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7 Reasons Why Your Home Needs Gutter Covers

If you’re like most people, you have to carefully monitor your finances to determine what products are worth purchasing and which ones are not. And you’ve probably seen one or more brands of gutter covers being advertised on the Internet. Maybe you’ve wondered whether these gutter covers provided a valuable function or were simply a waste of money.

However, gutter covers can make your life as a homeowner a whole lot easier. Here are seven ways that they accomplish this:

Never clean your gutters again! Debris from the roof and overhanging trees won’t slide or float into your gutters. Instead, they’ll be repelled by the gutter covers and fall harmlessly to the ground. So you won’t have to worry about nasty clogs ever again.
You’ll be able to enjoy either more time or money. Gutter cleaning can take the better part of a weekend day. Or it can . . .

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How to Check Your Home for Mold

Mold– it’s a four-letter word for a reason.

Even the mere mention of it can evoke fear in the hearts of homeowners. Certain types of mold have been linked to medical problems which can have a severe impact on the health of individuals. Also, the presence of mold often necessitates a call to a certified mold removal service, which can wind up costing thousands of dollars. In many cases, families are forced out of their homes for long periods of time due to the hazardous effects of mold.

Therefore, it’s vital that homeowners keep a watchful eye out for mold in order to prevent it and/or identify it before it becomes a serious problem. Here are some suggestions for checking your home for mold:

Watch for poorly-vented areas. Pipes from your dryer, air conditioner, heater, and other appliances must run from the interior of your home to the . . .

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How Gutter Helmet Removes Gutter Cleaning from Your List of Chores

Here’s an interesting thought experiment. Let’s pretend you have a to-do list that looks like this:

clean out bedroom closet

paint rocking chair

clean toilets

plant flowers in front yard

clean gutters

Are these the first thoughts that pop into your mind?

“Going out and buying a can of spray paint for the chair won’t take all that long.”
“My hands won’t get too dirty digging in the dirt in the yard.”
“There are plenty of outfits in my closet that don’t fit anymore – and there are plenty of people who can use them.”
“The gutter doesn’t look THAT cluttered. Especially from the ground.”

Who Actually Enjoys Cleaning Their Gutters?

Don’t feel bad. You’re not alone. Cleaning out gutters is one of the most universally reviled homeowner chores out there. Maybe it’s because you have to stand on a ladder or roof, or you worry about cutting and scraping your hands while doing it. Or perhaps . . .

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7 Myths About Roof Repair

Have you ever noticed how inaccurate information is often the result of fear?

Take roof repair, for example. Some homeowners are uneasy about hiring roofers to getting their roofs replaced. Maybe they’ve heard a few horror stories about something going wrong, or perhaps they’re just anxious about the cost. This trepidation has led to some incorrect assumptions about roof repair. That’s unfortunate, because these viewpoints may be the reason people live with inferior roofs – which can cause other damage and problems to a home.

With this in mind, here are seven roof repair myths debunked:

My roof will last forever.
This one wins the “wishful thinking” award. No roof is made to outlast the house it covers – not even those made of heavy duty shingles, slate, or tile. Sooner or later, it will have to be replaced.
I can do a roof replacement by myself. It’s just . . .

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What is Surface Tension and How Does Gutter Helmet Use It?

Gutter Helmet has been a pioneer in the gutter protection industry for well over three decades. Its patented designed permits runoff water to flow into gutters while keeping solid debris out of them, so you never have to clean your gutters again.

There are many scientific advancements that have gone into the creation of Gutter Helmet, and there are too many of them to list here. However, we will discuss one of these concepts: using surface tension to facilitate the flow of runoff water into gutters.

What is Surface Tension?

Surface tension is defined as the property found in liquids that allow them to resist external forces. It has to do with how the liquid molecules react cohesively with one another. While the molecules in the middle of liquid tend to float freely those near the surface are pulled inward, which creates an internal force throughout the liquid.

Surface . . .

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9 Ways Roofing Renovation Can Make a Difference for Your Home

So many people cringe and shudder when they hear the term “roofing.” That’s because it conjures up images of undergoing a cumbersome home improvement project, dealing with contractors, and rearranging schedules to be home while the work is done. Not to mention the substantial costs that are often associated with roofing renovations.

Unfortunately, even the sturdiest roofs don’t last forever, so roof repair or replacement is an inevitability for many homeowners. Perhaps it would better serve these “roofingphobes” to focus on the benefits of roofing renovation. Here are nine of them:

Your leaks will be fixed. Admit it – you’re tired of having to place buckets in the attic (or in rooms) and/or wipe up water than has seeped into your home. Repairing your roof will take that burden off of your shoulders.
You won’t have to worry about serious damage in the future. Those pesky leaks keep . . .

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Would Your Gutter Benefit From a Heated Helmet?

You may have heard about Heated Helmet, the innovative solution to the problem of frozen gutters and their related hazards. This self-regulating coil runs the length of your guttering system and heats up only when the ambient temperature drops below a certain point. Since it’s GFCI-protected, it will never overheat — making Heated Helmet a safe and effective away to prevent ice formation inside your gutters during the winter.

But even if you appreciate the concept, you maybe wondering if Heated Helmet is right for your home. To find out, ask yourself these questions:

Does your home’s roof see snowpack for any length of time?

If you live in the New England area, chances are your roof is snow-laden for at least a portion of the year. When this happens, the snow not only falls into the gutters, but any snowmelt that runs into the gutters can refreeze . . .

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Would Your Gutter Benefit From a Heated Helmet?

You may have heard about Heated Helmet, the innovative solution to the problem of frozen gutters and their related hazards. This self-regulating coil runs the length of your guttering system and heats up only when the ambient temperature drops below a certain point. Since it’s GFCI-protected, it will never overheat — making Heated Helmet a safe and effective away to prevent ice formation inside your gutters during the winter.

But even if you appreciate the concept, you maybe wondering if Heated Helmet is right for your home. To find out, ask yourself these questions:

Does your home’s roof see snowpack for any length of time?

If you live in the New England area, chances are your roof is snow-laden for at least a portion of the year. When this happens, the snow not only falls into the gutters, but any snowmelt that runs into the gutters can refreeze . . .

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10 Tips on How to Save on Your Heating Bill

It’s easy to become exasperated when you get your heating bills in the wintertime. You start imagining all of the holiday gifts, cold-weather clothes, and other items you could be purchasing if you weren’t writing fat checks to the utility company. On the other hand, you don’t relish the thought of shivering under four blankets every night until spring arrives just to save some cash.

Thankfully, there are some tried-and-true strategies that can help you reduce your heating bills. Here are 10 of them:

Let the sun shine in. Don’t keep those blinds, drapes, or curtains closed all the time. Opening them during the daylight hours will allow the sunlight to heat the rooms, so your heater doesn’t have to work nearly as hard.
Tweak your water heater. Most water heaters allow you to lower the maximum temperature. Dialing it back a few degrees can still give you . . .

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FAQs About Heated Gutters

What exactly are heated gutters?

Heated gutters aren’t actually regular gutters built with heating elements. The term refers to a separate product that is placed in, along, or around gutters that emits heat which is strong enough to melt ice or snow. This approach is usually enough to prevent the formation of ice dams on a home.

What is an ice dam?

An ice dam is a section of frozen water that builds up around a home’s roofline. When snow and ice sits on a roof, it often thaws during the day and re-freezes at night. This cycle causes snow and ice to melt and run into or behind gutters, where it can refreeze and put stress on a home’s guttering and roof. Over time, this can lead to cracks in gutters and poke holes in ceilings and walls — where thawed icewater can then cause expensive . . .

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