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Innovative Design Trends in Custom Gutter Systems

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Fashion trends get a lot of love. Fashionistas pay good money to see runway shows. There are multiple magazines dedicated to the hottest new styles. We even hear that some people buy new clothing more often than once every five years!

But do you know which trends don’t receive nearly enough love? That’s right: custom gutter system design trends. The gutter industry is constantly revolutionizing the way people protect their roofs, foundations and landscaping. In our unbiased opinion, that deserves a lot more attention than sequined dresses and oversized sun hats, or whatever happens to be in fashion at the moment.

If you just stepped out of a time machine from 1950, you might not even recognize some of the innovative design trends in custom gutters the modern era has in store for you. Let’s bring you up to speed!

Flip-Up Runoffs

It’s 9pm on July 3rd. You are giving the lawn a mow as part of your last-minute preparations for tomorrow’s barbecue. It is 95 °F outside. The mosquitoes are behaving like they spent all day drinking tiny espressos. You just want to go indoors, pour yourself a tall, cool glass of lemonade, and watch The Price Is Right.

And that’s when you see it: a gutter downspout lying on top of the grass you have to mow. You stop the mower, disconnect the downspout, jolt upright when a mosquito starts whining right in your ear canal, pick up the downspout, set it down somewhere, start the mower, mow where the downspout once laid, stop the mower again, reconnect the downspout, start the mower again, and then realize your house has three other downspouts.

None of this would have happened if you had flip-up runoffs. These innovative gutter system upgrades are essentially little downspout hinges. No more arduous disconnecting and reconnecting. No more running your fingers across sharp metal edges. Just tilt, mow, untilt, and you’re good!

Brute Brackets

Brackets are essential to a gutter’s integrity. They stabilize the gutter, and also help distribute the weight of rainwater and meltwater more evenly across the gutter system. Without brackets, a gutter will sag and show other signs of damage prematurely.

We have seen our fair share of flimsy brackets in our time. That’s why we were elated when the gutter industry finally perfected this crucial component. All praise belongs to Lynch Aluminum, which manufactures the appropriately named Brute bracket out of .060 gauge aluminum.

Upward-formed sides for maximum strength. Multiple large rims spanning the length of the bracket for added rigidity. Seamless integration with equally sturdy hook straps. Brute brackets bring any K-style gutter system to perfection, which is why they are the only brackets we use.

Gutter Guards

We know what you’re already thinking: Wasn’t the first gutter guard invented by Smith and Slaymaker in 1891? How can a gutter component that has existed since the Harrison administration be considered innovative?

You raise a perfectly fair point! But truth be told, gutter guards are only becoming more and more effective at preventing debris from clogging gutters. Old-fashioned gutter guards were little more than grills; totally ineffective at catching smaller types of debris, such as maple seeds and pine needles. Modern gutter guards are available with surgical grade stainless steel micromesh, which is 275 microns fine and therefore capable of keeping leaves, needles, shingle grit and even insects out of gutters.

Who knows what marvels the future of gutter technology has in store for mankind. We can’t wait to see which innovations will come out next! And you can rest assured we’ll continually adopt any new trends that aid us on our mission to install the highest-quality gutter systems the greater Rochester, MN area will ever see. If you would like one at your own home or place of business, then we welcome you to contact Curry’s Custom Cut Gutter today!

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Can You Hang Christmas Lights on Gutters?

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The gutters on your home or commercial property aren’t designed to hold Christmas lights. They are intended to prevent roof damage, basement flooding and soil erosion.

But here is the neat thing about gutters: even though they aren’t designed to hold Christmas lights, they still do an excellent job of it! If you want to make your home or business the most festive on your block, all you have to do is invest in some inexpensive gutter clips.

What Are Gutter Clips?

A gutter clip is a little plastic device that does two things: clasp to the rim of a gutter, and hold the base of a Christmas light. Alternatively, some styles of gutter clips hold the insulated wire of a string of lights so the bulbs hang on either side of it. There are also gutter clips which can hold either the base of a light or the adjacent wire – your choice.

There are Christmas light clips available which anchor in beneath shingles. Others have magnetized bases that can stick to any flat metal surface, gutter or otherwise. You may also pay a professional service to install permanent light clips to any flat surface on your home – an excellent investment for the truly festive property owners among us.

