Building a new home or undergoing an exterior renovation can be very costly. Finding ways to cut corners to keep your budget in check is a typical part of the construction process. There are many areas you might choose to downgrade to save extra cash; however, skimping on your gutters and downspouts will surely cost you dearly in the future.
Here in the Northwest, our rainy climate can wreak havoc on your Spokane home if it is not properly protected. As water drains from your roof to the ground, if it is not properly channeled and effectively moved away from your home it will create its own path.
Even a small amount of water can cause severe issues for your roof structure, walls and foundation. Your gutter and downspout system is designed to mitigate water away from these areas where it can be safely and effectively reabsorbed into the ground. Additionally, the downspout will move water away from high traffic areas such as sidewalks or driveways where it might refreeze and cause a slip hazard.
Selecting the right system
There are several considerations when selecting a gutter and downspout system for your home. These include the material, size of your property and if you simply need to repair an existing system or require a complete gutter replacement.
- Materials – The most common seamless gutter materials are steel, aluminum or copper. Steel gutter systems are 7x stronger than aluminum for winter strength and are manufactured from the same steel as used on metal roofs and will last a lifetime. Aluminum gutters are a great cost effective alternative but is available in many more colors than steel. Copper gutters come with a higher price tag but are corrosion resistant. Copper gutters will age to a beautiful darker brown patina and also last up to 20 years longer than aluminum or steel before they need replacing when properly maintained. With Rainman, whether you select rainware made of aluminum, steel or copper, if properly installed, it won't rust, leak, or corrode and never needs painting. When properly maintained, your new system should function properly for 20 years or more!
- Property size – The size of your home and distance between downspouts helps us determine if 5” seamless or 6” seamless gutters are required. The size of gutters you will need and the style of your roof for your home will most likely play into the material we recommend. However, do remember that investing in long lasting & well maintained rainware system can add value and protect your home.
- Repairs or brand new – Sometimes your gutters simply need repairs and not a complete overhaul. Contact an expert to help you determine the best course of action for your current gutter system.
Rainman Seamless Rain Gutters has been serving Spokane and surrounding communities since 1992. We’re pride ourselves in being gutter experts. We only install rain gutters and accessories; not siding, decks, roofs, or windows … just rain gutters. At Rainman, we focus on making sure we are the best at what we do. Contact us for a free local estimate.
Stormwater runoff from your roof can cause damage to your home and create severe soil erosion issues around your yard. Proper management of excess water will protect your property and the surrounding environment.
Put that Water to Use
Rainwater Harvesting (RWH) is a new and exciting system used to collect rainwater off your roof for use in irrigating yards and gardens, filling the pool or washing the car. Rainman Seamless Rain Gutters is pleased to offer the new and innovative RainWater H2OG for collection and storage for non-potable water. The RainWater H20G is an award winning water storage system that is adaptable to the type of home you have.
These reservoirs collect rainwater and provide a source of irrigation. The water can be used in lawn maintenance or home gardening. Additionally, a rain garden that captures excess water from your driveway or other areas can also control the water flow on your property. Create a small depression in the ground to hold rainwater while it is slowly absorbed into the soil. This is an excellent way to reduce erosion.
Check Your Gutters
Managing the rainwater that runs off your roof will reduce erosion in your yard. Storm gutters and downspouts can help control, heavy rains. Check gutters frequently for leaves or debris that can prevent the rainwater from flowing properly. Downspouts should be directed to areas of the yard that can quickly absorb the excess water. Additionally, digging small trenches and filling them with gravel can reduce soil erosion or standing water issues.
Replacing impervious pavement, such as concrete walkways, driveways and patios with permeable materials such as interlocking pavers can help reduce the amount of standing water that collects around your home.
Heavy rains and strong winds can cause the soil to shift and erode. Heavy rainstorms can create puddles because the water doesn’t have time to soak into the ground. Plant flower beds in the areas where water typically puddles. This will help prevent soil erosion because the rainwater can now be absorbed by the new flower beds. You can also plant ornamental grasses or other plants that are low to the ground and are active throughout the season.
