Spring Cleaning for Your Gutters

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seamless gutters long islandNow that spring has officially (and finally) arrived on Long Island, most people start to think about spring cleaning for their homes. While it’s great to clean the windows, dust away the cobwebsand give the interior of our homes a good cleaning, we often neglect the outside of our homes. Even more specifically, we often neglect our gutters. While you may give your yard a good spring cleanup by raking up leaves and debris that have littered your yard during the winter months, don’t forget to check your gutters.

During the winter months, leaves, twigs, dirt and debris may accumulate in your gutters. Left unaddressed this debris can not only cause clogs, it can also damage your gutter system. An article on BobVila.com explains, “A properly functioning gutter system protects your home from water damage by draining water from the roof and funneling it away from the house. When the gutters and downspouts are clogged, however, water can back up and damage the roof, fascia, soffits, and siding. Experts agree that regular examination and maintenance will help reduce the need for gutter repairs and replacement.”

Since we often can’t see what’s inside the gutters from standing on the ground, most problems with built-up debris are only noticed only when it is too late and gutter damage has already occurred. You have to make an effort to get (safely) onto a ladder and climb up to see what is inside your gutters. Then remove any leaves, twigs or debris that you see.

The easiest answer to most gutter problems is to clean your gutters on a regular basis. Most debris consists of small leaves and twigs that can be scooped out by hand or removed with a handheld leaf blower or wet/dry vacuum. Flushing the gutters with a garden hose can help to remove dirt and small particles and most clogged downspouts can also be flushed with a garden hose. For denser debris, you may want to invest in a gutter cleaning tool.

seamless gutters long islandProblems to look for when you are cleaning your gutters include holes, corrosion, sagging sections, and loose, bent, or missing fasteners. Holes should be plugged or caulked immediately. Sagging is often the result of loose or missing spikes, which should be tightened or replaced. Keep in mind that gutter cleaning and inspection may be needed much more frequently than just once a season, especially if you live in an area where there are many trees.

If you find that your gutters are in need of more than just a simple repair, contact the gutter experts at Lindstadt.  They can repair your existing gutters or install brand new gutters if your current gutter system is beyond repair. If you are interested in quality gutters for your home, contact Lindstadt Seamless Gutters. They are experts in the gutter and roofing industry and they have been in business for over 50 years. Whether you need gutter repair services, new gutter installation, a new roof or maintenance services, Lindstadt Gutters has a team of experienced professionals who can assist you. Give them a call at 631-754-2114.

 

Signs That You Need a New Roof

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Signs That You Need a New RoofMost people don’t pay much attention to the roof on their home unless they spot (or feel) a leak in their ceiling. By that point, the roof is often in need of extensive repair or possibly replacement. If you are a homeowner, you should inspect your roof at least once a year to look for signs that it may need to be repaired or replaced.

A roof provides shelter and protection from outdoor elements including sun, wind, rain and all types of weather. It is important that a roof remains in excellent condition to provide your home and family with the protection they need. You should regularly inspect your roof for signs of age or failure, especially after heavy weather. Following are some signs that your home may need a new roof and some indicators to look for that can help you deal with potential roofing issues before they become even bigger problems.

Age

How old is your roof?  Asphalt shingles should last between twenty and thirty years. Fiber and cement roofs may last about twenty five years and cedar shakes can last up to thirty years. Keep in mind though that severe weather can damage a roof of any age. If your roof is approaching “old age” you should consider replacing it.

Curling Shingles

Roof shingles can curl and the edges will turn upward or the edges can stay flat and the middle starts to come up. Both are signs of weathering and indicate that problems and potential leaks may occur soon.

Cracked or Missing Shingles

Cracked shingles are often the result of wind damage. If only a few shingles are cracked, they can certainly be replaced but if the cracking is not isolated to one particular area and occurs randomly throughout the roof, this is often a sign that you should start thinking about a new roof. The same goes for missing shingles – if only a few are missing, they can be replaced. However, if shingles are missing throughout the roof, it may be time for a full roof replacement.

Granules in the Gutters

If you find granules in your gutters, this may indicate that the protective covering of your roof is wearing off.  These granules help keep the sun off the asphalt and once the granules fall off and the shingles start to heat up in the sun, the quality of the shingle begins to deteriorate.

Rust and Water Damage

Signs That You Need a New RoofLook for rusted or damaged flashing around the chimney, vents and any skylights. Any rust, dents or tears could allow water to seep into the house. Also check for mold, fungus or green moss. Wood shakes are especially vulnerable in wet climates because they absorb water over time and can begin to split. You should also inspect your roof from the inside. Bring a flashlight into the attic and inspect for any leaks, water spots or water damage.

According to GoodHousekeeping.com, “A roof is a big investment. If you’re considering repairing or replacing it, there are many important questions to ask yourself and a qualified roofing contractor to decide which is best for your home. You must consider the age of your current roof, the condition of all roofing components, and whether you plan to sell your house in the near future.”

