Gutter Cleaning Season Again

Now with Fall in full swing gutter cleaning season is here again.  It is a dreaded task shared by many once they see the leaves beginning to turn colors, but properly functioning gutters, after all, help ensure that storm water does not find its way inside. There are several ways to get the job done. No matter […]

Rain Harvesting – Part 3

Harvesting Systems into Gardens While through most of the year, outdoor water use accounts for just 7% of the total water we use, in the summer this rises dramatically to over 50% at peak times, according to Waterwise. One rather unusual option would be follow the lead of former architectural technologist Jonathan McGee. His home looks, […]

Residential Gutters – Part 3

Proper Pitch Gutter installation should follow a couple basic rules. Gutters must be pitched so water will flow to the downspouts. The rule of thumb for this slope is a vertical 1/2 inch for every 10 feet of horizontal run. If the run is more than 35 feet long, some specialists recommend installing the high […]

Residential Gutters

When shopping for a gutter system, a homeowner will have to choose among a variety of materials, including aluminum, galvanized steel, vinyl, copper, and wood. Installers price gutter systems per linear foot, but this price should include all the necessary components for a gutter system, including the gutters, downspouts (the vertical section), corner joints, end […]

Sizing Your Downspouts – Part 3

What if the runoff is off the chart for standard gutters? You have three options: 1. Get 7- or 8-inch gutters. They’ll cost more and probably require a custom order through a professional installer. 2. Increase the pitch of the gutter. The standard is about ¼ inch per 10 feet. Increasing the pitch increases a […]