Choosing The Perfect Commercial Rain Gutters

Commercial rain gutters keep businesses safe and unblemished from the throes of Mother Nature. Keeping a company afloat means installing commercial gutters that can be depended on. However, with all the different types of gutters on the market, you’ll have to do some serious thinking before making your purchase.

K-Style or Half-Round Style In Los Angeles?

When it comes to efficient drainage, the half-round style takes the cake. However, when considering which of these two to purchase, you must also take into account the style. Half-round style gutters are generally used on buildings with antique architectural styles. K-style gutters are used on contemporary properties. K-style is the type most found in Los Angeles. The first step in your gutter purchasing process is choosing which style you wish to use for your company.

Seamed or Seamless Commercial Rain Gutters?

Seamless rain gutters have been proven to be more efficient than seamed ones. Seamed gutters are more likely to leak where joints are connected. Seamless gutters require being installed by professionals due to the use of specific machinery.

Rain Chain or Traditional Downspout?

Downspouts are vertical pipes that connect rain gutters to the ground level of the building. Rain chains are literal chains that have the same purpose as downspouts yet offer an aesthetic appeal that downspouts don’t. Rain chains are literal chains that gradually transport water from the roof to the ground. Rain chains don’t often transport water away from the building. Instead, holes are often dug and filled with decorative rocks in order to safely tuck water away. It must be noted that traditional downspouts drain water more efficiently than chains do. However, as mentioned before, the take away is that chains are much easier on the eyes.

No matter which type of commercial rain gutters you choose for your home, the experts at Prestigious Rain Gutters are available to help you install them. Call the company that supports clients in the Northridge, Los Angeles, and Ventura County communities at 818-993-0493.

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The Basics Of A Splash Block

Many homeowners aren’t aware of the instrumental role that splash blocks play in leading water away from the home. Having quality splash blocks will greatly improve your home’s foundation. So just what exactly are splash blocks?

What Is A Splash Block?

At the bottom of your drain spout you should notice a block. The object that your drain spout rests on is called the splash block. The device will typically be made of plastic or concrete. The shape is often rectangular and should be facing downhill.

What’s The Purpose Of A Splash Block?

Your whole drainage system should have one purpose: efficiently transport rainwater from the home. A splash block in the final piece to this drainage system. This block functions as an extension of the downspout. If there was no splash block to help carry water further away from the home, it’s likely that it would pool near the home and cause issues with the home’s foundation. If water is allowed to pool, it could possibly result in hundreds of dollars in damage. A splash block is used to prevent this from happening. If positioned correctly, it will channel water away from the home so that it may drain properly.

How Do I Install Splash Blocks?

Most splash blocks don’t need much work to be installed. Once you’ve got your block, simply place it under the drain spout. Be sure that your spout and block are both facing away from the home. The most common issue that a homeowner has with their splash block is that it’s not pointed in the correct direction. If you are unsure of how to position your block, call a professional.

How To Clean A Splash Block?

Splash blocks rarely need to be cleaned. The most important thing to take note of is if there is a large object resting on the block. If so, it must be moved. Cleaning can be done with a power washer, or by scrubbing the block.

Should you have questions regarding your drainage system or splash block, call Prestigious Rain Gutters at 818-993-0493. The team at Prestigious Rain Gutters services clients in the Northridge, Los Angeles, and Ventura County communities.

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What To Know About Rain Gutter Maintenance

Rain gutters play a crucial role in channeling rainwater away from the home. A proper gutter system protects siding, windows, doors, roof integrity, and the home’s foundation. Gutter installation, cleaning, and repair are all important aspects of creating a well-functioning gutter system. Make sure you increase the longevity of your gutters by heeding the advice of this guide.

Clean Gutters Twice A Year

Leaves, debris, and other objects will clog up your gutters. This clogging will lead to an overflow of water and will slowly degrade the quality of your gutters. Overweight gutters will pry your gutter loose and the pooling water may make the gutters rust, depending on the material used. Cleaning gutters at least twice a year should increase their lifespan.

The Proper Cleaning Method

For the most part, cleaning gutters is a straightforward process. To begin, start at the drain outlet and use a garden trowel to scoop up objects. Be sure to scoop away from the drain, avoiding the mistake of pushing object down it. Make sure that the debris you’re scooping out goes into a garbage bag.

The second step involves using a hose with high water pressure to push dirt and minor debris through the gutters. Use a brush to scrub away any resilient dirt that refuses to budge.

Lastly, you’ll want to make sure that the part of the drain you can’t see is clear. This is most easily done by using a hose to push clogs through. However, if this doesn’t work, you’ll need to use a plumbing snake to pull debris out from the drain.

Throughout the year you’ll want to pay attention to how the gutters drain. If there appears to be an issue, you may want to consider gutter cleaning. If there happens to be a bigger issue, you may want to call for professional assistance. The Prestigious Rain Gutters install, clean, and repair gutters in the Northridge, Los Angeles, and Ventura Country area.

