When maintained properly, rain gutters will last for decades. There are many things you can do to prolong the life of your gutters. Cleaning and inspecting them once or twice a year is a simple way to ensure your gutters continue to protect your home for many years to come.
With time you may find minor damage that will call for repair. Take a look at the general appearance of your rain gutters to evaluate if they are working properly. Here are some signs to look for:
Corners and end caps in particular can be easily repaired by applying new sealant.
Are your gutters pulling away? Over time the spikes or hangers may loosen, requiring minimal repairs by simply replacing the loose hardware.
Towards the end of autumn check to make sure your gutters are free of debris, removing anything that might clog the gutter. If you have a persistent problem with this, consider adding screens or some other form of leaf protection to your gutter to prevent this problem.
Whether you call a professional or decide to do the job by yourself, maintaining your rain gutters can be a simple task if you keep up with a scheduled cleaning twice a year. A gutter guard is a preventive maintenance tool that would keep out large debris, making the cleaning process easier. Keep in mind that in places with higher humidity, your rain gutters will have a tendency to get more dirt stains and tiger striping, so you might have to clean them more often; the longer you wait, the more debris will accumulate and the harder cleaning them will be.
Senox rain gutter systems are made with high quality materials like aluminum, Galvalume plus steel, and copper. We use a factory baked paint finish on the aluminum to increase the durability of our rain gutters and offer a 50 year paint warranty that includes cleaning instructions, making the cleaning process faster and easier.
Rain gutters are troughs placed at the bottom edge of your roof to collect and channel rain run-off. This will protect your foundation from becoming flooded by the water that would otherwise pool on the ground beneath the roof, potentially causing foundation problems. Gutters also protect windows and walls from excessive moisture pooling.
Most residential rain gutters come in two sizes, 5 inch or 6 inch, and are typically made of aluminum but also available in galvalume or copper. We have both machines and we prefer the installation of 6 inch gutters. We like the look when it covers all of the wood fascia and looks more like crown molding instead of an afterthought.
One foot of 5 inch K-Style gutter holds 1.2 gallons of water. One foot of 6 inch K-Style gutter holds 2.0 gallons of water. The most popular residential gutter type is seamless aluminum in either 5" or 6" depending on the size of the home.
Aluminum gutters come in several different colors and are enamel baked at the factory to give long lasting quality and durability. Another benefit of aluminum is that the metal is lighter and won't rust. This means less weight on your homes fascia and much longer lasting investment.
Mr Gutter, gutters are guaranteed to last. We back every install with a 5 year labor and 20 material guarantee. Call today for a free quote 405-602-1609
Bigger Gutters. That's right. It's absolutely amazing how many houses we pull up to that have the wrong size gutters on them. Almost daily we provide a consultation on a house that has gutters that are too small and not enough downspouts!! Why is this happening?
,Well that answer is actually quite simple. Most companies only have 1 machine. Over the last several years here at Mr Gutter, we have noticed that nearly every gutter company in Oklahoma only a 5" seamless gutter machine. The reason is two parts.
1. Most popular size starting in the 1980's
2. Easy to find and purchase. These machines are floating around everywhere and just about anyone with $2500 & a trailer can start a gutter business with. So this attracts people with part time jobs. But this doesn't translate to future reliability. So we urge our customers to do a little research on what there getting on don't just shop price.
Anyone? Yes that's right. We find new gutter companies coming and going all year and every year. With such cheap way to get started it attracts people from everywhere. What does this mean to you? Most likely it means you could be hiring a company that is using outdated machinery, unskilled installers and often times someone who won't be around next year.
Below we will discuss why Mr Gutter is a valuable choice in all of your gutter needs.
So now we told you what to look for. Why should you choose us?
1. We have a standing office that you can visit. If you have a problem. Come see us. No tracking down a company without an actual address or visiting someone at their home since. Our office is local and right in the middle of OKC: 8901 S Santa Fe #D Oklahoma City, OK 73139
2. We have all current machines and gutter styles available. 5", 6", 7", Half Round & Commercial Box gutter. All of our machines are maintenanced as needed to ensure that the gutter we hang on your home is straight and functions as its suppose to
3. We guarantee the highest level of customer service. Before we got into gutters we worked for large corporations. This allowed some pretty cool things for us to bring to Mr Gutter. We brought the best of the big resources and left out the red tape. We know what it takes on a large scale level to provide top notch customer service but that also it's important to remove all the crazy policies that big companies typically have. You will always be greeted by our friendly staff and your total satisfaction is our number one goal. We understand that profits are easier to maintain with happy customers instead of shady business tactics. We want you to tell your friends about us and we hope that in the future or your next home, if you need gutter service again, that you will CALL Mr Gutter Services.
