Rain Gutters, Roofing and Your Home

  • By Joe Fannin
  • 08 Aug, 2017

Common misconceptions and problems with your Rain Gutter Systems

Your home has many facets of preventing common problems and this post will help you know your property a little bit better, especially the Rain Gutter System.

   As a 5 Star Rated company, we come across all types of issues our customers are experiencing. We just had a heavy storm sweep across Texas yesterday (August 7, 2017).  Bad weather typically gives us more work, which seems opposite than you might think.  Often, we receive calls for our Rain Gutter Cleaning right after this type of storm comes through. Heavy rain washes down your roof and into the gutter system, or the heavy rain pours right over the gutters because they are clogged with leaf and debris from last the last season. Clogged gutters can cause serious damage to your roofing, foundation and landscaping.

Like most homeowners, I have some issues at my home when it rains heavily. The water pools in my driveway at the lowest point and I think every time " I need to take care of that." All homeowners have a mental list of repairs they know need addressed, but timing is never on our side.

Heavy rain sets off that mental list for many of our customers. Some might say to themselves "Oh, I forgot to clean the Rain Gutters" as you look out the windows to see a waterfall off of your roof into the flower bed.

Rain Gutter cleaning is a tedious but imperative task. Depending on the type of trees on your property, cleaning and maintenance can be a quarterly task.  Pecan, Cedar Elms and Ligustrum trees can drop debris multiple times a year. Live oaks make a huge mess in the spring. White and Red Oaks drop in the autumn fall. 

There are so many factors involved with Rain Gutter Cleaning, the biggest one is Safety!  I have heard countless stories of people getting hurt while attempting to clean the gutters. SAFETY FIRST is our motto. We operate with safety measures in place on all scenarios. Ladder Levelers, Stabilizers and Specialized shoes/boots are a few of the items we employ daily.

Common misconceptions about Rain Gutters and Cleaning can lead to costly repairs and unwanted pests. Leaf and tree debris will slowly compost on you roof, in the valleys and gutter troughs. Composting matter will invite insects and pests to join the process and will deteriorate roofing shingles, wood and siding.

Many people think that installing rain gutters with screening is a 1 time Fix All. This is far from the truth. As seasons come and go, the debris may not wash away on its own. Compacting and drying over the summer heat, the organic composted matter will become very dense and then become similar to mud when it rains. The rain will not be able to wash away the mud and debris because it is so heavy. Now add the weight of water to the already existing muddy compost and that is why you have damage to your roofing trim, gutters and siding.

There are other problems with a clogged gutter. Typically where a roof meets a wall, the moisture will splash up and create a perfect home for black mildew without any provoking. The clogged gutter will not allow water to flow to the downspout and away from the foundation. Instead, it will run right over the top of the gutter, down the wall and directly into the foundation causing erosion and damage to your landscaping. Over time you will see that the black mildew is accumulating where it is spilling over. 

Another common issue, unknown to most First time home buyers, is shingle erosion or granule loss . See an article explaining the issues here .  The granules of crushed stone slowly accumulate in the bottom of the Rain Gutters and are quite heavy when it has never been inspected. Homes with shingle roofing and no tree cover will have this issue within 5-10 years of being built.

We offer a simple solution for these common problems. Complete Rain Gutter Maintenance is our one our specialties. Installing Rain Gutter Guards from Senox  with a full professional cleaning and inspection, will pay for itself within a few years with savings by preventing damage and costly maintenance. Our Installation pricing is straightforward and comes with a 1 year installation warranty along with the Senox Manufacturers Warrranty .

Another step in the rain gutter maintenance is the surface of the gutters will develop oxidation streaks or "Tiger Stripes" . We take a preventative measure with all chemicals and ensure no damage to plants or animals. The Warranty from all Major Rain Gutter Companies require annual cleaning and maintenance. See More at the Senox Blog .

Our Complete Rain Gutter Maintenance:
  •  Hand gathering all debris in the roof valleys and gutter troughs. 
  • Next we inspect the hardware for strength and support.
  • The downspouts are verified for a clear passage and if there is an obstruction, we carefully dismantle and clean the parts before carefully replacing each piece and screw or rivet. 
  • Once all debris gathered, the Gutter Surface Scrub and Rinse with a mild detergent solution will commence. This will wash away the dinge and soils, brightening the surface and appeal of your gutters' facade.
  • Gutter guards of your choosing will then be installed, providing a durable and tough guard to allow water to flow to the downspout.
  • The next step is setting up your Gutter Care Schedule. Every property is different, but we recommend quarterly and semi annual cleaning and inspections to eliminate any issue with your property.

Contact us for a Free Professional Quote Today!

http://www.fanninprofessional.com/rain-gutters
By Joe Fannin 08 Aug, 2017
Your home has many facets of preventing common problems and this post will help you know your property a little bit better, especially the Rain Gutter System.

