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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.

 

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.

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!