Tag: Lansdale PA

  • How Often Should You Clean Your Gutters?

    Homeowners ask this question a lot, how often should you clean your gutters?

    The answer is very simple, you should clean out your gutters at least twice a year. You should clean them more if they appear dirty. The best way to clean your gutters is to hire a professional. This will ensure that your gutters are cleaned properly and safely.

    By having a professionally clean your gutters you can be certain that all the dirt, leaves and any other objects are cleared from your gutters. Also they will make sure your downspout is clear and draining properly.

    If you have a routine system in place to clean your gutters it will help the life span of your gutter and roof. The Spring and Fall months are the best time to check and clean your gutters since these are the months with the most leaves, rain and debris that may clog your gutters.

    If gutters are not cleaned properly it can result in mold, fungus and or bacteria to grow in your gutters and up in your roof. Thus needing to be replaced.

    As always call us for any gutter questions.


  • Skylights

    Skylights are a great way to add natural lighting into any room.

    However, just like having a sunroof in your car they can leak if not installed

    properly. It is also important that they are installed properly with proper techniques to make ensure that the skylights are working at optimum level.

    Skylights are usually installed at the bottom most layer of a roof. As long as a professional roofing contractor is installing the skylight,  you can be certain they are installed tightly to prevent any leaking from occurring. Once your skylight is installed, you want to make sure you have it checked twice a year to ensure that no leaking taking place.

    It is important that you make sure you address all questions and concerns with your roofer. The most common concern is that the skylight with become foggy or cloudy over time. The roofer will be able to ensure you that  condensation will not form on the inner panes of your skylights. Also you may want to get a warranty from the manufacturer against clouding or fogging.

    Another thing to consider about a skylight is which type to purchase. There are many types of skylights out there, even ones that protecting against UV rays.

    The most important thing about having a skylight put in is that a professional roofer instals it.

  • What's the Black Stuff on my Roof?

    Often, homeowners call with a specific question -- what is that black stuff on my roof?

    The answer is simple -- it's probably roof algae.

    As Roof Repair Blog points out, the stuff is actually called Gleocapsa Magma, and it can not only detract from your roof aesthetically, but it can also cause damage and drive up your cooling costs in the summer (the black color absorbs the sun's heat instead of reflecting it).

    Any single one of these is a problem for a homeowner -- but if all three strike, it's a major problem. If you see some of this "black stuff" on  your roof, call a professional as soon as you can!

    And as always, Exterior Specialties is here to help! Call us today for a free estimate!


  • Why Seamless Gutters are the way to go

    Gutters are an integral part of your home. When properly installed, they direct water and rain flow away from your house and protect your siding, as well as your basements from water damage.

    There are many different types of gutters, but for the most part they can be divided into two camps - seamless and sectional.

    Sectional gutters are gutters you can buy in pieces at your local hardware store which you snap together around the perimeter of your roof. In addition to being a pretty big project, they are also extremely prone to leaks, as their many connections wear very easily overtime.

    Seamless gutters, on the other hand, include (as you would have guessed) none of these seams. They offer and continious gutter around your house, with connections only around corners. They hold up well over the years, and are extremely popular among homeowners.

    At ES of PA, we are experts in seamless gutter installation. Call us today for a free, no obligation estimate!