4. Look and see for yourself what your neighbors are saying about us. We have over 100 5 star reviews online combined from places like google, yelp, facebook, homeadvisor, angies list. Our reputation is our lifeblood. We understand this and we go above and beyond to make sure you want to click 5 stars. So what are you waiting for? Schedule your free quote now by clicking the button below or by calling at 405-602-1609.
Face it, gutters are boring. But they’re important. Unless you live in the desert, you need gutters to keep rain from pouring off your roof and onto the foundation of your house, or into your basement or crawl space, causing water damage faster than you can say “five-figure homeowner’s insurance claim.” But we have good news: You can glam up your gutters if you pick ones made of copper. They’re like jewelry for your house.
Get your mind in the gutter to learn more.
Isn’t copper pricey?
Yes. Very. Copper gutters and downspouts cost between $25 and $30 a foot, installed. Compare that to steel ones that are $8 to $10 per foot, and aluminum ones that are $5 to $8 per foot, and copper’s more than twice the cost of other materials. But. Copper gutter systems last an average of 60 years and can last as long as a century with proper maintenance, because they won’t rust. Yes, copper gutters may outlast you. Gutters of cheaper materials have much shorter lifespans. Those inexpensive vinyl ones need to be replaced every 10 years, and steel or aluminum ones need to be replaced every 20 years. Do the math. On a per-year cost basis, copper gutters don’t cost much more than steel or aluminum ones. And copper looks so elegant, making a home look like a landmark.
Will copper work with my house’s style?
Copper gutters and downspouts are a dream fit for high-end custom homes, traditional-style homes, and historic residences. Copper gutters on a Victorian house? Perfect. Arts and Crafts? Stone Tudor? Perfect. Frank Lloyd Wright, champion of natural materials, adored copper gutters. Copper glinting along the edges of a classic slate roof is home-tour perfection.
Some architectural styles are less compatible. For instance, copper gutters are not a good choice for a midcentury modern house, because they clash with the intent of simple, minimal design that was meant to look Space Age, not Gilded Age.
How do I care for copper?
You’ll need to clean tree debris and roof runoff out of copper gutters, just like every other kind of gutter. Debris left in the gutter too long will discolor the copper. Use soft plastic tools, not metal ones, to remove the debris or you’ll scratch the copper. And no bare hands. Your skin has oils on it that will leave spots on the copper and mess up the patina, so wear gloves when cleaning.
Copper gutters and downspouts get an elegant blue-green patina as they age, thanks to the magic of oxidation. You will never have to paint them. But if patina isn’t your thing, you can keep copper gutters and downspouts shiny and warm-colored by putting a protective coating on them each year and polishing them with a solution made for copper. This will be a lot of work, so you may want to learn to love the look of aged metal.
Pro tip: When cleaning those copper gutters, do not lean a ladder on them. You’ll bend or scratch them.
Anatomy of a Gutter System
There are pieces and parts to a gutter system. Let’s start at the edge of the roof, with the:
Pro tip: You can’t mix and match materials for components. Every part from end caps to elbows must be copper, because other materials could rust, staining the copper, or corrode, causing your gutter system to fail.
Styles of Copper Gutters and Downspouts
When you decide it’s time to install gutter protection from leaves, you want to hire a good contractor whom you can trust. Not only do you want the best gutter and gutter guard system but you also want it installed properly so it works as it should for years to come. So, how do you go about choosing the right gutter installer?
Experience and Reputation
You want only an experienced installer, but how do you know they are experienced? One way is to look into the company’s reputation by checking review sites online. Most reputable review sites, like Google, the Better Business Bureau and Facebook, tell you when a review was left. Lastly, you can check your state business incorporation site to find when a company filed a business license.
As you read the reviews to determine reputation. Look to see how their overall review status is. Both good and bad. Does the company seem to respond when needed? It’s important to know if a company makes a mistake, whether they own up to it and make it right. Also, look at the text of the reviews, not just the number of stars. A more detailed review may let you know how long they’ve been installing gutter and gutter covers in addition to their other services.
