Gutterglove of Central Texas  | The Ultimate Gutter Protection System

Fri, 05 Oct 2012 11:59:00 GMT By Gutterglove News

Media Source: Momseveryday.com

When it comes to reusing and recycling, there are many ways we can all get involved. But have you ever thought about recycling your own rain water as a way to be more eco-friendly? Jeff Wathen with JD's Windows and Doors tells us about the gutter glove.

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Tue, 04 Sep 2012 08:04:00 GMT By Gutterglove News

Media Source: Modernsage.com

 

By: Robert Lenney

 



If more homeowners knew the proper way to clean out their roof gutters, there would be less deaths and injuries. Fall is the season when gutters are cleaned out in preparation for the rainy season ahead. If the rainwater doesn’t flow properly through the gutter and downspout system, costly home repairs can add up from rainwater damage. It’s time to clean out those clogged gutters, and to do it safely.

According to Robert Lenney, Gutterglove gutter guard inventor and gutter cleaning expert whose company has cleaned out more than 6 million feet of gutter since 1996, being properly educated in the art of gutter cleaning is the key to a successful and safe cleaning experience.

Cleaning out gutters is pretty easy as long as you know what you are doing, replies Lenney. Everytime I hear of someone getting hurt from cleaning their gutters makes me cringe, because it could most likely have been avoided had they followed proper cleaning procedures.

There are a variety of gutter cleaning tips that can bring sanity into this tedious task. Some of the basics are listed below by Lenney:

Ladder Safety: Always let someone know you will be using a ladder to work on your roof or gutters. Use a safe and sturdy ladder, preferably with a small shelf strong enough to hold a five-gallon bucket to collect gutter debris. Make sure to secure the bucket with a lanyard. I recommend a four-legged step ladder for a single story home, and an extension ladder for a two-story home. An orchard ladder is not recommended because there are only three legs for support and they can become unbalanced.

A wooden ladder is also not recommended because they are often wobbly and difficult to safely balance. Fiberglass ladders seem to be the sturdiest, but are also the heaviest. If you are cleaning gutters for hours upon hours, muscle fatigue can set in from moving the heavy ladder numerous times. If this is the case, you should try using an aluminum ladder, which is the second-choice option for strength and support.

Inspect the ladder for defects, dents or loose parts before climbing. If your ladder is fastened together with screws and bolts, make sure all parts are tightened. When opening up a step ladder, make sure the extension-hinge arms are fully extended and locked in place.

Garden Hose: Use a garden hose with a pistol-grip trigger spray nozzle. This type of spray nozzle allows you to adjust the water pressure with the use of just one hand. This style of spray nozzle comes with a handy pistol-grip trigger, allowing it to be easily hung over the front edge of the gutter while moving the ladder, or while using a gutter scoop. This type of spray nozzle can be purchased at any hardware store.

Gutter Scoop: Scooping out the leafy debris seems to be the best overall method for cleaning out the gutter. An excellent tool for this job is the bright orange plastic Gutter Getter scoop, which can be purchased at most hardware stores. This tool is unique because the front scooping edge is very thin and it forms itself to the bottom of the gutter trough, making it easy to scoop out even the toughest of debris in any size gutter system.

Stay away from using a metal scooping tool because the bottom of the gutter and seams can be damaged and scratched. Scraping the bottom of a steel gutter can introduce areas to rust, and if the bottom of the gutter is already rusting, the rusting process could speed up.

Wear Gloves: Gloves can help protect hands against dirty, rotting leaf debris that often contains bird, pigeon and squirrel droppings that are ridden with bacteria. Gloves can also prevent painful cuts from the torn metal shards of an old, ragged gutter. Cotton gloves can soak up dirty water that exposes skin to bacteria. Leather gloves are not as maneuverable and tend to shrivel up when they dry after cleaning. Rubber gloves can get poked or torn by metal shards in the gutter. Thick, suede glove material is recommended because it is superior to cotton, thin leather or rubber gloves.

Protective Eye Wear: Eye protection is a must because one never knows what might fly out of the downspout when cleaning gutters. People have experienced rats, birds, frogs, wasps and bees leaving at high speeds once they start removing a clog, and the last thing they want to have happen is an eye injury.

Rake Off Roof: Rake all debris off the roof first. Otherwise, the next rain will wash all the debris down into the clean gutter, clogging it up again. Also, debris left on the roof can lead to water damming up in valleys or around the chimney, which can cause erosion and roof leaks over time.

Rubber Shoes: If walking on the roof is necessary to perform gutter cleaning, it is good to use rubber soled shoes. Rubber soles tend to adhere best and prevent slipping and falls. Roof tops tend to be moist in the morning, so it is best to walk on the roof after the sun is well up in the sky and has dried up all the moisture. Late mornings or early afternoons are the best times to walk on a roof.

