Seamless Gutters: A Basic Explanation for Homeowners

Seamless Gutters

Seamless Gutters:

In today’s post our panel of experts here at American Standard Roofing discuss seamless gutters and it’s importance for homeowners. If you are in the market for new gutters, you have probably heard a lot of companies advertising ‘seamless gutters’. But you might be asking, what are seamless gutters? And what is on my house right now? Well, our experts here at American Standard Roofing have made things a whole lot easier for you.

Basic Explanation:

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As explained by our team, previously gutters only came in sections. This was so they could be shipped, usually 10 feet long. This means that in order to run gutters the whole length of your home, your contractor would have to hang several sections in a row. In between these pieces, there are seams. If each seam isn’t properly sealed, it will leak water, potentially damaging wood and siding if left unaddressed. These are probably the type that are currently on your home.

Special Gutter Machine:

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Our team further explains that many gutter installation companies have a special machine that allows them to actually custom make the gutters at your home. Instead of bringing a bunch of gutter sections with them, they bring a big roll of aluminum and then form each gutter in the exact length needed. This eliminates pesky seams that need maintained and resealed periodically, and also gives your home a more streamlined look. The aluminum comes in many different colors, or it can be custom painted to match your homes exterior.

Price?

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The price for seamless gutters varies greatly across the board. When getting a quote for seamless gutters, you can expect to pay around $7-$10 per linear foot, depending on the difficulty of the job. A home with several levels and a steep roof may run more, while an easy ranch could be a little less.

Regular Gutter Repair:

Finally, our team mentions that if you currently have regular gutters and just need a piece for a repair, you should not worry. Homeowners can still buy individual sections of vinyl or aluminum gutter at your local hardware store.

We’re Here For All Your Gutter Needs!

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We are certified and licensed roofing contractors. We know the importance of seamless gutters. We also have over 36 years of experience in the industry. American Standard Roofing stands behind it’s work. Our reputation is important to us. We believe in never sacrificing quality for easy profits. We also stand behind our services for the lifetime of the product ,both labor and material. This is something not common-practice in this industry. That is why we are #1 metro Detroit roofers. Be sure to give us a call at (248) 350-2323 for all your roofing, siding and guttering needs.

Clean The Gutters! From the Vault

We all know that we’re supposed to clean and maintain our gutters, but do we know why?


A clean gutter system will channel rain water from your roof, through the down spouts, and safely out away from your home and foundation. When leaves, twigs, and otherdirty-gutters debris begin to build up in your gutters, water flow begins to slow down, sometimes stopping all together.  Rain comes, gutters begin to overflow & dump rain water down the side of your home and right onto your foundation. This can lead to basement leaks, dampness, and mold. Water could also travel down behind your siding and leak in through the wall, ruin ceilings, rot fascia boards, and destroy roofing material.wpid-img_20140430_160553585.jpg


03-ice-damClean gutters are also imperative in the winter. When gutters are full of debris they hold standing water. In the winter, this freezes over and allows ice to build up. Just the weight of the ice can rip gutters and siding off the house. Even worse, ice and melt water can back up under the shingles, causing leaks and interior damage that is not covered by warranty.  This would fall under ice damming, and it is definitely something to watch out for here in Michigan.


So the moral of the story? Clean your gutters! Don’t want to do it yourself? Don’t worry, there are tons on handyman companies that would love to do it for you.


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We are certified and licensed roofing contractors.

We also have over 36 years of experience in the industry. American Standard Roofing stands behind it’s work. Our reputation is important to us. We believe in never sacrificing quality for easy profits. We also stand behind our services for the lifetime of the product, both labor and material. That is why we are #1 metro Detroit roofers. Be sure to give us a call at (248) 350-2323 for all your roofing, siding and guttering needs.

Easy Rain Catchment

Got Rain?  An Easy Gutter Catchment System

 

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So you want to save the world one drop of rain at a time while saving on your monthly expenses? Then you have come to the right place!

Rain water collection systems are a fun weekend project for the family that are fairly easy to do. You can make it as simple as a rain barrel at the bottom of your gutter system, or as sophisticated as a buried underground tank with multiple filtration and pump systems.  Rain barrels are sold all over the place, from Whole Foods, to the local flea market…even Home Depot has them now. Do a Google search or click the link here to find a company near you. It is going to be a little trickier to find a commercial grade underground tank, but take your time and do the proper research as it is going to be a big investment and project.


