When is the last time you’ve had your gutters cleaned? If you can’t remember, chances are this project is long overdue! Though gutter cleaning may not be the most glamourous thing on your to-do list, making a point of getting this household task completed every year is critical for the ongoing maintenance of your home.

If you’re new to gutter cleaning, here are some tips for getting started:

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1. Establish a regular cleaning schedule. 

Experts typically recommend having gutters cleaned every four to six months, especially in the spring and fall. The frequency can depend largely on how many trees are in your yard, as large amounts of debris from leaves can quickly cause your gutters to back up and overflow. Often a visual inspection of your gutters will indicate the need for cleaning and any possible repairs. Some of the warning signs of clogged or damaged gutters include accumulated water on your lawn or driveway; water leakage anywhere inside your home; and the incidence of rodents nesting in gutters.

2. Implement preventative solutions. 

To rectify a build-up of debris, high-quality gutter covers or sealants are generally the best option for decreasing the amount of gutter maintenance you’ll have to do on a yearly basis. You can also consider installing gutter screens to filter out large amounts of debris and facilitate better drainage. Other simple preventive measures include trimming overhanging tree branches once a year, as well as cleaning your roof to eliminate additional debris from entering your gutters.

3. Hire a professional. 

While many homeowners opt to do gutter cleaning themselves, the process can be dangerous – especially for someone who is new to the task! Rather than risk your own safety, it’s usually best to hire an insured professional who knows what to look for and can remediate any problems in the most effective and efficient way. A trained professional will not only clean your gutters but can make any necessary repairs that are needed to prevent any further damage to your roof or home at large. Hourly rates for professional services will generally depend on the length of your gutters, size of your home, and overall scope of work that will need to be done. 

When it comes to effective gutter cleaning, consistency is key. Being proactive with regular gutter maintenance will ultimately prevent larger, more expensive repairs from being needed in the future. 

Call AVA to Clean Your Gutters

Planning to get your gutters cleaned this summer? Contact AVA Roofing and learn how our team can assist with this process.  

With springtime now upon us, you may be in the market for a new home. As you look at houses, you’ll likely have a multitude of questions and concerns – one of which should involve the condition of your future house’s roof. Having full knowledge about your home’s roof before you sign on the dotted line will save you significant money and aggravation in the future, making it an essential focus during your search. As you embark on your house hunt, here are three of the most important roofing questions to ask your home or roofing inspector

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1. What is the roof’s history?

During the assessment of any roof, acquiring information about the roof’s history in terms of the age of the roof, as well as past maintenance and repairs is critical. The seller of the home is responsible for providing information related to details of the roof’s history, such as when it was replaced and the types of repairs that have been done over the years. As a future homeowner, having this information will also ensure you’re educated about roofing warranties that would be transferred to you as the new owner, as well as what repairs and issues you may encounter down the road.

2. What are the main issues with the roof (if there are any)?

Once the house’s roof is inspected, you’ll want to get clear on any roofing issues that exist. Some issues are more costly than others to resolve, which is why it’s best to get as much specific information and details as possible. For example, problems with a roof can range anywhere from structural damage and water leakage to building code violations. Depending on the severity of the issues, you have a few options as a buyer. You can accept the house “as is” in its current condition; you can lower your offer based on how much repairs will cost; you can ask the seller to rectify the roof problems at their own expense; or you can simply back out of the sale. Having an inspection of the roof done by a reputable roofing company will ensure you know exactly what needs to be addressed so you can plan for future repair costs.    

3. When will the house need a new roof?

Above all, your inspection should result in a full understanding of when you will need a new roof. With a new home being a major investment within itself, it’s in your best interest to have a sense of when and if you’ll need a new roof in the near future. One of the ways you can determine the lifespan of a roof is by the material it’s made of (most roofs typically consist of asphalt shingles, tile, slate, wood or metal material). Your inspector should be able to provide you with information about the roofing material used, as well as the roof’s lifespan, which will help you determine the potential cost and timeline of a roof replacement.

Get in touch with AVA during your house hunt

Are you in the process of buying a new home? Get in touch with AVA Roofing and learn how we can address all your home’s current and future roofing needs.  

Being proactive about asking the questions above will help you be informed about the condition of your future home’s roof so you can feel confident in your investment, and budget and plan as necessary.

Are you in the market for new windows? Deciding what type of windows to install in your home can be a major decision. There are many types of windows to consider, with one of the most popular choices being a bay window. As one of the most aesthetic window options, here are three of the main reasons to consider a bay window for your home:  

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Increased home value

Because of their impressive curb appeal, bay windows instantly add value to any home. Their clean, modern appearance elevates the look and appearance of any home which can greatly benefit resale value. The grandiose visual nature of a bay window complements both interior and exterior structures, offering a timeless and elegant look for years to come.    

Ability to customize

One of the great attributes of bay windows is that they’re customizable for the homeowner. Depending on your preferred length and height, you can choose a bay window that goes well with the style of the room. A bay window also creates the illusion of more space, making rooms look larger and more expansive due to an increased sense of openness and enhanced natural light. The visual appeal of a bay window, accompanied with its practicality, make it an ideal window option for people looking for a unique addition to their home.

Better natural ventilation

Because of the large size of a bay window, it’s generally great at providing improved ventilation in your home. With the center of the window being a fixed unit, generally the two side windows of a bay window can be opened. The ability to open these side windows allows for increased air circulation in your home from two directions, rather than one. This can create a nice cross breeze, maximizing ventilation in the spring and summer months.

AVA Will Handle Your Window Installation Needs

These are just some of the many reasons to consider the appeal and usefulness of a bay window! If you’re thinking about adding a bay window in your home, learn how the AVA Roofing team can meet all your window installation needs.