Downspouts Unclogged: Make sure the downspouts (leader pipe) are clear. After all the gutters are cleaned out, run the water hose down the downspout at full pressure. If the water backs up out of the top, a clog is present. Normally, it can be unclogged by tapping on the side of the downspout. But if that doesn’t work, the downspout and back need to be removed, and it should be flushed from the bottom. If a clog is present, and the downspout is connected to an underground drain, it is best to disconnect the bottom of the downspout from the underground drain. Otherwise, the clog may move to the underground drain.

Clean Gutters Two Times A Year: Make sure gutters are cleaned at least twice a year, once in the fall and again in the spring. One main reason for cleaning out gutters is to eliminate the possibility of water damage from rainwater runoff due to a clogged gutter. Another reason is to reduce the possibility of rust corrosion. Even though it may not rain during the summer, if there is debris in the steel gutters, the rusting process can speed up. It’s difficult for rust to speed up with clean gutters. The faster the rusting process, the sooner new gutters will be needed.

Power Line Hazard: When cleaning gutters around a power line cable that drops from the power pole to the roof of a home, conduct a visual inspection of the electrical cable where it connects to the roof. This is to ensure that the protective wire insulation hasn’t rubbed off through years of wear-and-tear by weather and nearby trees. If the cable appears to have damage, do not attempt to repair it. Call a licensed professional electrical contractor to fix it.

If it’s raining and there is an electrical wire problem, do not attempt to clean out the gutters until the wires are fixed. Water is a dangerous conductor of electricity. Whether it’s raining or not, it would be a good idea to have the electrical wiring repaired before cleaning out your gutters.

Gutter Guards: Using a quality gutter guard can eliminate the need for cleaning out gutters. Consider carefully the manufacturer’s claims before purchasing a gutter protection system that keeps out leaves and pine needles, because many promises are made that can’t be delivered. Lenney manufacturers the Gutterglove Gutterguard, which are manufactured in the U.S., more information can be found at www.Gutterglove.com.

According to Lenney, he and his staff have found an amazing collection of items while cleaning gutters, including men’s underwear, diapers, socks, pigeon droppings, golf balls, tennis balls, syringes with sharps, dead animals, aluminum cans, children’s toys, live adult rats with babies in the nest, small and large frogs, wasp and bee nests, snakes in areas like Florida, books, newspapers, nails, and tile pieces. These are in addition, of course, to the usual debris, such as leaves, pine needles, seed pods and sand grit.

Lenney can’t turn this annual tedious job into a Disneyland experience, but he can make the job easier with these few simple cleaning tips and tricks while keeping safety in mind. Happy cleaning!

8 TIPS FOR GUTTER CLEANING

Let someone know you are cleaning your gutters.
Use a safe and secure ladder.
Rake leaves off roof first.
Wear rubber-soled shoes when walking on roof.
Use plastic gutter scoop.
Wear gloves and proper eyewear.
Unclog downspouts.
Watch out for hazardous power lines.

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Tue, 07 Aug 2012 09:54:00 GMT By Gutterglove News

Source: PR Newswire



ROCKLIN, Calif., March 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Rocklin, California manufacturer Gutterglove, Inc., will bring its gutter guard manufacturing from China back to California by the end of second quarter 2012 and will finally be able to say its products are "Made In The USA". This will infuse millions of dollars back into the Golden State, create new jobs, and hopefully set an example that other manufacturers can follow.

CEO and President, Robert Lenney founder and inventor of the multi-patented Gutterglove Gutterguard, started manufacturing his gutter cover in 2003.

"Originally, my plans were to make the gutter guards in California, but because the parts used were from high end, high quality materials, they were very expensive to make," says Lenney.

The company's gutter protection systems, 'Gutterglove' and the Do-It-Yourself version 'LeafBlaster' are made from aluminum extrusions and a fine stainless steel micro-mesh. They are installed on roof gutters and designed to keep out leaves, pine needles, and roof sand grit.

Due to continued rising costs to manufacture and the pressure to reduce costs in order to remain competitive, Lenney sent out a worldwide bid request in 2006 for aluminum extrusion companies to quote on making his gutter covers. He ended up moving manufacturing to China.

In 2011, the Army Corps of Engineers began to spec the Gutterglove design to be installed on gutters on specific buildings on certain military bases in the US. However, to qualify for the Buy American Act passed by congress and signed by President Hoover in 1933, Gutterglove needed to be made in the USA.

In the second quarter of 2011, Lenney sent out bid requests to numerous part manufacturers throughout the United States. As weeks went by, Lenney nervously awaited quotes to come in for extruding, anodizing and fabricating his aluminum based product.

