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Home Improvement:

Projects that Require a Professional

March 13, 2018

When it comes to home improvement projects, there are always tons of details to take into consideration. Most homeowners want any renovation or update to add to the resale value of their home, even if they aren’t looking to sell anytime soon. Having that peace of mind is invaluable and will definitely reduce your stress levels when you do decide to put your home on the market. More than that, you’ll want to ensure that any new project is something you can do within a reasonable timeline and budget. However, it’s important to realize that not every home improvement project is DIY; sometimes, you have to call in a pro to get the job done.

Having a professional do the job means it will get done safely and correctly, which is imperative when the project is a big one that requires changes to be made to the structure of your home or when adding area, or when you want to tackle things involving electricity or plumbing. Likewise, having a pro come in for things like repairing HVAC units or making changes to the roof will keep you from making costly mistakes that eat into your time and budget.

Here are a few projects that will require the help of a professional:


There are many reasons a homeowner might make modifications; individuals who are living with a disability and need to make changes to the height of countertops or to bathroom fixtures for safety reasons, for instance, or seniors who have mobility issues. These can be big jobs that require a week or more and possibly thousands of dollars, so they’re not projects you can just jump into. Hire a pro to make sure everything is done safely, and go here for tips on what kind of changes you can make and why.

Up on the Rooftop

The roof and gutters of your home are two very important parts, and when they become damaged or compromised, there could be thousands of dollars at stake. Repairs to these areas, even for the sake of upkeep, can be tricky and require special tools and knowledge. It’s best to leave them to the professionals, and look into whether your insurance company will assist you with the financial end of things, especially if the damage was caused by a storm or inclement weather.


Your lawn can add massive curb appeal to your home, and even if you aren’t thinking about selling just yet, having neat, colorful landscaping can amp up the look of your home and bring beauty in unexpected ways. And while there are several DIY projects you can do with your lawn, for big jobs it might be best to hire a pro who can ensure that the right types of flowers and plants are included for the climate where you live. There may also be heavy lifting involved, especially if you want to lay out paving stones or something similar to line your flower beds.

Building Additions

Many homeowners come to realize that they’ve outgrown their space and want to add a room or knock down a wall to create a bigger area. If you have contracting experience, this might not be that big a job, but most of us need a pro who can come in and make those changes with confidence. Any job dealing with the structure of your home can be extremely costly and, if not done right, can cause damage that will require even more work and money.

Bringing in a pro to help with home improvement projects is the best way to ensure it gets done right the first time, so that you don’t have to extend your timeline or your wallet. Do some research online before making any decisions and make price comparisons to make sure you get the best deal.

Content provided by guest blogger Paul Denikin who is passionate about sharing his experiences working on DIY projects to benefit people with special needs children. He is the owner of, which shows off helpful DIY projects.

Gutter Guard Installation:

Good Move for the Spring Season

February 21, 2018

Groundhog Day, February 2, 2018: Punxsutawney Phil, the little furry seasonal predictor beloved the world over, saw his shadow at around 7:25 a.m. ET, portending another six weeks of Winter. Last year’s prediction was spot on, but critics are largely denouncing that Phil’s method of forecasting is not completely reliable. Statistics state that Phil’s prediction prowess is only 39 percent accurate.

Nevertheless, whatever truth may come out of Punxsutawney Phil’s foretelling, there’s no denying that Spring is just around the corner, and that can mean a whole set of problems to consider regarding your roof. As snowfall decreases and rainfall increases, it’s a good idea to monitor the level of debris that may fall on your roof.

Problem with Spring

This may surprise you, but Spring debris is a very troublesome roof problem that causes gutters to clog and most gutter guards to fail. That’s why you need a plain weave surgical grade stainless steel wire mesh gutter guard like GutterDome that prevents clogged rain gutters and virtually eliminates the need for gutter cleaning completely.

What Falls on Your Roof?

