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WHY STANDARD LEAF GUARDS OVER MICRO-MESH LEAF GUARDS?

Chances are you have seen the TV ads for micro-mesh style gutter guards. Are they good as advertised? We have tested them – continue reading to find out.  Micro-mesh gutter guards have a very fine mesh covering compared to most other styles of leaf guards. We use the term leaf guards and gutter guards interchangeably.

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WHAT SIZE GUTTER DO I NEED FOR MY HOME?

There are many different styles and sized gutters on the market today. At Martin’s Seamless Gutters we offer just about all of them. To determine the right size gutter, we calculate the amount of surface area on your roof and the distance needed to travel to get the water in the desired location.  We also

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BOX STORE GUTTERS VS. SEAMLESS GUTTERS

One of the biggest differences in box store (Lowes, Home Depot, Ace Hardware) gutter when compared to seamless gutters is that you can only purchase box store gutters in 10′ sections.  When you compare the price of a new gutter installation by a professional seamless gutter company to the price of doing it yourself, the price

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TO SLOPE OR NOT TO SLOPE, THAT IS THE QUESTION

We often get asked “do you slope the gutter or just install it level”? The answer to this question is simple, we slope it. How much? We follow a strict 1/4” per 10’ slope and achieve this through the use of levels. Simply eyeballing or measuring will give you undesirable results. Many homes, especially older

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GUTTER HANGER STYLES AND SPACING AND WHY IT MATTERS

When choosing a seamless gutter contractor, amongst other things, you should ask what kind of hanger systems they use and the hanger spacing they use in the gutters. This is crucial to the longevity of your gutters and the functionality of your gutters. Furthermore, a very common mistake seamless gutter contractors make is not backing

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HOW ARE SEAMLESS GUTTERS MADE?

Check out our latest YouTube video on how we create seamless gutters from start to finish. It all begins with a roll of gutter coil that gets fed into the back of the machine. Then, a series of rollers bend the sheet metal slowing into the final product and the coil moves through the 10ft

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SPLASH GUARDS FOR SEAMLESS GUTTERS AND WHY YOU NEED THEM

A common mistake seamless gutter contractors make is omitting these splash guards in valleys on inside corners of your roof. These are important in your gutter installation because during heavy rain storms, the valley acts a massive water channel that funnels a large amount of water into inside corners of your seamless gutters. Water can

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COMMON ISSUES AS SEAMLESS GUTTER AGE

Seamless gutters can last a very long time with proper care and maintenance that includes yearly cleaning of the gutters (or more often as needed). Leaf and debris clogging seamless gutters is the number one cause of gutter failure. Furthermore, clogged seamless gutters can damage your home by potentially causing wood rot and foundation erosion

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ALL OF OUR MATERIALS ARE MADE IN THE USA

From the tools we use to the gutter coil, downspouts, miters, end caps, leaf guards and screws, it is all made and purchased in the USA! We support both our local and national economy as a small gutter installation business. The materials we use are not only made in the USA, but are of the

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ALL ABOUT DRAINAGE FOR YOUR SEAMLESS GUTTER SYSTEM

There are many different kinds of drainage solutions available to you depending on your needs and budget. At Martin’s Seamless Gutters, we can install them all.  So how do you know if your home or business needs a drainage solution? Well, quite simply, if water is pooling around your home and/or is not soaking into

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WE SHOP LOCAL AND YOU SHOULD TOO!

As a small business, we make every effort to support our local businesses to keep supporting our economy by keeping the money within our community and helping the ‘little guys’ grow and have successful local businesses. Research has shown that keeping it local drastically improves your local economy, drives creativity and improves the community as

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HOW TO CLEAN SEAMLESS GUTTERS AND HOW OFTEN YOU SHOULD DO IT.

If you have trees near your home, you will definitely need to clean your seamless gutters every 6 months to a year and possibly even more often depending on how much debris collects in your gutters.  How do you know when it is time to clean your seamless gutters? The obvious thing is to climb

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GO GREEN WITH A RAIN BARREL FOR YOUR SEAMLESS GUTTERS!

Recycle the water from your seamless gutters by installing a rain barrel to a downspout! They are great for providing free water to your flower beds, vegetable gardens or lawn.  One rain barrel can typically hold 35-55 gallons of water, and they come in a variety of colors and styles. Having a rain barrel not only

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DOWNSPOUTS AND RAIN CHAINS FOR YOUR SEAMLESS GUTTERS!

Did you know that there are alternatives to downspouts such as rain chains and rain barrels? Rain chains are a beautiful addition to any seamless gutter installation and add curb appeal to your home. They come in all shapes and sizes and can be made of copper or aluminum and look great on the front of

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ALUMINUM VS COPPER VS GALVALUME SEAMLESS GUTTERS

With many different materials and colors to choose from, it can be a difficult task deciding what kind of gutter is best for you budget and home. In this post, we will go over the differences and the pros and cons of copper, aluminum, and galvalume seamless gutters. We will leave the different styles of

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DRESS UP YOUR HOME WITH CONDUCTOR HEADS (LEADER HEADS)!