Unexpectedly, several extrusion companies in the Los Angeles area came back with quotes that were only slightly higher than the Chinese manufacturers. Evaluating this marginal increase closely, it was determined that it would be more feasible to manufacture and assemble in California rather than China. Lenney made the choice to bring manufacturing back to California.

Lenney said, "I'll carefully manage future cost increases in manufacturing so that I can always keep business here, permanently."

David Snyder, the Director of Economic Development for Placer County, says that bringing manufacturing back to the US is welcomed and appreciated.

Snyder comments, "Manufacturing's contribution to our economy cannot be overstated. Its multiplier effect creates jobs throughout the supply chain; for every new manufacturing job created, 2.5 additional jobs are created in other sectors."

With Gutterglove sales increasing over 40% a year, the benefits would be received warmly into the economy. The significant growth of the company introduced many financial challenges as well. They are currently seeking up to $2.5 million dollars in debt and equity capital to assist with these transitions of growth.

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Wed, 06 Jun 2012 08:01:00 GMT By Gutterglove News

Media Source: NBC17.com

Learn how to go green with Gutter Glove of North Carolina while making improvements to your home at the same time.

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Tue, 17 Apr 2012 08:43:00 GMT By Gutterglove News

Media Source: forresidentialpros.com

By: Robert Lenney

It’s that time of year when a second gutter cleaning is almost always needed, especially with the new shedding of leaf debris from newly spring budding branches. Recent winter storms can also blow leaves, pine needles and roofing debris into gutters, causing potential rainwater overflow, which in turn can cause landscape erosion and water damage to homes.

There are a variety of gutter cleaning tips that can bring sanity and safety into this tedious task. Some of the basics are listed below:

Garden Hose Use a garden hose with a pistol-grip trigger spray nozzle. This style of spray nozzle comes with a pistol-grip trigger, allowing it to be easily hung over the front edge of the gutter while moving the ladder or while using a gutter scoop. Spraying out the gutter is generally best when most of the larger debris has already been removed with a gutter scoop. Spray toward the downspout (leader pipe) so the small, murky debris flows down the downspout.

Ladder Safety Use a safe and sturdy ladder, preferably with a small shelf strong enough to hold a 5-gallon bucket to collect gutter debris. Make sure to secure the bucket with a lanyard. I recommend a four-legged step ladder for a 1-story home, and an extension ladder for a 2-story home.

Wooden ladders often are wobbly and difficult to safely balance. Fiberglass ladders are the sturdiest but are also the heaviest. If you are cleaning gutters for hours upon hours, muscle fatigue can set in from moving the heavy ladder numerous times. If this is the case, use an aluminum ladder, which is the second-choice option for strength and support.

Power Line Hazard When cleaning gutters around a power line cable that drops from the power pole to the roof of a home, conduct a visual inspection of the electrical cable where it connects to the roof. This is to ensure that the protective wire insulation hasn’t rubbed off through years of wear-and-tear by weather and nearby trees. If the cable appears to have damage, do not attempt to repair it. Call a licensed professional electrical contractor to fix it. It is not advisable to use a metal ladder near power lines when cleaning gutters; a fiberglass ladder is a better safety solution in this situation.

Rake Off Roof Rake all debris off the roof first. Otherwise, the next rain will wash all the debris down into the clean gutter, clogging it up again. Also, debris left on the roof can lead to water damming up in valleys or around the chimney, which can cause erosion and roof leaks over time.

Rubber Shoes If walking on the roof is necessary to perform gutter cleaning, it is good to use rubber-soled shoes. Rubber soles tend to adhere best and prevent slipping and falls. Rooftops tend to be moist in the morning, so it is best to walk on the roof after the sun is well up in the sky and has dried up all the moisture. Late mornings or early afternoons are the best times to walk on a roof.

Unclog Downspouts Make sure the downspouts are clear. After all the gutters are cleaned out, run the water hose down the downspout at full pressure. If the water backs up out of the top, a clog is present. Normally, it can be unclogged by tapping on the side of the downspout. But if that doesn’t work, the downspout and back need to be removed, and it should be flushed from the bottom. If a clog is present, and the downspout is connected to an underground drain, it is best to disconnect the bottom of the downspout from the underground drain. Otherwise, the clog may move to the underground drain. When unclogging the downspout, wear protective eyewear, because anything can escape from the downspout at high speeds once the clog is being removed.