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Choosing Shiny Rain Gutters

Rain gutters are an important part of any house. Just like the walls, windows and doors they do their part in keeping a house dry and protected. Rain gutters prevent rain water from collecting on the roof and causing damage by leaking inside the walls leading to mold or short circuiting electrical components by getting onto the wires. By diverting rainwater off of the roof and away from the house rain gutters are a necessity and choosing the right ones is important.
Aluminum is a popular choice among homeowners. It is lightweight, making it preferable for DIY projects and is reasonable in price. Aluminum can also be customized for a seamless construction and is somewhat rust resistant. Stainless steel gutters on the other hand, is much more rust resistant than aluminum and is more sturdy. It will not be damaged as easily as aluminum which also means it is heavier and somewhat more difficult to work with. Steel gutters to retain their shine longer than any other material and don’t require constant upkeep. They don’t crack or warp in the heat as opposed to aluminum which has a tendency to suffer from thermal damage. Basically, steel gutters are a better choice if the house if located in a harsh environment.
Aluminum and stainless steel gutters are not the only types available. They also come in copper, galvanized and galvalume style at Prestigious Raingutters. Although the most common shape for rain gutters is rectangular, a half round version is also available made from all the same materials as the standard shaped ones. Pre-weathered zinc gutters offer a fully natural color upon installation after undergoing a pre-patination process. In other words, its appearance will not change over time.
Prestigious Raingutters and General Sheet Metal. Serving Los Angeles and Ventura Counties for 25 years, call for a free estimate 800-993-1193 or 818-993-0493.

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Directing Waterflow with Splash Blocks

To enjoy a home for an extended period of time it is important to take care of it. There are the large aspects such as the roof, the walls and plumbing and electrical systems; but there is also a number of small things without which significant damage may result. Some of them may be the protective strip keeping windows waterproof or a splash block which prevents water from pooling near the base of the house. These splash blocks are located under the downspouts outside the house and are either plastic or concrete. They are rectangular in shape with an open and a closed end. This design helps to guide the water away from the house when it comes down through the downspout, which is important since by then it is no longer rain drops but a flow that has collected in the rain gutters.
Installing this simple device prevents significant problems, even structural damage to the house. The water can pool or flow backwards toward the foundation and soak in causing cracks and hundreds of dollars’ worth of damage. It is important to note that when new grass is being put in, the gardener may turn these splash blocks pointing toward the house so as to let the seeds take root without being washed away from the water being directed at them with the splash block. The homeowner must remember to turn the blocks so that the open end is facing away from the house after it is no longer a danger to the grass or whatever was planted in the water’s path. In conclusion, correctly installing and maintaining the splash blocks around the house is an easy step in preventing future damage to the home’s foundation.
Prestigious Raingutters and General Sheet Metal. Serving Los Angeles and Ventura Counties for 25 years, call for a free estimate 800-993-1193 or 818-993-0493.

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Choosing Rain Gutters for a Home

Just like homes are available in many colors and styles so are rain gutters. For the standardized, modern house rectangular shaped aluminum gutters may be the best fit. They are light-weight, versatile and go well with most styles of exteriors. They are easy to work with and are less expensive than some other alternatives. Spanish style homes may look better with a copper rain gutter, the standard 16oz version are slightly better than their aluminum counterparts. The main benefit of these types of gutters, other than the look, is the lack of mildew.
The galvanized steel gutters are coated with a layer of zinc. This type is stronger than others but is prone to rust and requires more upkeep. Installing leaf protectors will further ensure that leaves and other debris will not settle and clog the rain gutters. If the strength of zinc is preferred, a coating of aluminum is also available in a form of galvalume. This is achieved through a hot dipping process with 55% aluminum and 45% zinc. Needless to say galvalume last significantly longer than galvanized steel. Zinc gutters can often be left unpainted because they have a tendency of developing a protective patina which protects it from weathering and corrosion. They are generally higher in price but their longevity and lack of maintenance make them a preferred choice for those homeowners who wish to install and not be concerned about their rain gutters for a long time.
Rain gutters are one part of the whole drainage system that a well maintained home should have. There are also the hangers which attach them to the house, the downspout affixed vertically and an elbow which directs the water flow away from the foundation with the help of a splash block.
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Can’t Hang the Rain Gutters Without the Hangers

Putting up rain gutters has come a long way from the spike and ferrule method. Now days not only is there a large variety of the rain gutters themselves but a multitude of rain gutter hangers are also available. For many standard sized rain gutters, especially for a seamless gutter system, the preferred hanger is a K style hd quick screw hanger where the screw is 1.5 to 2 inches long and can easily be drilled directly into the fascia board. That’s not to say this type of hidden bracket is the only or even the best type of hanger in every situation.
Rain gutter hangers are generally attached every two feet starting from the middle to keep the gutters in place and to strengthen the front edge.To make sure the water drains properly it’s important to attach the rain gutter hangers at a slight slope. This allows gravity to do its job and direct any collected rain water toward the downspout and away from the house. Another type of hanger is a wrap around, this type offers a secure fit and is great at keeping the gutters in place, however, it’s not the best for aesthetic purposes. Looking up at the house, this type of hanger is visible from the outside versus the quick screw which stays hidden inside the gutter. If the hanger is to be seen from the outside, they are designed to match the exterior of the house, most hangers are available in aluminum, copper and galvanized. The two major types of hangers are the K style and the half round gutter hangers to fit the type of rain gutter they are attaching to the house.
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Keeping Your Rain Gutters in Top Shape

