When is the Best Time to Replace Gutters

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Gutters are an often forgotten component of your home roofing system. You will quickly be reminded of them if they start leaking or overflowing. So, when exactly is the best time to replace gutters? What are some signs that it’s time for you to invest in new gutters? Let’s take a look at a few warning signs that it’s time to replace your gutters.  

First, let’s correct one common myth. Your gutters may not need to be replaced every time shingles are redone. This is something you will commonly hear from certain roofing contractors. The reason they recommend this is they do not have to take special precautions around your gutters. Choosing a reputable contractor will ensure you are not paying for something you may not need. Make sure to contact us to get an honest answer about your job. 

How Long Do Gutters Last?

 We need to answer this question first. According to the National Association of Homebuilders Study of Life Expectancy of Home Components, “Gutters have a life expectancy of more than 50 years if made of copper and for 20 years if made of aluminum. Copper downspouts last 100 years or more, while aluminum ones will last 30 years.”

Gutters and Downspouts Life in Years

Copper Gutters 50+

Aluminum Gutters 20

Galvanized Steel Gutters 20

Downspouts (Aluminum) 30

Downspouts (Copper) 100

These estimates do not, however, take into account unusual weather disasters or unexpected damage from ladders. So, how exactly can you tell when it’s time to replace your gutters?

Preventative Maintenance

At least once per year, you should take a close look at your gutters. If you are not comfortable on a ladder, hire a professional to do this for you. This is an excellent time to clear your gutters of any debris from trees and remove any accumulated grit that has washed off your asphalt shingles with age. Keep an eye out for the following indicators.

Signs You Need to Replace Your Gutters Now

1. Cracks, holes, or gutter sections separating

If you see any of these, then your system is leaking and not moving water as it should. Those leaks are causing water to escape and fall near your foundation, and that’s a big problem. 

2. Accumulation of water near the foundation of the house

If water is accumulating near your home’s foundation, you are asking for problems to occur. From wet basements to cracking foundations, this is something you need to avoid. 

3. Gutters are beginning to separate from the house or fasteners are broken

As gutters pull away from your home, they are less effective at catching rain runoff. 

4. Sagging gutters 

Gutters that are sagging lead to standing water issues. In the winter, this is a leading contributor to ice dams. Ensuring your guttering system is in top form is a must when it comes to properly maintaining your home. Bealing Roofing & Exteriors, Inc. has the expertise and know-how to make sure your gutters and entire roofing system are working efficiently. Give us a call and see how we can help.

Six reasons to not put off repairing or replacing siding

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6 Reasons You Need to Repair or Replace Your Siding 

One of the most beneficial aspects of modern siding is that it requires little to no maintenance. When properly installed, siding can last for many years. However, there are a few signs that you should not ignore when it comes to deciding if your siding needs repaired or replaced. None of them should be ignored. Here are six reasons why you should not put off repairing or replacing your siding.

1. Prevent water damage

If you spot a crack or warped condition somewhere in your siding, you may be facing a water issue. These areas are prime places for rainwater to penetrate and get through to your walls. Delaying repair of these areas over time can lead to rot. Water incursion can also lead to mold and mildew growth. 

2. Save money

The bigger a siding issue becomes, the more expensive it also becomes to fix. Left unaddressed, damage over time can reach a point where the only option is total replacement. Doing a little preventative maintenance when troubles first arrive saves you significant time down the road. 

3. Maintain the look of your home

Damaged siding is something that can be hard to conceal. Depending upon the severity of the damage, this could severely impact your home’s curb appeal. This can be especially detrimental if you are looking to sell your home. 

4. It’s a quick fix

Localized siding repairs are one of the fastest things to repair. Most repairs can be made in a matter of hours. Because of the reasons above, this small investment in time will have quick returns!

5. It keeps your home energy efficient

Siding is the protective envelope around your home. Along with your roof and windows, it also serves as an initial thermal barrier of your home as well. To keep your home as energy efficient as possible, you need to ensure that the thermal envelope is in peak condition. Damaged siding can introduce leaks that compromise your home’s energy efficiency. Allowing this will result in more energy consumption during the coldest and hottest times of the year. 

