Yearly Archive2018

Seamless aluminum gutters and downspouts

Gutters and downspouts are required by almost every house in the world. If the roof drainage is ineffective, the runoff dumps next to the foundation. This flow of water can damage decks, patios, exterior siding, and plants, while also causing erosion. There is a chance that the basement might even be flooded.

In addition, gutters need to look presentable and good, as they are a prominent feature of the exterior of the house. Homeowners may elect to replace downspouts and gutters when a house requires re-roofing. In these cases, its usually best to hire a professional roofing installation company, like Storm Group Roofing based out of Minneapolis.

Installing aluminum gutters in different varieties of colors and styles meet the needs and budget of the customers.

The major advantage of seamless aluminum gutters is that they can be custom-made to almost any length that is required hence, eliminating the need for the usage of seams.

The gutters are made in a gutter machine. The flat sheet of aluminum enters from one end of the machine and comes out of the opposite side with the formation of a gutter profile. One of the most popular profiles for seamless gutters is a style gutter with a K shape and a curved front edge.

This is how seamless aluminum gutters and downspouts are installed:

1- Flat gutters to formed gutters: This gutter with a K profile starts out as a flat single sheet of aluminum, whose profile is made in the gutter machine. Once they are made, workers trim the gutter with the help of a machine and attach the end caps. Then the caps are crimped and sealed to ensure that the gutter is watertight.

2- Brackets: They are cross braces that help make the gutter stiffer. They also provide attachment sites for screwing the gutter.

3- Fasten it to the fascia: Drive a screw through each and every bracket in the fascia board. This will enable the gutter to drop the water where the downspout is located.

4- Downspouts are mostly assembled from the straight sections and the elbows of the gutter, screwed to the drop outlets of the gutter and the walls of the household.

Cleaning Algae off Your Roof Shingles

A lot of people overlook the formation of algae or moss on their roof, as they are not much aware of the damage it can cause and can even result in decay.

When the growing algae start to act as food to the moss, the moss acts like a sponge to absorb rainwater. This can result in the water seeping under the shingles and into the structure of the building if the moss’s top layer gets dense. This, in turn, results in the formation of mold that can promote rot.  

This is why it is important that if you spot the presence of algae or moss on the shingles, you clean it off.

Clean algae of the shingles without damaging the roof:

The most important thing is that you should not ever clean your roof using a high-pressure washer.

A high-pressure washer can cause the protective elements and the granules of the shingles to wear off. Stripping of these protective components reduces the longevity of the shingles.

If you are deciding to clean off the moss using a broom, make sure the bristles are not stiff enough to cause the granules to strip off.

Zinc Sulfate:

This chemical usually comes in the form of a powder. You can apply this directly to the areas where there are moss and algae to clean it off, it is advised that for every 600 sq. ft, you use pounds of zinc sulfate.

While Zinc Sulfate can prevent algae for up to three years, it is recommended that you apply it yearly to ensure that the algae do not regrow.

It is recommended to not do this on a windy day and cover your plants before doing this, as zinc sulfate can damage plants.

In order to uphold the long time protection of your roof, early removal of algae is extremely important

Handling the algae at the onset of its growth can help improve the longevity of your roof. Overlooking the growth of algae and moss on your roof can result in additional damage and maintenance costs. We recommend hiring a professional roofing service for your home, or a professional commercial roofing company to properly treat any algae issue you may have.