A Brief Overview of Gutter Guards

 

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downspouts

American Dream Home Improvement provides homeowners with the roofing, siding, and gutters they need to protect their biggest investment. American Dream Home Improvement sells and installs gutters, downspouts, and gutter guards to match any home.

Gutter guards are a smart investment for any homeowner. They come in many styles, so there is a gutter guard available for every home type and budget. Keep reading to learn about four of the most popular gutter guard styles.

Gutter brush or bottlebrush gutter guards sit inside the gutter facing upward. They are spiky, so they trap leaves and debris on top of them so that water is free to flow underneath.

Mesh or screen guards cover the gutters, leaving tiny holes for water. Depending on the size of the holes, this type of gutter guard can even be designed to keep sand out.

Nylon gutter guards fit neatly inside the gutters and do not need to be attached to the shingles at all. They are especially effective at keeping ice and snow out, making them appropriate for cold regions.

Reverse curve gutters are rounded, featuring a solid top with slots in the side. This design causes debris to fall right to the ground while allowing water in through the slots.

A Comparison of Home Gutter Materials

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Home Gutters
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Since 2000, American Dream Home Improvement has offered comprehensive storm restoration and exterior home repair services to clients across the US. American Dream Home Improvement specializes in gutter repair, which plays a vital role in protecting homes from water damage.

Gutters come in a wide variety of materials, each with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Aluminum is the most common type of gutter material, due in large part to its light weight and durability. Aluminum also allows for a great deal of aesthetic flexibility, making it an ideal option for homeowners concerned about the curb appeal of their homes.

Galvanized steel gutters are heavy and durable, yet may be prone to rusting over extended periods of time. Homeowners often choose copper gutter systems for their combination of durability and appearance, but they must be willing to pay a premium for the material. For homeowners seeking a less expensive option, vinyl gutters can be matched to vinyl siding, creating a unified aesthetic.

Dry Rot and Wood Rot – How to Protect Your Roof

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Roof

A family-owned exterior home repair and storm restoration company with operations across the United States, American Dream Home Improvement is an Owens Corning Certified Platinum Preferred Contractor. American Dream Home Improvement offers roofing services such as repair of damage due to dry rot and wood rot.

Among the least pleasant discoveries one might make during a roofing project, roof rot can weaken the structure of the roof and potentially cause damage to other parts of the house. Many different factors can cause roof rot, ranging from high humidity in the attic to inadequate ventilation on the roof itself. Roof rot most commonly occurs in exposed framing, exterior window and door casings, roof framing, and the underside of roof decking.

To prevent roof rot from forming, homeowners can start by clearing their gutters to prevent water from pooling near important roof structures. Homeowners must also take care to install proper ventilation systems in the roof in order to expel water vapor and reduce moisture content. Finally, the chances of roof rot can be reduced by repairing damaged shingles immediately, as well as damaged sealants around vents and chimneys.