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Summer Home Maintenance To-Do’s Highlight Gutters

Amerimax K Style GutterNationwide, savvy homeowners stick to an exterior home maintenance schedule during the warm summer months to prepare for upcoming harsher weather. The lazy hot days of summer can lead some homeowners to neglect some of the basic and necessary tasks that can prevent unpreparedness and damage. But many checklists available will keep those to-do’s handy and homeowners caught up on important maintenance.

Gutter cleaning and gutter guard installation are prominent on these lists since these must-do’s are often forgotten until after (or during) the first big rainfall of late summer or autumn. Don’t allow gutter drips, overflow and leaks to ruin your foundation, flower beds or lawn. Take care of your gutters while the weather is dry.

While we still have warm daylight hours, it’s a good time to ensure your gutters are secure and clear, ready to take on the coming rains. You still have time to add gutter protection to stop all those leaves from clogging your rainwater drainage system and possibly damaging your home’s roof or foundation. Our Find A Retailer button will help you locate your nearest local home center.  Be sure to take a list of the items you need when you visit. Ask for Amerimax products.

 

From Houzz: To-Dos: Your August Home Checklist


Why do I need gutters?

  • Gutters control roof runoff, protecting your home’s foundation from erosion damage.
  • Gutters prevent water damage to exterior walls and basements.
  • Gutters add value to your home.

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What do I need for gutter installation?

  • You should check your gutters every Spring and Fall for clogs, leaks and gutter pulling away from the house.

It’s Going to Rain. Are Your Gutters Ready for the Downpour?

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The weather service is estimating our average rainfall to be pretty much like it was last year, at least for the fall season. We all know fall means leaf raking time, but we also need to pay attention to our gutters. They will need to be cleaned and any repairs done. This is a job that even a novice do-it-yourselfer should be able to do with no problem. Home center stores are usually not far away in case you need any supplies or parts. You should also check out the Amerimax.com blog for advice, that way you don’t even have to leave your home. Amerimax is the rainwater drainage expert.

Maybe you don’t have gutters and need to install them. Whether it’s for income properties you own or your private home, if you want to install gutters Amerimax can walk you through it. We can give you step-by step installation instructions for the various types of gutters systems, gutter protection, and rain diversion accessories we offer. The following are just a few of the products and directions you will find.

If you are a rental property owner you may want to contract the job to a professional. If this is the case, still take a look at Amerimax.com. By going over the directions and/or plans you will be aware of the parts and supplies the job will require.

Whether you are a do-it-yourselfer or prefer a contractor to do it for you, Amerimax.com was made for you. Be it scheduled maintenance, a repair because of rain or ice damage, wear and tear, let Amerimax.com be your first step for gutter, downspouts, gutter protection and rainwater diversion product information. With Amerimax’s step-by-step how-to videos even someone who has never tried to do-it-yourself can do it. Read the directions, go to your local home improvement store for the supplies you will need and soon you will find that you get a real sense of accomplishment.

 

September: Back-to-School and Back-to-Yard Too

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September isn’t just back to school month for the kids, it’s also time to get back to the yard for adults.  While summer showers and sunny days are easy on your rainwater drainage systems, a mild to harsh September could usher in some drainage problems come Fall.  The last thing you want is leaves stuck in your gutter or drain – much like the kids in school don’t want to get stuck in detention!

Great Home Tips to Prepare for Autumn Weather 

To avoid staying after class doing yard work this September, be prepared for the any type of weather and get a head start today:

  • Clean those gutters now.  Don’t wait for it to get a little bit cooler or for the leaves to start falling.  Muck can clog up your gutters at any time, especially if your region has been rainy and then hot as the sun can bake up some homemade glue for you to take care of.  Try to get to your gutters at least once or twice a month this Fall.
  • Trim around drainage systems.  While you may have already thought about clipping some of the branches that hang over your roof and gutters (if you haven’t don’t just think about it, do it!), you probably didn’t think of the other drainage points in your yard.  Check the drains in your yard and around the home for brush, bushes and other debris that could potentially cause clogs this Fall.
  • Upgrade your gutters.  If your gutters are old and damaged (or if they just look like they were installed back when you were in school), it’s probably a good time for an upgrade. Micro-mesh filter gutters ensure that nothing but water enters your drainage system.  This not only cuts down on stoppages, but also you getting up there on a ladder this Fall and scooping leaves, bird nests and everything else out of the gutter!

In fact, if you haven’t been to the hardware store in a while, it’s a good idea to visit at the beginning of each new season just to see what new home products were released.  Who knows, there’s probably something out there to fix each of your most despised chores around the house!  So when you get out of detention this September, be sure to stop by your local home center store and find the solution to all your roof drainage system needs!

Getting Started With Rain Gutter Installation

photo_gutters_sidingSo, you know you need to install or change the rain gutters on your house and you want to do it yourself, but realize you’ve no idea how to get started! We’d like to help you get it right the first time. You will need:

  • a tape measure
  • a friend to help hold the tape measure
  • ladder (optional)
  • pen and paper to note the distances and square footage

Layout

Goal: Measure the length. You may stand on the ground for this exercise. Begin at a corner. Give your trusted friend one end of the tape measure and hold the other. Go to the next corner. How long is this length? Write it down.

Repeat for all sides of the house, noting any areas with bay windows or other such features.

Width

Goal: Figure the width needed. Measure the square footage of your roof. Access the roof through a window or a ladder. Have your sidekick stand at one end toward the side of the roof and you at the other, each with one end of the tape measure. Do the same for the top of the roof to the bottom. Note the distances. Multiply them together and you have the square footage of your roof.

Please be careful. Injuries acquired from falling off the roof can be serious.

You now need the average rainfall, easily found with a Google search. Clearly, the more rainfall and bigger the roof, the wider the gutter.

Hint: Ask your local home center store for the most common width sold.

 

Downspouts
For every forty feet of length, there should be at least one downspout. They should empty somewhere other than the basement, the house wall, or the swimming pool!

 

Other Considerations

Protection:
A cover over the gutters keeps them free of debris with a lot less maintenance. Purchase them now!

Materials:

  • vinyl – most cost-efficient and easiest to install
  • aluminum – tend to be more hardy
  • galvanized steel – hardier still but may rust
  • copper – the hardiest, do not rust, most expensive

Still have questions?

Read through our planning and installation guide for detailed instructions on installing gutters along your roof line. Visit your local home center store. The exterior home care professionals are there to help!  Don’t forget to ask for Amerimax products.

 

Get Your Home Ready for Falling Leaves

A yellow and orange maple with a rake leaning against it.

A yellow and orange maple with a rake leaning against it.

Summer whizzes by, and fall arrives fast. Ready your home for changes autumn brings, particularly where falling leaves and rainwater are concerned.

Rake away.

That doesn’t mean put the rake away. Rather, it’s an action to take when fall leaves cover your landscape. Remove the yearly leaf drop from your lawn so that this blanket of vegetation doesn’t stifle next year’s grass. Read more