How to Hang Christmas Lights Using Gutter Clips

Hanging lights from gutters is so easy that anyone can do it! If you decide to take the DIY approach instead of hiring a professional service, here’s all you have to do.

  1. Determine how many strands of lights you’ll need. This initial step is crucial to making sure your mission to turn your house into one giant Christmas decoration is a successful one. Assuming you only intend to hang lights where passersby can see them, measure the entire length of the gutters spanning the front of your home. Add that figure to the circumferences of any windows or exterior doors you intend to surround with lights as well. Add 10% to your final measurement to give yourself some margin for error, and you will have the grand total footage you need to complete your project.
  1. Purchase gutter clips. In warmer climates, you can get away with purchasing enough gutter clips so they are spaced about 3 feet apart. But if you live in a colder climate – such as Minnesota – then you should purchase enough gutter clips so you can space them 2 feet apart. Doing so will safely accommodate the added weight of ice and snow. Gutter clips aren’t expensive, so buying more than you need won’t hurt.
  1. Mount gutter clips. Here comes the fun part: climb that ladder and start clipping gutter clips to the rims of your gutters. Make certain to exercise extreme caution while using a ladder! It is never a bad time to read the American Ladder Institute’s guide to basic ladder safety (you can even read it to your kids before bedtime if you’re tired of Dr. Seuss.) If you aren’t keen on ladders, then you may choose to install ladderless gutter clips like the ones sold here.
  1. Mount light strands. Now that your gutter clips are in position, it’s time to get those lights up there. Begin with the corner of the roof and make your way along the gutter, clipping the strand’s lights or cord into place as you go. Make sure to keep the strand nice and tight (saggy lights aren’t festive). Once all the light strands are all in place, plug one end into an outdoor extension cord, and then plug the extension cord into a GFCI outdoor electrical outlet. Take care to position the extension cord so it doesn’t create a tripping hazard.

Can You Use Gutter Clips if You Have Gutter Guards?

Gutter guards can make hanging Christmas lights from your gutters more complicated – but they do not make it impossible. You can mount adhesive light clips to the front of your gutters. You can choose gutter clips with long, thin bases which are compatible with the mesh or perforated surface of your gutter guard. Alternatively, you may use shingle clips which slide underneath the tabs of the gutters lining the edge of your roofline.

Many people notice that their gutters are in poor condition while they’re hanging Christmas lights from them. If you see rust, sagging, loose fasteners, or other signs, then we welcome you to contact Curry’s Custom Cut Gutter today! We service all the residential and commercial gutter system needs of the greater Rochester, MN area!

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Preventing Leaf Buildup in Gutters With the Help of Gutter Guards

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Leaves. They are very important. Trees wouldn’t be able to transform sunlight into chemical energy without them, and they are essential to many states’ fall foliage tourism seasons. Many animals would starve without leaves. Would you really want to live in a world without giraffes? We don’t think so.

But for all their benefits, leaves don’t do any good to your gutter system. When fallen leaves accumulate inside gutters, they gradually decompose into a soft, mulchy sediment. That “leaf muck” can dam up your gutters until they no longer let water flow freely to downspouts, which in turn causes damage to your roof and its underlying materials. Leaf muck is heavy. In sufficient quantities, it weighs down gutters until they sag and pull away from the fascia. Worse yet, destructive insects like carpenter ants and termites love living in damp, rotting leaf muck.

Preventing leaf buildup in gutters is key to preempting multiple sources of property damage. Fortunately, a homeowner has multiple prongs of attack in their never-ending war against leaf muck!

How to Prevent Leaf Buildup in Gutters

  1. Regularly clean your gutters. It is recommended that you clean your gutters once or twice annually. If you choose to clean your gutters once a year, do it in the autumn to ensure that meltwater runs off your roof throughout the winter. If you can clean your gutters again in the spring, so much the better. You may clean your gutters even more frequently if your home is surrounded by many trees. A leaf blower, a garden hose, a garden trowel, or a specialized gutter scoop – these tools are all effective at loosening and removing leaf muck.
  1. Regularly trim your trees. If there are trees anywhere near your home, then leaves are bound to wind up in your gutter system. But you can easily reduce the number of leaves that gather in your gutters by keeping nearby trees nicely pruned. You would also be well advised to remove any branches that extend over your roof. These don’t just directly deposit leaves into your gutters; they also pose a risk of damaging your roof and gutter system when wind pushes them around or knocks them loose.
  1. Install gutter guards. Gutter guards won’t eliminate the need for regular cleaning – but they do preserve a gutter system’s functionality by significantly reducing the number of leaves that accumulate inside it. Put simply, a gutter guard is any device that limits debris buildup within a gutter. Several styles of gutter guards are available. Each has its own pros and cons, but all succeed at their intended purpose: preventing the accumulation of leaf muck which obstructs water flow, weighs down gutters, and attracts pesky bugs.