Use gravity to your advantage

and collect the water that comes off your roof every time it rains.  The bigger the roof the better here! The first thing you are going to need is a collection basin or a tank. This can be made out of any material capable of holding water. Get creative here…unless you bury it, this is going to be a visible part of your yard. Enjoy yourself and have the kids paint it to liven up the gardens feng shui!  If you plan on using it during the cold weather, make sure it is properly insulated or buried more than 4 feet underground.  You can collect over a half gallon of water per inch of rain fall for every square foot of roof that you have. Add it up because that is a lot of water, even for folks with smaller roofs!  For most, just run an extension from the gutter downspout directly into the tank. The tank can have a release valve at the bottom to drain or you can even utilize a pump for this purpose. If you use a pump you can get even more creative, as gravity won’t be a necessity anymore.


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so make sure you clean out your collection basin periodically.  A best practice is to also completely drain it at least once a year and clean it thoroughly with bleach or another antibacterial soap to prevent algae growth.  Keep a close eye on the tank to make sure the winter hasn’t caused any cracking or other damage. make sure everything is properly secured and won’t tip over when it gets full with water. If at all possible, keep the tank covered to prevent bird droppings or insects from getting into it. Needless to say this water is best used for gardening or other similar purposed NOT TO DRINK.  As you get more advanced you can add a filtration system to the array. Depending on the quality it will allow you to use your newly acquired water for a variety of purposes. Rain water tends to be a little more acidic so make sure and test the PH if needed.


Another fun project is to create an aquaponics system and use the rainwater to run it. Check out this link to read further about the endeavor!


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We also have over 36 years of experience in the industry. American Standard Roofing stands behind it’s work. Our reputation is important to us. We believe in never sacrificing quality for easy profits. We also stand behind our services for the lifetime of the product, both labor and material. That is why we are #1 metro Detroit roofers. Be sure to give us a call at (248) 350-2323 for all your roofing, siding and guttering needs.


 

Quick Glance Over Residential Versus Commercial Gutters

Residential Versus Commercial Gutters

Residential versus commercial gutters is an important topic which our team at American Standard Roofing will cover in today’s post. We have come across a fair share of customers wanting to upgrade their gutter systems. This a result of the raging debate over residential versus commercial gutters and which one is better for residences. We have covered this in depth in a previous post, and we thought we’ll cover it again and go over a few things.

Advisable to upgrade when considering residential versus commercial gutters?

It is very common for customers to ask if they need to upgrade there gutters to a commercial 6 inch system. A lot of our customers come in with the impression that larger gutters generally mean better gutters. While yes, larger gutters mean lesser chances of debris getting stuck in, the statement might not always be true. Our team has a lot of experience with gutter systems and advises homeowners that most of the time sticking to a regular 5 inch residential gutter system is the best way to go.

Below, we will talk about three important reasons why homeowners should stick to residential when considering residential versus commercial gutters.

1. Aesthetic Appearance:

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A simple increase of just one inch in size can make a huge difference in appearance. It can have a huge impact on appearance when the gutters are hung. Broader, bigger gutters will end up covering the entire fascia board. Consequently, this means the house will show less amount of trim showing on the outside. Unfortunately this tends to make the home look much less appealing. Oversized gutters hanging on the outside also give the home a bulky or swollen look. Our advice is simple when it comes to residential versus commercial gutters. It never hurts to hunt around for houses with a similar look. Driving around! Look for homes that have the same type of gutters as you want. Looking around at houses can help homeowners save money. Our team has seen work orders being completed and then being ripped down only to have residential gutter systems put in because of aesthetic reasons.

2. Maintenance Issues:

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Bigger gutters obviously have more flow of water. This means more debris. Commercial sized gutters need more maintenance as compared to smaller residential ones. Bigger gutters obviously need more cleaning done. That also means that during winter times more ice will build up along the lines of and inside the gutter. While there are many safeguards for both residential versus commercial gutters, things can end up dreadfully. Our team has seen gutters being ripped out from the sides even though they had solid fasteners. Needless to say, homeowners need be extra careful when it comes to maintenance. And remember, upgrade in terms of size in residential versus commercial gutters often means added maintenance because of the workload.

3. Structural Designs Will Not Get Fixed by Upgrading Gutters:

There have been certain instances in which customers wrongly assume that upgrading gutters will fix structural problems they have with the home. Certain homes are just designed poorly. This poor design leads to a whole host of problems which cannot be fixed by a simple gutter upgrade.

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For instance, certain areas in which several roofs all converge and pour directly into a valley are always going to be troublesome. These areas will accumulate an excess of ice and when it rains hard everything will pour together and come off that roof like a water fall. A gutter diverter can be helpful to reroute some of the flow but regardless of what you do the water will most likely still continue to flow over your gutters. Our recommendation is to place extra protection underneath the area so that the water doesn’t erode the soil or destroy the concrete.

As explained above, maintenance is important. Homeowners should make sure to clean out the gutters every fall season, and then in the winter throw up a calcium chloride puck or run some heat tape down the length of the gutter and the downspout. Simple solutions some times are also the most effective, our team suggests.