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Mon, 02 Apr 2012 11:05:00 GMT By Gutterglove News

Media Source: examiner.com
By: Diana Herzan Minneapolis Customer Reviews Examiner

If your home is in need of new gutters, you are in luck because of a new innovation available in gutters and gutter protection! Gutterglove Gutterguard provides a unique and highly advanced gutter protection system unlike others you may have seen on the market. Amazingly, gutters have been helping eliminate cumulative leaf build-up and debris from our roofs for decades, or have they? Gutterglove’s new protection system has brought gutter protection and filtration to a new level. Gutterglove’s Icebreaker technology also melts snow, icicles, and ice dams on gutters using self-regulated heat cables. This technology has brought ice dam prevention to new levels, plus has reduced the job of sanding and salting portions of sidewalks and driveways for many satisfied homeowners.

Gutterglove's new protection system brings gutter protection and filtration to a new level

Watch this video to see exactly how Gutterglove’s gutter protection system actually works on above and beyond rain and weather conditions and how it compares to its competitor gutter guards on performance. The video will speak for itself and show you exactly how easily and effectively it filters out all debris from your gutters, virtually eliminating any gutter cleaning forever. Gutterglove’s seamless gutters are made of aluminum and offer four-season protection for your roof, and a high quality, self-contained system of gutter protection. Gutterglove products also include protection of your home from the potential damage caused by ice dams.

The quality of the Gutterglove products caught my eye at a recent Home and Garden Show in Minneapolis, MN. What is impressive about the Gutterglove products is the high quality aluminum and stainless steel micro mesh screen used to produce them, and that the product actually does the job it is supposed to, and in a most extraordinary way. Owner of a local Minneapolis, MN Gutterglove franchise distributorship, David Lund, has over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry and considers himself an “application engineer.” As a contractor, Lund has been called on to solve many unique problems, one of which became an impetus to discovering the Gutterglove product line. One of his customers had a situation with a steel roof, a lot of long stemmed pine needles and massive snow build up that required a unique solution. Other gutter protection products were not able to provide the solutions his customer needed. Lund looked at a number of products until he found one that met with his strict and practical criteria. It was Gutterglove that finally produced the confidence he was seeking.

Gutterglove’s special innovative system filters out all debris, even as fine as thin pine needles. It is installed at the right angle on your roof to ensure proper flow of large amounts of rain water, and not surprisingly, scored a Number One spot in America’s favorite Consumer Rated magazine for its performance.

Gutterglove Gutterguards provide a clear difference and a clear single solution to keeping away all dirt and debris from your gutters, only allowing dust or minute particles to actually get through. Other gutter guard systems will eliminate a portion of debris, leaving enough sitting on the bottom of the gutters to actually speed up the rusting process on steel gutters. By ensuring no debris gets through, Gutterglove Gutterguards ensures no rusting and helps ensure your gutters’ life span. When selecting a gutter protection system, the chief criteria should clearly be to choose the system that allows the least amount of debris.

Depending on your individual home and needs, you have the ability to choose from several options of Gutterglove products.

First, Gutterglove products can be installed right over your existing gutters, on any roof type, enhancing the effectiveness of the entire gutter system; plus saving you money versus purchasing an entire new system
Gutterglove Ultra – Good – Watch this video
Gutterglove Pro – Better – Watch this video
Gutterglove Icebreaker - Best - Watch this video
Lund also discovered Gutterglove’s Icebreaker product line to be a superior solution to ice dam prevention, a very real problem in our Minnesota climate. Convinced and sold on the Gutterglove products and solutions, David Lund now owns an exclusive Minneapolis Gutterglove distributorship for the ten-county Minneapolis – St. Paul, MN metro also servicing Rochester and Duluth.

Let’s talk ice dams for a moment.
After repairing somewhere around thirty homes from moisture intrusion problems resulting from ice dam damage, David Lund became determined to find an effective solution to preventing this kind of damage for homeowners. Last winter, we were educated either by experience or by the media, about how costly and inconvenient both exterior and interior damage caused by ice dams can be. David Lund’s discovery of Gutterglove’s Icebreaker technology met all of the criteria he felt necessary to take on ice dam prevention effectively.

Gutterglove’s Icebreaker offers a unique ice melting feature and is second to none in performing its job, at saving money, energy, and in its simplicity to install. Here’s what you should know about the Icebreaker. The Icebreaker melts icicles, snow, and ice dams on the gutter using self-regulating heat cables. Its heat radiates throughout the aluminum support frame and thermally radiates downward creating a warm micro climate to melt ice inside the gutter. The Icebreaker technology is amazing and effective. Seeing it action speaks for itself. Watch this video. See why Guttergloves’s Icebreaker has earned a proven track record providing homeowners with a high level of confidence.

It’s easy to be convinced that Gutterglove is the best gutter protection product to consider. Just watch this video to understand how it works and why it is effective. Then, call David Lund, Gutterglove’s local 10-county distributor and ask him all the questions you have. David knows the products and can give you an accurate and fair comparison, as well, with any other gutter products you may also be considering. Start with a call, 763-473-3116 and finish with a clear solution to your gutter needs.

