The Gutter Shutter Co.

GutterShutter is North Americas leading manufacturer of leaf & debris free systems. We use only the highest quality materials. Our manufacturing facility utilizes cutting edge technology, to ensure precision.


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Gutters & Fire Resistance

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As we approach summer, it’s important to start thinking about outdoor fire hazards and how to prevent them. Did you know that unguarded gutters can pose major fire risks during dry periods?

Gutters play a role in providing a means of collecting and directing rainwater from the roof into downspouts, and then away from the house. This helps reduce the amount of water in the soil that can enter the crawlspace or basement and result in moisture-related performance problems such as those from mold and wood decay fungi.

Combustible debris such as leaves and pine needles can accumulate in gutters, especially from nearby or overhanging trees. Due to difficulty in accessing upper stories of a home, gutters two and three floors high are even more problematic, since they will be difficult to clean out on a regular basis. If ignited, combustible debris in the gutter will expose the edge of the roof covering, typically the fascia and or roof sheathing. Depending on the condition of the wood and presence (or absence) of metal flashing at the edge of the roof, debris in the gutter may make it easier for fire to enter the attic. Metal flashing at the roof edge will provide additional protection to the roof edge and therefore is a recommended detail.


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Gutter Protection System

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The Best Leaf and Debris Gutter Protection System Available for Your Home!

If you have trees in your neighborhood, chances are you need gutter guards! The GutterShutter system is a clog free, seamless replacement gutter system guaranteed to never pull away from the home for the lifetime of the structure. Our product eliminates the need to climb a dangerous ladder to clean out clogged gutters. The award-winning GutterShutter design provides a water-tight seal from the roofline down using the GutterShutter Exclusive “High-Back” gutter trough — and there is nothing to void your roof and shingle warranty .

Say goodbye to clogged downspouts and underground plumbing issues! The GutterShutter gutter protection system is a beautiful addition to any home, with a variety of color options. Add curb appeal and value to your property with GutterShutter’s crown molding look and feel, quality materials and performance! If you need to replace your gutters, give us a call — our teams will do it all! We’ll remove your old gutters and install the high quality GutterShutter system as a replacement on your home.


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Why Gutters Fail

112For many homeowners who are investing in home improvement projects for their exteriors, gutters tend to be an afterthought. Sure, they play an important role in protecting your home from water damage, but at the end of the day, they’re just gutters. Does it really matter what type of material you use for your gutters, or which contractor you hire to install them?

In short: yes. Do you want your new roof or siding to retain its pristine appearance? Do you want your interior to remain dry, mold-free and comfortable? Then you need to put as much care and thought into your new gutters as you would any other home improvement project!

Reason #1: Low-Quality Material

Like any other component of your exterior, your gutters are constantly exposed to the elements. During strong storms, they need to be able to support 30-40 pounds per foot of material. If your gutters are made of a weak material, they may break away from your home during a storm or heavy winds, causing significant damage.

Reason #2: Faulty Installation

Even the highest-quality gutter material will let you down, however, if your system isn’t properly installed. Your gutters need to be securely attached to your roof during the installation to ensure they will remain intact in severe conditions.

Reason #3: No Gutter Protection System

After selecting a high-quality gutter material and experienced, reputable contractors to handle the installation, you’re well on your way to achieving long-lasting, high-performance gutters. But there’s one more step you need to take: installing a gutter protection system.

Without gutter guards or gutter screens, leaves, pine needles and other debris can accumulate in your gutters and create a clog, causing water to overflow onto your siding. This can result in major water damage that will require expensive repairs.


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Anatomy of a Roof


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It’s Time For A Spring Gutter Audit

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With the arrival of Spring, it’s a great time to perform a gutter audit. There are any number of things that can cause drainage issues, and it’s important to catch them early.

Are your gutters clogged? Take time to clear them, top to bottom, and run water through them to be sure they’re not blocked. A lot of debris could have built up throughout the Winter, and Spring will likely bring even more.

As you run water through to test for gutter blockages, it’s also a good time to check for leaks. As water runs through the gutter, check all sides to be sure there are no leaks. Now is the time to find and solve a problem like that before it’s too late. Pay particular attention to any water that is getting behind your gutter and against the fascia.

Are your downspouts pointing correctly, and directing water away from your home? Improper placement can result in basement leaks and/or siding damage. Don’t forget, these can get clogged too, and cause problems if water is allowed to pool near your foundation.

