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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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Prepare Your Home for the Fall Season With These Tips

Summer’s in full swing and it’s time for barbecues, outdoor dining, fresh flowers, green lawns and beach trips. The days may be hot but you’ve got long hours in the sunshine and can enjoy outdoor activities again. Summer is also perfect for getting a few things done around the house that will help improve your home and keep it in great shape for the rest of the year.

There are several home improvement and home maintenance tasks that you can do in the summer to get ready for the fall. These will also help you avoid problems commonly experienced in the autumn, such as extensive gutter cleaning that comes with falling leaves and changing weather.

Clean Out Dryer Vents

Dryers can cause fires if vents become clogged with dust and lint. In fact, as many as 16,000 dryer fires occur annually, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Avoid house fires and damage to your property with just a few preventive steps. In addition to cleaning out the lint vent after each load, you can also clean out the housing with a vent-cleaning brush kit once a month. After you have cleaned out the dryer lint trap, disconnect the dryer duct from the dryer and the wall. Clean with a brush. Also clean the vent on the outside of the house.

Backyard & Pool Maintenance

If you have a pool, it is important to keep it clean both for hygiene and to extend the lifespan of the pool. Backyard and pool maintenance also prevents the formation of algae, mold and mosquito breeding grounds, and the accumulation of debris in the water and surrounding areas.

Clean Your Gutters & Add Gutter Guards

The gutters of your home can fill up with debris over the winter and even in the spring with heavy rains. This can lead to water damage in your home if left unaddressed. Knowing how much to clean gutters does require some skill and practice.

When gutters are well-maintained, they do a terrific job of regulating water flow from the roof down through the gutters to the ground. If, however, they get clogged with debris, plant matter, dust and other materials, gutters stop functioning. Water can pool around the foundation of the house, leading to structural damage and costly repairs.

Use gutter guards to keep your gutters clean and also proactively prevent clogs and ice accumulation in the future. Enjoy peace of mind this fall when you install GutterShutter.

Call GutterShutter at 877.677.4888 now to discuss your gutter cleaning and protection needs.


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Is Your Home is Ready for Storm Season?

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If you live in an area that is prone to hurricanes, tornadoes or severe storms and weather, you need to be prepared in many different ways. Take these steps to ensure storms do as little damage as possible to your home and family.

Roof & Gutters

Your roof and gutter system is your first line of defense against rain. Look from the ground to see if any shingles on your roof are loose or warped. Look in your attic to see if it has any areas with mold growth or visible stains, a sign of leaks. Repair or replace sections of your roof where water is getting in.

Check your rain gutters and make sure they are clean and water can flow unimpeded to the downspout. Improperly functioning gutters cause water to back up onto your roof and leak down your walls, particularly during a heavy downpour. Overflowing gutters also damage landscaping and the foundation.

Add a gutter leaf guard to your rain gutter system to ensure it stays free and clear of clogging debris. You certainly don’t want to be climbing a ladder in the middle of a hurricane to clean out your gutters. Get gutter guards! Also, examine your downspouts and add an extension to move water further away.

The GutterShutter system will handle the downpour. You can be confident it will protect your roof, walls, foundation, landscaping and flowers.

Landscaping

Examine your landscaping. One of the most destructive elements of high winds is flying or falling branches from large trees and bushes. Examine any trees in your yard and make sure they are not in danger of losing branches or, even worse, falling down altogether. Trim and remove loose branches.

Pay particular attention to trees close to your house. Trees falling onto roofs can cause major and expensive damage, as well as injury and even death to a home’s occupants. Moreover, the roof will then no longer keep out any rain, causing water damage inside the home.

Also consider removing lawn furniture or other objects in the yard that can be picked up and hurled at your windows and other vulnerable areas. Think how other structures such as sheds, garden benches or ornaments will fare.

Emergency Plan

Be ready for the worst. Before storms come, you need to prepare an emergency plan for your family. Include phone numbers and a meeting place, so that if a severe storm comes when you’re at work or your children are at school, you’ll all know where to go. Don’t forget to add your pets to the plan.

Make sure that you have basic supplies to last several days at your home. A basic disaster supply kit should include food, water, flashlights, a phone and a radio, and a first aid kit. Also, consider getting a portable emergency generator to use in the event of a power outage.