Spring debris is notoriously made up of seed husks, seeds, pollen, oak tassels and more—tiny objects that trees release into the air in order to reproduce and repopulate. Unfortunately, once these objects reach your gutters, they can turn into mulch-like residue when the rain hits—residue that can collect in the gutter and cause a clog.

High Cost of Clogged Gutters

With nowhere to go, rainwater from a clogged gutter will overflow, which can lead to problems such as fascia/soffit board damage, roof leaks, eroded landscaping and even foundation damage. Clogged gutters can also potentially lead to pest and rodent infestation, as these critters may see the blockages as attractive locations to nest in. As you can imagine, fixing these problems can be expensive and cost you thousands of dollars.

Protect Your Rain Gutters

Ultimately, when you protect your rain gutters, you protect your entire home. Consider taking care of your rain gutter system by contacting a gutter guard installation expert and having GutterDome premium gutter guards installed on your home before the Spring debris has a chance to fall.

Gift Ideas:

For a New Homeowner

January 17, 2018

Buying a new home is really exciting. It is the quintessential goal of the American dream. Finally, all of that hard work has paid off, and the keys have been handed over to the new house. Along with the new-home feeling comes a lot of financial stress.

This is where gift-giving can really come in handy for new homeowners. They just put thousands down on a new home, finished their closing costs, and now have a mortgage. It’s often a strain to get off the ground in the beginning. The last thing they want to do is spend even more money, and they’re likely going to need a few things to help them along. Why not assist them in maintaining the beauty of their home? Here are a few recommendations on helpful outdoor gifts to give the new homeowner.

  • Lawn-care service. Chances are that the home came with a yard, which means the grass has to be mowed, and plants need to be maintained. While some people like to work in their yard, for new homeowners, spending what little free time they have doing yard work can be difficult—at least at first. Why not consider giving the gift of lawn care? The national average cost to mow and maintain a lawn is $148. Instead of spending precious personal time taking care of the lawn, your home-owning friends can relax a little and enjoy the beauty of their new home.

But, what about those people who really love working in the yard? As new homeowners, there are probably some essential items missing from their arsenal of home-care tools. Here are a few ideas:

  • Lawn mower. You don’t need the biggest and best to do the job, but it’s still an investment, and doing research on the size and features is really important.
  • Hoses. There are pinch-proof hoses, fabric/collapsible ones, and even metal ones. It all depends on what you want to spend and what you need.
  • Edgers and trimmers. These are great for knocking out vegetation around the bases of trees, steep inclines/declines, patios, and porches, and of course edging the driveway and sidewalk.

Now that the outside is taken care of, what about some items for the inside of the house as well? Maybe you’ve had some hints along the way from the new homeowners about what they’d like to do with the inside of their new home. Here are some ideas:

  • Towels. Who doesn’t need towels? You can find different sets of towels for each of their bathrooms or get the same set for all of them. Going neutral or white is usually best when selecting colors. Don’t forget towels for the kitchen, too.
  • Oven mitts and hot pads. These items get a lot of use over the years, and it’s nice to freshen them up on occasion. What better time to get these for someone than when moving into a new house? Think about buying some durable ones that really protect the hands and arms, rather than just decorative and thin ones.
  • Cooking utensils. If you’re considering oven mitts, what about cooking utensils? There are a lot of really high-end sets out there and also some more budget-friendly ones. Keep in mind what kind of cookware they use since items can be scratched.

It won’t take terribly long to look into some of these helpful gifts. From giving the gift of a lawn care service, to supplying them with some physical tools for their yard, to selecting a few functional home-decor items, the perfect gift is right around the corner. With your help, they’ll continue to enjoy their new home every day, and your gift will lift some of the financial strain for them, too.

Content provided by guest blogger Paul Denikin who is passionate about sharing his experiences working on DIY projects to benefit people with special needs children. He is the owner of, which shows off helpful DIY projects.

Quality Gutter Covers:

Ensure Your Home is Safe from Snow Damage

December 20, 2017

Heavy snowfall has been hitting different parts of the U.S. lately. While there’s no telling if this will continue in the upcoming months, it is best to have your house prepared just in case. Having quality gutter covers is a good place to start to ensure that your house and its roof are protected from snow and ice damage.

