your car and watering indoor plants than tap water.
- Save money! Use the water you've collected to water outdoor plants – reducing your water and sewage bill!
- Saving your rain water is a good backup source of water for times of drought or in between rain showers.
- Rain Barrels can help improve the aesthetics of your house, as they can be beautiful and add lots of character to your home and landscaping.
YES! According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, 40% of water consumption is used for garden and lawn irrigation.
Save Money - Help the Environment - Be Kind To Your Plants
Now that winter is nearing its' end and spring is on the horizon, it is time to get outside and examine your house.(Contractors - encourage your homeowners to do this!!)
The spring sunshine will highlight areas that have taken abuse over the wet winter months. Fan of HGTV
? They're #1 home maintenance tip for spring is to get out and take a look at your gutters
HGTV's first suggestion is to look for loose or leaky gutters. If your gutters are hanging off your house or if they are getting old, it might be time for a total replacement. You definitely want to avoid improper drainage, which could lead to water leaking into your basement or crawlspace.
HGTV's second suggestion is to check for debris clogging your gutter system. This would be a good time to call on us for a professional gutter cleaning
, or perhaps even to consider a leaf protection product
As always, we would be happy to come out and offer suggestions for your home as well as give you a free estimate