Rosa A. Ostergaard Gutter Guards June 15th, 2018 - 05:25:09
You see ads for gutter protectors every where telling you that youll never have to clean gutters again but before you buy think twice. In fact dont think; do research. The cost of gutter protection can range from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars. Since most gutter covers are known for poor performance it might make more sense to contract a gutter cleaning service several times a year for between $75 to $100 or so. And if indeed you can find a reputable insured company that will service you its probably the best way to go. Yet that may be a difficult challenge; and having someone else or you cleaning your gutters may not be the way to go.
When rain water flowing from the roof strikes the guards the guards scatter the water over a large area thereby dissipating the force of the water falling directly onto the ground below the eave edges. They do not carry the water away from the foundation however which must be a consideration before installing them. Pre-made gutter sections come in ten foot lengths. If you need a longer gutter you must use gutter splices and caulk to seal them. These splices tend to sag and leak over time so you should strongly consider having a one piece gutter made for you.
You will need ladders a hammer tape measure four foot level drill with metal bits rivets and rivet gun gutter caulking gutter spikes and ferrules or roof gutter straps. I place one nail every two feet on center starting a couple of inches in from the ends and over the downspout outlet(s) openings. First install both the end caps with caulking and then add the downspout outlets riveting each one in place. If youre using a single ten foot gutter a downspout at one end should be more than sufficient. Gutters may be hung using either nails and ferrules or roof straps.
Then rinse the gutters thoroughly using a garden hose pipe. Scrub along excess dirt with a brush to remove any remaining grime. Liquid Detergent One can also successfully employ liquid detergent to clean off your gutters and make them shiny new. This cleaning agent is especially used for vinyl gutters. Even for vinyl gutters liquid detergent alone cannot be used to clean the gutters properly. For that mix half cup of household liquid detergent with half cup of bleach in two gallons of water. Use this solvent to scrub off the outer surface of your gutters with a stiff brush or a piece of cloth. Once the mixture is applied to the gutters let it stay for 10-15 minutes before rinsing it off with a garden hose and a nozzle sprayer.