6. Just plain worn out

Finally, it’s important to remember that siding does not last forever. Your house may stand for a century if properly maintained, but most siding has a lifespan of about 20 years. If your siding is older than this and you have more than one of the issues above, it’s time to call your local siding contractor and see what a full replacement might entail.

It may not be the trendiest thing to talk about, but siding serves a huge purpose. Not only for aesthetics but performance as well. This is why it’s so important to keep an eye on maintaining your siding. The earlier you catch an issue and fix it, the better. To learn more about the benefits of timely siding repair, be sure to give Bealing Roofing & Exteriors, Inc. a call. We are here to help. 

7 Reasons to Never Skip Gutter Maintenance

7 reasons to never skip gutter maintenance

Why Maintaining Your Gutters is Important

Your gutters are an integral part of your roofing system. Ignore them, and you could be facing some costly repair bills down the road. Make gutter maintenance a goal this year. Your roof, foundation, basement, and wallet will thank you. Here are seven reasons why gutter maintenance is so essential. 

1. Fascia damage

The fascia is the board below the roof where gutters are mounted. If your gutters become clogged, water runoff will work its way behind these boards resulting in severe damage. This includes rotting of the fascia board itself as well as your roof trusses. 

2. Ice dams

During the winter months, water in a clogged gutter will form ice. As the cycle continues and more ice builds up, icicles will form on your roof and gutter. The weight of these icicles can potentially rip the gutters right off your home. 

3. Interior damage

Poorly maintained gutters can result in water making its way under your shingles and into the interior of your home. Once the water has made its way into your ceiling and wall cavities, various issues can occur. Water stains are a typical result and may require expensive repairs. Left unchecked for extended periods, interior water can result in mold – a very serious problem to deal with.

4. Foundation cracking

Gutter problems can affect various things in your home, including the foundation. If water overflows your gutter, it has nowhere to go but down. The last stop on its travels will be your foundation. Water has an amazing ability to work its way into the smallest spaces. If you have even the most minor crack in your foundation, it will go there. In the winter, this water can freeze and cause issues with strength and integrity of the foundation.

5. Basement flooding

Most people may not think of this, but the root cause of many flooded basements is overflowing gutters. If you experience a flooded basement and have no broken pipes, start checking your gutters as the likely source of your woes. 

6. Pests

Many insects, such as mosquitoes, thrive in stagnant water. If your gutters are clogged and cause overflowing issues resulting in standing water near your foundation, you are creating a natural breeding ground for insects. Many of these insects can also cause serious damage to your home’s interior. Also, if your gutters are filled with leaves in the fall, critters such as mice will look at them as a perfect place to hang out and call home. 

7. Decreased home value

Clogged and broken gutters are an eyesore. Left unrepaired, your home value will undoubtedly take a hit. Gutters that are in such a state of disrepair that they are ready to fall off are easily spotted by home maintenance experts. 

Don’t let your home be the talk of the town because of your poorly maintained gutters. Need some gutter advice? Give Bealing Roofing & Exteriors, Inc. a call.

Why are Gutters an Important Part of Your Roofing System

Why are Gutters an Important Part of Your Roofing System

Why Gutters are Important to Your Home

Rain gutters may not seem like an important part of your house, but the truth is they are invaluable to the safety of your home and family. Their most important function is to guide rainwater away from the foundation of a house. If you don’t have gutters properly installed on your home, you risk many dangers and ongoing home improvement tasks as rainwater and melted snow take their toll.

Erosion.

When houses are initially built, they are positioned on a slope to help runoff flow away from the foundation. Without gutters, rainwater and snowmelt fall off your roof in large amounts causing the ground around your home to wear down as it washes away. Once a house is no longer positioned on a slope, the water sits or runs towards your foundation instead and can cause the foundation to settle or crack.

Ruined Flower Beds.