   As a 5 Star Rated company, we come across all types of issues our customers are experiencing. We just had a heavy storm sweep across Texas yesterday (August 7, 2017).  Bad weather typically gives us more work, which seems opposite than you might think.  Often, we receive calls for our Rain Gutter Cleaning right after this type of storm comes through. Heavy rain washes down your roof and into the gutter system, or the heavy rain pours right over the gutters because they are clogged with leaf and debris from last the last season. Clogged gutters can cause serious damage to your roofing, foundation and landscaping.

Like most homeowners, I have some issues at my home when it rains heavily. The water pools in my driveway at the lowest point and I think every time " I need to take care of that." All homeowners have a mental list of repairs they know need addressed, but timing is never on our side.

Heavy rain sets off that mental list for many of our customers. Some might say to themselves "Oh, I forgot to clean the Rain Gutters" as you look out the windows to see a waterfall off of your roof into the flower bed.

Rain Gutter cleaning is a tedious but imperative task. Depending on the type of trees on your property, cleaning and maintenance can be a quarterly task.  Pecan, Cedar Elms and Ligustrum trees can drop debris multiple times a year. Live oaks make a huge mess in the spring. White and Red Oaks drop in the autumn fall. 

There are so many factors involved with Rain Gutter Cleaning, the biggest one is Safety!  I have heard countless stories of people getting hurt while attempting to clean the gutters. SAFETY FIRST is our motto. We operate with safety measures in place on all scenarios. Ladder Levelers, Stabilizers and Specialized shoes/boots are a few of the items we employ daily.

Common misconceptions about Rain Gutters and Cleaning can lead to costly repairs and unwanted pests. Leaf and tree debris will slowly compost on you roof, in the valleys and gutter troughs. Composting matter will invite insects and pests to join the process and will deteriorate roofing shingles, wood and siding.

Many people think that installing rain gutters with screening is a 1 time Fix All. This is far from the truth. As seasons come and go, the debris may not wash away on its own. Compacting and drying over the summer heat, the organic composted matter will become very dense and then become similar to mud when it rains. The rain will not be able to wash away the mud and debris because it is so heavy. Now add the weight of water to the already existing muddy compost and that is why you have damage to your roofing trim, gutters and siding.

There are other problems with a clogged gutter. Typically where a roof meets a wall, the moisture will splash up and create a perfect home for black mildew without any provoking. The clogged gutter will not allow water to flow to the downspout and away from the foundation. Instead, it will run right over the top of the gutter, down the wall and directly into the foundation causing erosion and damage to your landscaping. Over time you will see that the black mildew is accumulating where it is spilling over. 

Another common issue, unknown to most First time home buyers, is shingle erosion or granule loss . See an article explaining the issues here .  The granules of crushed stone slowly accumulate in the bottom of the Rain Gutters and are quite heavy when it has never been inspected. Homes with shingle roofing and no tree cover will have this issue within 5-10 years of being built.

We offer a simple solution for these common problems. Complete Rain Gutter Maintenance is our one our specialties. Installing Rain Gutter Guards from Senox  with a full professional cleaning and inspection, will pay for itself within a few years with savings by preventing damage and costly maintenance. Our Installation pricing is straightforward and comes with a 1 year installation warranty along with the Senox Manufacturers Warrranty .

Another step in the rain gutter maintenance is the surface of the gutters will develop oxidation streaks or "Tiger Stripes" . We take a preventative measure with all chemicals and ensure no damage to plants or animals. The Warranty from all Major Rain Gutter Companies require annual cleaning and maintenance. See More at the Senox Blog .

Our Complete Rain Gutter Maintenance:
  •  Hand gathering all debris in the roof valleys and gutter troughs. 
  • Next we inspect the hardware for strength and support.
  • The downspouts are verified for a clear passage and if there is an obstruction, we carefully dismantle and clean the parts before carefully replacing each piece and screw or rivet. 
  • Once all debris gathered, the Gutter Surface Scrub and Rinse with a mild detergent solution will commence. This will wash away the dinge and soils, brightening the surface and appeal of your gutters' facade.
  • Gutter guards of your choosing will then be installed, providing a durable and tough guard to allow water to flow to the downspout.
  • The next step is setting up your Gutter Care Schedule. Every property is different, but we recommend quarterly and semi annual cleaning and inspections to eliminate any issue with your property.

Contact us for a Free Professional Quote Today!

http://www.fanninprofessional.com/rain-gutters
By Joe Fannin 25 Aug, 2016
I have finally decided to take the plunge and add a blog to my site. I always wanted an easy way to share information with visitors and I’m super excited to start this journey. Keep coming back to my site and check for updates right here on the blog.

The Snowball blog is my depiction of owning a home. It seems to be an ongoing struggle to keep the property maintained and in good shape. One thing leads to another, one problem causes a disaster and so on. These are my personal experiences and I hope you enjoy. The snowball grows larger and larger, especially if you let it keep rolling!

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