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Cover Up! How Gutter Debris Can Cause Serious Damage

Out of sight, out of mind. One of the many things that phrase can be applied to is clogged gutters.

Clogged GuttersUnless you have an upstairs room that looks down on a lower level roof, you probably have never looked into your gutters. Most homes in Maryland, Virginia, and the surrounding areas are built with standard, open rain gutters. The purpose of gutters is to catch falling rain and run-off from your roof and direct it away from your home. Without gutters, rain water would pool around your foundation, or even travel back behind your roof overhang and leak into windows. Gutters are an important level of protection for you home. 

Regardless of whether or not you have trees near your home, over time debris can build up inside your gutters. If your home is close to trees, you are sure to have clogs at some point in time. When gutters become clogged with leaves, sticks, roof granules and other items, overflow can occur. When it does, water can seep behind your roof’s overhand and find its way to the smallest of cracks around windows and doors. Over time, this can cause wood rot and mold, compromising your home.

If your home has standard, open gutters, your best bet to keep your home safe and dry is to have your gutters inspect yearly for signs of clogs. If clogs are apparent, removing the debris is necessary. Sound like a hassle? There is another solution…covered gutters.

One product on the market that has shown excellent results is the Bulldog Gutter Guard – an aluminum gutter insert designed to handle the heaviest of rains, and keep leaves and debris from clogging your gutters. Some of the benefits of Bulldog Gutter Guards are that it fits into either new or existing gutters, it cannot be seen from the ground, and it does not interfere with your roof shingles. It is also made from 98% recycled aluminum, and is available in 5-, 6-, and 7-inch sizes. For more information on Bulldog Gutter Guards, visit www.bulldoggutterguard.com.

To find out how covered gutters can protect your home, and for a free, no obligation gutter estimate, contact S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows at 1-866-836-7663.

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Home Improvement Projects for Spring

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Spring is the ideal time for home improvement projects. As soon as the harsh winter weather subsides, it’s time to inspect your home to be sure that it has withstood what Mother Nature brought.

Visual Inspection

Take a trip around your house outside to look for signs of potential issues. Take special note of gutters and downspouts that may be stained from water overflow, or separated from your home. Water that is allowed to seep behind gutters due to clogging or improper shingle installation can lead to costly leaks behind walls and windows. If you are able to see your roof, look for loose or missing shingles. Shingles that become displaced can allow water to enter through the roof into your home’s attic or behind walls. Often these leaks go undetected until the problem because major. If you are able to go on your roof, inspect the seals around vents and pipes. Again, breaches in seals can lead to leaks.

Also inspect your home’s windows and siding. Older windows in particular can have gaps in caulking around the frame that allows not only water in, but heat and air conditioning out. Siding that has become loose or is buckling can also signal a structural issue.

Another area to be inspected is your attic. Check for signs of water entry, and inspect the seals around venting and pipes. You should also take note of how much insulation is in your attic, as adding even a little insulation can have a big impact on your home’s energy efficiency.

When to Call a Pro

If you are not comfortable, or if you feel that it is not safe for you to go up on your roof, or get on a ladder to inspect second and third story windows, roofing, and gutters, you should contact a professional. A company who specializes in exterior home improvements knows exactly what to look for. A reputable company will give you an honest assessment and let you know what items should be addressed now and which ones to keep an eye on. As always, be sure that your home improvement professional is licensed and insured in your state.

To have the home improvement professionals at S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows assess your home, contact us at 866-836-ROOF today.

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S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows – leaders in home improvement services in Maryland and Northern Virginia since 1980 – brings you helpful information on roofing, siding, windows, doors, skylights, gutters, decks and attic insulation. Whether you are a homeowner looking to improve and add value to your home, or a property owner looking to maintain or upgrade your building, S&K is here to help.

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