Gutter screens, surface tension guards, fine mesh gutter guards, and leaf catchers are all popular types of gutter guards. The best one for your home or commercial property depends on your budget, the current condition of your gutters, and the amount of leaves that typically fall on your roof.

Not sure which leaf guards are best for your property in the greater Rochester, MN area? Then we welcome you to contact Curry’s Custom Cut Gutter today! In addition to installing, maintaining and repairing their gutter systems, we help our clients by providing the quality leaf guards they need in order to reduce their maintenance needs and prevent serious property damage.

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Seasonal Commercial Gutter Maintenance: A Year-Round Approach

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A great gutter system gives any commercial property a tidier appearance. All those geometrically perfect lines framing the edges of a roof – very satisfying!

But gutters weren’t invented for cosmetic purposes. If your office building, retail center, bank, hotel, or multi-family property has functional gutters, then its roof is protected against pooling water, its foundation is protected against moisture infiltration, its basement is protected against flooding, and its frame and drywall are both protected against black mold infestation.

The importance of regularly maintaining a commercial property’s gutters is quite apparent: it preserves the functionality of a feature that safeguards the property against multiple forms of water damage. That is why it is crucial to perform maintenance on commercial gutters every spring and every autumn (as well as after every major storm).

Seasonal Commercial Gutter Maintenance Checklist

Maintaining a commercial property’s gutter system isn’t especially complicated. It is physically demanding labor, however, and many people would rather not ascend high ladders. The grueling and precarious nature of the work is why most property managers would rather leave gutter maintenance to the professionals – such as Curry’s Custom Cut Gutter, which serves the greater Rochester, MN area for all its residential and commercial gutter installation, maintenance and repair needs. 

But if you would rather oversee such a vital aspect of commercial property maintenance yourself, here are the steps you should undertake each spring and fall.

  1. Check for clogs – Weeds, leaves, pinecones, pine needles, bird nests, muck and sludge. All of these are debris which commonly accumulate inside of gutters and their downspouts, where they compromise the gutter system’s ability to channel rainwater and meltwater safely away from the roof and foundation. If you detect any obstructions inside the gutter system, remove them.
  1. Check for sagging – A gutter begins to sag when it is (A) very old, (B) bearing too much weight as the result of accumulating too much debris, or (C) bearing too much weight as the result of accumulating water that it’s unable to drain. A sagging gutter is necessarily ineffective at its only purpose, and must be repaired or replaced outright in order to restore full functionality to the system.
  1. Check for leaks – If it is cracked or contains a hole, a gutter will allow water to dribble downward. It may not seem like a great problem, but a single leaking gutter can cause cracks to form in the walls and foundation, as well as cause walls and windows to rot. A gutter can also leak as the result of sagging, or because its fasteners have loosened or rusted. No matter the cause of the leak, eliminating it is crucial to preserving your commercial property.
  1. Check for other signs of damage – Gutters require immediate repair when they are rusted, have peeling paint, or no longer run parallel to the edge of the roof. Even when gutters appear to be in perfect condition, any signs of water damage on the walls beneath them indicate that they are actually not. Take note of any nails or fasteners lying around the foundation, as they are obvious indications that the gutter system is no longer sufficiently secured to the building.

Harsh Weather Requires Gutter Maintenance

If your commercial property’s gutter system is subjected to extreme weather, then emergency maintenance may be necessary to keep it in full working order. Take note whenever the following harsh elements strike: they all signal that immediate maintenance may be necessary.

  • Ice and heavy snow place tremendous pressure against a gutter. That can render it ineffective by gradually prying it away from its anchor points on the fascia, as well as forcing it to leak.
  • Strong wind can easily detach a gutter from the fascia, especially if it is very old or was already damaged to begin with. Powerful gusts can also knock downspouts loose and cause water to enter the basement as a result.
  • Torrential downpour can overwhelm a gutter system, and force it to carry more weight than it was designed to. Once an abnormally powerful rain has passed, check the gutter system for signs of sagging and the perimeter of the property for detached fasteners.