Installing a rain gutter system in a home is a vital part in keeping it free from water damage. It protects the roof from having rain water pool on top and seeping into the walls and into the house itself. That damage can be anything from unsightly water stains to mold to damage of electrical components if it reaches a wiring system. Proper rain gutters also protect the foundation by diverting the water away from the base of the house. The downspout and splash blocks prevents the water from the roof from seeping into the ground and eventually causing cracks and other damage at the base of the house.
Just like everything else, even the best drainage system requires regular maintenance. Rain gutter cleaning is essential to allowing it to do its job. Rain gutters have a tendency to catch more than rain water, most notably leaves from the surrounding trees and well as other debris that may be carried by the wind. Regular cleaning prevents clogged downspouts, keeps the gutters affixed to the house and extends its overall longevity. Because they are located high up off the ground, higher on multi-storie structures, it may be safer to call a professional who specializes in rain gutter cleaning. While they are up there, a professional will also be able to see if the gutter needs to be tightened or any other adjustments are needed. Although not often, but there is also the possibility of a various creatures making a home for themselves in and around rain gutters. Sometimes birds or wasps may build themselves nests just under the roof of a home. Specialized businesses such as Prestigious Raingutters are well aware of these hazards and will take care to complete the job professionally without incident.
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Using Downspouts to Protect the Foundation

Buying a home is an exciting time and protecting that investment is important. A good way to do that is with insurance, earthquake, fire, flood or any other type that keeps the home covered from dangers prevalent to the area. A top notch security system protects from uninvited guests, as does outside lighting and security locks on both doors and windows. With so many aspects of the home to protect, it’s important not to forget about the foundation.
The foundation holds up the rest of the house, making sure its level and safe. Without a proper rain gutter system in place, particularly, the lack of rain downspouts may lead to a damaged foundation. The purpose of rain downspouts is to direct water away from the house. Otherwise it would pour alongside the house, into the ground and down to the foundation weakening and eventually damaging the very base of the house. Just like the symbolism of having a strong foundation is important, so is the literal foundation of a house.
There are many styles of houses and a variety of rain downspouts to match and complement the home. Then can be purchased in plain white aluminum or galvanized steel. They are also available in copper both rectangular and wide spiral shaped as well as plain round. The elbow is the portion of the pipe near the ground that does the directing of water flow away from the foundation. In fact, it can be modified to water a garden or flow into a rain barrel. Making the most of water is important in Southern California and having a good rain gutter system allows a homeowner to do that by controlling its direction through the use of a downspout.
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Don’t Mix your Metals

Let’s say you have a nice steel gutter system and one day something happens to one of your downspouts and it needs to be replaced…. So you call around and do some research and learn that aluminum is less expensive than steel and comes pre-painted, so you decide you want to replace the downspout with a new aluminum one – simple, right?
Yes and no…

Galvanic Corrosion is an electrochemical process which occurs when dissimilar metals are in contact with each other in the presence of an electrolyte, most commonly being moisture and oxygen. For example rain water and salt water make especially good electrolytes. An electrolyte could be any non-metal matter that will conduct an electric current and are predominantly liquids or moisture. Every metal has been rated for nobility and then placed on galvanic scales according to nobility. Basically nobility is a measurement of the resistance to corrosion, especially of one metal contacting another metal. Metals that are the least noble means they are very anodic, electropositive or high potential and will corrode most easily. Aluminum is the least noble, so it will corode the fastest. Metals that are the most noble, means they are highly cathodic, electronegative or low potential and will be the most resistant to corrosion. The most corrosive effects will occur between metals from the opposite ends of the galvanic scale or ranking of nobility. This difference in electrical potential between two or more metals causes galvanic corrosion. Dissimilar metals in contact with each other in the presence of an electrolyte causes current to flow through their points of contact at the expense of the metal with the higher potential or less nobility. The much less noble metal is gradually consumed in the Electro-chemical reaction and will deteriorate or wear away as the metal ions migrate away from the very anodic metal to the more noble cathodic one. The more noble metal’s corrosion resistance actually increases from this transfer of ions to it from the less noble metal, while the other metal is gradually getting consumed.

What does that mean?! It means that over time, with water flowing between the steel and aluminum, the aluminum is going to start to corrode and you will have a leak. This process speeds up near the ocean because of the salt water in the air. The good news is that we use bonderized or galvanized steel, which has a coating that prolongs the damage, and you can patch up a connection a few times before a whole section will need to be replaced. Also, if you are farther from the ocean, it will take longer for the corrosion to take place.So if you’re looking at the short term, it won’t be a big deal, but years down the line, mixing your metals can prove annoying and costly. It’s best to stick to one type of material in your gutter system if you can.

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