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How to Make Your Property Durable While Improving Its Curb Appeal

Every property owner wants their property to last, whether it’s a commercial building or residential real estate. The best way to go about that is to make sure your home or building is made from durable and long-lasting material.

One might think that the right choice of material is a trade-off between functionality and aesthetics, but it doesn’t have to be. Many materials now come in a variety of styles and colors, so you won’t have to sacrifice beauty for practicality.

How can you ensure that your property will withstand the elements while boosting curb appeal? Here are a few ways:

Improve Your Roof

Commercial roofing and residential roofing, alike, serve the greater purpose of protection from the sun, rain, snow, and other weather conditions. Roofing, however, also contributes to the attractiveness of your property, since it accounts for about 40% of your home’s exteriors. The right roof color can pull your house or building together.

A roof is a vital part of your property, which is why it should be made of durable material, like steel. Steel roofs are often coated with aluminum, which acts as a protective layer. They come in a variety of colors and styles so you can pick a roof that will fit the aesthetic of your property and boost your curb appeal.

Upgrade Your Front Door

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Your front door can be seen from the street, which makes it an essential component of your property’s curb appeal. When you get a new front door, it instantly enhances the appearance of your property. According to a 2015 study by Therma-Tru, a door manufacturer, upgrading your front door can increase your home’s perceived value by an average of 4.2%.

Most entry doors are already made of long-lasting material, such as vinyl, fiberglass, steel, aluminum, and wood. These materials can withstand a door’s daily duties, so you just have to choose which one best suits your property’s overall aesthetic and style.

Replace Your Siding

Choosing the right siding for your property is important. Since it makes up most of your property’s exteriors, it should be both functional and beautiful. With new siding, you not only refresh your home’s exterior style but also increase the property’s value.

There are numerous siding options available, from vinyl and seamless steel to cedar shingle and cement fiber, as well as brick and brick veneer, wood clapboard, and synthetic stucco.

Clean Your Gutters

Curb appeal is more than the style and appearance of your property’s façade; it is about how well-looked-after your property is, in general. Old, dirty, or clogged gutters are not only an eyesore but also take a toll on your property’s exteriors – this condition can lead to stained sidings, peeling paint, rust spots, and even foundation damage, if worse comes to worst.

A clean and functioning gutter system is important for enhancing your property’s curb appeal and overall condition. Always make sure that your gutters are free from debris and that they are draining well. If you have an old gutter system, replace it with a newer, better functioning system from Bruce Andrews Seamless Gutters. We have been offering hassle-free, maintenance-free, and worry-free gutter drainage systems since 1999. Get in touch with us today for more details.

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Home Repair: When Your Seamless Gutter Needs Fixing

Several factors contribute to a roof leak, so you may not always be dealing with just one specific problem. Water usually enters through worn or missing shingles, through damaged or poorly sealed flashing and where gutter nails have loosened, making it difficult to find where the leak originated. Therefore, any signs of a potential leak should not be ignored. Take immediate action to avoid expensive repair costs.

Locate the source

Tracking down the source is the hard part, but whether it’s raining or not, you can find telltale signs of a leak. If you have an attic, look for water drips, stains, mold or discolorations on your ceiling, spots on your exterior walls or protruding patches on your interior walls. Take note of where you found the leak, then inspect the corresponding spot on the exterior of your home. If you do not find anything, check the upper area of your roof, if it is slanted. You can also inspect for curled, cracked or missing shingles to further evaluate the overall condition of your roof. Finally, see if the flashing under your shingles has cracked or bent, because damage to it allows moisture to run inside the roof seams.

Sometimes, visual inspection doesn’t always help you find the source. If you cannot find the cause of the leak, wait for dry weather, then do a water test with a friend. To do this, go to the roof with a garden hose while your friend stays in the attic with a bucket. Flood the roof with your hose, starting at the eaves and working your way up until the leak is found in the attic. Mark the location of the leak so you can begin repairing.

Make repairs

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Repairing the leak will depend on the source as well as the material and construction of your roof. One common fix is straightening or reattaching curled shingles. Smooth the curls out and apply a dab of sealant under the corners using a caulking gun. Use a trowel to press down the raised shingles, then cover the edges with roof cement. If your shingle is completely damaged, replace it by removing the nail that holds it in place and scraping up the roofing cement. Lay down fresh cement and take a new shingle to place over the exposed area.

If your vent boots are the problem, obtain another rubber seal at any hardware store. Apply a liberal amount of sealer to your old boot and clean up the excess. If your existing boot is still in good shape, you may only need to have the screws replaced with rubber-washed ones to keep water from seeping in.