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Fri, 03 Feb 2012 08:53:00 GMT By Gutterglove News

Media Source: Seattlepi

 

By Daniel Weintraub

With California on the edge of drought and water restrictions already beginning in some areas, the state might soon be looking toward an ancient practice that is attracting renewed interest around the world: rainwater harvesting.

In Australia, rainwater harvesting has been widespread for years, and in parts of the country it is the only source of fresh water. The government of Texas is an aggressive proponent of the idea. And in Washington's San Juan Islands, residents have overwhelmed a state agency that grants permits for the installation of harvesting systems.

But in California, the notion of capturing rainwater for use in irrigating landscape still has not reached the mainstream. Using rainwater for toilet flushing or even drinking is almost unheard of.

Dylan Coleman would like to change that. Coleman, from the town of Mount Shasta, is a consultant and seller of rainwater harvesting equipment. With his wife, he also runs a nonprofit foundation -- Save The Rain -- that raises money to pay for the installation of rainwater harvesting systems in Africa.

Lately, he has been much busier with the Africa project than he has been selling systems here under his company's Wonder Water brand.

"I've become more of an educational institution than an actual business," Coleman told me. "I do a lot of talks. Rainwater harvesting has skipped over a couple of generations. We've lost the knowledge. We are having to be reawakened to what it can do and how effective it can be."

Dan Carney, water conservation manager for the Marin Municipal Water District, says Californians have a sense of entitlement when it comes to water.

"We come from a history of feeling like there was an unlimited amount of water in the West," he says. "There was this idea that there was an unlimited amount of gold, of silver, of water, that it would never run out."

The gold and silver are mostly gone now, and while water is still abundant, attitudes about its use might soon be changing. The past two winters have been relatively dry, and this year's Sierra snow pack had only 67 percent of its average water content on May 1. With environmental laws and court orders diverting more fresh water to protect wildlife habitat, another dry year would likely leave the state in a water emergency. Already, cities from Roseville to Walnut Creek are under at least some form of water-use restrictions.

The growing interest in global warming might also contribute to pressures on water use. Water use -- from pumping to distribution and treatment -- consumes an estimated 20 percent of the electricity generated in California, and power plants are a major source of the greenhouse gases that are believed to be the cause of global warming.

Rainwater harvesting wouldn't be a panacea, but for many people, it might at least be the difference between having a green yard or a brown one, or provide enough water to wash their car when they want to. A more ambitious application of the technology could do a lot more.

The typical harvesting system is not very complicated. The best ones begin with a metal roof with a baked enamel finish, which stays fairly clean, but the method can be used with any roof style. Gutters collect the water, which usually flows through a fine screen to keep out debris and filter some contaminants. A diverter sends the first few gallons that come off the roof into a drainage system, and the rest is captured in cisterns, which can range in size from a few hundred gallons to several thousand.

That water can be used directly for irrigation. If the house has parallel water systems installed -- one for drinking, bathing and kitchen use, the other for laundry and the toilets -- rainwater can be easily used indoors, too. If it is filtered further or decontaminated with an ultraviolet light, it is safe to drink.

In Australia, the city of Melbourne is installing a 260,000-gallon underground tank to store water that will be used in a public park, and the city's design guidelines encourage the installation of water harvesting systems on all new construction.

In Texas, a state law directed the government to establish standards for the domestic use of harvested rainwater. A commission that studies the issue found that 2 billion gallons of water could be captured annually in Dallas -- and 38 billion gallons statewide -- if just 10 percent of the roof area were used for harvesting. The state recently established a "rain catcher award" to recognize the systems that best save water and money, and benefit the environment through innovative uses of the technology.

In Washington, the city of Seattle actively encourages harvesting. And on the San Juan Islands in Puget Sound, where many residents have little or no fresh water supply, interest in harvesting has surged, overwhelming a state agency that issues permits for the systems. In response, the agency granted "island-wide" approvals for the residents of Shaw and Lopez islands.

California has a reputation as a leader in environmental innovation. But when it comes to capturing the rain, the state seems to be behind the curve.

 

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Thu, 19 Jan 2012 09:47:00 GMT By Gutterglove News

 

 

Media Source: Sacramento News & Review

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This article was published on 01.19.12.


Icicle-free eaves.

A Rocklin inventor is helping solve an age-old problem: icicles. Those dangerous spikes of ice hanging and dropping from eaves in the Sierra Nevada winters are no match for Robert Lenney’s invention, the Gutterglove IceBreaker. This green product uses a single heat cable built into a gutter guard, which radiates heat and melts all frozen things near it. This low-energy solution to preventing icicles also allows for snow harvesting, using the gutter to divert melted snow into a rainwater storage tank. There’s also a heatless option for those below the snow line this wet season.

