It’s time to prepare your home for cold weather. Following these home improvement steps will help make your home cozier and more affordable when the temperatures drop.
A gutter system is an important part of any home! With LeafGuard gutters, you’re getting the best rain protection system around, keeping water damage at bay to preserve your home’s foundation and exterior. The infographic below explains the advantages of a LeafGuard gutter system for your home!
After a long winter, spring is a welcome sight for most homeowners. Make sure your home is prepared for the new season by knocking a few spring cleaning chores off your list early!
Replacing your home’s windows can be overwhelming, but it’s a vital part of your home-maintenance routine. Since windows play a critical role in ventilating, insulating and regulating your home’s comfort levels, keep a few things in mind to ensure the success of your window replacement.
The state of Virginia has had an unusual amount of freezing weather in the past few months. As
temperatures drop, icicles are prone to form along the eaves and gutters of your home. While they may add to the winter wonderland ambiance, they can also do serious damage to your home, if left alone.
You can’t possibly squeeze all home improvement projects into one project, financially and logistically. Homeowners have to learn to prioritize to best utilize time and resources. Exterior Source, your premier home improvement contractor, shares some tips to guide you through the process:
As a homeowner, there are a lot of things that require your attention or regular maintenance. Most of these items, like mowing the yard, taking out the trash, or cleaning off the sidewalks, may seem obvious. Others can be a little easier to ignore. But sometimes the maintenance tasks that are the easiest to overlook are the most important. Here are a few home maintenance items that shouldn’t be overlooked to prevent more serious problems in the future. [Read more…]
For many homeowners, cleaning gutters is an important part of maintaining the curb appeal and functionality of their homes. This is especially true during the fall months when leaves are steadily dropping onto their roofs and into the gutters.
What makes this home maintenance chore different from regular maintenance tasks, however, is the potential risk of serious injury. Cleaning gutters requires climbing a ladder, sometimes to rather scary heights, although you don’t have to be very high off the ground to risk falling from a ladder. Before you think that this would never happen to you, it’s important to realize that ladder accidents can be caused by several different reasons, including:
1. Older ladders that become weak and unstable
2. Contact with electrical wiring
3. Snagging clothing on the roof or ladder
4. Uneven ground below the ladder
Regardless of the cause, ladder accidents can lead to severe injury. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, 500,000 people are treated every year for ladder-related accidents. Out of that number, 300 of those accidents are fatal. While cleaning your gutters may seem important, falling from a ladder is just not worth the risk.
At Exterior Source, we advocate for a solution that not only removes ladders from the equation but also improves the curb appeal and overall look of your home: LeafGuard Gutter Systems. This seamless gutter system comes with a built-in hood that covers the top of the gutter to keep leaves out. The hood is designed with a specific curve to help rainwater slide into the gutter while debris, such as leaves and pine needles, roll right off. This keeps your gutters clog-free and functioning properly. Unlike add-on gutter hoods that can be attached to your existing gutters, LeafGuard gutters are roll-formed from one continuous piece of aluminum, so there are no seams and cracks.
LeafGuard is so confident of their product that they offer a clog-free guarantee, meaning if your gutters clog we’ll come out to clean them ourselves. Stop risking injury with rickety ladders and get LeafGuard!
Fall foliage is one of the most beautiful things about the autumn season. Colorful leaves speckle the ground and make great piles for the kids to play in. But, while they may be pretty to look at, leaves can cause a number of problems for your home. Here are some leaf-related concerns you should look out for this fall.
Leaves are the number one problem when it comes to gutters. Falling leaves can accumulate quickly in open gutters, causing water to back up and water damage issues to escalate. Be sure to inspect your gutters regularly to ensure water is flowing freely and being directed away from your house.
If clogged gutters are a regular occurrence for you, consider having a LeafGuard® gutter system installed. Thanks to its built-in hood which covers the top of the gutter, it keeps leaves out while letting water pass through, making gutter cleaning a distant memory. Plus, LeafGuard is guaranteed not to clog, or they’ll be cleaned for free!
Leaves that do make it to the ground can pose a slipping hazard, especially if they are wet. Be cautious of leaf-covered sidewalks or pavement. Raking or blowing these areas regularly will help prevent any unnecessary accidents from occurring.
As you’re raking and collecting leaves this fall, be sure not to leave the piles sitting around. Pests, like beetles, mites, and termites, are attracted to leaf litter and often make their homes in piles of dead leaves. These are not animals you want taking up residence near your home! Properly disposing of leaf piles will help prevent possible headaches for you down the road.
