Seamless Gutters, Leaf Guards, Decorative Rain Chains, Downspouts, Cost, Options and More!

First and foremost, congratulations! I heard the great news that you are finally in the process of developing your brand new home and you have the opportunity to design your entire home – inside and out!


While that’s such a beautiful moment to be grateful for, some part of you might be a little on edge at the thought of all the thousands of parts, brands, designs, textures, equipment, or even colors that you have to pick from. But HEY! Stop it! It’s a blessing – remember! You should be jumping up and down as you are planning your home improvements – I mean it’s your home!

When it comes to building, improving and/or remodeling your home, whether with the help of a professional contractor or DIY style, there is one facet this is absolutely crucial and you can’t miss or fail here. This one facet protects your home and keeps your home safe and you dry. Do you know what we are talking about here? It’s Gutters!

Gutters are the protectorate that keeps your home, roof and you clean, mildew free and dry! Now, Gutters can be quite complex, but for you it’s easy! Why?

You’re here and we are going to break it all down for you in this Ultimate Buying Guide for Homeowners on Seamless Gutter Costs. We are going to talk about the best seamless gutters, costs, and the pros and the cons.

By the end, you will be dancing outside but this time, in front of your brand new beautiful home that has your favorite seamless gutters! Are you ready for this journey? Well, let’s go!

Why Seamless Gutters?

I am very excited to share all this amazing information with you. With that being said, you are probably wondering why I already decided that the gutters are Seamless.

The answer is simple: Seamless Gutters are the only way! While there are other options, in the real game of protecting your home, there is only one: Seamless Gutters.

Why? Well here’s the situation if you were to buy a regular and basic gutter, the reality is after a couple of years the risk of your gutter failing increases as weather will wear the joints and seams, which then in turn causes you to fork of the Benjamins to your local Home Depot or Lowe’s.

If you were to put down a couple extra dollars and buy the higher quality gutter, you are investing in your home and future.

With Seamless Gutters, they are custom, have no joints and the material is built to last! So instead of the increasing risks, why not just by Seamless? The advantages are clear, evident and obvious!

Picking Out The Perfect Material

Now prior to getting into any anything, I am sure you are already thinking about costs and materials – that’s natural, it’s okay. With that being said, I figured I would give you a briefing on the different types of materials you can get your seamless gutters in.

Now with each of the materials I will provide you with, they all depend on your preferences and what you are willing to so spend.

Now let me give you a little heads up on pricing too. So the prices will vary depending upon where you make your purchases.

The numbers provided are the guides to what you should be expecting to pay. So if you are shopping somewhere and they are charging $20-$30 more than the price in this guide, you know what to do right?

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Flat Roof Repair – How to Repair a Leaky Rubber Roof – DIY Guide

This guide covers the basics of flat roof repair, also known as low-slope roof repair, including:

  • Locating the leak
  • Repairing flat roofing
  • Knowing when replacing the roof is a better option
  • The cost of flat roof repair and replacement
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If your home or building has a flat roof, then you know that water is its major nemesis and leaks must be aggressively addressed with top-quality flat roof repair materials and methods. We explore whether DIY flat roof repair is something you want to attempt or if it makes more sense to hire a professional flat roofing specialist.

These flat roof repair techniques can be used on the most common flat roof materials:

  • EPDM, aka Rubber
  • Modified bitumen
  • BUR (Built up roofing), aka tar and gravel

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Note: If you happen to have a PVC or TPO roof leak, such as a leaky seam or a hole/puncture caused by a fallen tree branch or an accidental cut, then you will need to find a qualified specialist equipped with all the necessary tools and supplies; a roll of appropriate membrane and a heat air gun. Look for a company specializing in PVC or TPO.

Locating a Flat Roof Leak

While finding a leak in a flat roof is easier than on a steep-sloped, shingled roof, leaks can still be deceiving. Where water enters your interior space might not be exactly where the leak is, because any water that penetrates a roofing membrane can travel for some distance until it finds a seam in the sub-roof or sheathing and seeps inside.