Landscaping is a great way to increase curb appeal. We see many homes with flowers and shrubs planted along the perimeter of the house. Once soil erosion occurs, these flowers and shrubs can be washed away or pools of water can collect, destroying and drowning your landscaping efforts.

Water in the Basement.

If too much water sits at the base of your house, it can push on the foundation and leak into your basement through cracks in the wall. In addition to having to manage the water in the basement, you also have to worry about items that are stored in the basement being destroyed. There is also the potential for mold and mildew to grow especially in warmer months. Mold is a serious threat to the safety and health of your family.

Stained or Rotted Siding.

As water falls off your roof, it inevitably hits the siding before reaching the ground. This constant contact can stain siding, especially if it is lighter in color. It can also cause wood siding to rot or moisture to leak behind the siding causing the structure to rot which can allow water to seep inside your house.

If you are ready to install or replace a gutter system, make sure you hire a professional roofing company you can trust. Contact Bealing Roofing & Exteriors today for a free inspection.

 

Why Are Gutters an Important Part of Your Roofing System

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Why Do You Need Gutters

Rain gutters are a small but essential part of your home’s roofing system that protects your investment for many years. These troughs collect rainwater as it runs off your roof and channels it away from your windows, siding, doors, and foundation, thus preventing serious damage to your home.

Clogged gutters can lead to foundation cracking and settlement, basement flooding, soil erosion, mold damage, and much more. There are several types of gutter systems available but understanding the differences can be challenging.  Here is some important information about the most common types of gutter systems:

Open Gutters.

These are the most commonly used gutters (and most affordable) but are high maintenance because, in addition to collecting water, they also collect various kinds of debris like leaves, acorns, and dirt that can cause clogs throughout the system or downspouts.

Open gutters need to be routinely cleaned of debris in order to do their job properly.   During heavy rains, your home, basement, and landscaping can suffer considerable damage from clogged gutters and downspouts that cause rainwater to overflow.  Clogged gutters in dry conditions pose a fire hazard and the debris can actually cause water to back up under your shingles, accelerating wear and tear.

Add-on Systems.

Add-on systems are attached to your home with nails or screws under the shingles and into your roof or screwed into your fascia or gutter directly.  They hang over or cover open gutters and allow water to flow through to the trough, deflecting leaves and debris from entering the gutter.

Add-ons are two-piece systems available in pre-cut lengths and are not seamless.  Both open gutters and add-ons are two-piece systems and are subject to seams splitting apart, ice formation, and pest infestations.

Gutter Guards, Screens, and Inserts.

Gutter guards are a form of leaf protection that prevent debris from falling into the gutter and interrupting the flow while allowing the free flow of water.

Aluminum or plastic screens, sold in pre-cut lengths, are attached to the top of an open gutter with screws or clips and serve to keep debris from going into the gutter bottom.

Inserts, also sold in pre-cut lengths, vary from foam to rounded bristles and are inserted into the gutter trough to repel leaves and other debris while allowing rain to pass through.  Of all the leaf protection options, inserts are the least effective.

Seamless Gutters.

Bealing Roofing & Exteriors believes in using the best supplies and resources so you can trust that once the project is complete, your gutter and roofing system will last. That’s why we only offer seamless gutter systems. Seamless gutter systems are the most efficient in preventing leaks and clogs over their lifespan and are connected directly to the downspout.

Investing in a good quality system prevents overflow, increases proper drainage, and assures your gutters can handle various rain speeds.

For a thorough assessment of your gutter needs, from repairs to replacement, contact the roofing team Bealing Roofing and Exteriors today!

How Do I Fix My Leaky Gutters

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Tips for Fixing Leaky Gutters

Leaking and sagging gutters can cause serious water damage to your home’s siding and foundation as well as your yard. In many cases, the damage can equal thousands of dollars in repairs.  Proper gutter maintenance and repairs early prevent these extensive damages. Here are some helpful tips for fixing leaky gutters:

Clean out the clogs.

