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Tips for Commencing a Gutter, Roofing, or Siding Project

16 May 2020

Our team answers homeowner questions every weekend on WCCO 830 AM from 9:00 am-10:00 am.  Have your most pressing home improvement questions addressed by calling or texting 651-989-9226.  Here’s the must-know information our COO, Andy Lindus, shared on 5.16.20.

If you’ve become sick of the overwhelming chore of gutter maintenance due to clogs, a quick online search can reveal an array of gadgets that are intended to eradicate this issue forever.  Sadly, very few gutter gizmos perform as advertised.  Gutter topper reviews often state that their capabilities are temporary at best.  Not only do they rarely match a home’s preexisting gutters, but they often clog.  Even more frustrating is the fact that many of these systems are installed by placing screws or nails into a home’s roof, which can void its warranty.  By contrast, LeafGuard® Brand Gutters, are the only patented, one-piece system guaranteed never to clog or we clean them free of charge.  Even more impressive is the fact that they have earned the prestigious Good Housekeeping seal of approval.

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Roof discoloration due to algae and mildew growth can prove unsightly.  Equally as concerning is the fact that it can cause your roof to fail prematurely.  It’s worth nothing that these issues can be remedied.  One way this can be done is through the installation of zinc strips on the peak of the roof.  An even more effective solution is the installation of shingles that are impregnated with copper, such as StainGuard Plus™ Shingles from GAF.  This proprietary technology prevents the formation of mold and mildew on the roof’s shingles, allowing GAF to offer the longest mold and mildew warranty in the asphalt shingle industry.  GAF creates long-lasting products, as evidenced by their 50-year, non-prorated warranty that covers both labor and materials.  Bear in mind that the roofing project must be installed to GAF’s manufacturer specifications, making it imperative that you thoroughly vet a roofing contractor prior to retaining their services.

Timberline Ultra HD® Shingles with StainGuard Plus™
Timberline Ultra HD® Shingles with StainGuard Plus™

If a siding installation project is in your new future, it’s wise to research materials options, in addition to popular siding colorsLP® SmartSide® holds up better against heavy moisture than products, such as James® Hardie®.  It is also faster to install and is offered in longer lengths than James® Hardie®, meaning that there are fewer seams.  Installers of James® Hardie® must also wear protective gear when cutting the siding because it emits silica and fly ash, which are hazardous when airborne. LP® SmartSide® prefinished in Diamond Kote® is aesthetically pleasing, durable, and long-lasting.

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