These steps will allow you to isolate the source of the leak if it isn’t readily evident when you inspect the roof.

  • From inside, measure the distance from where the leak is visible to the two nearest walls.
  • Use those measurements on the rooftop to create a starting point for your search.
  • Most flat roofs are very slightly sloped to facilitate runoff, so explore from the point of the water’s entrance up the slope, since water runs downhill.
  • Look for punctures, popping screws, rips, worn spots, seam separations, blisters and other imperfections in the membrane.
  • If no damage is found in the membrane, examine nearby vent pipe boots, flashing, caulk around vents and similar structures for damage.
  • When you still cannot locate the leak, call a professional flat roof contractor for assistance and repair.

Caution: It’s always smart to respect ladders and heights, so proceed with extreme care! If you can’t access the roof from inside, use a quality ladder rated for more than your weight, and have a strong adult hold the ladder steady for you. If the roof is icy, even greater precaution is required, or a pro should be called in.

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Repairing a Minor Flat Roof Issue

Warranties for flat roofs can range from 5 to 20 years. If your roof is under warranty, call the contractor that installed it to make the repair. Even if the warranty is prorated for the age of the roof, you might still save money with pro repair. You’ll have the confidence the job was done correctly and have recourse if it wasn’t.

If the warranty is up, then you can attempt the repair yourself. If it holds, you’ve saved money; If not, you won’t make it worse with the methods we suggest, and a flat roof contractor can repair it.

Rubber Roof Repair Tools:

  • Roofing Seams Probing tool
  • Roofing Hand Roller tool
  • Roofing Membrane Cleaner
  • EPDM rubber glue
  • EPDM peel and stick roofing tape
  • Appropriate Ladder with ladder stabilizer
  • Paint brush used to spread the glue
  • Bucket of warm water and clean towels

Other tools you may need will depend on the roofing system in question and a specific problem you’re repairing. The common tools used for repairs include a utility knife ($3-$6), tube of roofing sealant or cement ($4-$6), a caulk gun ($5-$20), a 2” putty knife or brush ($1-$4) and peel & stick flashing ($35-$125/size of the roll).

EPDM repairs require a few specialty items including EPDM glue ($12/tube or $40/gallon), weathered membrane cleaner for older roofs ($12/quart or $25/gallon) and EPDM/TPO primer ($15/quart or $40/gallon).

EPDM Rubber Roof Repair Kit

Did you know? Rather than trying to get all of the above items individually, you can save a lot of time by getting an all-inclusive Rubber Roof Repair Kit here

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Evolution of Modern Home Design and Decor by Millennials

Ever wonder what Millennial homeowners or home buyers want in terms of exterior and interior home design, living space layout, interior decor, and other architectural elements of a house? Knowing this can help inform your remodeling choices and ultimately affect desirability and salability of your home later.

Read on to learn how to please a millennial with your thoughtful choices of home improvements and remodeling upgrades.

Before we get started – Who are these Millennials anyway?

Millennials – those people born between 1982 and 2004 – are gradually coming of age and becoming the new first-time home buyers these days. It may be hard to believe, but the oldest Millennials are now in their early thirties! Of course, whenever a new generation takes over the mantle of first-time home buyer, the housing industry reacts; building and design trends become driven by that generation’s unique preoccupations and interests. (Remember floral wallpaper?)

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Even though there’s been a lot of buzz in the media about Millennials moving back in with their parents due to economic pressure and enormous student loan debt, they still overwhelmingly want to own homes when they can afford to. Perhaps more surprisingly, they also represent a significant portion of the home buying market. How significant? Try 35%!

That’s enough to make home builders and home designers pay attention. After all, even if they are currently buying older, cheaper, and smaller homes than their wealthier elders, those same Millennials will be the second- and third-time home buyers of the future – and they’re going to want to buy homes that make them feel comfortable.

In fact, in a survey conducted by Better Homes & Gardens, 63% of Millennial survey-takers said that having a customized home suited to their tastes was a top priority. Consequently, anyone trying to sell a house in 2017 probably ought to know what qualities Millennials are looking for in a new home.

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