Don’t overlook the necessity of Rain Gutters!

Don’t overlook rain gutters, Los Angeles. They’re one of the most important features on your home! You hardly think about them until you need them, and if something’s wrong, a heavy rain storm is NOT the time to realize your gutters need repairs!

Without properly functioning gutters, water runoff can damage almost every part of the outside of your home, but that’s just the beginning. New paint, new stucco, new fascia boards… all costly!
But water that runs down the outside of your home doesn’t stop there! It pools around the basement walls and/or foundation of your home, where it can seep inside or erode the foundation itself. If there’s one thing that’s harder to deal with than a flooded basement, it’s a shifting foundation!

Fortunately, we have gutters! They will take all that water and usher it safely to where it belongs and won’t be a hazard to your home. Gutters are a relatively inexpensive investment for all the good the do. They can help add value to your home and in some cases, curb appeal too! They come in several materials and styles, so you can choose what’s best for your home and your budget.

Once they’re installed and working properly, be sure you maintain your gutters by cleaning them (or hiring a company to do so) at least once a year, sometimes more if you have a lot of trees over your gutters. There are also gutter screens you can purchase to help keep debris out of your gutters if trees are an issue for you.

Give us a call, we have over 25 years of experience in installing and maintaining rain gutters. We will give you a free estimate! 800-993-1193

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Rain Gutter Screens

Any building owner can relate to the importance of having the proper gutter protection around their structure. This is available in gutter screens. These units are designed to prevent leaves and other debris from accumulating in the canal and backing up water. This problem is common where there are overhanging trees or other foliage which drops sticks and leaves onto the roof.
When the gutters are not adequately protected from debris accumulation, serious damage to the structure can result. This can be in the form of rotted wood, fungus growth and the units being torn from their fastening. In addition, water can seep down the building and damage the foundation or leak into the attic. These kinds of damages can result in a very expensive repair bill.
Installing over-sized canals and downspouts is one method people have tried, in order to solve the debris accumulation problem. This consisted of a 3″ x 4″ downspout and a 6″ gutter. However, they soon found that these, too, had to have debris protection. When screens are added, a safeguard is provided, regardless of unit size.

This type of protection eliminates the problems incurred when trying to clean these units by hand. Manual cleaning can be dangerous. Many people have been injured while trying to accomplish this task. This protection also stops the accumulation of organic materials which can attract insects, birds, and even squirrels that can cause further damage. Animals have been known to live in gutters, causing blockage, scratches, holes, and the excess weight can cause your gutters to pull away from the roof. The worst case scenario is that they fall, which could cause serious injury.
Screens will save you time and money when doing your gutter cleaning and maintenance. It will prove to be a valuable investment for your home.
If you would like to install screens to your gutter system, call us at Prestigious Raingutters. We offer competitive pricing and will be sure that your screens are installed properly.

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Don’t Seal those Seams, Eliminate them.

The rain gutters and downspouts on any home are absolutely integral to keeping everything safe, dry and in proper working order. Any obstruction in your home’s drainage system and you could be looking at a potential source of flooding or other damage, such as mildew. There was a time when most homes were made simply to drain water off the leading edges, but today a variety of gutter technologies have arisen to handle this precipitation head on.
It used to be that most gutters were manufactured the same way. Steel pieces were soldered together using welding torches. All that changed with the advent of aluminum gutters that required little more than snap-on fasteners and elbow grease to go up. The great advantage of these lightweight, rust-resistant gutters is that they could be installed without difficulty, often in the space of an afternoon. The disadvantage, however, was leaking.
Rain gutters are made to drain in specific ways, through their downspouts, and not into the walls and foundation of your home. Little leaks like these can quickly lead to major problems at the structural level, defacing your home’s exterior and adding significantly to the chances for rot. Even minor leaks may eventually erode the fasteners that hold those gutters to the roof, creating a serious hazard. It is for this reason that home experts unanimously recommend regular gutter maintenance to ensure everything stays intact.
One of the most innovative solutions to the problem of leaking gutters has arisen only in the last couple of decades – seamless aluminum rain gutters! If you’ve never seen these clever devices before, they work essentially like their traditional counterparts, with one major difference – they are cut and bent from a single piece of tubing. To be precise, seamless gutters are not completely seamless. The gutters do actually have seams at the corners of the house. But with professional installation, these corners can be properly sealed to prevent leakage.
Probably the greatest advantage to seamless gutters is that they minimize the amount of maintenance you need to perform every season. Depending on the configuration you’ve chosen – adding gutter screens is sometimes recommended – you may be able to get away with many months of consistent use without any major cleaning. They come in a wide variety of colors to match your home, and they can withstand heat without becoming brittle in the San Fernando Valley sun, and they will not rust with precipitation along the ocean in Malibu. They are perfect rain gutters for Los Angeles County.

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Aluminum Rain Gutter Life Span

In the last 20 or so years, aluminum gutters have become all the rage. But they are so light-weight and thin, how long can they really last? Everyone knows that steel and copper gutters last for decades! There are many homes built in the 20s that still have their original, functioning steel and/or copper gutters. So why should I consider aluminum over the tried & true steel or copper gutters I’m accustomed to?