Would you rather leave seasonal commercial gutter maintenance to the professionals? Then we welcome you to contact Curry’s Custom Cut Gutter today! We service homes and commercial properties throughout the greater Rochester, MN area, and are always available to ensure that our clients’ gutter systems remain in flawless working condition.

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6 Ways Faulty Rain Gutters Are Ruining Your Home

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Like most people, you tend not to think about your rain gutters. You just assume they will work so long as you suffer through cleaning them twice every year. However, if they’re not working properly because they were badly installed or are made of cheap materials, your gutters can cause you a whole lot of headaches. 

The problem is that most people opt for “one-size-fits-all” solutions for their rain gutters. That’s because most people don’t think their rain gutters have to match the specific needs of their homes. Unfortunately, there are several ways these “cookie cutter” rain gutters can risk serious damage to your number one investment!

Faulty Rain Gutters Cause Foundation Damage

This is the big one. The wrong kind of rain gutter can cause major damage to your foundation – and any way you slice it, that’s not going to be a cheap fix. 

When you have faulty rain gutters, the water has to go somewhere … and that somewhere is below, on the ground. Over time, this causes the soil to erode, which in turn damages the foundation of your home. 

The damage can get extensive before you even notice it, quickly leading to sagging floors and cracks in the baseboards, walls and even the foundation itself. When all is said and done, you could easily be looking at over $50,000 in repairs.

Faulty Rain Gutters Damage Your Roof

The water doesn’t always just pool at the bottom. Sometimes it slides underneath your shingles. That can lead to serious damage to your roof, often necessitating total replacement. That can cost upwards of $17,000!

Even barring a worst-case scenario, you’re going to be looking at other damage including rotting, leaking, and staining on your ceiling. That’s seriously expensive damage to your most valuable possession. 

Faulty Rain Gutters Cause Damage to Your Health

The damage caused by faulty rain gutters isn’t just limited to your home. In fact, if you go with the wrong rain gutters and they don’t do their job, you could be seriously compromising your family’s health. 

Think about it: clogged rain gutters fill with water, which becomes stagnant. This leads to things growing inside your rain gutters. One of the main signs that you’re looking at faulty gutters is when things start growing inside them. 

Smaller organisms are a much bigger problem, however. Mold and mildew will start springing up long before noticeable plants do – and they have the potential to cause serious health problems in your home.

Your medical bills might run into the thousands, but you simply can’t put a price on your health.

Faulty Rain Gutters Cause Siding Damage

Damage to your siding can happen quickly and easily. It’s simple math: the average 1,000-square-foot ceiling can send 600 gallons going down your drains. If all that water isn’t channeled safely away from your siding, extensive damage is all but inevitable.

Faulty Rain Gutters Damage Your Lawn

It isn’t inside your home, but it certainly contributes a lot to the curb appeal of your greatest investment. We’re talking about your lawn – and it can become seriously damaged by faulty rain gutters. 

Odds are you put a lot of time, money and energy into maintaining your lawn. But if you’re going for cheap rain gutters, you’re putting all that time, money and energy to waste. 

Remember the one fundamental rule that underpins everything we’re saying: the rain that comes out of the sky has to go somewhere when it falls on your land. The role of good rain gutters is to direct all that water to the best place for it to go so it can be reabsorbed into the ground. If your rain gutters aren’t working properly, you could see your lawn literally washed away by the downpour.

Faulty Rain Gutters Lead To Pest Infestation

In addition to the problems you might encounter with mildew and mold, you’re always attracting insects and other pests when you don’t have properly working rain gutters. Mosquitoes and other pests love moisture. If you’re giving them more because your rain gutters aren’t working properly, you’re looking at hosting a barbecue for the bugs – not for your friends and family. 

Don’t let faulty rain gutters damage your investment or your quality of life. Contact Curry’s Custom Cut Gutter today to make sure your rain gutters aren’t destroying your home as we speak. We service homes and commercial properties throughout the greater Rochester, MN area!

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Signs of Gutter Damage: When to Repair or Replace Your Gutters

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Don’t ignore the signs of gutter damage! Even light damage to a gutter system can compromise its ability to stop rainwater from seeping through the foundation, pooling in the basement, and nourishing black mold inside a home’s frame and walls.