If you are in need of roof repairs or you are interested in replacing the roof on your home, contact Lindstadt Seamless Gutters. They are experts in the roofing and gutter replacement industry and they have been in business for over 50 years.  Whether you need a new roof, new gutter installation, gutter repairs, or any maintenance services, Lindstadt Gutters has a team of experienced professionals who can assist you. Give them a call at 631-754-2114.

 

 

April Showers Require Strong Gutters

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April Showers Require Strong GuttersSpring is just around the corner and while it’s great to see the weather get warmer and the snow begin to melt on Long Island, this can create some harsh conditions for your home.  Add some April showers to the flow of melting snow and ice on your rooftop and this can be a cause for disaster – if you don’t have strong and effective gutters installed.

Since the temperatures have fluctuated so much this past winter on Long Island, the constant melting and freezing of ice and snow can weaken the seams in gutters, causing them to leak and break.  It is a fact that broken or damaged gutters don’t do what they’re supposed to, which can result in damage to the structure of your home. Gutters help to protect the foundation of your home and they also keep your soffits and fascia from rotting.  A proper, working gutter system can direct at least four feet of water away from the foundation of your home.

Your gutters may have taken quite a beating from the harsh conditions of the winter months. In addition to snow or ice damage, gutter issues may include:

  • Winds and storms may have blown tree limbs and debris into your gutter system.
  • Debris can clog your gutters and when clogs occur, they add tension to your gutter system.
  • Excess weight can cause damage to your gutter hardware and the roof. If winter caused an ice dam on your roof, there could be further damage that needs repairing.

If your gutters are not working properly, it can cause multiple problems to your home and its foundation.  When water isn’t properly diverted away from your home through a healthy gutter and drain system, you run the risk of having water backed up around your home’s foundation. As a result your foundation may be damaged, your basement may flood and landscaping around your home may be compromised.  Standing water around your home can also become a breeding ground for unwanted pests like mosquitos, termites and other pests. Clogged gutters can also damage your roof. When rainwater overflows it can splash back up onto your roof. This can cause water to seep through your shingles, damaging your roof’s structure and causing leaks to form.

During early spring, after the harsh winter weather has ended, it is a smart idea to have your gutters inspected, cleaned and repaired if necessary.  A durable, clean and effective gutter system can protect your home from the damaging effects of water.

A gutter protection system like the MicroGuard™ Leaf Protection System is also an option. This innovative micro filtration system is designed to keep small twigs, pine needles and debris from clogging your gutters.

If you are interested in quality gutters or a leaf guard protection system for your home, contact Lindstadt Seamless Gutters. They are experts in the gutter and roofing industry and they have been in business for over 50 years.  Whether you need new gutter installation, gutter repairs, a new roof or maintenance services, Lindstadt Gutters has a team of experienced professionals who can assist you. Give them a call at 631-754-2114.

Types of Gutters

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Gutters are installed around the perimeter of your roof lines to protect your home from water damage. Water that is pitched toward the home can cause harmful erosion around your foundation, increase mold and mildew growth, cause flooding and damage to your siding. Gutters that are installed properly and work effectively can help to avoid any water problems which can be extremely costly to repair. There are several different types of gutters, but how do you know which type is best for your home? In order to help you make the best choice, following is a review of several types of gutters that are available to homeowners today.

Aluminum Gutters

Aluminum gutters are the most popular type of gutter and they are installed on almost 80 percent of homes around the country.  Aluminum gutters are lightweight and therefore easy to install.  Aluminum is also a very durable and long lasting material. They stand up well to snow, hail and of course water and they are able to hold more water than other types of gutters. This is important during heavy rain storms. Aluminum also doesn’t rust so the look of your home will never be tarnished.Types of Gutters

 

Copper Gutters

Copper gutters are extremely durable.  They are visually appealing and can add an enhanced look to your home. They do require maintenance however and if not properly cared for, over time they may get discolored.

 

Vinyl Gutters

Vinyl gutters are also lightweight and easy to maintain. They are strong and durable and available in a wide variety of colors. Vinyl gutters have become a popular option for many homeowners.

 

Steel Gutters

Galvanized steel gutters are extremely strong and can hold up to extreme weather and heavy, falling debris. They are much heavier than other types of gutters – although this does contribute to their increased longevity.  Steel gutters must be coated with a protective sealant however in order to be rust resistant.

 

After choosing the material that will work best for the gutters on your home, you can also choose from several different types and sizes.

 Seamless GuttersGutter Sizes

Residential gutter systems are typically five inches. Larger sized gutters can hold more water. If you live in an extremely rainy area, you may want to consider six inch gutter systems. The average climate and weather for your area should be the biggest deciding factor when choosing gutter size.

Seamed or Seamless Gutters

Seamless gutters are the optimal choice. Over time, seamed gutter systems can wear down at the seams and leak. This does not happen with seamless gutters, which reduces the chances of roof leaks and foundation problems for the home. Seamless gutters also make gutter cleaning a little easier, as debris won’t build up around the welding. Seamless gutters are also a great option if you are looking to keep birds and other small animals out of your gutters. They are easy to maintain and are available in a number of colors and styles to match virtually any home.