Request quotes but always be careful on going with the cheapest company. Review their proposal. Is it on scratch paper or is it a detailed quote describing what they are going to do? There are several ways to cut corners in the gutter business and often times the cheaper companies are just trying to make enough to get by and most likely wont show back up if there is ever a problem. Any business who tells you that there will never be a problem is lying or hasn't been in business long. It's important to hire someone who understands this and plans for potential service repairs after the install. Another problem that can happen with the cheaper companies, is that often times don't pay their materials bills. Which will result in a heft lien on your home. Leaving you stuck with either paying the lien or suing the company. Many times this happen more than a year after the work was done and you might not even remember who did the work. Especially if they didn't provide an easy to read quote. Emailed quotes are best because you will also have them. These cheaper companies don't have state required insurances and if an employee gets hurt on your property. That leaves you responsible. So be sure that when making a hiring decision you base it off more than just the price. Remember that you always get what you pay for. If the price seems to good to be true. Then it probably is.
How to pick a good contractor in Oklahoma
General contractors are individuals (or groups) who execute large and small construction jobs and remodeling projects. They often do not do all of the work, typically bringing in sub contractors for specialty areas. A general contractor should provide expert advice, truthful data, references and craftsmanship; ideally resulting in a quick return on your investment, and, of course, peace of mind. In order to find a perfect fit, when seeking general contractors make sure to get multiple estimates for the job, and also examine the consultant's personality for professionalism, integrity, and responsibility. Most importantly check our their online profiles and local reviews. See what real people in your are are saying. This is your best guideline.
Popular General Contractors Projects
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Oklahoma Rain Gutters. Are They Important?
Why Install Gutters In Oklahoma? Why Mr Gutter Wants To Help Protect Your Home?
Installing rain gutters is something that is very important. As a matter of fact, it cannot be expressed how important it is that you have a gutter system on your home. If you don’t have one, you’re looking at a plethora of problems. Unfortunately, this is something that is overlooked by a lot of homeowners because they are simply one of those things that sort of function on their own, making it easy to forget that they need to stay in tip top shape, and that new ones are installed when the existing ones need to be replaced.
What will happen?
If you don’t install a rain gutter system on your home when you build it or install a new system when your existing one is in disrepair, you’re looking at a lot of issues. Here is a list of some of the problems you may encounter:
* A gutter system that is not in good shape can cause water to run underneath the shingles on the roof. This can cause roof damage to occur. This is also an issue when it snows, so it is important that you have a rain gutter in place for when the snow melts.
* A home without a gutter system will have water running down the side of the house. This means that the water can get underneath siding if the home is sided. This also means that erosion can occur in some places. For example, a brick home may encounter erosion and there is the fact that a “rusting” effect can occur.
* The foundation can become damaged. When the foundation has large amounts of water running against it for long periods, cracks start to form. Especially here in Oklahoma. We have expansive clay soil.. This causes lots of problems and could leave you paying a hefty bill for foundation repair that could've most likely been avoided by adding a complete Oklahoma Gutter System.
* Without gutters in place, you literally have a moat around your house. This is not good news for you if you have a basement. The basement can easily flood if there are any cracks in your foundation.
As you can see, there are a lot of reasons to have a rain gutter system in place. The water will drain off of your home in a nice and neat manner. You won’t have to worry about flooding around your home, a leaky basement, or a suffering roof.
Luckily, gutters are not very expensive. It does depend on what kind you buy because there are various materials used to make gutters. You have aluminum, copper, and vinyl to choose from. Each material has its pros and its cons, so it is important for you to figure out which is best for you and your home.
But even if cost is an issue, it is important to keep in mind that the cost to repair damage to your home will always exceed the cost of having a rain gutter system installed on your home. It is better to be safe than sorry because sorry can be quite expensive. Being safe means that you will be keeping your money where it belongs and that is in your pocket.
So What Colors Are Available? In Short we have over 21+ colors that are powder coated in a 20 year paint. Below you will find some information on some of the colors available.
Old galvanized gutters with seams have been replaced by seamless aluminum or copper gutters in a variety of brown, beige, gray, dark blue, red and green colors. The colored gutters become part of your roof line matching or contrasting the roof color.
Traditional white, Linen, Herringbone, Almond and Ivory colors are used extensively on many homes with lighter exterior walls.