Fortunately, gutter damage isn’t difficult to detect. If you notice any of the following telltale signs, contact a gutter contractor in Chatfield, MN for repair or replacement ASAP!

Warped or Sagging Gutters

Steel and aluminum gutters are rigid and corrosion-resistant: two qualities that help them resist sagging and warping. But no gutter is immune to S & W. Continual thermal expansion and contraction will gradually yet assuredly deform galvanized steel and aluminum gutters alike.

Gutter warping and sagging are a vicious cycle. The more warped the gutter becomes, the more water it accumulates. Pest nests can only exacerbate the problem. If a bird, rodent or insect colony builds its headquarters inside your gutter, the nest’s (A) weight and (B) ability to obstruct the free flow of water will both place even greater strain on your gutters.

Once a gutter has warped to its worst condition, it may as well not even be on the house. Don’t let things get that bad. If a gutter is only slightly warped, a gutter technician may be able to quickly remove, reform and reinstall it. They can also repair a sagging gutter by clearing it free of clogs and debris, adjusting its slope, reinforcing it, or adding a new downspout beneath it. If a gutter system is too far gone for repair, a new one is the only ticket.

Overflowing Water

Do your gutters overflow when it’s raining? That could be because they are clogged with debris: leaves, pine needles, seeds, twigs, and all the other frustrating things trees drop on your homestead. Loose shingle granules can also clog gutters.

Gutters don’t overflow only when they are clogged. They may have become overly shallow as the result of warping, as explained earlier. They may no longer have the correct slope (0.25″ downward for every 10′ of length). They may simply be too small to handle the amount of rain that lands on your roof.

If you’re comfortable and capable of doing light repair work on a ladder, then you can readjust a gutter’s pitch by yourself. If you’re not, a gutter tech can do it for you. And if your gutters simply don’t have the capacity to contain all the rainwater that sloughs off your roof, a gutter contractor can also upscale them.

Leaking Water

Clogged and overflowing gutters leak water over their edges. But what about when water leaks through a gutter? In that case, the culprit can be one or more of many.

  • Seam gaps – If the leak manifests where two lengths of gutter meet, then it is likely the result of a separating or poorly sealed seam. Fortunately, repairing a gutter joint is a straightforward process that usually requires little more than caulking.
  • Cracks and holes – Erosion and physical damage can both cause cracks and holes to form in gutters. Judicious application of sealant can restore a gutter’s full functionality when it has a small crack and hole, but there are limits to what sealant alone can fix. Larger fissures and holes are often extensive enough to require full replacement.
  • Rust – Rusty gutters require replacement. It is possible to replace a single length of rusted gutter, but doing so is not ideal because it will create one or more new seams (which are inherently weaker). If your gutters are leaking from one or more rusted areas, complete replacement of the system is probably the most advisable option.
  • Loose fasteners – A gutter’s fasteners keep it secured to its hangers, which in turn keep it anchored to the fascia. When gutter fasteners loosen, they create leaks. Unless the fascia boards are rotting, resecuring the gutter system is as simple as tightening its fasteners and maybe applying some sealant.

Note that mold and rust can both appear on siding when the gutters above it are leaking. Discolored siding commonly indicates that a home that has a leaky gutter system.

Peeling Paint

Gutters usually lose their paint because they weren’t correctly treated and/or primed. Proper preparation is especially important for galvanized steel. That’s because it’s coated with a thin layer of zinc, which causes paint to delaminate by chemically reacting to its binder.

Paint doesn’t just enhance a gutter’s aesthetics. It also serves an important anti-corrosive function, which is why it’s important to repaint delaminating gutters. However, if inspection reveals that peeling paint is accompanied by extensive corrosion, full replacement may ultimately be the more cost-effective course of action.

If the gutters on your home or commercial property in the greater Rochester, MN area are showing any signs of damage, contact Curry’s Custom Cut Gutter today! We’ll tell you whether repair or replacement is the better investment, and we’ll deliver the best solution no matter which path you choose.

