Fall is one of the most charming seasons filled with apple-picking, pumpkin spice-flavored everything, and gorgeous autumn scenery. It’s also one of the best seasons for tackling home improvement projects. With the humidity and hot weather of summer tapering off, now is the perfect time to get
outside and work on the exterior of your home. Besides the favorable weather, fall is also a good time to hire a contractor for home improvements, as they typically aren’t as busy during this time of year.
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!
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
While some things get better with age, most gutters do not. Their primary function is to redirect water away from your home, foundation, and landscaping, but with time and age they may not be able to handle continuous downpours. Once your gutters aren’t functioning properly, it’s only a matter of time before they negatively impact your home.
Old gutters are often prone to leaks which means rainwater can run down the side of your house, damaging siding and paint, seeping into cracks, and causing the foundation to erode. And that’s just potential exterior damage. Once water is misdirected, it can quickly find its way into the interior of your home, flooding your basement and prompting mold growth and insect infestation.
In addition, old gutters can detract from the beauty of your home, affecting the curb appeal and market value. The misdirected water can wreak havoc on landscaping, creating puddles and canals in your lawn and hurting plants and bushes.
Without proper installation or maintenance, what started out as a benefit to your home can quickly turn into a homeowner’s nightmare. While it may be tempting to keep gutters as long as you possibly can, the costly damage from old gutters is not worth the risk.
If you’re in the market for new gutters, check out our website to learn why we recommend LeafGuard’s seamless, one-piece leaf protection systems to our customers. Say good-bye to old gutters and hello to maintenance-free protection!
One of the best ways to increase your home’s value is by updating its exterior. And what better time to focus on your home than during National Home Improvement Month?! At Exterior Source, we understand the importance of your home’s exterior. Not only does it protect you from the elements, but it also plays a large role in the curb appeal and real estate value of your home. Here are five projects that can improve the exterior look and quality of your home:
Upgrade Your Siding
HGTV ranks new siding as the #1 way to increase a home’s value. Damaged, cracked or peeling boards can be an eye-sore and will greatly reduce the selling points of your home. Replacing your home’s siding with CertainTeed or James Hardie durable siding will improve not just the look of your home, but provide maximum thermal and moisture protection; help save on energy costs; and drastically reduce the amount of maintenance. You can also add personality with beautiful accents like trim, soffits, and window and door surrounds.
Replace Old Gutter Systems
If the gutters and downspouts on your home are old, chances are they’re starting to cause a few problems — like rust spots and leaks. Exterior Source is the exclusive Englert LeafGuard rain gutters dealer in the Central Virginia, Charlottesville, Roanoke and Tidewater areas. We know the costly water damage headaches that come with non-functioning gutters. That’s why we only install the very best — LeafGuard. With LeafGuard you can “Get It. And Forget It” and, while new gutters may not seem like the most glamorous update to your home, it is certainly one that will pay off in the long run! Plus, they are guaranteed not to clog, or we’ll clean them for FREE.
Become Energy Efficient
Energy efficient windows are a great way to improve your home and, according to Money Crashers, you can expect to recoup 60%-90% of your costs back. We offer Energy Star certified Soft-Lite replacement windows, designed to provide superior energy efficiency, beauty, durability, and are easy to maintain. You’ll immediately reap the benefits of upgrading to Energy Star by increasing the value of your home when you’re ready to sell. Learn more about our replacement window services here.
Revamp Your Roof
Roof issues are one of the most expensive parts of homeownership because they can quickly compile into water damage and structure problems. A replacement roof will improve your home’s appearance while extending its value for years to come. At Exterior Source, we specialize in GAF Advanced Protection® asphalt roofing shingles which are rated #1 in quality and protection. Options like architectural and designer shingles will add a level of sophistication to your home, improving the look of your home now and its sale value in the future.
Style Your Front Door
A front door is the focal point of your home’s curb appeal and gives a sneak peek of the style that lies behind it. Our superior line of ProVia® entry doors are customized to work with your style and needs. Your front door should not just look good, but also provide security, insulation and performance. That’s why our ProVia® entry doors all come with expert installation and lifetime warranties.
Ready to start improving your home? Contact us today for a free, in-home consultation on any of our services, including gutters, siding, roofing, windows or doors!
Put an end to gutter cleaning for good!
Four important things to know about LeafGuard gutters
1. LeafGuard gutters are stronger and more durable than any other gutter system.
A seamless piece of aluminum keeps LeafGuard gutters from bowing or bending over the course of time. Made from aluminum that is 20% thicker than standard gutters, LeafGuard gutters can stand the test of Mother Nature and Father Time.
2. LeafGuard’s patented design keeps debris out of your gutters (and squirrels & their acorns too!)
The patented curved design of LeafGuard’s gutter guards sets it apart from the competition. The debris- and pest-shielding hood is a seamless part of the gutter, ensuring no points of weakness and no bulky looking gutter guards on the sides of your home.
3. LeafGuard protects your home’s siding, trim and foundation from water damage.
The one-piece design of LeafGuard gutters attaches directly to the fascia board of your house, eliminating potential leaks that could damage your home’s exterior or foundation. In addition, the downspouts of a LeafGuard gutter system are 30% larger than the standard gutter downspout so they can carry more water away from your home.
4. LeafGuard gutters are clog-free! No more ladders to clean gutters each year!
Clogged gutters no longer have to be a part of home ownership. LeafGuard stands behind their design and offers a No Clog Guarantee with each gutter installation. If your gutters clog, the installing dealer will come out to clean them himself! Take the headache out of home ownership and ensure your gutters remain clog-free by installing a LeafGuard gutter system.