Want your home to really shine? Rain chains are certainly a nice addition, but installing conductor heads (leader heads) give your home and seamless gutters an ultra premium look! Leader heads are not just for looks, however. They can also be used to tie multiple downspouts into a single downspout through the use of a

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SHOULD YOU GET ROUND OR RECTANGULAR DOWNSPOUTS?

The two most common styles of downspouts found on homes are either standard 3×4″ rectangular or 4″ round downspouts. There are also commercial square downspouts available, but we will leave that for another blog post.  Choosing between the two should be relatively simple. They both carry approximately the same amount of water and the choice

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SEAMLESS GUTTERS VS STANDARD (SEAMED) GUTTERS

Welcome to another informative blog post! Today we are looking at the advantages of seamless gutters over standard seamed gutters.  To begin, seamed gutters come in 10 ft sections. That means that at best, you will have open seams every 10 feet that must be sealed properly to prevent leaking. Over time, these seams will

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THE RISE AND FALL OF SPIKE AND FERRULE GUTTER SYSTEMS

If you have old gutters on an older home, your gutters likely look like the picture above. You can see the spike (nail) and ferrule (tube that nail runs though) in the gutter as well as the nail head on the outside of the gutter. While these were fine back when they were installed, they

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WHY DO YOU NEED GUTTERS?

Long ago when gutters were first created during Roman times, they were almost purely functional and not decorative. However, over the centuries gutters have evolved into one of the showpieces of a modern home while still providing crucial functionality. The Romans used ‘gutters’ to bring water to them while today we use gutters take water

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HOW MUCH DO SEAMLESS GUTTERS COST?

If you are reading this, chances are you want to know how much it will cost you to get gutters. We wish the answer was simple, but the cost per foot depends on the features/obstacles we face on each home. In general, however, your standard 5″ K style gutter will cost anywhere from approximately $7.50-$10

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WHY CHOOSING A QUALITY GUTTER CONTRACTOR IS IMPORTANT

Buyer beware. The old adage of ‘you get what you pay for’ is alive and well today and applies to your gutter contractor! Fly by night contractors (and other non-reputable contractors) are never a good choice and tend to all make the same mistakes when installing seamless gutters. We have had to fix, and in

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WHY A PROPER DRAINAGE SOLUTION IS ESSENTIAL FOR YOUR HOME.

Proper drainage is essential for any home to ensure that water is directed away from the foundation, preventing damage and potential flooding. Without proper drainage, water can seep into the basement, cause erosion, and damage landscaping. Here are some tips for proper drainage around your home: By following these tips and keeping an eye on

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SHOULD I LET ROOFERS REINSTALL MY GUTTERS?

In case you are reading just for the answer, it is a resounding NO. But why is this the case? Most roofers are not trained or qualified to install gutters and ensure they function properly. In this day and age, we commonly repair and most often have to replace gutters that were reinstalled improperly by

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WHY CHOOSE OVERSIZED (LARGE) GUTTERS?

When it comes to protecting your home from water damage, gutters play a vital role. Traditional gutters are typically 5 inches in size, but in many cases, an oversized or large gutter system may be a better option. In this post, we’ll explore the benefits of oversized gutters and why they may be the right

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT FASCIA AND SOFFIT CONCERNING GUTTERS

Fascia and soffit are crucial components of your home’s roofing system. The fascia is the horizontal board that runs along the edge of your roofline, while the soffit is the exposed surface beneath the overhanging section of the roof eave. Together, they play a vital role in protecting your home from water damage and pest

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GUTTER FASTENERS – DO YOUR RESEARCH BEFORE YOU BUY!

When installing gutters, it is essential to choose the right screws to ensure that the gutters are securely attached to the fascia board. There are several types of screws available for gutter installation, each with its advantages and disadvantages. Here are some of the most common types of screws used for gutter installation: When it

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PICKING THE THICKNESS OF ALUMINUM FOR YOUR SEAMLESS GUTTERS

Aluminum seamless gutters are a popular choice for homeowners looking for a durable, low-maintenance solution to protect their home from water damage. When it comes to choosing the right seamless gutter for your home, a very important factor to consider is the thickness of the aluminum used in the gutter construction. Aluminum gutters are typically

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PSYCHOLOGY: HOW YOUR GUTTER COLOR CHOICE CAN AFFECT YOUR MOOD

When it comes to selecting the color of your gutters, most homeowners are primarily concerned with aesthetics and how they will complement their home’s exterior. However, did you know that the color of your gutters can also have a significant impact on your mood and emotions? Color psychology is the study of how different colors

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