 

 

 


 

 

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Mon, 16 Jan 2012 16:28:00 GMT By Gutterglove News

Media Source: GutterGuardReview.com

Have you ever seen a home during winter with fresh fallen snow all around it, majestic frozen icicles hanging from the edges with snow covering the roof and thought “wow, what a beautiful winter home?” Well chances are if you’re seeing icicles, there is a much bigger issue going on behind the scenes.

As most homeowners are well aware of, gutters tend be a necessary evil in protecting their homes from weather throughout the seasons. Gutters are important because they keep water away from the house and they help in keeping your basement dry. However; if it’s not a clog of twigs and leaves in the fall, it’s a barrier of snow and ice in the winter. Looking out for and maintaining your gutter system is an essential step in the long-term life of your home. It is particularly important during the winter season, especially in regions that tend to get into the sub-zero temperatures. Gutters in these regions have a more likely chance of freezing and creating an ice dam.

An ice dam is created when the warmth of your house melts the snow on top of your roof. This being the warmest part of your roof, the melted snow runs down the roof towards the edge, which in turn is the coldest part of your roof causing the melted snow to re-freeze. The refrozen snow begins to form a wall or dam at the edge of the roof, usually at the gutters and downspout. When a dam forms, the continuing water flow then backs up behind the wall creating a pool. This pool of water can then leak into your home causing water damage to walls, ceilings, insulation and other areas.

It is always important to keep gutters completely clean and free of debris so when snow storms occur, you are off to a good start. However; without the right gutter guard, this is a fruitless effort. Nature is a part of life and will always find its way into your gutters. Heated gutter guards are a perfect solution. Heated gutter guards are the best way to solve your snow and ice problems because not only do they melt icicles, ice dams and snow loads on your gutters; they also melt ice about one to three inches up the roof line keeping your gutter and roof’s edge dry and worry free during the winter; while continuing to filter out leaves, pine needles and sand from your gutter all year round. Below are “Before” and “After” photos of the Gutterglove IceBreaker heated gutter guard system.




Photo Credit: GuttergloveIceBreaker.com

 

Photo Credit: HeaterCap.com

 

There are only a few manufacturers of heated gutter guards in the industry. All of them use a self-regulated heat cable connected to the gutter guard in some fashion for generating the warmth necessary for melting the ice. Some heated gutter guards use only one cable whereas others are less efficient and require up to three cables to generate the heat needed.
Before bad storms and freezing temperatures, make sure your gutter and downspouts are free from potential clogs that will create a dam. If you don’t have a heated gutter guard, you can counteract effects of the formation of ice dams by using a variety of household tools such as:

  • A Chisel, Screwdriver or Hammer Head: Used to chip away at the ice, this may be lead to more gutter strain causing the gutters to fall down, tearing the side of your house in the process.
  • A Roof-Rake: Used to “rake” or pull the snow downward which can cause you to rip shingles out of the roof.
  • A Hose: Using warm water to melt the ice and clear the dam, this technique won’t last long as an ice dam will inevitably form again and you take the risk of cracking your gutters.
    All of these options are not only hazardous to your safety and well-being; you in turn run the risk of creating permanent property damage to your home. If you don’t have a heated gutter guard in place, you can do the following as an alternate option:
  • Heated roof and gutter cables: Self-regulated heat cables can be used within the existing gutters and along the eves of the roof to prevent ice before it solidifies on the roof and in the gutter. The heated cables radiate heat downward, creating a micro-climate, helping to melt icicles, ice dams and snow loads in the winter they do not interrupt the normal function of a gutter guard. Sample brand names include: Gutterglove IceBreaker and Heater Cap.

So if you are living in a region that is prone to freezing temperatures, ice formation and snow storms, you would benefit most from a heated gutter guard for your snow and ice problems. Not only will you save your gutters from being ripped off your home from sliding snow and ice off your roof, you will protect your gutters from the formation of ice dams and other possible snow damage that occurs in colder temperatures.

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Wed, 11 Jan 2012 10:29:00 GMT By Gutterglove News

 

Media Source: BetterRoads.com
January 11th, 2012
Company: Gutterglove Incorporated
Category: Deicing alternatives

California manufacture Gutterglove Incorporated announces that their proprietary technology incorporated into a heated gutter guard has received a US Patent. The patent for their deicing invention was issued on a cold winter day on December 20, 2011.

This heated gutter guard is designed to melt icicles, snow loads and ice dams on a gutter system, as well as filters out leaves, pine needles and roof sand grit so ice problems and gutter cleaning are no longer an issue.