We’re here to help!

If you’re in the Metro Detroit area and need help with residential versus commercials gutters, do check us out. We’ve been in the business for over 36 years and have served over 11000 Metro Detroit customers! Customer satisfaction is everything for us. We offer lifetime warranty for the product, both labor and material. We have expert staff members, and dedicated employees. We also take pride in providing superior pay and safety to our crews. We are also fully licensed, bonded and insured.  Call us today at (248) 350-2323.

Roof Guttering History: A Glance

Roof Guttering History

Keeping the gutters clean of debris should be any homeowner’s priority. The gutters we see today have been in existence for (believe it or not) centuries. In today’s article our experts over at American Standard Roofing talk about the roof guttering history, how it evolved and how it has become an integral part of the roofing industry. Sit tight, we have an amazing article lined up for our readers!

Our knowledgeable experts have researched well, and created a nice wealth of information for our readers (with interesting trivia as well). We will show the roof guttering history. We will also highlight how gutters were formed, evolved over time along with their modernization.

Roof Guttering History: A Brief Overview

The Harrapa Civilization:

Harrapan drainage system

The earliest form of a gutter on record can be date back to 2600-1700 BC. This is from the Harrapa civilization, a part of Indus Valley civilization. It is in current day Pakistan. The Harrapan’s used toilets linked by drains that were covered with bricks of burnt clay. This civilization was unlike any other at the time with well planned streets, public and private wells, drains, bathing platforms and reservoirs.

The Roman Empire:

Roman Empire

The Roman Empire starts from roughly 27BC – 14AD. The Romans took the roof guttering history and revolutionized it. They created ‘crowns’, slightly elevated center part of the roads. What this would do is take mud and water downhill into the gutters on the side. The gutters would then carry this water runoff away. This helped in eliminating puddles being made in the center of roads.

Roman Conquest of Britain

Roman Conquest of Britian

The conquest of Britain by the Romans was a big step towards evolution of gutters. In 43AD – 47AD Romans brought this roof guttering history to Britain.

Norman Conquest of England:

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The Norman conquest of England was the 11th century invasion and occupation of England by an army of Norman, Breton, and French soldiers led by Duke William II of Normandy, later styled as William the Conqueror. The precise year was 1066 AD. A majority of structures after the invasion were rebuilt with stone roofs and guard rails on roofs called parapets.These rebuilt buildings were mostly churches and residences. There was a Gothic touch to Norman architecture. Our readers can see from the gargoyle gutter in the picture above. This is from Westminster Abbey in modern day UK.

Tower of London downspout:

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According to historians, the first even downspout to be installed was in 1240 AD on the Tower of London, as it was whitewashed and the newly painted walls had to be protected from the rain.

Henry the VIII:

Henry VIII

The next significant step in evolution of roofing gutter history occurs under the reign of Henry VIII. In 1536 AD – 1541AD the monarch dissolved all monasteries, This led to a surplus of recycled lead. This is when the local market at the time saw a spike in decorative materials and ornaments for gutters.

American Colonies and Gutters:

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Coming over to this side of the pond, gutters starting gaining popularity in American colonies by 1710AD – 1800AD. They were simple to make. Most commonly found gutter consisted of two wooden boards in a V shape joined to the buildings by wooden pins or cast iron brackets. They later evolved into boards with metal lining. By 1825AD, most buildings started using ‘internal’ downspouts in the taller buildings. This was the first of it’s kind in the roof guttering history. Such downspouts allowed water to be invisibly channeled in underwater drainage system.

Roof Guttering History: 20th century

Advent of Metal Rolling Machines:

Metal Rolling Machines

Metal rolling machines came into the roof guttering history picture from 1900AD – 1925AD. They started gaining popularity in the US very quickly. This machine helped builders in installing different types of steel gutters on the edges of the buildings giving the guttering industry a revolutionized feel.

World War II:

World War 2

World War II had  big role roof guttering history. From 1939AD – 1950AD allies saw accelerated development of plastic. With different types and ranges of plastic available, builders and architects had more options to work with. This is also when plastic became the material of choice for majority of gutters in allied land.

Invention of Aluminum Gutter Machines:

Seamless aluminum gutter machines were invented in 1960AD 1965AD. Needless to say, this is when there were drastic changes to how gutters were being produced. Aluminum is lighter in weight and stronger when compared to steel and other metals. Once they were used as gutters roof gutter history changed forever, and = there was no looking back. A report indicates that in the U.S roughly 70 percent of all gutters today are made from aluminum.

