Spring Gutter Cleaning

Cleaning Gutters: Best Practices

With the spring and summer months upon us, there are numerous projects homeowners should have on their “to-do” list. From ensuring decks and patios are structurally sound to reviewing the rest of your home’s exterior, the list goes on. If you are a homeowner, you should be sure that reviewing your homes gutter system is a priority this spring/summer. Continue reading our industry blog on Best practices when cleaning your homes gutter system!

Ladder Safety

When cleaning your gutters, you want to be sure you have a quality ladder that is properly set up. This includes an overall sense of comfort while on the ladder as well. If you don’t feel comfortable on a ladder, you should hire or reach out to a friend, neighbor, or family member who is willing to help you out! Be sure the ladder is set an angle that won’t end up giving out from underneath you and provides a sturdy base to conduct work.

Cleaning the Gutters

We recommend staying on the ladder while clearing debris from your gutters. Some opt to climb onto the roof, but we stay clear of this as kneeling on the edge of a roof can be dangerous. While clearing smaller sections and climbing back down to move the ladder over may take longer, the minimized risk is worth it in our opinion.

Proper equipment

Be sure you have a great pair of gardening gloves prior to getting up to your gutters. These will enable you to grab the leaves, twigs, and other debris with ease. If underneath the section you are cleaning is a manicured part of your yard, you can elect to bring a bucket or plastic bag to hold the debris before disposing of it.

Another great tool to potentially use is a trowel in case the debris has caked itself to the gutters.

Test your gutters

It is important after you clear much of the debris to test out if the system is fully functioning. By bringing a hose up the ladder with you, you can run water until you start seeing it exit the gutters spout. If you cant climb up the ladder with the hose, you can use a spray nozzle and aim it up to where water enters the gutter.

Testing the gutters will also get any additional smaller debris you may have missed when up on the ladder.

REI: Roofing Professionals you can trust

REI roofing understands that a functioning gutter system reduces the risk of numerous potential issues for a homeowner. From water seeping into siding and rotting out wood to undermining foundations, improperly working gutters can be the cause of many concerns. Be sure to clean your gutters this spring and summer and if you notice while you are up on the ladder you could use a new roof, call the experts at REI today!

Composite Deck

Adding a deck to your home

Decks act as an extension of your home allowing you to enjoy the nicer weather New England has to offer. If you grew up in this area, family meals, cookouts and even late nights are known to be had on the decks of homes. If you are considering adding a deck to your home, odds are you have a few questions. Between building material to appropriate sizing, REI has the professional expertise to steer you in the right direction. First, let’s look at some deck material options that are on the market today!

Options in the market

Pressure treated– One of the most common options used by homeowners today. Pressure treated wood does offer some durability but with harsh winters and warm summers, these don’t have the longest shelf life. Expect to make some repairs along the way to specific pieces as time moves on.

Natural Woods– These include the likes of Cedar or Redwood. Generally, a little more expensive and these woods naturally have components within them making them resistant -to a point- to weather and bugs. Again, with New England’s wide range of weather extremes, it’s not exactly the best option for homes in this area.

Composite– The option we like to recommend to our clients. Manufacturers have come a long way in mimicking the touch, feel, and look of natural wood in the form of a composite material. These are significantly much more resistant to the elements then the options listed above. In addition to being the most resistant and having a great look, they are much cheaper than traditional lumber.

Boardwalk Composite Decking

We have experimented with a variety of brands, types, and manufacturers regarding composite decking options. Through using several products on the market, we have been most satisfied with the results of Boardwalk Composite. Resistant to fire and warp, Boardwalk composite also boasts a 10-year guarantee. Boardwalk provides the look of wood without any of the hassles real wood can have.

The REI Experience

REI has been installing and constructing custom decks since we started in 2001. If you are considering adding a deck to your home, give us a call. Our staff will work with you to understand your desired style and features to ensure you are left with an end product you will want to show off to your neighbors. Leave an inquiry on our contact us page or give us a call at 781.848.1999. We look forward to hearing from you!

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