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Seamless or Sectional Gutters: What’s the Difference?

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Gutters and rooflines can be some of the most under-appreciated and misunderstood features of a home, but they work together to accomplish an important goal: protecting your home from the elements. While they quite obviously shield your interior from direct rain, what many people don’t realize is how destructive the sheer weight of water and debris can be to every part of your home — right down to the foundation.

The choice of gutters, however, always seems unclear. There are various styles or seamless or sectional gutters, and several types of screens and guards to help protect them. While much of the difference comes in terms of the cost of installation, maintenance, and repairs over the life of your home, the nature of the environment your roof and gutter systems are protecting your home from has a lot to do with which choice will really net you the best protection. We’ll cover some of the general advantages of seamless and sectional gutters below (and you can read more about gutter guards here) but a local gutter contractor like Aerotech in St. Louis can tell you more about the environmental considerations specific to your home.

Ok, so sectional or seamless?

In the past, gutters were mass-produced according to specific lengths. As a result, when they were installed, they had to be installed in sections and joined with sealants. But as with all things, these sealants with time become corroded, resulting in leakages. However, when seamless gutters were introduced, they completely eliminated the need for these sectional gutters, as one piece can be molded and installed in to fit your roofline.

That said, we’ll be frank: all gutters leak. This is due, in part, to the fact that there will always be junctions where you’ll need to join with another side or feature of your gutter system.

Minimizing Leakages

In any gutter system, joints will require the application of sealants to ensure that the gutters stay leak-proof. With seamless gutters, there will be fewer joints, and fewer leaks for that reason. And, luckily, any leaks that occur can generally be fixed without removing anything, so the size and length of seamless gutters tends to only factor in when having to make larger repairs.

Minimizing Repair Costs

For most gutters, repairs often center on rotting, leaks, and corrosion caused by stagnant water or the weight of melting ice. Sectional gutter systems, with more joints, will tend to suffer the weight of this abuse more than seamless gutter systems. In more extreme cases of damage, the larger seamless gutters may become more complicated to repair or replace but this becomes less of a concern if they are regularly cleaned and maintained.

Ease of Cleaning

Seamless gutters are generally much easier to clean, and that’s a real help, since you’ll never want to fall behind on cleaning them. The disadvantage to sectional gutters is the fact that their joints tend to produce a lot of hard-to-reach areas that can start to collect debris or ice. Being more troublesome to clean and more prone to clogs and the like can contribute to higher maintenance investments, though this can vary depending on the type of foliage in your area and how far away from your roofline the nearest trees are.

Ease of Installation

In spite of their bulk, seamless systems are pretty easy and cheap to install. With sectional gutters, you or your contractor would end up spending a lot more time trying to get the right fit and adding sealants.

In the end, seamless gutter systems do tend to come out on top. But the performance and life of your roofline and gutter systems still hinges on keeping them clean and taking your environment into account. If you’re unsure of the system that works best for your home, it’s worth a little more research, and at least a phone call to a licensed contractor.

Let’s Light Up the House

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People often said that a bright home will be safer than the dark one and it seems to be explainable as thieves tend to be easier to enter the dark one than the bright one. So lighting up your house can bring you safety and at the same time, you can create an attractive decoration with these lights. Let’s create enchantment with outdoor lighting!

Before every decoration is made, planning is the starting point. Plan the design that you want the lights to be. You could light up the tree, or just install a lamppost to brighten up the driveway and even you may create a beautiful lighting cover all over your porch. Simply make a draft and estimate how much light you need.

After the planning, purchasing the suitable light will be your second challenge. You should be considering what colour do you want the light to be? The type of light whether is a bulb or LED? Of course, you want to make sure that these lightings stuff won’t cost you too much, so low voltage outdoor lightings are strongly encouraged as it is economical and easy to install.

Finally, installing these lights could be a tough one. Some prefer to request assistance from the professional while others prefer DIY. If you want to save up some penny, hands-on is your best option. Hang or fixed these lightings according to your design and it always require some creativity and imagination. For example, you can hang the lights on the tree and create a rainfall design or spread it evenly around the ground and make it looks like stars on the land. Anyway it goes; it will definitely bring your house a new life.

Make your Home a Better Place for Your Child

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Children are naturally born with curiosity and adventurous. These natural characteristics could be excellent for a growing child to discover and learn new stuff around. Unfortunately, this curiosity often results in injury or accident. As a parent, you probably want your child to be safe and have greater freedom to explore in the house. So, here are some simple and affordable ways for you to protect your little one from unwanted injuries.

Securing furniture around your home is the first step to go. Children are often being hurt by falling furniture when they try to climb on them, including dresser, closet, and tables. In order to prevent this tragedy accident, secure the furniture by installing furniture anchors. Not all furniture is necessary for that like a heavier closet that is too heavy to move, or chairs and table. Instead, you can try to avoid your children from climbing them.

Besides that, dangerous gear should be stored somewhere your children are not easy to access. Scissors, knives and tools can be fatal when hold or play by children, so keep them away from your babies. Furthermore, small pieces items can be dangerous for babies to swallow them accidentally and chock. Always keep your accessories and any small pieces stuff in somewhere they can’t reach.

Another hidden danger for your little one is the door. A door which seems to be safe and secure can hurt your children by getting their fingers caught in a door. Installing a door holder will block the door from closing all the way when your little one’s fingers are still in a jam.

Home Fire Safety Tips

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A fire could destroy a house without any sympathies and cause thousands of people lose their home every year. The causes of these fires are wide ranging, from smoking in the house to faulty electrical equipment, but one fact remains certain – almost all of them could be avoided. Prevention is better than cure; let’s make your home a little safer from fire with some tips here.

Home is full of fabrics and woods that easily caught fire, so smoking inside of your house is a fatal mistake that brings your house to an unsafe stage. While it can be difficult to kick the habits of smoking entirely, not smoking inside of your house instead take a few steps out of your home is highly recommended for you and your family safety.

Installing a smoke detector is also a great way to prevent fire by putting them out before it turns into a disaster. Place the smoke detector on every floor of your home, including the basement. Furthermore, smoke detector will usually be hard – wired with a battery back – up, in order to ensure constant protection, replacing the battery regularly is necessary.

If you have a family with children, then you probably want to keep matches and lighter stored somewhere your child will not able to access. Also do not forget to educate your children about the fire is not something to play with and the dangerous disaster that fire could lead to.

Lastly, only use electrical appliances which in a proper condition. Inspect electrical appliances regularly to help you lower the risk of one starting a fire. Extension cords should be in a good shape and without evident fraying or cuts in the insulation. If any damage or bad condition of these electrical appliances found, stop using them immediately and replace with a new one.