We have several brown and beige baked on gutter colors that are neutral and can work with nearly any roof. This includes traditional pointed roof lines including homes with dormer windows. The seamless gutters quietly collect rain water and send it to the matching downspout on the side of the house.
The brown tones range from the light Buckskin and Beaver Brown to darker Royal and Musket browns. These tones fit under the roof overhang and appear to be an extension of the roof. The colors also match closely to trim around windows and doors or they can match the exterior color. The brown and beige colors work well with traditional and rustic architecture as well as with contemporary homes.
Gray & Blue
Traditional Cape Cod architecture is often light gray with black or slate colored roofs. Wicker and clay are the lighter gray tones while Bronze, Tuxedo, Dove and Colonial grays are darker. Black gutters are also available.
Dark blue may complement a gray or dark blue home and roof.
The Colonial Blue gutter is often a choice for traditional home designs.
Galvalume Plus is the traditional gray metal gutter that can be used on homes or commercial buildings.
Red & Green
The red tone is a dark Colonial Red that will work with any red brick building. This is a popular finish for used brick exteriors. It also works well with red tile roofs found on our southwest architecture popular in Texas. Metallic and Rustic copper also work with red-toned tile roofing on stucco, brick and stone exteriors.
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Types of gutters
The good news: Gutters come in all shapes, colors, and prices so you can easily find a match for your style of house and budget.
Unfortunately, figuring the right sizes of the gutters and downspouts for your roof involves some head-banging mathematical formulas.
Not to worry. We’re here to guide you on the path to gutter glory. If you’d like to do your own calculations for sizing your gutters, we’ll help you through it.
Basic Types of Gutters
Let’s start with shapes. There are two basic types, and they’re referred to by the shape of their cross section. Both types come in 5- and 6-inch widths.
1. K-style gutters have flat bottoms and backs, and the front side of the gutter usually has a decorative shape, such as a curve or ogee, that mimics crown molding. Many styles are available.
2. Half-round gutters are exactly what the name suggests: half-round tubes. Half-round gutters often are found on older, historic homes.
Half Round Copper
In general, K-style gutters have twice the capacity of their half-round cousins of the same width, and cost up to 50% more per linear foot.
Gutter Material Available
Cost of materials if you DIY: $2 to 3 per linear foot (6-inch K-style) including downspouts
Cost of pro install (materials and labor): $4 to $9 per linear foot
Cost of pro install (materials and labor): $12 to $25 per linear foot (6-inch K-style)
Seamless (or continuous) gutters are made at the job site. A truck with a spool of flat aluminum pulls up to your home, and the fabricator uses a gutter-forming machine to custom make whatever gutter length is required. There’s no hauling of long gutters. About 70% of all gutter installations are the seamless type.
Installing seamless gutters:
Cost of pro install (fabrication and materials): $5 to $11 per linear foot (6-inch K-style)
Cost of DIY materials, including downspouts: $4 to $6 per linear foot (6-inch K-style)
Cost of pro install (materials and labor): $8 to $10 per linear foot
Cost of DIY materials, including downspouts: $1 to $2 per linear foot (6-inch K-style)
Cost of pro install (materials and labor): $3 to $5 per linear foot
Cost of pro install (materials and labor): $10 to $24 per linear foot, 6-inch half-round (K-style not available in zinc)
Downspouts come as either round or square, in widths from 3 to 6 inches. The most common sizes are rectangular:
Decorative varieties, such as spiral shapes, are available.
The size and number of downspouts you’ll need depends on the capacity of your system.
Rule of thumb: You need one downspout for about every 30 to 40 linear feet of gutter. To increase the capacity of your gutter system, add more downspouts.
How Much Gutter Do You Need?
Figuring gutters sizes and capacities is a complex brain-freeze equation involving the size and slope of your roof and the average maximum rainfall your area can expect. We recommend leaving the calculations to your gutter installation professional.
For the most part, you won’t go wrong with a 5-inch, K-style gutter. “A 5-inch gutter is pretty standard and will handle rainfall just about anywhere in the country,” says Bill Sheetz, owner of Lake Cook Exteriors in Palatine, Ill. He uses them on “almost all our installations.” And he specs oversized (3-inch-by-4-inch) downspouts to ensure good drainage.
Sheetz says a 6-inch gutter has almost twice the capacity of a 5-inch, but cautions that in cold climates, larger gutters run the risk of getting weighted down with ice that could damage the gutter system. Moving to a 6-inch gutter increases costs by about 25%.