Sometimes, homeowners neglect their seamless rain gutters because these experience fewer clogs and are less likely to leak. However, they will need repair at some point. For small holes, spread a generous amount of silicone caulk or roofing cement over. For larger holes, repeat the same step, then settle a piece of flashing into the caulk or cement.

Call a professional

Your roof is subject to lots of wear and tear, and, while you can try the DIY route to repair, sometimes your best – and safest – bet is to enlist the services of a professional. The Best Gutters knows how to get the job done. We provide expert roofing services, as well as seamless gutter installation and protection in Wisconsin. Learn more about our products and services by contacting us. We’d love to hear from you.

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Dam It! Preventing Ice Dams and the Damage They Bring

In almost every quintessential Christmas movie, there’s always an exterior shot of a house with icicles forming a beautiful and shining awning on your roof.

But, beautiful as these ice formations might be, they’re highly damaging to your roof and, if not addressed immediately, to the interiors of your home. This is especially a problem now that spring is here and the snow on your roof is melting.

Ice Dams and How They Form

Ice dams form when the snow closest to the roof melts from the heated temperature inside your home. The melted snow then finds its way to your roof’s gutters where it can be obstructed either by leaves and debris in the gutter or by the snow that refreezes because of colder temperatures outside, thus forming ice dams.

The former situation can be easily avoidable if you clean your gutters regularly and have adequate leaf gutter protection. The latter scenario is more complicated.

At the end of winter and the beginning of spring, the snow that has accumulated on the eaves of your roof begins to thaw, then freezes, then thaws again. Your roofing materials, including the shingles and tar paper, can get damaged and become more susceptible to leaks as the thawing/freezing cycle continues.

While on the surface, it may appear that the eaves of your roof are snow-laden, what you don’t see is the melted water that continues to accumulate with nowhere to go to. Eventually, the water will find cracks in your roofing and seep through your ceiling and interior walls.

Damage Caused by Ice Dams

Once the water from the melted snow seeps through your roof, you must act immediately. Otherwise, it may severely damage your attic, ceiling, and walls. Once the melted water has seeped into your home, it will slowly flow into different rooms through cracks in the walls.

The melted water can soak your insulation materials, making them ineffective. What’s more, once these materials, as well as your walls or ceiling, become waterlogged and rotten, they transform into a breeding ground for mold and fungus. These things will not only make your interiors unsightly, but they also bring potential health and safety risks.

Preventing the Formation of Ice Dams

The prevention of ice dam formation and the damage it may cause starts before winter – and it doesn’t end until the snow has completely melted off your roof.

First, you must properly winterize your roof. This includes cleaning your gutter, inspecting roofing materials like shingles, and replacing your sealants.

After that, you can prevent the formation of ice dams using proper ventilation. As mentioned earlier, the heat loss from your attic warms the roof and melts the snow that forms into a dam. By keeping the heat out of your attic and making sure the roof deck is properly ventilated, you help prevent the formation of ice dams.

Additionally, you should also not let overly large quantities of snow accumulate on your roof during winter. This means clearing off the ice and snow every now and then over the course of the winter. Roofs are built to withstand certain weights, but they can collapse under too much snow – another factor you need to watch out for.

The Roof and Gutter Services You Need

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Don’t wait until your interiors, gutters, and roofing materials are damaged by ice dams. Call Bruce Andrews Seamless Gutters for the roofing and gutter services you need. With over two decades of experience protecting Minnesota and Wisconsin homes and establishments through our services, you’ll have a roofing system that can and will withstand those pesky ice dams.

Contact us today at 877-594-7449 for more information about our services.

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What Ice Dams are and How You Can Keep them from Damaging Your Home

Cleaning your gutters is probably one of the household chores that you dread doing, especially during the autumn and winter seasons. It is important to keep your gutters clean, because if you don’t, you might end compromising the structural integrity of your home and face expensive repair costs. While there are some gutter maintenance and repair tasks that you can do on your own, you should consider hiring the services of a gutter repair company to make sure that your gutters are in good hands.  

Not cleaning your gutters regularly can lead to different sorts of problems. Pests and animals such as mosquitoes, squirrels, and mice may build nests on your gutters. Clogged gutters may cause cracks or holes, creating an entrance for such pests to find their way inside your home. Water leaks caused by damaged gutters may result in moisture formation in cracks, creating the perfect environment for mold, mildew, and bacteria-causing allergies and illnesses. Another problem that you might face if you ignore cleaning your gutters, especially during winter months is the formation of ice dams.

What are Ice Dams?

