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By ABC Roofing, Jul 11 2018 03:36PM

Gutter covers come in a variety of styles. Before choosing which style or type of gutter screen, here are some things to consider.


The Need


It's a good idea to frist look at your reasons for considering installing gutter covers or screens. Seems like the reason should be pretty obvious, right?


There are a variety of reasons people turn to gutter covers.


1. Debris (the obvious reason) but which type of debris is gathering in your gutters? There are maple spinners, leaves, pine needles, and if you live in a wooded area-so much more! This will help when deciding which gutter covers you'll want installed.


2. Snow and Ice- Some homeowners think that by installing solid gutter covers, snow and ice won't collect causing potential ice damming in the gutters. Wrong again. Snow and ice will just build up on top of the covers or seep into the gutters, causing the same issues. So if this is your reasoning, keep researching.


3. Rain- So many customers call us with concerns of water overflow with heavy rains. It's thought that by installing solid or mesh covered gutter guards this will somehow solve the problem. Truth is, it will probably make it worse. Water overflow can wreak havoc on your home due to soil erosion, basement seepage, or leaks. Gutter covers will literally cause a waterfall with heavy rains if you already have this issue. It's best to consider water diverters or other methods when experiencing water overflow.


Roof Pitch


If you have a steep roof you may want to steer away from any mesh covered gutter screens, solid gutter covers or small hole screens. As discussed above, this will likely cause water overflow with heavy rains.


Time


This is an important factor. Never fall for sales tactics claiming gutter covers are "maintenance free." Before choosing, you really need to think about how much time you're willing to set aside for maintenance. Some people think that by installing gutter covers or screens, their responsibility ends and the gutter covers never need attention. Wrong. Some debris will still collect on top of the screens, covers or gutter guards and you'll need to regularly spray off with a hose or sweep debris off of the area.


Remember, gutter covers are not miracle workers. Regular maintenance is still required to free the area of debris.


Style and Cost


Different styles come at different costs. Some gutter covers can be quite costly. Is it worth it?


As we stated above, no gutter guard, cover or screen is maintenance free. If you're looking for something simple to simply reduce the time you have to spend on your gutters, you may want to consider EZ Lock screens. These are fairly inexpensive and are available in small hole, regular hole and with or without mesh.


If you live in a heavily wooded area, Diamond Back Gutter Screens may be the thing for you. Like the EZ Lock, Diamond Back Gutter Screens also come in a variety of styles, most popular being the mesh covered. The mesh is designed to keep debris completely out of your gutters but again, you'll still need to clean off the screens every so often.


Another popular option are Hallett Gutter Covers. Again, there are many varieties but the most common Hallet Covers are the solid, aluminum gutter covers. They brag that with "no mesh, holes or slots to catch debris, water will follow the curved surface into the the narrow opening of the gutter and debris will fall over the edge, virtually eliminating build-up and messy gutter cleaning."


As you can see, there's alot more than you think when considering gutter covers or screens. If you're considering gutter covers or screens, do your research or contact one of our knowledgeable consultants today. ABC Roofing Company, Inc. has been serving homeowners in Indianapolis and surrounding areas for over 20 years! Call us today for a FREE assessment at (317) 228-9882.



By ABC Roofing, Jun 25 2018 04:17PM

Roofing and siding are the fiirst thing you see when arriving home. It's a large, semi-perminent investment so it's important to be happy with the completed project.


Believe it or not, choosing the color of your new roof or siding can be a tough decision. We go through it with homeowners every day. Some just want to "go back with what was on before" but often times the roof or siding are so old and faded that when the new shingles or siding are installed, the client doesn't like it and wishes they chose a different option. There are also clients that wish to have a whole transformation but get nervous not knowing what a certain style or color will look like.


Luckily, with modern technology, the process has been made easy! Almost all manufacturers have created a tool to help for these exact reasons. They want to make the process as stress free as possible so the homeowner can enjoy the transformation rather than dread it. You can play with different siding styles and colors mixed with various roofing shngle styles and colors. It makes remodling fun!


Below is a home where the client didn't like the older roof but didn't think that a grey roof would match the red brick like we recommended. She sent us a picture of the home and with the help of ColorView by CertainTeed, we were able to show her some options. Pictured at the bottom is a CertainTeed Landmark shingle. Color- Pewter. She loved it! That's the magic of this technology.


Using these tools not only reduces the stress over style and color, it also ensures contractors don't end up with an unhappy client once the roof or siding are installed, which can get ugly. Manufacturers made it so easy that either the homeowner can do it themselves or they can simply send a picture to the contractor who can do it for them, send several options, or meet with the client onsite showing them options from a phone or Ipad, which reduces even more stress to the homeowner.


Looking for a roofing contractor Indianapolisor siding contractor Indianapolis who will go the extra mile to ensure customer satisfaction? ABC Roofing Company, Inc. is here for all your home improvement needs! Our team is knowledgable and ready to assist! Call us today at 317-228-9882 for your FREE, in home consultation.



 

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