Lastly, take note of the types of trees you (and your close neighbors) have, and remember to keep an eye on them as they shed items onto your roof. Certain trees can be a nuisance, and are worth keeping an eye on!

As usual, any of our estimators is available to come out and perform a free evaluation of your current gutter system. They’ll make qualified recommendations, and get you on your way to the best possible draining system for your home!

Plus, you’ll never need to do a gutter audit or climb a dangerous ladder to clear debris ever again with the GutterShutter system!

Call today, 877-677-4888 to find the nearest Factory Authorized GutterShutter Dealer.


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Ladder Safety 101: How to Stay Safe When Cleaning Gutters

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Did you know that the United States has the most ladder-related deaths of any country in the world? Every year, nearly nine million people are taken to the emergency room due to injuries sustained from falling off a ladder. Many of these casualties are homeowners who fall from their ladders while trying to clean gutters or gutter guard, or working on their home.

  1. Don’t climb if you’re feeling unwell. If you feel dizzy, tired or otherwise unwell, do not climb your ladder, as this can increase your risk of falling.
  2. Don’t climb in bad weather. If there are high winds, rain or other bad weather in your area, put the ladder away and wait until conditions improve.
  3. Wear appropriate footwear. Your shoes should be clean and slip-resistant, with heavy soles. Never climb a ladder in shoes with leather soles.
  4. Use the right size of ladder. The Duty Rating of your ladder should be more than the total weight of the climber plus any tools or other objects placed on the ladder. It should be tall enough that you don’t have to step onto the top rung to accomplish your task.
  5. Place ladder on firm, level ground. The ladder should never be placed on uneven or slippery ground.
  6. Do not place ladder in front of a closed door. Never put your ladder in front of a closed door that could be opened out toward the ladder, as this could dislodge the ladder.
  7. Observe the “three points of contact” rule. When climbing or descending a ladder or performing work while standing on a ladder, you should have two feet and one hand (or two hands and one foot) on the ladder at all times.
  8. Always face the ladder. Never turn away from the ladder during your ascent, descent or while working from the ladder.
  9. Never move the ladder while standing on it. This could destabilize it and lead to a fall.
  10. Wear a toolbelt. This keeps your hands free so you can hold onto the ladder.
  11. Climb slowly and carefully. Take your time and always exercise caution when climbing or descending a ladder. Do not make any sudden movements.


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3 Tips to Hire an Expert Gutter Installer

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When it comes to gutters and gutter guards, it pays to invest not only in high-quality products, but also highly reputable, experienced contractors to complete the installation. You could purchase the most durable gutters in the world, but if the contractors you hire to do the installation botch the job, your system won’t perform well and you will have wasted your money. With countless contractors in the industry advertising their services, how do you choose the best one for your needs? In today’s post, we share three tips for hiring a contractor you can trust to do the job smoothly, efficiently and effectively.

1. Ask for Referrals

Begin by asking friends, family and acquaintances for referrals. People you know will tell you the truth about their experience working with a contractor, whereas with online reviews you can never be totally sure if the feedback is authentic. You can also ask your friends and family in-depth questions about their experiences to get a better feel about the contractors’ customer service, work ethic and skills.

2. Research Contractors Online

Go to the Better Business Bureau’s website and look up any companies you are considering. You can see their rating and read other customer reviews to get a good idea of their reputation and reliability. Sites like Angie’s List, Yelp and Google also include customer reviews that can shed more light on each company’s dependability.

Once you’ve created a shortlist of companies you’re interested in working with, go to each contractor’s website and read about their services. We recommend choosing a company that can offer new gutters as well as gutter protection systems and gutter maintenance services. This way, if you ever need to repair your gutters or you decide to invest in leaf guard gutters later on, you will have already built a relationship with the contractor and won’t have to go through the whole process of finding a reputable company again. You should also read the “About Us” page on each company’s website to get a feel for their mission, experience and skill set.

3. Request Quotes

Once you’ve narrowed your list down to two or three companies, call and speak to sales representatives about their services, pricing and installation process. While there are many factors that go into a quote on new gutters or gutter guards, getting quotes from two or three different companies is a good way to compare services and pricing, and make sure you’re getting a fair deal.

During your phone calls, pay close attention to the level of customer service that each sales representative is providing. If you feel they aren’t being helpful or patient enough with your questions, we recommend moving on to the next company on your list. This may be a sign that the company’s attitude toward customer service in general is lacking, which would not bode well for your relationship with them.