Gutters that are in good condition can still have water leaking from the sides as a result of being clogged with leaves, twigs, and other kinds of debris from storms and animals.  Keeping your gutters clear of clogs is tiresome and time-consuming, so if you don’t have much time or energy for this sort of thing, you might consider hiring a pro to clean them out or having a new seamless gutter protection system installed.  These systems are connected directly to the downspout and have fewer leaks and clogs over their lifespan.

Seal the holes.

Sealing leaky gutter joints and small holes is relatively inexpensive.  You can purchase a tube of sealant for around $5 and apply it from the inside the gutter.  For larger holes, you can use a gutter patch kit found at home improvement stores for about $10 or try gluing sealant to a scrap of metal flashing. If the hole is very large, replacing the gutter is the best solution.

Re-fasten gutters.

Sometimes the hangers, nails, or screws used to fasten your gutter to the roof come loose, allowing runoff water to flow over the edge and damaging your facia boards. If this happens, you’ll need to grab the ladder and re-attach the gutter to the roof.  Use a stronger fastener or several for security; however, if your fascia boards are deteriorating, the gutter won’t stay attached and you’ll need to replace them.

Properly space hangers.

Hangers are used to properly mount gutters onto your home. For best results, hangers need to be placed a maximum of 3 feet apart. Any further apart, and you risk sagging from the weight of the rain and melted snow. As the water settles and builds up over time, the gutter system can rip away from your house, leaving you with a hefty bill to install another gutter system.

Replace weak joints.

The joints in a gutter system are the weakest areas and are prone to clogging and causing leaks.  The obvious fix for this is replacing the joint, but sealing/caulking it might not be enough to get the job done based on the exact type of leak.  If the gutters are sagging at the joint, the leak may return.

 Fix the seams.

Welding or soldering your gutter system together is sometimes beneficial; but if you use too many seams or don’t secure them properly, the gutters can break.  A seamless gutter system is the best way to prevent this from occurring.

Schedule an appointment with the gutter professionals at Bealing Roofing & Exteriors today by calling 717-634-3355 or filling out our online request form.

Fall Maintenance: Avoid Gutter Problems

Avoid gutter problems

This time of year usually includes leaves changing colors and beginning to fall in South Central Pennsylvania and Northern Maryland. Even though Mother Nature has had different plans for us in 2017, the time for these fall rituals will be here soon. As leaves start to fall, it’s important for homeowners to take steps to avoid gutter problems this winter.

Think gutter maintenance isn’t important? Think again. Skipping this necessary chore is known to cause flooding, cracked foundation, falling gutters, and rotting wood. As roofing and gutter experts, we’ve put together our top tips for gutter cleaning and maintenance this fall.

Gather the Right Tools.

The successful completion of any task requires the right tools for the job. When it comes to your home’s gutters, you need a steady ladder, gloves, hand shovel, scraper or brush, tarp, and a hose or power washer. Gather these items before climbing onto your roof to minimize your time and efforts.

Remove Debris from Gutters.

Once you have the right tools, lay your tarp on the ground where you will be working. This gives you an area to place your debris. Using your gloves, remove any debris, leaves, or sticks from the gutters by dropping it to your tarp below.

Check for shingle Debris and Build-up.

After you remove the debris, use a scraper or brush to scrape away buildup in the gutters from asphalt shingles, dirt, and other elements. Depending on how long this buildup has been overlooked, it may be difficult to remove.

Use a Power Washer.

Once you remove as much debris and residue as possible, you can use a power washer or hose to break away any remaining dirt. This will also clear any debris in the downspouts.

Complete a Visual Check.

Look at your gutters and downspouts to see if there are any obvious leaks, warped areas, or broken or loose hangers. Storms and excessive wind can damage or break these over time.

Call a Professional.

Professional roofing and gutter companies offer free roof and gutter inspections. Hiring an expert in the roofing and gutter industry assures there are no oversights, minimizes disasters early on, and saves you from costly repairs.

Schedule a free roof and gutter inspection with Bealing Roofing & Exteriors today online or call us at 717-634-3355.