Call 877.677.4888 for a free quote for a gutter leaf guard with your nearest GutterShutter dealer.


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Causes of Landscape Erosion & How to Stop It

bigstock-Trimmed-Grass-Over-Exposed-Soi-35123834-200x300As part of your regular home maintenance, it is important to check your property’s drainage system and clear out gutters. Poor water drainage and uncontrolled water flow creates landscape erosion and can also damage your foundation walls. This inadequate drainage and flow may be caused by:

  1. Clogged gutters.
  2. Undersized gutters.
  3. Clogged downspouts and sump pump pipes.
  4. Poor grading around foundation walls.

A 5% grade is ideal for your property for a distance of 10 feet around your home. It is important to fill in any depressed areas that form near the downspout to prevent clogging and water damage.

Gutter Protection via GutterShutter

If your gutters are constantly overflowing, consider gutter replacement. The GutterShutter system can help you proactively prevent landscape erosion caused by clogged and overflowing gutters.

Among all the companies offering gutter protection, GutterShutter consistently ranks as the top choice among homeowners in gutter guard reviews. GutterShutter features state-of-the-art technology that directs water flow off the roof and down into the gutters, through the downspout and on to the ground safely away from the home and foundation. There are many choices available today including gutter leaf guard, filters and more. GutterShutter’s design is durable, offers protection year-round and is backed by a lifetime guarantee.

Preventive Planning

Fixing drainage problems requires planning to proactively identify and then solve any water drainage problems in and around the property. Having a preventive plan for maintenance is the best course to take to prevent damage and excessive repairs.

Here are some steps to take:

  1. Look for erosion.

Where has erosion occurred around your home? For example, if you see gravel or soil streaming around the garden, yard or other areas, this is typically a sign of water flow problems.

  1. Check for waterfalls.

Is water rushing down the sides of your home’s gutters? Excessive water flow happens when gutters get clogged with debris or leaves. This can even create erosion right under the gutters and damage the foundation of your home by seeping in through the basement.

  1. Clean out gutters.

Gutters should be cleaned out at least twice each year. You can also install a high-quality gutter guard system like GutterShutter that makes maintenance easy and prevents clogging from happening in the first place.

  1. Control runoff.

When there is a heavy storm, water runoff from the roof can fill your yard and even cause damage to your home. You will need to redirect this water or contain it. You can use a catch basin or a French drain to hold the water or add a downspout extension to redirect the water.

  1. Remove wetness.

Erosion caused by improper grading leads to wet areas that last for several days. This can lead to problems such as compacted soil or high groundwater. You may be able to solve the problem by adding organic material. If the problem is more extensive, you may need to add underground drainage.

Landscape erosion is a problem that should be dealt with immediately to prevent further damage and small problems from escalating into larger ones. GutterShutter can help you by installing a high-quality gutter guard system that you can use for many years and safeguards your home from water damage and landscape erosion. Call us at 513-671-4000 for more information.


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Creative Ways To Repurpose Rain Gutters

Old and unused rain gutters can be repurposed into many interesting projects for your home and garden. Made from aluminum and plastic gutters are easy to modify only with basic tools and and their U-shaped designs create a host of unique possibilities.

Here are a few clever ways to repurpose rain gutters that are no longer in use on your home.

Rain Gutters as Corner Bookshelf

Use Rain Gutter as Cooler Box in Patio Table

Great way to serve and chill wine at your next outdoor party! Via: thekitchn.com

Rain Gutter Boat Races

School Carnival Game Idea. Learn more at hcarnivalsavers.com

A Gutter as a Giant Trough for a Ice Cream

Perfect for your next kids party! Get the Tutorial at purplechocolathome.com

Repurpose Gutters into Hanging Planters

Get the instructions at pgeveryday.com

Rain Gutters as Cable Management Tools

End of tangled cables behind the desk. Get the instructions at lifehacker.com

Rain-gutter Trees

Rain gutters are shallow containers, so they can be perfect for the growth of strawberries. Source: gardenbytes.com

Rain Gutters Wall Shelves

So neat and such a great way to hold the books. Source and more details: homestoriesatoz.com

Rain Gutter Planter Attached to the Deck Railing

Get the Tutorial at nagle5.blogspot.com

Grow Your Herbs in Your Kitchen

Create Ribbon Storage

We have seen so many storage options for ribbon but this takes the cake! Found at scrapbook.com