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The Role of Gutters in Preventing Basement Flooding: Importance and Solutions

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You probably already know this, but you truly don’t want a flooded basement. It can quickly damage or destroy your walls, floors, carpeting, furniture and HVAC appliances – not to mention soak your heirloom Christmas ornaments. A house with a basement that has recently flooded is at significantly greater risk of becoming colonized by mold, which can cause further property damage in addition to myriad health problems. A flooded basement is also an electrical hazard until a licensed professional has removed the home’s electrical meter.

Above all else, a flooded basement is an expensive problem. It costs an average of $60,000 to repair an unfinished basement after it has flooded with contaminated water. The average cost of a home insurance water damage claim is much lower at almost $7,000 – but that’s still money you would rather spend on anything else.

We advise investing that money in rain gutters. In addition to protecting your roof against water damage and your foundation against erosion, gutters are an effective way to prevent a flooded basement!

How Do Gutters Prevent Basement Flooding?

Naturally, gutters can’t prevent all flooding. If a dam next to your house breaks, your gutters will do nothing to minimize the ensuing property damage. But when gutters only do their job correctly, they will spare you the headache of a flooded basement.

If your home doesn’t have gutters – or if its current gutter system is no longer effective – then rainwater and meltwater will pool around your foundation. Water always follows the path of least resistance. Even if your home’s foundation is entirely devoid of cracks, the concrete it is made of is still porous enough to allow the gradual passage of liquid water.

A gutter system can’t completely prevent seepage from taking place, but it will slow to a degree that preempts basement flooding. It works simply enough: gutters collect water as it runs off the roof, directs it to a downspout, and lets it slowly pour out onto the ground a safe distance away from the foundation.

How to Make Sure Your Gutter System Will Prevent Basement Flooding

Maintain gutters. Clean your gutters twice a year, or more frequently if your home is surrounded by many trees which drop leaves, twigs, cones and needles. Bird and squirrel nests also obstruct gutters and must be removed before they can dam up the system. Gutter guards can prevent debris from accumulating inside gutters, but they do not eliminate the need for regular cleaning.

Check downspouts. If your gutter system is not keeping water out of your basement, your downspouts may not be long enough. Various authorities recommend downspout lengths between 2 to 10 feet; 5 feet is a conservative minimum threshold. If you remove your downspouts while mowing your lawn, take extra care to replace them once you have finished. For greater convenience, consider adding flip up runoffs to your downspouts.

Check gutter slope. Ideally, your gutters should slope 0.25 inches downward for every 10 feet of horizontal length. Insufficient slope may prevent gutters from draining fully; excessive slope may cause water to drain so quickly that it causes erosion. If any of your gutters are drooping, they are likely allowing water to overflow and access your basement.

Replace Worn Out Gutters to Prevent Basement Flooding

All the maintenance in the world cannot compensate for a very old or badly damaged gutter system. If your gutters exhibit any of the following, arrange to have them replaced at once:

  • Rust
  • Mold
  • Gaps
  • Cracks
  • Sagging
  • Peeling paint
  • Standing water
  • Overflowing water

If you notice rust stains on your exterior walls, soil erosion on your lawn, or fasteners lying on the ground near your house, these are also signs that your current gutter system is no longer effective at its job. Furthermore, if you have recently built an extension on your home, it is not complete until it sports a new set of gutters.

Curry’s Custom Cut Gutter Prevents Flooded Basements If your home or commercial property is located in the greater Rochester, MN area, then preventing a flooded basement is easy. Just contact Curry’s Custom Cut Gutter today! Our pros are standing by to install the attractive and durable gutter system that will safely divert precipitation away from your foundation.

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How Downspout Flip-up Hinges Make Mowing Your Lawn Easier

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Mosquitoes. Humidity. Blazing heat. Shoes filled with lawn clippings. These are just some of the inconveniences you must deal with while you’re mowing your lawn. You may even have to pull the starter cord 20 times before realizing you previously removed the spark plug (it happens to the best of us).

Anything that makes your lawn mowing experience quicker, easier and less frustrating is certainly welcome. You might be under the impression that your home’s gutter system is powerless to facilitate your weekly summer landscaping chore. But if that’s the case, then you are sorely mistaken. You’re overlooking the power of flip-up hinges!

What Are Flip-Up Runoffs?

Your gutter’s downspouts terminate in elbows. If an elbow is “A” style, it lets rainwater and meltwater flow out perpendicular to the foundation. If it is “B” style, outflowing water exits parallel to the foundation. But regardless of its style, an elbow must bend at a 90° angle (or very close to it) so it can decelerate the flow of water and prevent erosion around the foundation.