Garden matting can also be added in areas that are typically impacted by ground erosion by helping absorb excess water. Cut holes in the matting, plant greenery and add mulch to your flower beds. This will further help with water absorption in areas that are typically impacted by soil erosion.
At Rainman Seamless Rain Gutters in Spokane can help you develop a stormwater run-off plan to keep your home and yard protected from water damage and soil erosion. Contact us today for more information.
Sometimes it seems like summer comes and goes in the blink of an eye, while winter drudges into oblivion. Perhaps ice and ice dams were a big problem for you this season. Did you find that you had ice clogging up your rain gutters or perhaps overflowing to your ice sidewalk or driveway? The warmth of the day can melt the snow in your gutters, but when evening falls, the ice can refreeze and cause your gutters to clog or overflow.
Heating cables are an excellent solution to the problem of ice buildup in your gutters. They can also help to direct water and ice away from your home to help avoid any potential backups in your basement or at your foundation.
What is a heat cable?
A heat cable is installed inside your rain gutter and downspout. When plugged in, it heats up, creating a warmer surface within the gutter and downspouts. Heat cables allow you to keep the heat inside the gutters so you are not wasting energy heating other areas of your home’s exterior. When snow and ice from your roof start to melt, it naturally drains into the gutter. Because the gutter is warm it will not reform into ice and will run out the downspout and away from your home. And, since the cable is inside the gutter, it will not impact the curb appeal of your home.
When should I get heat cables installed?
Spring is the perfect time to get heat cables installed in your gutters. Because most of the ice and snow is melted, you don’t have to worry about ice buildup. Additionally, getting heat cables installed before the summer heat hits is also a great idea. Acting early ensures that you are ready for next winter’s icy conditions.
At Rainman Seamless Rain Gutters in Spokane, Washington, we have been providing quality gutter installations and other services since 1992. We offer a wide variety of products to help homeowners maintain their gutters and keep their home safe from rainwater overflows which cause flooding and other serious problems. Contact our team to learn more about heat cable installation and to determine if it is the right choice for your home.
Not all rain gutter installation companies are alike. Your house is a big investment. And even though gutters are a small piece of your house by size, they are critical to protect this important investment in which you live.
You may know almost nothing about gutters themselves, but that shouldn’t stop you from hiring the best. There are simple ways to determine if the gutter company you’re thinking of hiring is good.
The internet has made it so easy to research almost anything before you buy. Whatever the product or service, there’s likely a dedicated review site, or at least a general testimonial site, which mentions the company you’re considering. Do your homework! In considering a rain gutter company in the Spokane area, check out their website, Angie’s List, Home Advisor, Google, Facebook, Yelp or BBB for reviews. Consider their overall rating, see what other customers’ experience with this gutter company has been, but also be sure to look at how a business responds to their reviews. If a business takes the time to thank and respond to reviews you can bet customer service is important to their business model!
2. Free Estimate and Professionalism from the Start
When you’re looking for a rain gutter installation company in the Spokane area, you want to feel reassured from the very beginning. As a homeowner, your first step will be to start with an estimate on gutters and accessories. The gutter company you choose should be willing to meet with you to review the project, and then provide a free written estimate of the project’s cost.
From the moment you call rain gutter companies in the Spokane area to schedule your free estimate, be sure to take note on how they answer initial questions on the phone, reply to emails and their overall customer service. Then, when you receive your estimate be sure they arrive on time or they let you know in advance they need to change the day or time of the estimate.
When you do get your free rain gutter installation estimate, be sure the company speaks in a language you can understand no matter what your level of expertise is. A good rain gutter installation company will be sure to take the time to make you feel comfortable and make sure you fully understand the potential cost of your project.
3. Service Warranty
Gutters are important to protecting your home, it’s foundation and landscaping. Rain gutters for your home are an investment, so when you have work done on your house, you want it to last. A reputable gutter company will offer a warranty on its work and will be around to support their warranty.