One problem that usually occurs during periods of heavy snowfall is the buildup of ice dams. These are ridges of ice that form at the edge of the roof, which prevents melting snow from being properly drained. It forms because of warm air inside the house that leaks into the attic and warms the upper portion of the roof’s underside, which ultimately causes snow and ice to melt. The melted water will run along the roof and will form icicles or an ice dam on the lower section of the roof. Water may also find its way through damaged shingles, cracks, and openings, and become an interior water leak.

The best way to deal with ice dams is by preventing them altogether. The most common way of accomplishing this is by installing heating cables along the lower edge of the roof. This provides insulation and protection to the roof. The best time to have these installed is before snowy weather hits since it would be dangerous to do so while there is snow and ice on the roof. They are an economical way of draining the roof of snowmelt.

Another solution is by making use of premium gutter covers with an integrated heat trace cable. These can be added to existing gutters and are able to melt snow, ice dams and icicles. These are very beneficial and homeowners should invest in them, especially for those who are living in areas where snowfall is frequent. These guards also lessen the need of frequently cleaning the gutters, which makes them a good deal.

Snow and ice may be pretty and all, but they also pose a potential threat to the roof and the home as a whole. You should be wary of upcoming weather and snow conditions and be prepared. Consult with companies such as GutterDome that offer excellent gutter guard solutions, which can keep your home protected during periods of heavy snowfall.

Keep Winter Merry:

Utilize These Home Winterization Tips

November 10, 2017

Winter is a wondrous delight. With the change of temperature comes gift giving, Christmas decorations, and families sharing treasured memories. On the other side of New Year’s are crackling fires, comfy blankets, and cups of cocoa to console us until the first hints of spring signal the return of warmer weather. But winter’s joys can turn to woes if your home is unprepared for what the season can unleash. Here are some fall maintenance tips for keeping your loved ones, and your living quarters, safe throughout the chilly months ahead.

Staying Warm

Climate controls comfort in the modern world. Your HVAC system works year round to chase away summer’s heat and winter’s cold. But you must take care of it, if you expect it to take care of you. Here’s what you should do to keep your furnace working its best:

  • Change filters. The air intake is your system’s “lungs.” The filter keeps out the contaminants that can damage the unit’s inner workings. Replacing filters at the turn of each season is crucial to your furnace’s long-term health, according to the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI). The small amount of money and effort you’ll expend will come back to you in terms of greater comfort and lower utility bills.
  • Give the indoor and outdoor units a close look-see and note any corrosion, loose wires, or other signs of trouble. Start the system and listen for odd noises such as squealing or clunking. Call a professional if you suspect problems.

Keeping the Water Running

Protect your plumbing from the three causes of frozen pipes. According to State Farm, these are:

  1. Rapid temperature decline,
  2. Thermostats set too low.
  3. Inadequate insulation.

To prevent these issues, keep thermostat settings at adequate levels to prevent freezing temperatures in your basement or crawl space. Add or replace pipe insulation as needed and keep a trickle of water running on especially cold nights.

Heat tape is a great way to add an extra level of protection, especially when it comes to pipes near exterior walls that are far away from heat sources. Follow product directions and have a pro do the job if you’re unsure of your skills.

Preventing Illness and Accidents

Sometimes threats to your safety start closer to home than you might think. Preventing misfortune means ensuring that critical measures work as needed throughout the coming winter. Here are some tips for keeping them at their best:

  • Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace batteries with fresh cells. Most of these products have test modes to ensure proper operation. Check your owner’s manual or visit the manufacturer’s website for directions.
  • Check your walkways for cracks that could become trip hazards. Use polyurethane compound or epoxy to correct these problems.
  • Take a walk around your home’s perimeter and look for low spots where rain or melting snow could pool against the foundation. This problem can cause flooded basements, mold growth, or other issues. While you’re at it, give the roof a close look and call a pro if you see missing shingles or other warning signs. Clean your gutters while you’re at it.
  • Do you plan to display holiday lights? If so, then check your exterior outlets for proper functioning. Use only outdoor-grade power cords and other suitable equipment. Follow local rules and know your state of health before attempting strenuous chores.

