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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Rain Gutters in Los Angeles

It’s time to face facts: your homes need rain gutters, Los Angeles. If you have any intention of properly maintaining your house, having well cared for rain gutters is simply a necessity. The headaches that properly functioning gutters can prevent — and the problems that can occur if they are gunked up, leaking, or simply not present — are myriad and severe.

Gutters take the rain water running off of your roof and they channel it away from your home, preventing water from damaging your roof, soffits, exterior paint, windowsills, and shutters. More importantly, Los Angeles, they keep water from getting inside your walls, settling around your foundation, or getting into your basement.

Without gutters, water can collect around your foundation, which can cause it to crack (or, for some types of foundation, slide or roll). Regardless, the stability and structure of your home are immediately compromised. Water around your foundation can also seep under your floors, which can cause rugs to start molding from the bottom up, wooden floors to warp, and can cause electrical damage. Such water can also wick up the wooden structure of your house, and get inside the walls, where it can inspire the growth of unhealthy black mold, even in the relatively dry heat of the Valley.

All of this can be prevented simply by installing and properly maintaining rain gutters, LA. There are lots of options on the market, ranging from the traditional aluminum and plastic to beautiful copper gutters and galvanized steel as well. All of them work about as well, so pick the material that best compliments your home’s aesthetics.

Once installed, you must keep your gutters clean. Gutter guards can go a long way toward making this job easy, but even with them, you should still check your downspouts at least once a year and make sure that everything is flowing properly. By performing this basic maintenance, you can get decades of excellent service out of your rain gutters.

Rain gutters are the best way to prevent several painful damaging effects of loose water on, in, and around your home. You can’t blame it on the rain this time — get your home properly protected.

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Rain Chains

Rain chains originated hundreds of years ago in Japan. They work just like downspouts, allowing the water collected in your gutters to drain to a desired area of your garden, or into a rain barrel. Instead of being concealed inside a downspout, however, rain chains allow the water to be visible. The water flows down the chain in a tranquil, mesmerizing stream. It’s very unique, elegant, and almost therapeutic to watch! They are attractive, decorative additions to your home when it isn’t raining as well.

Rain chains are sometimes desired because they are quieter than traditional downspouts. From the bell-like tinkle of drops falling from cup to cup, to the soft whitewater sound of a waterfall, rain chains eliminate the disruptive, clunky noise associated with closed downspouts.

There are generally two different main types of rain chains. Actual link chains, and cup or bucket chains. Link rain chains are just what you’d think. They are a chain of loops that link together. They can vary in size, material, and shape. Link styles can handle a fair amount of water, but in a heavy downpour, some of the water may splash off the chain to the sides. A double-loop chain will catch more water than a single loop chain. Cup styles catch the most water, however. Cup style rain chains consist of a series of decorative cups with open bottoms linked together on a chain. The water runs down the chain, but the cup helps catch extra water that splashes off the chain and directs it downward to the end of the chain for a more precise endpoint. The cups can come in many varieties and styles to fit the ambiance of your home.

The most commonly desired material for rain chains is copper. Copper rain chains are very attractive. Over time, copper oxidizes and forms a coating known as a patina. The patina can be green or brown in color, and actually helps prevent corrosion. It gives the metal an antique, stately look. The other popular materials used for rain chains are brass and aluminum. Aluminum tends to keep its silver color, while brass ages and becomes a bit darker over time, making it richer and more bronzy.

A common question is: does the wind make rain chains swing much? Wind is rarely reported as a complaint. Even in areas of southern California that experience heavy Santa Ana winds, you can safely use rain chains. If installed properly, your chain should not blow about in the wind.

At Prestigious Raingutters, we have years of experience with rain chains in the Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley areas. We can expertly install your chain so that it drains properly, stays in place, and won’t cause damage to your home or existing gutters. Call us for a free estimate.

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Styles of Rain Gutters explained

Rain gutters come in different shapes, or styles. For reference check out our products tab. The two most commonly used are K-Style (also referred to as OGEE) and Half-Round, both of which can be fabricated without seams. We also offer Box style Gutters which have become very popular in recent years.

What are the differences?

K-Style or OGEE gutters (“Ogee” is an architectural term for a form that goes from small to large) are arguably the most popular type of gutter installed today. When you look at a K-Style gutter straight on, they have an appearance on your roofline that resembles the shape of crown molding. Their attractive shape and reasonable price makes them appealing to homeowners. They are highly effective, and can hold more water than a half round style gutter with the equivalent diameter. They can be made of different materials as well, such as seamless aluminum, steel, and copper. The downspouts on K-Style gutters are often rectangular. K-Styles are ideal for applications where a flat fascia has been installed. For slanted or angled fascia, brackets are applied so that the gutter hangs securely at the correct angle.

Half Round gutters look like a half-circle, hence the name. The half-round profile goes with virtually any style of home architecture. They can also be made with different materials; such as copper, steel, or aluminum. Half-round gutters are most commonly used in southern California on spanish style homes. They’re often used on custom homes as well, and the shape even allows for the material (most commonly copper) to be embossed, for a very elegant touch to the architecture of the home. Half-round gutters function the same way as K-Style gutters, and they are usually paired with a matching round downspout. The half-round design is sometimes easier to clean because the surface is smooth, and there are no corners or creases for dirt or debris to become lodged.

There are Box style profiles also available (including Fascia and M-style). Box gutter is a perfect fit for modern architecture. This minimalist style (literally a box) can be fabricated in the M-style, flat on all sides, or with a small box trim at the top of the gutter profile. The trim helps to add rigidity to the gutter and keeps the face of the gutters from looking wavy. We can manufacture this style in virtually any size. These gutters are typically paired with smooth downspouts. If considering this style we recommend using steel or copper so that the gutter seams and custom cut downspouts can be soldered together. The Fascia profiles are designed to look like fascia boards, giving the appearance that your home doesn’t have gutters, yet still providing protection from water damage.

Whichever style you choose, Prestigious Raingutters can make sure your gutters are properly installed protecting your home from water damage. Call us for a free estimate.

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