4. Are the Workers Insured?
Be sure the company you hire has liability insurance and workmen’s compensation binders which cover your home and their employees (or sub-contractors). The gutter company should be able to provide you with documentation stating they bear responsibility for any accidents or injuries that might occur. If the company you hire is not insured to be on your property and or be on ladders, and their “employee” gets hurt while working on your home you could be legally liable for medical expenses and if there are permanent injuries or worse, you could be liable for future compensation. Check them out on Washington State Labor and Industries website http://www.lni.wa.gov/TradesLicensing/Contractors/HireCon/
5. Find a Gutter Installation Company with Experience
It’s important to look for a rain gutter installation company in Spokane with years of experience to back up their work. Your rain gutters are an investment on your home and you want to make sure they last. Find a company who specializes in rain gutters. A gutter company who is qualified and specializes in rain gutters will ensure that you are getting exactly what you need and only what you need. If you'd like to learn more about Rainman Seamless Rain Gutters in the Spokane area, check out our testimonials, Angie’s List reviews, HomeAdvisor reviews or contact us today for information about how we can save you time, effort and help protect the investment in your home. There are other companies and other estimates, but there is only one Rainman Seamless Rain Gutters!
When was the last time you looked at your gutters? If you're like most people, the answer is “I can't remember.” We don't blame you. Gutters aren't exciting or beautiful. To be honest, they're not even mildly interesting looking.
They are, however, very important to your home. During storms, they dutifully clear water away from your home and keep the foundation safe from damage. That is... until they don't do their job and you have a very expensive repair bill.
How do you know if your gutters need an upgrade before it's too late? Look for these signs.
Gaps or Cracks
No need for a ladder for this one; you can make a visual inspection from the ground. Before a storm, check your gutters for gaps or cracks of any size.
Especially look at gutter seams – the point where separate gutter pieces are joined. Small cracks may not seem problematic. But even a small crack can, over time, leak gallons of water that can damage your home. And during winter, water can freeze and expand the crack, allowing more water to leak when the ice thaws.
When it's raining is a great time to make another visual inspection. You'll easily see leaks. Again, pay close attention to the seams for drips or steady leaking.
Gutters should be flat and set flush against the roof. If you notice bowing in the gutter, or any sections pulling away from the house, that could soon be trouble.
Rust is a good indication water is pooling in the gutters and the metal has decayed. Rusty is a problem because it will eventually allow water to leak.
You'll need a ladder to look into your gutters for this one. Gutters are set at a slight slope, to channel water toward the downspout. After a storm when the weather clears, your gutters should be dry.Pooling water is an indication your gutters may not be set properly, or some sections sag. This can cause issues when the water freezes and damages the gutters and seams.
Mildew or Mold
Look for signs of mild or mildew on the side of the house. This indicates your gutters may be leaking and not channeling water away from the house. See if there are gutter seams near the moldy area. Seams are a common place for leaks.
As they sit quietly on the edge of the roof, gutters protect your home investment through storm after storm. Before this winter gets fully underway, give some attention to this overlooked equipment. If you notice any of the signs listed above, call us for a free local estimate.
Our seamless gutter system eliminates many of the problems associated with other gutters. The almost complete lack of seams means Rainman seamless gutter systems are less susceptible to leaks, and damage from ice and rust, so they protect your home better.
From the entire team here at Rainman Seamless Rain Gutters, we'd like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! May you make memories with friends and family, and may you be safe, warm, and surrounded by those you love. Have a wonderful holiday celebration!
One of the most precious gifts this holiday season brings is the opportunity to thank everyone who has made our dreams possible along the way. Here at Rainman Seamless Rain Gutters, we have had quite a year and it's all because of our amazing customers. Thanks to your support, we have had the busiest year in business since 2008! Our customers are the BEST and we appreciate each and every one of you.
You have all been so patient with us and we'd like to take this opportunity to thank you, our friends and customers, for your ongoing support and for choosing Rainman. As a locally owned and operated Spokane business, we are so thankful to be an ongoing part of this community!