There are many advantages of using aluminum rain gutters. First and foremost – lack of seams! Aluminum gutters can be made seamlessly. A coil of material is placed into a special machine which extrudes the rain gutter to the exact length you need! Other types of material typically come in 10 foot sections which then need to be connected to eachother. A 40 foot section of roof line might have 3 seams in it, which need to be sealed or soldered. These joins are usually the first places which begin to leak over time. But using aluminum, the entire 40 foot length would be one continuous piece, eliminating such concerns.
Another advantage – color! Steel gutters look like… steel. If you want them to match your house or your trim, you will need to paint them. However, aluminum gutters come in a wide variety of colors! The gutters we use at Prestigious Raingutters have a lifetime warranty from the manufacturer against chipping or flaking. Steel gutters will most likely need to be repainted at some point in their life span, whereas aluminum gutters will hold their color.
And with the economy the way it is, the biggest advantage aluminum can offer to some people – PRICE! The cost of aluminum is significantly less than other types of materials.
But are they able to stand up to the test of time? Yes! Aluminum doesn’t rust the way steel does, and with proper maintenance, aluminum gutters can last just as long as steel or copper.

What’s proper maintenance, you ask? Well… Aluminum is a light-weight material, therefore it is slightly easier to ding and dent than a heavy steel gutter, so be careful when leaning ladders against them or doing anything else than might put pressure on them. Keep other metals from coming into contact with your aluminum gutters. Especially if you are very close to the salty ocean air, because this speeds up electrolysis. Most importantly, keep your gutters clean! Debris clogging your gutters not only decreases their functionality, but it also can damage the gutters themselves, so be sure to clean them out at least once a year – the optimum time for this is right at the end of summer before the first fall rains begin. Adding screens to your gutters can help keep debris out, but it is not an excuse to stop cleaning them entirely. If you do these things, there’s no reason your gutters won’t be able to last you decades.

At Prestigious Raingutters, we have over 25 years of experience installing and maintaining seamless aluminum gutters in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Give us a call for a free estimate! 800-993-1193

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Copper Rain Gutters- Elegant Performance

Copper rain gutters can add elegance and sophistication to your home while serving a much needed, functional purpose.

One of the biggest benefits to copper gutters is their durability and longevity. When you make the investment in these types of gutters, you are saving money in the long run, because they will not need to be replaced as often as other materials. Copper rain gutters do not rust or rot. They will stay intact for decades. Copper rain gutters have been known to last for 80 years or more! They tend to require less maintenance than aluminum or other materials as well. They can easily withstand exposure to extreme weather conditions without weakening. The heat and dryness of areas such as the San Fernando Valley will not have an adverse effect.
Copper rain gutters add monetary value to your home and drastically increase curb appeal. You simply cannot deny the attractive appearance of the metal.
Over time, copper oxidizes and forms a coating known as patina. The patina can be green or brown in color, and actually helps prevent further corrosion. Normally, it takes at least six years for the patina to form although it is possible to speed up the process with certain chemical treatments. However, if you like the natural look of copper, then you will have to apply sealants that prevent the copper from oxidizing. Many people prefer the patina especially in older homes made from stone or stucco. There are also a variety of custom additions available in copper. You can add Leader heads to accentuate the front of your home, or Rain chains instead of downspouts to perfect your patio/backyard.

With material as expensive as copper, you want to be sure that your gutters are installed professionally. At Prestigious Raingutters, we have over 20 years experience installing copper rain gutters in the Los Angeles area, and we know exactly how to secure them in place for optimum performance and durability.

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Clean and Screen in 2014!

You have gutters on your house. Great! That means you saved yourself hundreds, possibly thousands, of dollars in repair costs associated with water damage! But you can’t just stick them up and forget about them… You have to maintain them so that they work properly.
Gutters catch water that falls off the roof. Unfortunately, they catch other things that happen to fall off your roof as well, such as leaves, twigs, etc. This debris can clog your gutters and then when water rolls off your roof into the gutters, it can’t drain down the downspouts and ends up overflowing. The water then causes as much damage as it would if there were no gutters to begin with! And if there is enough debris, it can get soaked and heavy, causing sagging. This can throw off the slope of the gutters and even when you remove the debris, they can be bent out of shape and not work properly. In worst-case scenarios, the gutters can detach from the house and fall – which can cause damage to anyone or anything underneath them, as well as ruining the fascia boards they were attached to!
For these reasons, you need to be sure your gutters are cleaned at least once a year. If you have many trees around your home that shed a greater amount of leaves and debris you might have to clean them more frequently. If this is the case, you might want to consider getting gutter screens installed as well. Screens easily pop into place over the top of the gutters and allow water in, but block most other debris from getting inside the gutters and backing them up. Screens will not be a magical get-out-of-cleaning-your-gutters-free card. You will still need to pay attention and clear out debris that makes its way past the screens and also anything that might settle on them. It’s a far easier task, but it still must be done.
At Prestigious Raingutters, we’ve been working on rain gutters all over the Los Angeles and Ventura Counties for over 25 years. We can help you install screens on your gutters in LA and the Valley. We can also help you clean them! We are licensed and insured and we provide free estimates. Give us a call today! 1-800-993-1193

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Rain Gutter profiles 101

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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Gutter Noise Keeping You Awake?