The tips in this post will help you to enjoy winter’s pleasures while avoiding its pitfalls. So take the time to follow them. After that, you can relax and get ready for the good times to come, knowing you’ve earned some peace of mind. 

Content provided by guest blogger Paul Denikin who is passionate about sharing his experiences working on DIY projects to benefit people with special needs children. He is the owner of, which shows off helpful DIY projects.

Premium Gutter Protection:

Helps Prevent Costly and Bothersome Damage

October 10, 2017

Left alone, clogged gutters can lead to costly damage. In an Angie’s List feature, four main consequences of clogging were listed:

  • Ice dams. For areas with a colder than average climate, clogs can raise the chance for ice dams to form on the roof’s lower edge or the gutters. These obstructions cause the water to pool and later on seep inside the house.
  • Foundation damage. A clogged gutter will cause water to overflow to the sides and gather into a pool around the house’s foundation. If this remains unattended, the water’s erosive action will cause cracks in the foundation, thus risking a collapse.
  • Wood damage. Water can wreak havoc on wooden parts of the house, which is why gutters are designed to direct the rainwater away from these components. A clogged gutter can’t perform that job well and leaves wood vulnerable to rainwater.
  • Landscape compromise. If there are plant beds beside your house, water spilling over to the side due to clogged gutters falls onto those beds forcefully, damaging the soil and the plants. Moreover, mud splashes to the lower part of the immediate wall, making it wet and dirty.

It’s not just about the money, either. The damage would cause more than just a little inconvenience, and it will last until your gutters are fixed.

Determining a Clogged Gutter

You can detect clogs early by looking for some warning signs whether it’s raining or not.

When rain is pouring, take a look at the behavior of water on your gutters. If the rainwater spills over the gutter’s edges, you can be sure that there’s a clog. Check also if the rainwater sprays like a fountain from elbow joints and gutter seams. Lastly, little to no water flowing out of the downspout extensions indicates the presence of a blockage.

When it’s not raining, check for peeling paint on the sides, eroded soil under the gutters, gutters leaning away from the fascia, and dirty or moist siding beneath gutters.

If you spot these signs, your gutter needs to be unclogged. This would be a tedious process and you probably won’t want to do it again. Thus, a premium gutter protection system can help.

Having a complete gutter protection system, like those available from GutterDome, installed onto your home can protect your rain gutters from the debris that may otherwise enter these vital passages. Such innovative gutter protection systems will prevent clogs and avert the damage, as well as eliminate the need for troublesome and routine gutter cleaning.

Total Protection:

Sturdy Gutter Guards Safeguard More Than Just Rain Gutters

September 6, 2017

According to home experts, homeowners should clean out their gutters twice a year (during the Spring and Fall) if they want their gutters to dispose of rainwater efficiently. If cleaning out your gutters yourself isn’t an option, experts advise that you install a gutter guard protection system to keep debris and leaves from accumulating in your gutters.

Gutter guards are often touted as a way to prevent gutters from clogging due to debris accumulation, and that is exactly how many people perceive these systems to be. What many people do not realize, however, is that sturdy gutter covers like GutterDome can protect more than just your gutters. These efficient systems can also prevent problems such as:

Ruined Landscaping

A clog in your gutter often forces water to escape through the sides instead of the downspout. Water that comes crashing down in this manner can easily displace soil and leave craters where water can pool, ruining whatever landscaping you’ve done in your lawn or backyard. Additionally, large amounts of water running through your yard have a tendency to pool at the lowest point. When this happens too often, permanent valleys can form, resulting in uneven land. 