Many people don't think about their gutters often. They're small and sit quietly, day after day, on the edge of the roof. Even when doing their job, gutters don't become top-of-mind.
But let's think about them for a moment. Think of gutters as a silent watchdog for your home. During all seasons, especially our rainy Spokane winter and spring, they're protecting your home. It's only when gutters fail to do their job, and costly home repairs result, that people do pay attention to their gutters.
Rainman Rain Gutters can install seamless, or “continuous”, gutters on your home so your gutters give you peace of mind, instead of becoming top-of-mind.
How Do Gutters Fail?
Many gutter systems are installed by homeowners or by some contractor in sections. Where the individual pieces are connected, the seams can leak, sag, pool water or warp. Some people install sectional gutter systems as a DIY project. If they're not installed at the correct slope, however, damage can occur, both to the gutter system and the house it's supposed to protect.
What Damage Can Failed Gutters Cause?
Sagging or warped gutters cause water to spill over the sides. This will lead to problems like damaged siding, foundation leaks and landscaping erosion or flooding. And in the winter months, ice dams can form, which can further damage the gutter system. Ineffective gutters can lead to thousands of dollars spent troubleshooting and repairing water damage to your home.
Seamless Gutters Are the Answer
Over 70% of gutters sold in Washington State are seamless rain gutters. The reason they're so popular is because seamless gutters are a more effective system, and are less prone to allowing damage to your home. They have very few connection points, no sectional seams that leak, and no weak areas that can corrode or sag.
Seamless gutters are low-maintenance, and are available in many colors with an enamel finish that requires no painting. You can buy them in aluminum, steel or pure copper. Copper colored aluminum and steel are available as well.
When considering a seamless option for your home, keep in mind they are slightly more expensive than sectional gutters. They're not a DIY project but are instead custom-designed specifically for your home. Because they're professionally installed, however, you can be sure the gutters sit at the correct slope so they won't sag, or pool water, protecting your home from damage for many years. Contact us today for more information about seamless rain gutters for your home!
For most people, our Spokane Fall season means beautiful changing colors, carving pumpkins, turkey dinners and football. Here at Rainman Seamless Rain Gutters we think about that, too! We also think about the importance of leaf and needle protection for your home. During Fall the trees are shedding their leaves, which easily find their way into your rain gutters. Some leaves will settle on your roof and from there, they will fall into your rain gutters and downspout. Preventing Clogged gutters can save your home from water damage, basement leaks, rotting windows, rotting fascia board, mold, mildew and more. As you can see, there are plenty of reasons why gutter clogging can be a big problem for you and your home. Rainman wants to help you keep your rain gutters clean. Here are some great tips and products we recommend to protecting your Spokane home from clogged gutters.
Regular Gutter Cleaning & Repairs
It's time to put on some gloves and warm outdoor clothes, get out the ladder, a trash can, a trowel and the hose, and climb up to clean out and inspect those gutters. Be careful up there! It's a lot of hard, dirty work. Regular gutter maintenance should be done at least twice a year. Homes with many trees around the home should do this more frequently, especially during the Fall season. Clogged gutters can back-up your gutter system until it overflows and doesn't guide water away from your home's basement and foundation, leading to water damage and costly repairs. You should also be sure to be proactive when it comes to addressing gutter repairs. Please take a look at our Fall Rain Gutter Maintenance Checklist!
