How to Clean Your Gutters (Instead of Growing Plants in Them!)

Cleaning your gutters is one of the most important maintenance tasks you can do for your home. Not only do gutters protect your home’s landscaping and siding, they also prevent damage to your home’s foundation. When your gutters become clogged with leaves, sticks and other debris, water can start creeping under the roof and even into the foundation. Needless to say, your gutters can cause major damage if they go uncleaned, so it’s best to routinely clean them.

How to Clean Your Gutters

1. Get Prepared with A Sturdy Ladder and Plastic Tarp

Before you go up to clean your gutters, make sure you have a sturdy, extendable ladder. Place the ladder on a flat, solid surface, and stay away from any rocks or uneven landscaping. Consider asking a friend to stand out there with you, for extra safety and to help you out if you drop anything. 

You should also lay a plastic tarp down on your lawn or underneath your workspace. This ensures no gunk makes it onto your lawn or landscaping. 

2. What to Wear

Cleaning your gutters can get messy. Wearing a long-sleeved shirt, work pants and rubber gloves is the best way to keep yourself as clean as possible during the gutter cleaning process.

3. Clean Them Out

Use a small, plastic scoop to remove all the gunk and debris from your gutters. You can find gutter scoops at any hardware store, or you can use a child’s sandbox shovel or old plastic kitchen spatula. As long as its plastic, it won’t damage your gutters.

4. The Final Step

Once the gunk is cleared out of your gutters, use a garden hose to flush the gutters and downspouts. This will show you if you have any leaks that you need to deal with. 

How Often Should You Clean Your Gutters?

You should be cleaning your gutters at least once a year. If you have overhanging trees, bump that up to twice a year. You should also clean clogged gutters after a big storm. Clogs often occur where the downspouts meet the gutter system, so make sure to check these areas closely.

How to Maintain Your Gutters

Check on your gutters in the fall and spring, and of course, after any big storm. You may not have to do a full on clean, but perhaps you’ll need to loosen dirt that has blown into the gutters and scrub them with a stiff brush. Flushing your gutters with a garden hose will clear any debris that has become stuck in the eavestroughs and downspouts. 

You should also be checking your gutters for rust, peeling paint, flaking and leaks. They should be attached tightly against the fascia boards, and you should check the fascia boards themselves for damage or rot. 

Cleaning your gutters ensures your home is well maintained and protected from damage. Make sure to follow these guidelines and clean your gutters regularly!


No more fallen gutters with T-Rex!

There are few things more frustrating than coming home to gutters ripped off your home.

Your stress level hits the roof in seconds.

Thankfully, there’s a solution now that will eliminate that entirely: T-Rex continuous hangers!

The T-Rex is equipped with the best gutter protection system in the industry. They’re sturdy, weatherproof and now stress-proof, too!

If you’ve got clogged or warped gutters and need to replace them, you don’t just want to stick up the same thing you’ve got. Don’t repeat the same mistake!

Install a gutter system that is built to last.

Intrigued about how they do it? Let’s geek out a bit. Get your Technical Hat on. We’re going in…

Alu Perf perforation technology

Gutters are supposed to let water flow freely, but debris always gets in the way, especially if you’re not cleaning it regularly.

The Alu Perf technology features perforations of 7/64 in. (2.8 mm) in diameter distributed across the entire surface of the gutter protection system, thereby allowing for drainage that can handle outpours of 29.7 in. (755 mm) of water an hour.

Roll Back technology

Gutters can sometimes overflow during heavy rains, which is a real hassle for homeowners. Water spillage can damage flowerbeds, create puddles and even seep into the building structure.

The Roll Back technology solves all of these problems by keeping water inside the gutter, even when heavy rain comes down from the roof.

Acting as a barrier, the elevated roll-back feature protects your home at all times and in all conditions by keeping water inside the gutter.

Winter-Shield Technology

When constructing a house or a building, you obviously need to ensure that the structure can withstand changes in temperature and weather conditions it will face in all seasons.

Gutters must be subject to the same quality standards, since they will be under great pressure in winter.

A conventional gutter left open during the winter will inevitably fill with snow and ice. In the spring, freezing and thawing inside the gutter can cause bending and twisting.