For those of you who are self-reliant DIYers determined to do the calculations, these step-by-step instructions will take you through the process.
Or try this online gutter and downspout calculator.
The Cost Of Drains In Oklahoma
Drainage systems can benefit your home in a variety of ways. Water damage is among the biggest issues your home could experience, leading to flooding, mold and mildew issues, and even foundation problems. Proper drainage can help you prevent that from happening.
Homeowners look into drainage systems for one of two reasons. Some simply want to be sure that water damage never becomes and issue. But most react to past damage, seeking ways to prevent it from happening again in the future.
Regardless of your reason for looking into the subject, you probably have some questions about what it means, how much it costs to install a drainage system, and what you need to know in the course of the installation. Consider this your guide to making sure that your home is protected from water problems, both now and in the future.
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Types of Drainage Systems
Simply understanding that you need proper drainage is not enough. Now, depending on the type of water problems you have or anticipate, it's time to pick a system that matches your needs. Three common types of solutions exist:
This system takes advantage entirely of gravity. It consists of a ditch filled with gravel and a perforated pipe, which guides water away from the area susceptible to damage. French drains make the most sense in one of two areas of your home:
Especially if your property is relatively flat, be mindful of standing water in your yard after rain falls. Your water table will rise, leading to increased risk of water damage to your home. In that case, a system of drain pipes that distribute water equally throughout your property can help solve your issue.
Sometimes, your water problems may be caused by an issue as simple as improper gutter drainage. Make sure that your downspouts lead far enough away from your property in order to avoid risking damage to your foundation.
Hydrostatic Pressure Drainage
Don't think of water as only coming from above. Depending on the water table in your property, groundwater can be just as dangerous. Hydrostatic pressure can cause your basement walls to leak, even during dry days and weeks. To ensure proper drainage in that case, the solution is typically to install an interior alternative similar to french drains, in combination with a sump pump to guide the water back outside.
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Can You Install Your Own Drainage System?
In most cases, you will want to work with professionals to solve your drainage problems. A variety of underlying causes could be the driving force behind the symptoms you see, and finding these causes in order to implement the right solution is paramount.
That said, you can try to install your own drainage system if you think you have detected the issue and possess the skills and knowledge necessary to fix it. Depending on the complexity of the project, installing your own drainage system costs between $100 and $500. A sump pump adds another $130 to $500 to your project.
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FAQs and Other Considerations
Whether you are looking to install your own drainage system or want to work with professionals, a number of considerations will help you solve your water damage problem reliably. Below are some answers to frequently asked questions about this type of home improvement project.
How Long Does it Take?
The exact answer depends on the complexity of your project. Installing a simple french drain that leads away from your foundation, or a new downspout that keeps the water from your roof away from your home, can be done within a few hours on a single afternoon.
On the other hand, a more complex drainage system, especially if it involves a sump pump and/or work directly on your foundation, will take longer. In that case, expect your contractor to work on it for a few days, up to a week
.When is the Best Time to Install New Drainage?
While you can install a drainage system during most seasons, you should try to schedule your project for a relatively warm and dry day. Especially if you or your contractor plans to work on the foundation itself, you will expose it during the project, and could risk serious flooding if the weather turns.
You don't always have the choice of season and weather, of course. If your basement experiences acute water damage, you need a solution sooner rather than later. But if you are proactively installing your new drainage system, try to plan it for warm and relatively dry days.
How Do I Know I Need Better Drainage?
Some of the signs for drainage are obvious: if your basement floods, especially if it's not an isolated incident, you probably need to start thinking about solving the problem. Other signs, though, can be just as instructive:
Can I Combine This Project With Others?
The short answer is yes. Especially if you or your contractor is about to work on your foundation, consider other measures to protect your home. For example, treating your foundation with waterproofing paint can help prevent the inevitable groundwater from seeping in even after your new drainage system is installed.
What Questions Should I Ask My Contractor?
Naturally, you want to find a professional that can get the job done and install new drainage reliably and protect your home from water damage for a long time to come. To help ensure that will be the case, here are 5 questions you should ask your contractor:
All of these questions will help you determine the quality of your contractor, and provide clarity of what will happen once they begin to work on your property. The last question is often overlooked, but can be crucial. Especially if the new drainage system includes a sump pump, you have to make sure how to operate and maintain it to avoid water damage not just immediately after the installation, but for years to come.
Article from HomeAdvisor.com.