 

If you are interested in quality gutters for your home, contact Lindstadt Seamless Gutters. They are experts in the gutter and roofing industry and they have been in business for over 50 years. They can help you choose the best gutter system for your home. Whether you need new gutter installation, a new roof or maintenance services, Lindstadt Gutters has a team of experienced professionals who can assist you. Give them a call at 631-754-2114.

Do I Need Leaf Guards on My Gutters?

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long island guttersGutters can protect your home from water damage.  Positioned on the edges of your roof, they help to direct water away from your home and its foundation. Water can cause harmful erosion around your foundation, increase mold and mildew growth, cause flooding and damage to your siding. Gutters that are installed properly and work effectively can help to avoid any water problems which can be extremely costly to repair.

But what about the actual gutters – do they need any form of protection?  The answer is yes. While quality gutters do a great job of protecting your home from water damage; dirt, leaves, twigs and debris can get into gutters and cause clogs.  A clogged gutter is useless because it does not properly direct the water away from your home.  Clogged gutters can overflow with water causing additional damage and cleaning out your gutters can be a dirty and messy job – which no one ever really wants to do.  A gutter protection system (or leaf guard) is the best solution to this problem.

According to Household Tips.com, “Gutter guards can prevent your gutters from clogging with leaves, as well as water and debris — thus saving you from what could be a dangerous household task. Properly installed leaf guards can lessen the amount of labor used to clean gutters and possibly prevent unnecessary falls.”

Lindstadt Gutters can install a MicroGuard™ Leaf Protection System on your home. This durable leaf protection system acts as a filter that features over 2000 micro-perforations per foot that allow water in, but stops even the smallest debris from entering the gutter.  This innovative micro filtration system is designed to keep small twigs, pine needles and debris from clogging your gutters.  Benefits of a leaf guard system also include:

  • It offers great curb appeal and it does will not interfere with roof lines. It is virtually invisible from the street.
  • The micro filter system will not penetrate any roof shingles
  • It is made of heavy gauge 032 (extremely strong) aluminum that will not bend or separate from the gutter
  • It is quick and easy to install on almost any five or six inch gutter system

If you are interested in quality gutters for your home or a leaf guard protection system to protect the gutters you already have; contact Lindstadt Seamless Gutters. They are experts in the gutter and roofing industry and they have been in business for over 50 years.  They can install a MicroGuard™ Leaf Protection System which prevents clogs caused by leaves, twigs, and other debris. Whether you need new gutter installation, a leaf guard protection system, a new roof or maintenance services, Lindstadt Gutters has a team of experienced professionals who can assist you. For quality gutter services, give them a call today at 631-754-2114.

Why Do I Need Gutters on My Home?

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long island seamless guttersGutters seem like an essential part of every home, but have you ever taken the time to think about what gutters do and why you need them? I know that when I look at my house, I don’t really even think about the gutters; unless of course, there is a problem with them.
Gutters are installed for two important reasons; protection and prevention. They are designed to protect your home from water and prevent all of the damaging things that water can do to your home including erosion, mold and mildew growth, flooding, and damage to your siding. Gutters that are installed properly and work effectively can alleviate these problems which can cause severe damage and cost thousands of dollars to repair.
More specifically, following are some of the things that gutters can do to protect your home:

Prevent Erosion

Without gutters, every time it rains, water flows directly off your roof causing erosion of dirt and soil around the perimeter (and foundation) of your home. Erosion will continue every time it rains (or when snow melts); washing away more and more soil each time. This can cause the sloped around your home to wear down, allowing runoff to flow toward your home instead of away from it. This can cause the foundation to settle and you may eventually start to notice uneven floors, cracked walls and chimneys as a result. Erosion can also wash away garden beds and landscaping.

Flooding Prevention

seamless guttersWhen water flows into the soil close to your home, the dirt and soil becomes very heavy. This places great pressure on the basement foundation which can start to crack, allowing water to leak into the basement. In addition, eroded soil can start to direct rain water towards the home, allowing water to flow into and flood the basement. Properly installed gutters will direct the rain water to fall away from the foundation, which protects against pooling water, erosion and a saturated basement.

Protect Siding
Rainwater and melting snow can carry dirt, debris and particles from your roof. Backsplash from falling water filled with debris can cause stains on your siding and home. In addition, the buildup of water and moisture can cause mold and fungus to grow (especially on a shady side of your home).
High quality gutters can protect your home from the harsh elements of weather and water. Gutters can provide your home with the protection that it needs from any damage. Gutters should be properly installed and well maintained so that they work effectively and they should also be cleaned regularly so they provide your home with the best protection possible.

If you are interested in quality gutters for your home, contact Lindstadt Seamless Gutters. They are experts in the gutter and roofing industry and they have been in business for over 50 years.

Whether you need new gutter installation, a new roof or maintenance services, Lindstadt Gutters has a team of experienced professionals who can assist you. Give them a call at 631-754-2114.

Ready to give your gutters new life? Contact us today!