Why Your Gutters Are Important
Your gutters are a necessary part of your building that helps guide the rainwater away reducing the risk of moisture and water damage to your property. They are the open, horizontal metals (which can be made from aluminum or copper) that are attached to the edge of your roof. Consequences of having gutters in poor condition Gutters are a simple but genius invention that prevents damage in the form of moisture, mold, damp and water into your home. It directs that unwanted rainwater back into the drainage system that would otherwise cause damage. Poor maintenance or ignoring a broken, leaky or poorly installed gutter can have negative consequences for your property. It could make your house unpleasant to live in; it increases the chances of wood rotting ...
What is Fascia and Why is it Important to Your Roof?
The fascia (also referred to as the ‘roofline’) is the long, horizontal straight board that runs around the edge of your roof. It is commonly referred to with its cousin the ‘soffit’ but they both serve different functions to your roof. Choosing the right fascia for your roof is important as it is there for aesthetic and practical purposes. Appearance wise, it acts as a physical barrier by covering the rafters rather than exposing them openly which is generally unattractive. It helps prevent water and debris into the roof. There are two common types of fascia materials: Wooden fascia Wood is the most common and popular choice for a fascia. Wood can be painted on, and you can choose the colour you prefer. Although it i...
How to Clean Your Gutters
It’s not just children who hate doing chores. Even as adults, household chores are something one never warms to. Cleaning the gutters is a grown up’s task due to the safety precautions and it isn’t glamorous by any standards. But it’s an errand that can’t be ignored. The gutters are integral to your property’s overall structure (not just your roof) as it guides rainwater away from. However, they can become clogged from debris and leaves which can block the flow of water, causing water to spill from the sides and potentially damage the fascia. Clogged up debris and leaves, overspills and plant growth are undeniable signs that it’s time to give your gutters a good clean! Fortunately, this chore, though it may be inconvenient, is straightforward to perfor...
A Guide to Preventing Roof Damage from Hail
A hailstorm is loud, thunderous, and unfortunate if you’re caught up in one without an umbrella, but few people appreciate the slow and long-term damage it can do to your roof. Luckily in Chicagoland, hailstorms are rare but not unusual. Damage can be done from just one occurrence, read on for our fool-proof, simple steps you can do to look out for damage and prevent roof impairment from hailstorms. How hail can damage your roof Logically it might seem that visible damage to your roof would’ve happened in the immediate aftermath of a hailstorm. This is a misconception; roof impairment from a hailstorm happens over time which can be costly in the long term. The force of the hail can cause dents to the shingles and gran...
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