Install a Gutter Protection System
At Rainman Seamless Rain Gutters, we offer an outstanding product for leaf and needle protection – it's our Leaf Defier Gutter Protection System. The Leaf Defier is an open cell gutter insert, specially shaped and cut to fit snugly into your gutter. It provides a sealed gutter system where the leaves and needles remain on top of the product, allowing the wind to remove the debris when dry. Your gutters continue to work properly even with debris on top while still allowing water to continue its flow through the protection system, into the gutter and out through the downspout. Other benefits of the Leaf Defier system include:
- Low Maintenance for Spokane homeowners
- Reduces Noise on Heavy Rain Days
- Prevents mosquitoes and other insects from breeding in the gutters
- Can help prevent ice damming and long icicles on your roof
Consider Upgrading Your Gutter System
Perhaps regular gutter cleaning or gutter protection systems may not be the solution for you. In some cases, it could be time to update your existing gutter system completely. Some indications you may need to replace your home's gutter system could be significant leakage, clogging, standing water, storm damage, foundation damage, overflowing, or rust. The age of your gutter system can also be an indication. While it is tempting to make repairs where needed, the frequent upkeep cost of doing so year in and out can add up and become an annual headache, with clogs returning sporadically from season to season. At Rainman Seamless Rain Gutters we recommend installing a seamless rainware system. Seamless rain gutters reduce the possibility of leaks, are low maintenance, eliminate unsightly seams, come in a variety of materials & colors, and increase your home's value!
If you have questions about our Leaf Defier gutter protection system or a new seamless rain gutter installation Rainman Seamless Rain Gutters can help! There are other companies and other estimates, but there is only one Rainman Seamless Rain Gutters! Contact Rainman Seamless Rain Gutters today to schedule your free local estimate.
The seasons are about to change again, this time from summer to fall. We love fall here in the Spokane area... cooler weather, the autumn colors of the leaves. It's a beautiful time of year.
It's also a time of year to get prepared for the next season change... fall to winter. The downside of all that Spokane fall foliage is many of those beautiful leaves fall onto your roofs and into your rain gutters. When fall and winter rains come you could have a real mess... or even damage to your home! Your gutters help protect your house's siding, windows and foundation, and help prevent basement flooding.
Now is the best time to get ready with a Fall Rain Gutter Maintenance Checklist. It's easy and most of the list doesn't require you to climb a ladder. Just follow these simple steps.
Check for Breaks
If your contractor sealed your gutters, the first step is to walk around the house and look for any breaks in the gutter system that would allow leakage. Check for parts of the gutter system and support brackets that have torn loose from the house. Also look for gaps or breaks in the gutters and between the gutter and fascia. If your gutters are leaking, it's not the end of the world. Most leaks can be patched easily. If the damaged area is beyond repair, a piece of the gutter system can be replaced. Fortunately, if you have Seamless gutters you can avoid this problem altogether, making them much easier to maintain & clean!
Look for Holes and Rust
Over time, some older gutter systems may develop leaks for any number of reasons. Everything from simple rust to serious storm damage (like our Spokane windstorm last year) can cause holes that prevent your gutters from functioning properly. This could allow water access to the ground near your foundation, which can cause damage. If you're so inclined, run your hose for a couple minutes into the gutters. Check the entire perimeter of the house and look for water draining down from the gutters anywhere it shouldn't. Water always leaves a trail that can be followed! Periodically move the hose into new positions around the house in order to test the entire gutter system for leaks. Use a flashlight in dark areas, and be thorough. You'll quickly see any leaks as the water makes its way through the gutter.
Inspect the Downspouts
Check your downspouts for holes and rust. Also make sure the downspout is firmly attached to the gutter and wall, and that all support brackets are in good condition. Often overlooked is the bottom end of the downspout, so check that too. Over time the opening sometimes gets clogged with debris, or crushed from being stepped on.
Also clear away weeds, overgrown plants, rocks and other debris from the opening so water has a clear exit path away from your home. Water that pools near your home can damage the foundation.
Clear the Gutters
Using gloves, a trowel, a hose with a spray nozzle or a high-pressure hose if you have one, clean out as much leaves and debris as you can safely. Use caution on ladders – never lean to the side to increase your reach, and remember the hose can be heavy when full of water. While cleaning the gutters, look for leaks and other damage.
Keep your rain gutter system functioning with regular at-home maintenance. A healthy gutter system is essential to maintaining proper drainage around the home. The quicker you find and fix the problems, the smaller those problems will stay. If you'd like to learn more about our seamless rain gutter options available for your home, please let us know! Contact us today for information about how we can save you time and effort, and help protect your investment in your home.