Archive for September, 2014

How to Quiet Noisy Gutters

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

How to Quiet Noisy Gutters

Noisy gutters can drive you insane and you will be asking yourself “do I really need gutters on my home”? A house does not look right with out having rain gutters on it and they serve a purpose to your home. A well maintained roof will keep water out of your home, but if there are no gutters and downspouts on your home the water running off your roof will enter your home thru the basement. So, the answer is yes. You do need gutters on your home. How to quiet noisy gutters is the question you need answered.

If your have noisy gutters from water overflowing, you will need to do a few things to the gutters on a regular basis. If you have had a storm and branches or leaves get into the gutters then, when the rain gathers in the gutters, it will not flow properly out of your seamless gutters. This will cause either a waterfall over the gutters. If you do not want to take the time out to clean out the gutters on a regular basis you will want to place a rain gutter covering over it. This will catch all the leaves and branches and stop them from getting into the gutter itself.

Leaking joints is another reason for dripping gutters. Although this may not cause any noise, it will depend on what is underneath the drip. This may not make your list of how to quiet noisy gutters, but it still will need to be fixed. A small leak over time can cause extensive damage to your home.

How to quiet noisy gutters

Not only would you need to keep the gutter cleaned out but if you want to solve the annoying dripping problem that creates noisy gutters that can last long after it stops raining, you can do a couple of different things to help this. You can place decorative down spout chains on the down spout to give the rain a place to flow instead of the rain water falling for several feet, then hitting the down spout elbow and making the annoying noise. You can also put an insert in the elbow that will quiet noisy gutters.

When you have a noisy gutter you will want to fix the problem quickly because that noise can drive you bananas especially if those noisy gutters are outside your bedroom. Even though gutters are extremely important pieces to the structure of the house, they do not have to be annoying or hard to live with. You can have quiet gutters if you just take the time to install the inserts into your downspouts elbows or put up a decorative down spout chain. This is how to quiet noisy gutters.

Preparing Your Dog for Visitors

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Dogs and Contractors

Preparing Your Dog for Visitors

Roofing is a business that involves estimators and crews visiting your home. If you are a pet-owner, you probably know how stressful it can be to have visitors, especially unfamiliar ones; it can be stressful for you, your pet, or your guest. If you’re lucky, your lovable dog says hello with a friendly bark or two, maybe even a sniff, but then goes back to its favorite lounging spot. But, if you are me – or someone with a dog like mine – it is more likely that your guests are welcomed with barks, bounds, and big wet kisses.

Our roofing estimators will generally need to come to your home to give you an accurate price and opinion and our crews will be there to do the work. If you have a dog, there are a few ways you can prepare for the interaction between our company and your family pet or any house guest and your dog. Help your dog cope with visitors by understanding what they may be feeling, and then counter-acting it in some way. First, what type of personality does your dog have? If they are overly friendly and want to jump on and lick each visitor – you may need to leash until the visitor is in the home and sitting down. Then give the leash enough slack that they can get close enough to smell, but not jump on, your guest.

If your dog is aggressive, it may be best to keep the dog in another room while your visitor is there. If this person is someone who will frequently interact with you in your home, you can gradually introduce your dog to them but maybe not on the first visit. Let your dog get used to their smell in your home, first. If this visitor is only going to be in your home once or twice – like maybe a Holencik Exteriors estimator – it may just be best that the dog never meets them. It will save both the dog and the estimator some unecessary stress!

If your dog is shy, you could give your guest a treat to give the dog. This will entice the dog to get near to the guest, and show the dog that this person is nice and not going to hurt them. If you have a high-anxiety pet, you should consider taking them to a friend or family member’s home on the day(s) the guys are out to work on your home. There is usually a lot of “banging around,” four-legged family that may scare your member.

If your dog is kept outside and will be there when our crew comes to your home, it is a good idea to tell the office, so we can make a note of the dog’s presence on the work order. Something like – “friendly dog in the backyard, barks but doesn’t bite,” or “dog in the back yard is chained, please do not interact.” This way the guys are prepared!