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Frequently Asked Questions about Gutters and Roofs

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Frequently Asked Questions about Gutters and RoofsMost homeowners don’t pay much attention to the roofs or gutters on their homes unless they encounter a problem.  If you are a homeowner, you should inspect your gutters and roof at least once a year to look for signs that they may need to be repaired or replaced.  Following are some frequently asked questions about roofs and gutters that may provide some insight to homeowners on Long Island.

Gutters:

What are the benefits of having gutters installed on your home?

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.

How should I clean the gutters on my home?

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.

Do I need leaf guards on my gutters?

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.  Gutter or leaf guards can prevent your gutters from clogging with leaves, as well as water and debris —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

 Gutters and RoofsWhen is the best time to have my gutters inspected and cleaned?

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.

Roofs:

What are some signs that I may need to replace my roof?

Cracked, curling or missing shingles can be a sign of wind and water damage. If you find granules in your gutters, this may indicate that the protective covering of your roof is wearing off.  Rust and water damage are also signs of a deteriorating roof. You should regularly inspect your roof for signs of age or failure, especially after heavy weather and also have a roofing professional provide a detailed roof inspection.

Why are the shingles on my roof curling?

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

How long do roof shingles last?

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. Severe weather however, can damage a roof of any age.

Can water damage a roof?

Yes, over time water can damage a roof and your home. Look 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 you should 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.

If you are interested in a new roof or 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.

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.

 

 

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