On just about any structure you will find guttering. From homes, commercial buildings, skyscrapers, warehouse, you can find guttering everywhere. Some questions that cross the minds of our customers is what is the difference between residential and commercial guttering, and what are the important differences between the two of them?
Box gutters are typically known as built in gutter systems are typically found on older or historic homes. Unlike their counterparts, aluminum gutters, they are a part of the roof’s overall structure. Box gutters typical consist of wood framing with a lining made of sheet metal for protection. The 3 most common metals used for the lining are copper, galvanized steel, or stainless steel. Lining the inside of the box gutter allows water to flow with ease to the downspout. Box gutters are typically wider than the gutters found on your home or commercial building, as they measure over one foot wide. Since they are wider than your typically gutter, they rarely clog or experience overflow. If you choose copper or stainless steel as your gutter box lining it will require very little maintenance over time compared to their counterpart the galvanized steel gutter box system. If you choose the galvanized steel gutter box linings you will need to perform maintenance and paint them every five years, and you should clear them from debris every so often to prevent them from rusting and accumulating corrosion.
Maintaining the presentation of the façade of your business is just as important as maintaining the inside of your building. That is why it is important to choose the right accents that will best fit the building your business currently resides in. Choosing the correct gutters can add to the attractiveness of your business overall. Gutters protect your building from being damaged from water accumulated from the elements such as flooding. Mold, spots, and other potentially harmful water damage.
In the age of high-tech homes, gutters are old-school, and easily something you can repair yourself. No high end revolutionary parts are found here: it is all low-cost sheet metal, sealer, a few screws, and a couple of specialty items that you can find for cheap at your local hardwood store. The best part about do-it-yourself gutter repair is, there is almost no learning curve involved!
Clogged gutters can be one of the most frustrating things to deal with as a home owner. Sheets of water spill over you as you walk under the eaves. In addition, clogged gutters can also cause water to back up and damage shingles, immerging to the roof line, and possibly even leaking into your attic leaving water damage. Heavy gutters, filled with waterlogged debris, become heavy and cause additional damage to your roof. Overflowing gutters, given time, can cause extreme erosion the causes harm to your home’s foundation. If you do not routinely clean your gutters, it can lead to a plethora of issues that can be damaging to the internal and external structure of your home.
Here are professional tips and tricks on how to safely clean your gutters if you choose not to hire someone to come out and take care of the pesky task for you and go full DIY. Below you will find tips for safety, tools, and the cleaning process.