Summary:

So there you have it. As we explained the evolution of gutters above, our readers need to know something important. All of these gutters have one thing in common, they can clog up and stop working.  It is very important to make sure your gutters are properly maintained. Call American Standard Roofing for your maintenance needs.  After all, we install the best gutters money can buy!

A Guide to Right Roof Gutter Sizing For Your Home

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Right roof gutter sizing is essential for efficient rain collection. This is very important for the wetter months of the year and during periods of heavy thunderstorms. Proper roof gutter sizing for your home also requires doing a lot of calculations and adjustments. Fortunately for our readers, we have done all the maths for you guys! You can thank us later. Below is a brief explanation of how to go about properly doing roof gutter sizing.

Gutters for proper roof gutter sizing

There are two most common type of residential gutters that we will talk about in this post for reliable roof gutter sizing:

  1. Five Inch K-style Gutters
  2. Six Inch Half-Round

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These two types are able to handle the rainfall on majority of homes statewide. Houses with big, steep roofs however may need wider gutters and extra downspouts to keep rainwater from overflowing. Same for houses located in areas that receive heavy rainfalls. If you feel your house requires a roof gutter sizing other than these two, please feel free to give us a call. We will gladly guide you in the right direction.

To figure out the right roof gutter sizing, our experts have come up with some math done easy for you. First you’ll need to calculate the square footage of the gutter’s drainage area. For a simple gable-end roof, you would only need to make two calculations, one for each slope. Hip roofs and intersecting roofs have multiple facets. For those you will need to add up the area of each surface within a drainage area to get the total square footage. Area can be calculated by simple calculation of length multiplied by width.

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Next, once you know the total square footage of drainage for each gutter, you’ll need to adjust for the following two factors: roof pitch and maximum rainfall intensity. This is essential for proper roof gutter sizing.

Roof pitch is very important for right roof gutter sizing. The steeper a roof’s pitch, the more windblown rain it can collect. You can measure pitch with a 2-foot level and a tape measure: Hold one end of the level against the roof, level it, and then measure the distance between the roof and the underside of the level at its midpoint, which gives you a 12-inch run. A 5-inch gap, for instance, is a 5-in-12 pitch. Once you know pitch, you can find your roof-pitch factor in the table below.

Pitch                                 Pitch factor
12 in 12 or higher                  1.3
9 in 12 to 11 in 12                  1.2
6 in 12 to 8 in 12                    1.1
4 in 12 to 5 in 12                    1.05
Flat to 3 in 12                          1

Maximum rainfall intensity is also an important factor in determining the right roof gutter sizing. The U.S. Weather Bureau maintains records for rainfall in inches (per hour) for different areas. This is basically the maximum amount of rain that can fall in 5 minutes. From an installer’s perspective, the gutter size will be big or small depending on the rainfall. This will help prevent the gutter from overflowing and taking more load than it should.The higher the amount of rain, the bigger a gutter has to be.

Finally, comes the step for sizing the gutters. To do that simply multiply drainage area calculated earlier by roof-pitch factor and rainfall intensity. After you have calculated the square footage, use following calculations: for a 5-inch K-Style gutter, the square footage should be up to 5,500 sq.ft and for a 6-inch K-Style gutter the square footage should be upto 7,900  sq ft. For Half Rounds, 5-inch should be used for up to 2500 sq feet and 6-inch for up to 3,840 sq ft.  If these calculations seem a little complex, consider this: if roof’s drainage areas call for different size gutters, go for the biggest one.

For effortless roof gutter sizing our experts also recommend using 7 or 8 inch gutters if you live in an area with heavy downpour. They will probably require professional installation. That said, they will be noticeably better in handling the excessive water.

Remember to give us a call for your roof gutter sizing needs. We have been in the business for over 36 years and we stand behind our work. Our professionals take pleasure in providing quality service and products. We meet or beat any quotes from our competition.

Clean Those Gutters!

We all know that we’re supposed to clean and maintain our gutters, but do we know why?

Clean gutters quickly channel rain water from your roof, through the down spouts, and safely out away from your home and foundation. When leaves, twigs, and other debris begin to build up in your gutters, water flow begins to slow down, sometimes stopping all together.

When the rain comes, gutters begin to overflow, dumping rain water down the side of your home and right onto your foundation. This can lead to basement leaks, dampness, and mold. Water could also travel down behind your siding and leak in through the wall.

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Clean gutters also help in the winter. When gutters are full of debris they hold standing water. In the winter, this freezes over, allowing ice to build up. Just the sheer weight of the ice can rip gutters and siding off the side of the house. Even worse, ice can back up under the shingles, causing leaks and interior damage.

So the moral of the story? Clean your gutters! Don’t want to do it yourself? Don’t worry, we can do it for you. Call us now to schedule your appointment!

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