This unique design incorporates a self-regulating heat cable that installs in a built in channel in the gutter guard itself. When turned on, it radiates heat for melting ice in the gutter and on itself and prevents icicles and snow loads from forming on the gutter.

Three time patent holder Robert Lenney, inventor of Gutterglove IceBreaker, says that his heated gutter guard is unique and can eliminate icicle fatalities.

“Since ice can’t form on your gutters when IceBreaker is installed, the liabilities of falling icicles are virtually eliminated,” says Lenney.

IceBreaker is also a Green eco friendly product because it requires only one heat cable to do the job whereas other heated gutter guards still require two to three cables.

The support frame for IceBreaker is made from type 6063 anodized aluminum and supports a fine type 316 stainless steel micro-mesh for filtering out organic leaves and pine needles from the gutter.

A short performance video of the heated gutter guard can be seen on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnwec41gbEA

With IceBreaker, you can also perform snow harvesting by collecting the melted snow into a rain harvesting system. Your gutter allows the melted snow to flow to your rainwater storage tanks which can be used later for a variety of water uses such as watering your plants, washing your car or watering the lawn.

The manufacturing company continues to sore in sales with a 60% increase in 2011 over 2010, and a similar huge increase from 2010 over 2009. With the continued growth in sales of this magnitude, cash is always in demand to manufacture the product. They are now seeking lending institutions or Angel investors who can help with manufacturing product to meet the increasing demands of its customers throughout North America.

More information can be found at www.Gutterglove.com.

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Wed, 11 Jan 2012 10:11:00 GMT By Gutterglove News

 

Media Source: Sacramento Bee

By Mark Glover

Published: Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011 - 12:00 am | Page 6B

Gutterglove Gutterguard, the Rocklin-based rain gutter development, installation and repair business, said it has received two U.S. patents for its gutter guard systems.
One is for IceBreaker, a heated gutter guard that melts icicles, snow loads and ice dams. The company says it also filters out leaves, pine needles and other debris. Heat is distributed via a self-regulating cable.
"Since ice can't form on your gutters when IceBreaker is installed, the liabilities of falling icicles are virtually eliminated," said Robert Lenney, inventor of IceBreaker.
The second patent was issued for the latest development of the Gutterglove Pro gutter cover. Lenney first introduced the system of stainless-steel mesh over aluminum channels in 2003.
For more details, visit www.gutterglove.com

 

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Wed, 11 Jan 2012 10:03:00 GMT By Gutterglove News

 

 

Media Source: Sacramento Business Journal

Date: Friday, December 30, 2011, 6:18am PST

Melanie Turner, Staff Writer - Sacramento Business Journal

Commercial Gutter Inc. of Rocklin has received two new patents for its gutter guard technology, the company announced Thursday.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a patent for the company’s Gutterglove IceBreaker on Dec. 20. The heated gutter guard uses a self-regulated heat cable to melt ice and snow in gutters, while the guard itself filters out leaves, pine needles and roof sand and grit.

The second patent was issued recently for a Gutterglove Pro gutter cover, invented in 2003 by Robert Lenney, co-founder of Commercial Gutter. The company’s gutter guards are made of aluminum, which supports a stainless steel micro-mesh that filters out organic debris.

Year-over-year sales were up 60 percent, according to the company. Lenney is now seeking help from investors in order to ramp up manufacturing.

“I’m working with companies in the UK, Africa and Portugal who really want our products,” Lenney said in a news release.

 

 

 

 


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Mon, 28 Nov 2011 11:45:00 GMT By Gutterglove News

Media: GutterguardExpress.com

Author: Steve Nov. 14, 2011

Protect yourself from deadly icicles.

Prepare for Snow with Gutter Guards

Winter is always a rough time for homeowners, but with gutter guards it doesn’t have to be! One of the best things you can do to protect yourself from another bad winter is to install gutter guards on your home. But how do gutter guards work, and how can they prevent snow and property damage to your home? Here we’ll go over this and more, so you can be prepared for the next big winter storm without worrying about your roof, home and dangerous ice.

 

How do Gutter Guards Work?

When a winter storm blows in, you’re going to have a roof piled high with snow. When the storm finally breaks and the sun comes out, the snow begins to melt. This is a great thing, and that’s where your gutters come in! Gutters take water in and carry it to a place away from the side of your home and roof to prevent moisture damage; when there’s too much water or it melts too slowly, you’ll begin to see problems. If you have a heated gutter guard like the Gutter Glove, you’ll be able to speed up the rate that ice and snow is melting, as well as prevents icicles from forming when the snow and water refreeze overnight.