Therein lies the problem. In order to mow the grass immediately surrounding your downspouts’ elbows, you must first remove their connected runoffs – i.e. the longish tubes that lie parallel to the ground.

Unless you have flip-up runoffs, that is. A flip-up runoff permanently attaches to the downspout and is easily angled upward. Now instead of arduously removing and reattaching runoffs before you mow the lawn, you’re simply angling the hinged downspouts upward – and then restoring them to their effective downward position once you’ve finished. No more bending over or running the tips of your fingers across sharp sheet metal components!

Flip-Up Runoff Installation Is Easy!

Are you concerned that flip-up runoffs will necessitate complete replacement of your home or commercial property’s entire gutter system? No worries! Installing this time-saving upgrade only requires changing out ground-level gutter components. Your gutter technician won’t even need to set up a ladder, which means minimal labor fees and interruption to your property.

Ensuring that the new components perfectly match the style and color of your existing gutter system is perfectly straightforward as well. The only evidence that you have upgraded your gutter system will be the small, nearly invisible hinges which permit you to flip your runoffs upward before you start mowing your lawn.

Contact Curry’s Custom Cut Gutter Today for Professional Flip-Up Runoff Installation

If you live or do business in the greater Rochester, MN area, you have Curry’s Custom Cut Gutter for all your gutter installation, repair and upgrade needs. Our technicians are standing by to outfit your existing gutter system with time-saving flip-up runoffs. And if you have any other need for our comprehensive high-quality gutter services, we’ll be more than happy to take care of them while we’re changing the way you prepare to mow your lawn. Contact us today to get started!

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How to Prevent a Roof Avalanche

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Metal roofs have become increasingly popular in Southeast Minnesota as of late. Why is this? Because Minnesotans are smart. They appreciate the benefit of a roof that can easily last 40 to 70 years. They realize that a steel roof’s outstanding resilience to large hailstones and strong gusts of wind make it ideal for our frequently inhospitable climate. And because they respect the planet, they value a roof that is environmentally friendly and energy efficient.

But steel roofs aren’t without their shortcomings. Because its surface is significantly slicker than that of a conventional asphalt shingle roof, a steel roof is at greater risk of causing an avalanche!

What Is a Roof Avalanche?

If you have good taste in movies, then you must love the best film ever to come out of the great state of Minnesota: Grumpy Old Men. You may recall the scene in which John sprays water all over the snow covering Max’s roof. John was attempting to prank his neighbor by causing a roof avalanche – a sudden and violent release of the snow and ice that accumulate on the roof.

Despite all the misgivings between the pair, Jack was being awfully cruel to Max. A roof avalanche isn’t some harmless jape! It may cause serious property damage, as rapidly falling snow and ice can loosen or completely dislodge shingles, skylights and vents. The gutters, which are relatively delicate and only fastened to the house’s roof or fascia, are especially vulnerable to damage as the result of a roof avalanche.

That’s to say nothing of the physical injury a roof avalanche can cause. It’s easy to appreciate how, as the snow and ice a roof accumulates can easily weigh hundreds of pounds. If a 100-pound object falls just 10 feet, it will strike the ground with more than twice as much energy as a 9mm handgun bullet!

Sadly, roof avalanche injuries aren’t uncommon. A roof avalanche at a resort in Colorado hospitalized three people earlier this year, and a Utah man recently passed away after a roof avalanche buried him alive.

How Can You Prevent a Roof Avalanche?

No matter the material it is made of, preventing an avalanche is as simple as raking your roof clear after each snowfall. Can’t have a roof avalanche if there is nothing to avalanche!

But if you would like the best protection against property damage and serious injury, then you are advised to install snow guards. These simple devices are easy to clamp or adhere into place on metal, slate and asphalt shingle roofs alike. Once installed, snow guards prevent snow and ice from rapidly shedding off the roof. Instead they will gradually melt in place, thus minimizing the risk of a dangerous snow avalanche.

Different types of roofs call for different types of snow guards. If you would like the ideal snow guards regardless of your roof’s pitch or the material it is made of, then we welcome you to contact Curry’s Custom Cut Gutter today for a free estimate! In addition to snow guards, we can also install high-quality gutters that will keep your foundation and landscaping protected year round.