Eroded Foundations

Typically, your gutters and downspouts work hand-in-hand to safely transport rainwater away from your home. Of course, this only happens if rainwater reaches your downspouts in the first place. Rainwater that escapes from your gutters tends to fall onto the area directly below it. Unfortunately for many homeowners, this area often provides rainwater with easy access into the foundation of your home. This can lead to an eroded foundation, a problem that threatens the structural integrity of your home and often requires thousands of dollars to repair.

Mosquito-borne Illnesses

When it isn’t raining, rainwater will pool inside your gutters right where the source of the clog is. This stagnant water is the perfect breeding ground for many insects, especially mosquitoes. This poses a huge problem, as mosquitoes are a well-known vector for diseases like West Nile virus.

As you may have noticed, a clog is the root cause of these problems. Fortunately, one root cause also means one convenient solution: gutter guards. Do not hesitate to speak to a trusted gutter guard manufacturer or installer like GutterDome, Inc. to learn more about the benefits of installing gutter guards.

Prepping for the Hot Season:

Gutter Guards Keep Out Debris and Leaves Which Are a Major Fire Hazard

August 3, 2017

Many people know that faulty electric wiring, power cords neglected by homeowners and pets with the urge to chew stuff can all cause house fires. Only a few people, however, may be aware that unchecked build-up of dried leaves in gutters can cause blazes, too. While wet vegetation may be the major cause of gutter deformities and wear, dried leaves pose the greater danger as real fire hazards, with the very real possibility of bringing an entire house down if left unattended—particularly during dry seasons in arid areas like California.

Woodsmen and rangers alike know well that dry leaves can ignite with a single spark and are sufficient in creating wildfires big enough to set surrounding million dollars-worth of properties ablaze. Dried leaves and twigs from nearby trees can accumulate inside gutters that aren’t protected with leaf gutter guards; upon ignition, a fire will expose the fascia or the roof sheathing. Depending on the wood condition or the presence of a metal flashing, it can enter the attic and ultimately consume the entire property. 

For greater safety, the University of California recommends the use of metal gutters over plastic gutters in fire-prone areas. This is because unlike vinyl or plastic gutters which quickly fall to ground during ignition, metal gutters will stay in place, thus keeping the fire at the roof edge and away from surrounding mulch, vegetation, and wood piles that can speed up combustion. The University of California also advises homeowners to have a noncombustible/low flammability zone (using noncombustible rock mulch) around their properties if they have installed vinyl gutters to slow fire growth in case of combustion.

Regular gutter cleaning is a must to reduce the likelihood of fire occurrence. If you know you’re not fit or equipped enough to do gutter cleaning yourself, consider hiring the pros. These specialists have the appropriate knowledge and necessary tools to get the burden of gutter cleaning off your back.  It would also be best to install micro mesh gutter covers, which you can purchase from companies like GutterDome, to keep fire hazard leaves from accumulating inside your rain gutters for reduced cleaning time and cost.

Features and Benefits:

Stainless Steel Micro Mesh Gutter Guards

July 13, 2017

There are several types of gutter guards and one of the most extensively developed is the micro mesh rain gutter protection system. This technology uses a filtering mechanism to keep debris out and is a better version than the large holed gutter types. For the most part, this updated system only lets water through, more effectively filtering out environmental debris and thus clogging the channels less.

The finer mesh of the gutter guards are usually made of surgical grade stainless steel and their frame of extruded aluminum for maximum durability. They are coated with a clear anodizing finish to make them immune to corrosion, which helps maintain their aesthetic quality longer at the same time. They do not bend easily and are designed to be highly resistant to different weather elements.

So, what makes micro mesh rain gutter guards effective? This type works along the principle of the so-called “water adhesion”. Water molecules tend to adhere to each other so when the stainless steel wire mesh is wet and the frame is attached well to the gutter and the roof, the water that flows from the roof to the screen simply follows a path through the gutter made by other water molecules.

Micro mesh gutter guards can handle a great deal of rainwater as to prevent it from cascading over the gutters. In addition, the system also helps prevent small critters from entering the gutters or vegetation from seeding and growing inside them. These advantages make the micro mesh gutter guards one of the most highly favored rain gutter protection systems.