In addition to residential homes, LeafGuard gutter systems also work great on commercial projects, such as apartments and condominium units. As the only one-piece gutter system on the market today, LeafGuard gutters are guaranteed not to clog with leaves, pine needles, or other organic debris.
Property managers have numerous responsibilities to ensure that their building complex and overall property is being maintained in a safe and attractive manner. With LeafGuard, you don’t have to worry about water damage from faulty gutters. Plus, with free clean-out, you may be able to save money on yearly maintenance fees.
Benefits of a LeafGuard Gutter System:
Innovative, Seamless Design
- LeafGuard is the only seamless, one-piece leaf protection system available
- Each gutter is formed from one continuous piece of aluminum that is 20% thicker than the industry standard
- LeafGuard gutters come with ScratchGuard® paint finish that will never crack, chip or peel
- The curved built-in hood on LeafGuard prevents leaves and pine needles from entering the gutter
- Extra-large downspouts make LeafGuard capable of handling the harshest rains
- If your gutters clog, we’ll clean them for free!
- LeafGuard gutters are protected with ScratchGuard®, the most durable paint finish on the market
- Each gutter system is custom-fitted to blend seamlessly with the building or home’s style
- Available in a variety of designer colors
- As the exclusive dealer for LeafGuard gutters in the Greater Richmond and Tidewater area, we provide unmatched gutter installation services
- LeafGuard gutters are securely screwed to the fascia board with internal hanging brackets
- No nails or screws go into the roof which could void a roof warranty and cause unsightly damage to your roof
Built to Last
- LeafGuard gutters come with a 100% transferable warranty for the life of your home or commercial project
- These gutter systems are guaranteed not to clog — or we’ll clean them for free
- LeafGuard will never rust or deteriorate like galvanized steel gutters
With a LeafGuard gutter system, you’re getting the best rain protection system around, keeping water damage at bay to preserve your home’s foundation and exterior. LeafGuard gutters are set apart due to their seamless design.
What does seamless mean?
LeafGuard gutters are roll-formed from one continuous piece of aluminum. We create your LeafGuard gutter system on site thanks to our factory on wheels. This allows us to cut aluminum into custom lengths that are a perfect fit for your home. The on-site machine forms a single sheet of flat metal into an extra wide gutter that is perfectly arched. The cover is actually part of the gutter itself and not an add-on. This particular feature is important to the gutter as it produces an effect called liquid adhesion. Liquids, like water, cling to the surfaces they
This particular feature is important to the gutter as it produces an effect called liquid adhesion. Liquids, like water, cling to the surfaces they travel across, passing along the curved hood into the gutter. Debris such as leaves and pine needles are solid and do not cling to the surfaces they travel across. This means debris rolls right off the gutter system, keeping your gutters clog free.
These durable gutters are made from aluminum that is 20% thicker than the industry standard for gutters. Your seamless gutters also come with ScratchGuard paint finish for gutters that will never crack, chip or peel. On top of that, ScratchGuard finish is backed by a warranty for the life of your gutter.
LeafGuard is the only seamless, one-piece leaf protection system available on the market today. It’s custom-fit not only improves function for your property but also aesthetics and curb appeal.
Now that Memorial Day is past, we’re officially in summer mode. It’s time to pull out the grill and start planning the BBQs and pool parties! In between all the summer fun, take some time to care for your home to ensure bigger problems don’t pop up down the road. By making home maintenance a priority this summer, you can enjoy more family fun without worrying about home emergencies getting in the way.
Here are 5 home maintenance items to check off this summer:
Inspect your home’s exterior
Power washing the siding or brick will improve your home’s facade and get rid of dirt, dust, and tree sap that has accumulated during the last months. Look for loose or rotted siding that could indicate larger problems.
Wash your windows on both sides
Cleaning the inside and outside of your windows will instantly make your home feel brighter and cleaner. Plus, it’s a great way to improve the view this summer!
Keep the dirt outside
Stop trekking summer’s mud and muck through your home by placing a coarse mat outside and a softer one inside. This will collect most of the dirt before it’s tracked through your home.
Inspect your dryer vent and exhaust duct
These little guys can be easily forgotten, but clogged vents can cause a house fire when they’re not maintained. Take some time to thoroughly clean both of them this season.
Repaint exterior where needed
Chipped, cracked, or faded paint can drag down the curb appeal of your home. A touch up of fresh paint will go a long way to improving the look of your home, as well as protect it from the elements.