Floating Candle Tablescape by using Rain Gutters

Found at sugarlaws.com

Use Rain Gutter as Space Saving Shoe Rack

Found at pinterest.com

Rain Gutter as Thread Spool Organizer

Build a Self-Watering Aquaponic Rain Gutter Garden

Read the instructions here farmxchange.org

Use them for Garage Storage

They are perfect for holding cans of spray paint and other small items. Tutorial via: anyonecandecorate.blogspot.com

Fill Them with Rocks and Use as Garden Edges

Found at flufflefritz.com


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Are You Right for GutterShutter?

“Am I right?” is a question we are frequently asked by prospective GutterShutter dealers.  The answer really depends more on the prospective GutterShutter business owner.  Over the years we have identified some traits that are common to owners of successful gutter businesses.

Note, it’s not terribly hard to own and operate a profitable gutter business.  However, we know that most business owners aren’t satisfied with simply being profitable.  Instead, they want to create a business that will employ more than their immediate family.

To us, a “successful” business is one that continues to grow and create opportunities both in the business and the community.  A successful business provides for more than the owner — it becomes a legacy and a brand that can last for generations, having a lasting impact that far exceeds the value of products and services sold and installed.

With that in mind, here are the traits of a successful gutter installation business owner:

  • Interested in building a business, not just having a job.
  • Willing to work hard, but also to hire skilled employees and let them fully use their skills.
  • Willing to invest (time or money) in ongoing training and development, and learn from others who have experienced success.
  • Interested in using the best possible processes for lead generation, the sales process and installation procedures.
  • An understanding of key business metrics like cost of customer acquisition, closing percentage, material and labor costs, profit margin, etc.
  • The desire to own a business that caters to homeowners.
  • The desire to own a business that increases value for customers.

If you share any of these traits, you may be right for a GutterShutter business.  Of course a website can’t fully answer that question, so we invite you to fill out the inquiry form below and let’s have a conversation about you, your business goals and GutterShutter dealer opportunities.  We look forward to hearing from you.


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Guard Your Home Against Mold

bigstock-Corner-Of-Ceiling-With-Mold-93963320-300x199As part of home maintenance, it is important to have a plan to prevent and to remove any mold that forms in your home. Mold can grow inside or outside your home. When you’ve got mold in your home or on your property, it’s an indication of excessive moisture. This can happen due to a leak, flooding or lack of sufficient ventilation. Mold can progress rapidly, so it is important to know how mold can harm you and your home, and then take effective measures to stop it.

Health Dangers of Mold

When mold develops, it can lead to irritating conditions such as coughing, skin irritation, eye infections, and throat and nasal congestion. For people with asthma, this can worsen their condition. Mold can have a very negative effect on the health of your family especially if it persists for a prolonged period of time.

Unfortunately, mold can appear anywhere. You may see mold in an airway, an air conditioning system or a window. Mold can show up in the bathroom by the bathtub, toilet, sink and shower areas. Mold can form in between tiles and also around vents. Anywhere that moisture can build up, mold can form!

Both attics and basements are highly susceptible to mold development. You can detect mold by sight and smell – usually a musty odor. Mold begins often with a discoloration on a surface and then darkens over time.

Stopping Mold

The faster you respond, the easier it will be for you to remove the mold. This begins with checking the humidity level inside your home to checking gutters and roofs. The Gutter Shutter system offers a very effective way of stopping moisture intrusion from clogged gutters.

Filtering out wet leaves and matter around the foundation of your home with the Gutter Shutter, prevents the build-up of moisture. One of the most important steps you can take is to immediately address any wetness you see. You will want to clean anything that is wet with detergent and water first before drying. You may also want to use bleach to clean out any mold with a ratio of one cup of bleach to one gallon of water. Be sure to dry out any wet floors, walls, carpeting and furniture within 24 to 48 hours to prevent mold from forming.

Finally, check for proper ventilation inside your home to prevent mold from building up. This ranges from the kitchen area to bathrooms. Installing a dehumidifier or using an air conditioner can also help prevent the build-up of moisture.

Gutter Shutter helps you stop problems before they begin! Call us at 877.677.4888 for help installing new gutter guards, and keep the mold away.

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