3 Reasons to Follow Your Gut and Get Leaf Guards

gutter guardsIt’s official. Fall has fallen and it’s all over the place. Evidence of your tree’s last hurrah before the winter (or worse, maybe your neighbor’s tree), can still be found in stockpiles at the corner of your house or driveway. And then, of course, there are the rain gutters.

One glance at the gutter that seems to floweth over has you feeling like your rain gutters are a real punch in the gut. Whether you’ve invested in the seamless aluminum gutters (inherited, if you were lucky) or you’re working with section gutters, the sludge of leaves and questionable new life growth has made for what seems like an impossible task.

So maybe, it’s time to invest in leaf guards.

3 Benefits of Having Leaf Guards Installed on Your Continuous Rain Guttering System

  1. Your future self will thank you: Leaf guards do more than ward off leaves. They’ll help you guard your knees. Climbing up and down a ladder to clean out rain gutters is a hassle and puts you at risk of falling off a ladder. And one of the benefits of seamless aluminum gutters is supposed to be their long lasting lifespan. Not only are you risking yours with leaf fishing, you’re putting wear and tear on your joints.
  2. The mosquitoes will not thank you: Leaves collect puddles of moisture and moisture makes for the perfect mosquito breeding grounds. Year round leaf guards will help leave mosquitoes homeless and out of your yard.
  3. You’ll maximize your investment: Continuous rain guttering systems are important for protecting your home’s foundation, preserving vinyl siding and preventing roof damage. Leaf collection can prevent water from flowing, making your seamless aluminum gutters not so seamless after all.

There’s no need to feel gutted by the gutters. Affordable Siding & Windows can help keep the flow of life flowing smoothly around your home.


How to Maintain and Care for Your Vinyl Siding

vinyl sidingMastic Home Exterior products are some of the most durable building product materials available today for residential applications. In most cases, normal rainfall is sufficient to keep it clean. But, should your products need cleaning, we recommend the following procedures. Particular attention should be given to areas under eaves, porches, awnings and other overhangs that have limited exposure to the natural washing effect of rainfall.

Clean Moderate Atmospheric Dirt from Siding

We recommend an occasional washing with clear water using a garden hose and soft-bristled brush (a long-handled, car-washing brush is ideal for this purpose).

Clean Heavy Industrial Atmospheric Dirt from Siding

Wash in the manner indicated above, but use the following solution:

a. 1/3 cup detergent (Tide®, for example)
b. 2/3 cup trisodium phosphate (Soilax®, for example)
c. 1 gallon water

Clean Mildew Accumulation from Siding

Mildew can collect on surfaces of all types of building products and is often evident on surfaces that have not been properly cared for and maintained. Normally, mildew will appear as black spots. Mildew is easy to remove by using the basic cleaning solution above with the addition of sodium hypochlorite as follows:

a. 1/3 cup detergent (Tide®, for example)
b. 2/3 cup trisodium phosphate (Soilax®, for example)
c. 1 quart sodium hypochlorite 5% solution (Clorox®, for example)
d. 3 quarts water

Clean Caulking Compounds, Tar and Similar Substances

Use mineral spirits in reasonable amounts and apply directly to the foreign substance. Immediately after cleaning, rinse the area thoroughly with water.

CAUTION: Do not exceed the recommended concentrations of cleaners. To do so can cause damage to the products’ surface. Avoid skin and eye contact with the solution, and in all cases follow manufacturer’s instructions for use of cleaning compounds and solutions. Avoid uses of abrasive-type cleaners and strong solvents. Test any cleaner on an inconspicuous area before applying to major areas. To minimize streaking, always clean from the bottom to the top and follow with a rinsing of clear water. Excessive scrubbing is unnecessary and can be harmful to the Products, and may cause undesirable glossy areas over the finish.

Thinking of power washing your siding? Read this first.

If you decide to power wash your vinyl or aluminum siding, please be sure to read your power washer instructions carefully before you begin. When cleaning, hold the power washer straight at eye level. Don’t aim the washer upward as the water may collect behind the siding. This collected water could leak, which can produce streaks, or could stay behind the siding, which can cause decay. Set the pressure using a minimum of 1,500 PSI and maximum of 2,400, using a 40-degree tip.

by: Mastic Home Exteriors