We get this phone call every year – “Help me, my gutters are making a horrible, LOUD dripping sound right outside my bedroom window and I can’t sleep!” The main cause for this is simple…. because the bottoms of your downspouts are usually curved to direct water away from your home’s foundation, drops of water can fall straight down through your downspout and when they hit the bottom curved piece of metal/copper/aluminum, it makes a drip sound which is echoed back up through the downspout to annoy you. AH!!!
What can you do about it? Well… there are a few things you can try.
* The first, and easiest option, is to simply place a sponge in the bottom part of your downspout. Many times that’s all it takes to soften the blow when those water droplets hit the bottom, and it doesn’t make a sound.
* Some people have found success in using a rope or ropes – by cutting them the length of the downspout and attaching them at the top of the gutter and dropping them through the downspout, water will have something to attach itself to that will help guide it down to the ground without a noisy free-fall.
* Many times you can cure a noisy gutter by angling the downspout. The angled downspout works because the water droplets will run down along the sides of the downspout rather than falling straight down to the bottom. Most people use this as a last resort to avoid the extra work and having to look at an uneven downspout, but to a lot of people, a drip-free night’s sleep is worth it! If you choose to go this route, you might want to give us a call to come help you. We can make sure the downspout is removed and re-installed properly without causing any leaks or damage to your gutters. We give free estimates, give us a call at 818-993-0493!

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Lose the Seams!

Most all gutters used to be manufactured the same way: steel pieces were soldered together using welding torches. All that changed with the advent of aluminum gutters that required little more than snap-on fasteners and elbow grease to go up. The great advantage of these lightweight, rust-resistant gutters is that they could be installed without difficulty, often in the space of an afternoon. The disadvantage, however, was leaking. The seams where the separate sections came together would be the first place you’d start to see water escaping when then gutters were full.
Rain gutters are made to drain through their downspouts, and not into the walls and foundation of your home. Little leaks like these can quickly lead to major problems at the structural level, defacing your home’s exterior and adding significantly to the chances for rot. Even minor leaks may eventually erode the fasteners that hold those gutters to the roof, creating a serious hazard. It is for this reason that home experts unanimously recommend regular gutter maintenance to ensure everything stays intact.
Besides maintenance, you can reduce the chances of leaks by using seamless aluminum rain gutters! If you’ve never seen these clever devices before, they work essentially like their traditional counterparts, with one major difference – they are cut and bent from a single piece of tubing. To be precise, seamless gutters are not completely seamless. The gutters do actually have seams at the corners of the house. But with professional installation, these corners can be properly sealed to prevent leakage.
Probably the greatest advantage to seamless gutters is that they minimize the amount of maintenance you need to perform every season. You no longer need to go around sealing up seams every ten feet! They come in a wide variety of colors to match your home, and they can withstand heat without becoming brittle in the San Fernando Valley sun, and they will not rust with precipitation along the ocean in Malibu. They are perfect rain gutters for Los Angeles County. Give us a call for a free estimate to install custom seamless gutters on your home! You’ll be surprised how cost-effective they are and how well they really work!

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Preparing for a seamless experience

If this is your first time installing rain gutters on your home, here’s a quick guide for you so you’ll know what to expect!
It helps to do a little research so you have some idea of what gutters you’re going to want. Of course we’re happy to help you decide. You’re in the right place for that already! Our website has photos and this very blog is chock-full of information for you! The two main decisions you’ll need to make are gutter STYLE and MATERIAL.
The first step to get the ball rolling is the estimate. Give us a call, we’ll schedule a time for our estimator to come out and take a look at the property. Even if you know exactly what you want and how many feet you need, we will need to come out and see the property first hand. The estimator looks at many things that will help us to do your job the very best way, such as the slope of the roof, the condition of the rafters and fascia boards, the drainage system around your home, and of course the measurements. This is a great time to ask any questions! Our estimator will be happy to explain everything and offer advice if you’re unsure on any decisions along the way.
After you have the estimate, if you like what you see, call us back to schedule! We will set up a time to come out and put up your brand new gutters.
When the crew arrives, they will promptly do the job agreed upon. If you are getting seamless aluminum gutters, they will be made onsite with a special machine. If you are getting steel or copper, they will be hand-cut, soldered, and customized to your home. If you have any input, questions, or concerns don’t be afraid to voice them to the crew.
When the job is finished and you are satisfied with the work, you may give the crew a check for the cost we quoted in the estimate. The estimated price we give you will be the final price, there will not be any additional charges – unless we add more to the scope of the work, but that will always be discussed with you prior to billing. If you prefer to pay with a credit card, you may call the office and give us your information for us to process payment.
We provide a 5 year warrantee  on new work and 1 year on all repairs. We pride ourselves on the quality of our work. If anything is not to your satisfaction, let us know! And if you ARE satisfied, let others know! Word of mouth is the best advertisement we could ask for.

Now that you know what to expect, give us a call to get started with a free estimate!

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