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Gutters Be Cleaned Out
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How Often Should My Gutters Be Cleaned Out?

A fact of life when it comes to owning a home is doing dirty work, such as keeping your gutters clean. Leaves, pine needles, bird’s nests, mold and other debris need to be cleaned out to make sure your gutters do not get clogged.

As the weather changes from season to season, you don’t want to forget about your gutters before it is too late. Leaves and other material can build up and you may not realize it until a big rain comes through. Letting your gutters go without attention can become costly quickly. 

So, how often should your gutters be cleaned?

The answer to this question depends from expert to expert and relies on other factors, but most experts recommend your gutters to be cleaned twice a year. The best times would be once at the end of Spring and once at the end of Fall.

There are other factors that you may want to consider when it’s time to inspect your gutters. If you have trees close to your house, especially pine trees, their leaves and pine needles can shed year round. Also, if you live in a higher elevation, consider how melting ice can overwhelm clogged gutters. 

Here are issues that could be caused by dirty gutters:

Critter and Insects 

Citters and insects tend to be attracted to your warm, damp gutter. This is because it creates a food source for pests. Critters and insects are more likely to find a way into your house after they have been living in your gutters.

Mold

As leaves and pine needles decompose in your gutters, mold will begin to grow. Mold is not only a health hazard, it is also really tricky to clean. It’s best to prevent mold from growing in your gutters before it begins. 

Leaky Roofs 

Once your gutters are clogged, water will not be able to drain properly, which can eventually lead to a leaky roof. Water will slowly begin to soak through your shingles and into your home. If your gutters’ downspouts are not 6-10 feet away from your house, water can even seep into your basement. 

Foundation Cracks 

Foundation cracks are caused by water damage and the expansion of ice can be a nightmare to fit. Consider having your downspouts are pointed away from your home to help protect your home’s foundation. 

While cleaning your gutters is a job that you may be able to do yourself, you may feel better knowing that a professional can do the job more easily and securely.
At Bluewater Exteriors, located in Foley, Alabama, we have just the professionals you need. We would be happy to come and take a look at your gutters and see if we need to repair or clean them with our free estimate. Contact us Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at (251) 504-4015.

Why does my porch need a screen enclosure?
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Why does my porch need a screen enclosure?

The great outdoors offers some much-needed connection to nature as well as a good dose of natural Vitamin D. When sitting out on the porch or gazebo, however, one may overlook the difference a screen enclosure can really make. This type of outdoor extension adds many great benefits that many homeowners enjoy. 

Protects from outdoor elements 

There are numerous elements that interfere with your short time of being outdoors, such as dealing with unwanted insects while you are trying to cook on the grill or simply relaxing. With a screen enclosure, there is no more need to swat flies away or deal with pollen allergies. The design of the screen enclosure allows each structured pillar or wall to safely and securely cling to the screen without any damage to the surface. Installation is fast and easy and best of all, very affordable. 

Provides shade

How many times have you gone outside and realized you forgot your sunglasses or neglected to put on sunscreen? Maybe more times than you can recall! Adding a screen enclosure to your back patio or outdoor area provides a great amount of shade keeping you cool during those unseasonably warm months while still being able to enjoy the natural light of the sun. Best of all, it is safe to use around kids and your furry friends will enjoy the shade as well. 

No-fuss concept 

Adding another door to divide the space between your backyard and patio would defeat the purpose of a screen enclosure and completely block your view and any entryway to go to and from between spaces. A screen enclosure provides a no-fuss concept with an easy pull and push mechanism to go past the other side. There is also no maintenance required on your end and the screen is weatherproof. 

Keeps the area dry

When having guests over, a little rain can sometimes change plans rather quickly. Having a screen enclosure helps keep the patio area dry so you won’t have to relocate your guests elsewhere in the house. It also helps keep water from rain and heavy winds from getting access to your outdoor furniture and allowing them to fly away. As always, it is recommended to buy outdoor furniture and rugs that are water-resistant, however, as the screen can only act as a barrier and not actually protect it from the water itself. 

Long-lasting

Aside from screen enclosures looking nice, they are rather long-lasting. The mesh material is very sturdy and, if installed properly, will get you a good year’s worth of limited warranty. 
Let our experts install a screen enclosure today as you enjoy life without interruptions. Give us a call at (251) 504-4015. At Bluewater Exteriors, it is our mission to do it right and not over. We provide gutter and window services to the Alabama and Mobile surrounding areas.