Ice dams are the ridges or mounds of ice that form along the edge of your roofline, usually after heavy snowfall. An ice dam forms when some of the snow on your roof melts into water, but instead of draining from the gutter, the water freezes into ice. The water refreezes when it settles on the part of the roof that isn’t warmed by your attic or ceiling. The ice dam traps meltwater, causing it to seep into the shingles and make its way inside your home.

How Can You Prevent Ice Dams?

You can keep ice dams from damaging your home by winterizing it. You can:

  • Clean your gutters from leaves and debris before winter arrives.
  • Keep your attic, eaves, and roof well-ventilated.
  • Increase attic floor insulation to prevent warm air from rising up on the roof.
  • Rake off or remove snow before it freezes.
  • Install heat cables on spots where ice dams are likely to form.

What Can You Do If Your Roof Has Ice Dams?

You can tell that your roof has ice dams if you see icicles hanging from the gutters. Ice dams can be removed by using a rake roof or by applying calcium chloride or an ice melt product to the ice. However, if the ice dam build up is too thick and heavy, you should immediately call a professional contractor to get rid of the ice dam.

Facing Gutter Damage Due to Ice Dams?

Cracked ceilings and walls, peeling paint, stained carpets, and warped floor boards are just some of the damage that ice dams cause. Other less visible effects of ice dam damage include drenched insulation and mold problems. When they become too heavy, ice dams can also rip off your gutters and damage your roof. If you encounter any of these problems, you can turn to our team of professionals at Bruce Andrews Seamless Gutters, LLC to provide you with gutter repair and replacement services.

Fill out our form here or contact us today at 877-594-7449 for a hassle-free quote.

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Water Damage: How It Ruins Your Home and How You Can Prevent It

Whether it’s a flood or just a leaky roof, the adverse effects of water damage can be silent but deadly. It can manifest in discoloration on walls and ceilings, toxic mold, and even shorted out appliances.

A report by The Denver Post which covers the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in 2017 detailed the damage that 100,000 homes in Texas and Louisiana sustained due to flooding. Here’s what we can learn from that report.

Weakened Foundation

Texas and Louisiana took the brunt of Hurricane Harvey’s wrath. Both of these states have mostly clay soil foundations. According to the expert the Post interviewed, when the clay soil gets soaked in water, it expands unevenly, causing the ground to lift. As the soil rises, it cracks parts of the concrete slab that supports the home. Some say this phenomenon may cause the house to detach itself from the foundation and float off.

Hence, it’s always smart to maintain your home’s drainage and gutter system regardless of the weather, to prevent water from mixing with the foundation and leaving it soft. Your seamless gutter might need some repairs or replacement, too. Even minor problems like a broken spout or uneven soil can let flood water seep into your foundation.

Faulty Electrical Systems and Electronics

About 25% of the world’s population lives without electricity, but some Americans may find such a situation unacceptable. Luckily for the states affected by the hurricane, flooding from the rainwater didn’t create much of a problem in the wiring. However, switches and outlets penetrated by water had to be replaced.

The same goes for appliances like televisions and refrigerators. Since they’re difficult to repair and restore, it’s better to get new ones.

If the weather forecast in your area includes strong rain and wind, prepare for it by unplugging your appliances and bringing them to higher ground. It also helps to use a smart water sensor in your basement and living room to alert you of any leaks or flood that went unnoticed.

Warped Flooring

Most of the houses ravaged by Harvey had warped or rotten floors. Some of them were beyond repair, according to the report, especially homes with carpeted floors that couldn’t be restored. Residents had no choice but to pay for expensive and time-consuming floor replacement.

The best way to prevent these costly restorations is by opting for water-resistant options like porcelain and ceramic tile. They’re durable and water-resistant as long as they get regular maintenance. If you’re looking for a more affordable alternative, go for sheet vinyl or bare concrete.

Don’t wait for a hurricane forecast to inspect your home for possible vulnerabilities. If you’re unsure about what to fix, hire a home inspector who is skilled in finding any problem. While repairs like gutter leaks might be easy to do with sealants, they’re temporary solutions. The best thing to do is to hire professionals for gutter repair and replacement. While it may seem like a lot of work, nothing can protect your home from calamity more than preparation.

Get Seamless Gutter Repair and Replacement

Your gutter is essential to keeping water off your basement and home foundation. With over two decades of experience, Bruce Andrews Seamless Gutters provides worry-free seamless gutters and gutter protection in Minnesota and Wisconsin. We guarantee that our gutters aren’t only strong, but they also fit the look of your house.

Contact us today to learn more about our products and services.