T-Rex Winter-Shield technology prevents such damage and ensures the durability of your storm drainage system. Due to its extremely strong and antirust composition, Winter-Shield allows snow to settle on top of the gutter without filling the cavity.

As a result, snow and ice can flow when thawing occurs, preventing the return of melt water into the roof of your home.

T-Rex will instantly protect your home against damage that water infiltration could cause.

UV Protector

A silicone sealant is inside each gutter that allows it to remain very tight.

But did you know that UV rays from the sun can crack this sealer? A cracked sealer leads to drying of the silicone joints inside the gutter and cracks lead to leaks in gutter corners.

The solution to this problem is to install T-Rex. In fact, T-Rex plays a protective role by blocking the sun with its shading effect.

Anti-Infiltration Effect

The T-Rex continuous hanger is installed with self-sealing screws, which are its main feature, as well as seals. This helps prevent water infiltration in the roof fascia and therefore prevents rotting.

In addition to these innovative technologies, the overlapping installation and continuous foldback contribute to T-Rex’s incredible robustness and flawless performance. Find out why T-Rex is the best choice on the market.

What should you do?

If you go outside and see that your gutters are warped, jammed with years of debris and dirt and need to be replaced, you have one job: get T-Rex.


What colours would contrast with our brick?

Question:

Bob asks:

We are going to replace the siding, roof, gutters and windows on our home. What colors would contrast with the brick on the front? We are conceding Sage with white or tan trim and gutters with grey or brown roof. Or maybe a mist blue with white trim. We would appreciate all suggestions.

bob


Answer:

For this home, my first choice would be Iron Ore for the siding, eaves and windows.  This is a new colour from Gentek in 2014 and it looks fabulous with the red brick.  If you are looking for a greater  contrast, I might suggest Juniper Grove over Sage.  Sage is a very light colour and I think wouid be too light and create too much of a contrast.   As a note, Mist Blue was discontinued in 2013.


The importance of choosing the right rain gutter protection

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When shopping for a leaf guard, it is important to consider a number of factors to make sure you choose the right one. Leaf guards keep gutters from becoming clogged with leaves, snow, ice, and debris, and prevent water from seeping into the roof, windows, and foundation of the home. Some gutter protectors are even sturdy enough to protect against snow and ice, extending the life of the gutters. Here are some things to consider when choosing a leaf guard.

The size of your debris depends on the types of trees you have in your yard. Leaves, maple keys, pine needles, and other debris can get into unprotected gutters and accumulate there, so you need a leaf guard with holes small enough to keep out debris. Alu-Rex Pro Series products provide the perfect combination of debris filtration and optimal water drainage.

Gutters should never overflow. If they do, they aren’t doing their job. Alu-Rex products come with Roll-Back technologyTM that keeps water in the gutter and protects against overflows, even during heavy rainfalls. Some leaf guards tilt backward slightly, but that in no way diminishes their effectiveness. In fact, it prevents overflows. And even if some leaves and debris build up on the leaf guard, water will continue to drain properly. Independent tests show that the T-Rex and Gutter Clean System drain all storm water without overflowing, even if 80% of the holes are clogged!

In the winter, snow and ice add an additional load that calls for a strong, sturdy leaf guard that won’t sink into the gutter, saving you regular replacement costs. Both Alu-Rex Pro Series products are screwed onto the gutter, so they stay in place better than products that are simply laid in place. Plus, both the Alu-Rex T-Rex and Gutter Clean System are made of sturdy aluminum that protects the gutter from harsh winter conditions. Snow that falls from the roof and expanding ice can damage the gutter, shortening its lifespan. Water should also be able to circulate in the gutters all year long without ice warping them. If water does not drain properly, water could seep in, and sheets of ice could form on the ground where the gutter overflows. With Alu-Rex products, gutters are protected even in winter!

So when choosing a leaf guard, you need to think about snow, ice, water, and debris. The Alu-Rex T-Rex and Gutter Clean System protect against all of these and keep water out of your home. They come with a 40-year warranty, so you’ll have peace of mind knowing you’ve chosen a quality product. Find out more at www.alu-rex.com.