Climate Change and Problems with Your Gutters


Climate change is causing an impact on our environment in a variety of ways. The water cycle is impacted, and this means more fluctuations between significant droughts and times of heavy rain. Average temperature rates are climbing, and this is causing changes to weather patterns. With the water vapor concentrations and flow patterns affected, this is causing downpours that are fast and furious.

Changes in Weather Patterns Means Worsening Storms

As climate change continues, extremes in weather are only expected to get worse. This results in storms that cause heavy saturation, flooding, and damage to your property. When your home has gutters, they may not be large enough to handle a downpour. It may be time to consider updated your gutters so that your home is protected from heavy rains causing your current gutters to overflow.

Gutter Maintenance and Heavy Storms

When a heavy storm brings tons of rain to your area, clogged gutters are going to be a problem. When the rain is heavy enough, this can cause damage to your gutters and lead to a mess of water in your basement. If your gutters are clogged, it’s time to have your gutters cleaned before the next storm. You should have your gutters cleaned twice a year to avoid damage to your property.

Watch for Gutter Functionality

During a heavy downpour is the best time to see how well your gutters are working. As the rain is pouring down, it becomes possible to see where your gutters are leaking and if you have water flowing over the sides. Your downspout might be clogged, or your gutters could be at the wrong angle to move water from your roof and away from your home. Look for areas where water has gone over the side of your gutters and caused damage to your landscaping or home. It is easy to spot problem areas once you know what to look for.

As climate change progresses, it becomes even more important to pay attention to precipitation rates and heavy storms. Protect your home with a gutter system that is the right size. Understand that gutters play an integral role in protecting your home, and have your gutters maintained whenever you see a problem.

Contact Weatherguard Gutters Today

When your basement floods or your bushes are getting destroyed because rain is pouring over the top of your gutters, it’s time to get the help your property deserves. When you need gutter maintenance or installation in metro Vancouver and the surrounding area, it’s time to contact Weatherguard Gutters. We have providing homes with protection and enhancement for more than 30 years.

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Seamless Gutters vs Regular Gutters – Which Is Better?

Seamless Gutters vs Regular Gutters – Which Is Better?

Seamless Gutters vs Regular Gutters

When installing new gutters on your home you might be surprised to find you have more than one option. When choosing between standard K-style gutters and half-round gutters, you also have the option of seamless gutters vs regular gutters. Both will effectively usher rainwater away from your home when installed properly, but which one is better?

Regular Gutters

Tried and true, regular rain gutters are installed on most homes throughout the Delaware Valley. They are made by joining sections of the gutter to fit the roofline of your home. There are many customizable options for regular gutters such as their material (copper, steel, vinyl, and aluminum). Aluminum gutters are the most common because they are typically more affordable and long-lasting, creating the best value. Because the regular gutters come in mass-produced, standard lengths, they are easy to get, easy to install, and easy to replace.

Seamless Gutters

Because they are a single piece of material, seamless gutters tend to be stronger than regular gutters. If you live in a wooded area or get a lot of debris on your roof, seamless gutters are ideal because they have significantly fewer areas where debris can get trapped and clog your gutters. Without those seams, you also have less risk of leaks. Custom cut and formed for your home, seamless gutters do tend to cost more than regular gutters but with reduced maintenance cost and effort, they are a great option for many homes.

Still Have Questions About Seamless vs Regular Gutters?

When researching seamless gutters vs regular gutters you will find that they both have pros and cons. Because there are many other factors to consider outside of personal preference it’s a good idea to speak with a gutter installation professional. PJ Fitzpatrick can help you choose the best gutter system for your home in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, or New Jersey. We’ll install it for you, protecting your home and property for years to come. We can also install gutter guards or you can reach out to us to schedule professional gutter cleaning services. Contact PJ Fitzpatrick for a gutter estimate today.

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12 Indications It’s Time for a Gutter Replacement

12 Indications It’s Time for a Gutter Replacement

Gutter Replacement

When your gutters are in tip-top shape and working properly, they guide rainwater away from your home, preventing mold, sagging, rust, erosion, and more. Your gutters will need to be repaired or replaced if they are damaged to ensure they function at full capacity. If you notice any of the following signs, it’s important to schedule a gutter replacement as soon as possible before your home becomes damaged.

Gutter Replacement and Installation Needs

If you are a homeowner in Delaware Valley, PJ Fitzpatrick can quickly and affordably replace your gutter system. We specialize in gutter replacements, so don’t hesitate to give us a call if you notice any of these signs.

1. Standing Water or Dirt Channels

Pools of water or dirt channels may be an indication of a blockage in your gutter, but sometimes these symptoms can occur when no obstruction is present. Pooling water can become a breeding ground for mold and mosquitoes, and it is a sign that your gutter isn’t draining correctly.

2. Sagging or Pitch Issues

If your gutter is sagging, it could be improperly pitched, or the brackets may be loose. When sagging gutters are left unrepaired, the entire gutter system can become damaged and may need to be replaced. Sagging gutters can also break loose from your home, causing damage or injury if they fall on someone.

3. Fractures, Cracks, Gaps, or Separated Gutters

Any of these symptoms need urgent attention and repair, as cracks and gaps will allow water to leak out and damage the fascia or siding of your home.

4. Mold or Mildew

Mold and mildew are health hazards, and damaged gutters can cause leaking moisture to become a catalyst for growth. If you notice mold in your basement, near your roof, or inside your gutters, you may need to schedule a gutter replacement.

5. Rust or Orange Discoloration

Rusted metal is prone to cracks and breakage. If your gutters begin to rust from excessive rain, it’s best to get them replaced before they become inefficient.

6. Peeling Paint

Leaky gutters allow moisture to reach your home, which can lead to unsightly paint peeling. If you’ve noticed peeling paint on your home, it may be time for a gutter replacement.

Gutter Replacement - Soil Erosion

7. Eroding Soil or Landscape

When working properly, gutters direct rainwater away from your home in a steady stream. When large amounts of water reach your soil due to leaky gutters, erosion can occur and cause water damage to your home and your flower beds.

8. Foundation Issues

Standing water in your yard can seep down into the soil around your home, causing the foundation to shift. If you are having issues with your foundation, faulty gutters may be to blame.

9. Unidentifiable Nails and Screws

When gutter brackets break, nails and screws may show up on the ground around your home. If your gutters are starting to break apart and lose screws, it’s time for a replacement.

10. Overflowing Water

Overflowing, unobstructed gutters indicate that they are poorly designed or installed incorrectly. Your gutters will need to be replaced by a professional who can recommend a quality gutter system for your home.

11. Evidence of Water Damage

Water damage looks unsightly and it can lower your home’s curb appeal and value. Worn out, leaking gutters are the likely culprit.

12. Flooded Basement

If you notice water seeping into your basement during heavy rainstorms, it’s best to schedule a gutter replacement as soon as possible to prevent further flood damage.

Call PJ Fitzpatrick Today for a Gutter Replacement

If you notice any of these gutter issues, call us today at 1-877-246-4354 or schedule an appointment for your gutter replacement service. We offer upfront pricing, quality customer service, and skilled, professional replacements to ensure your gutters can do their job again. Did you know we also offer gutter cleaning services and gutter guard installations? Call now and talk to one of our team members about what PJ Fitzpatrick can do for your home gutter system.

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