 

Choosing the Right Gutter Guard for Snowfall

If you live in an area with a lot of snowfall in the winter, you need to make sure you get a winter-ready gutter guard that will help with the unique problems that snow and freezing present gutters. This means you’ll want a heated gutter guard that can withstand freezing temperatures and has a great rating for not failing (it happens, check online reviews before you settle on a gutter guard). Heated gutter guards prevent icicles from forming in the first place, and the dangers it poses to you, your family and your home. Covered gutters also prevent ice from jamming inside your gutters and warping them when they melt and freeze. Our gutter guards make an excellent choice for anyone wanting to weatherize their home!

 

Why it’s Important to Winterize Your Gutters

Winterizing your gutters should be a high priority; when you are working on your windows and doors, remember to check your gutters. Gutters can easily become warped from heat in the summer and cold in the winter; a gutter guard will help prevent these kinds of problems and it’ll keep debris like fallen tree branches and leaves from trees, hard ice and the prevention of dangerous icicles on your home.

Protecting your home from the elements is important, and it’s as simple as installing gutter guards! The average home owner can spend anywhere from $300 to over $1500 a year to clean their gutters, why not save time and money with gutter guards today? We offer a large selection of guards that will prevent winter gutter problems, and they’re priced in a range that you can afford. Give your gutters some love today!

 

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Mon, 28 Nov 2011 10:40:00 GMT By Gutterglove News

Media: NBC 17 Lifestyles

Gutterglove of North Carolina is the oldest and most experienced Gutterglove dealer in North Carolina and in fact on the entire East Coast. Ricky Stroup, co-owner of Gutter Glove of North Carolina, LLC invites you to call him directly if you have any questions! Once you have decided that Gutterglove is the best product for your home, you probably want to know who has the most experience installing the product, how many homes has the company put product on , are there any complaints with BBB, are there some nice compliments about good service, is there a house you can drive past and see the product and is the company EXCLUSIVELY Gutterglove, or do they also sell competitive (inferior) gutter products? Since this is “ABOUT US” please allow us to answer these important questions for you. Since we were the first Gutterglove dealer in North Carolina and in fact there were no others until 2010, it would be fair to say there are no others that have as much experience with Gutterglove.

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Mon, 21 Nov 2011 11:10:00 GMT By Gutterglove News

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Fri, 11 Nov 2011 09:45:00 GMT By Gutterglove News

Fall foliage is breathtaking when it's attached to trees.



Once those red, yellow and brown leaves make their way to the ground, it's an ongoing battle between homeowners and Mother Nature. But there are ways to make the annual tree shedding a bit more bearable with a few environmentally friendly products.

Gutter guards

Thousands of leaves never hit the ground. They get lodged in gutters. Anyone who has ever cleaned out gutters will attest to the nastiness of the job. But gutter guards can almost eliminate the task.

Troy Warner, of Built Right Custom Homes, is a licensed dealer and installer of Gutter Glove, a gutter-guard system that protects homes from potential water damage while also functioning as the first step in rainwater harvesting.

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Fri, 11 Nov 2011 09:26:00 GMT By Gutterglove News

Tips to select the best way to prevent clogged gutters

Tom Kraeutler
Gutter Cleaning, Gutters, Roofing, Cleaning
Gutter guards are products that address the very reason this season is called "Fall." Besides tumbling temperatures, it's the time of year when beautiful fall foliage assembles into a rotted rooftop mess, clogging gutters from coast to coast.

Whether you clean your gutters yourself, or invest in one of the many types of gutter guards, one thing is certain: cleaning your gutters is a good idea. Besides allowing water to overflow in a heavy rain, there are a dozen or more severe home defects that can be caused by blocked gutters, including flooded basements and cracked foundations.

Do-it-yourself gutter cleaning is simple enough, but it can be a dangerous job for the untrained weekend warrior. In the alternative, there are many types of gutter guard systems on the market to choose from, and all of them offer some sort of protection for your gutter at different costs.

For starters, hardware stores and home centers sell simple plastic or metal screens that cost as little as .50 per foot. But premium gutter guards are also available. These can cost as much as $25 per foot, including labor and materials, and generally are only available through an authorized dealer.

So how do you select the right gutter protection system for your needs? Here's a primer on the seven different types of gutter guards available.

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Mon, 17 Oct 2011 15:58:00 GMT By Gutterglove News

Gutter cleaning pro Robert Lenney offers advice and safety tips that just might save your life.

Fall is the time of year to get your house in order before winter sets in. For most homeowners, this means it is once again time for a good, old-fashioned gutter cleaning.

According to Robert Lenney, gutter cleaning expert whose company has cleaned out more than 5 million feet of gutter since 1996, it’s the semi-annual project that strikes fear into the hearts of all urban and suburban warriors who face that dreaded request, “Honey, it’s time to clean out the gutters!”

“At its best, gutter cleaning is a tedious and disgusting task. At worst, it can be scary and downright dangerous. One slight misstep and you are heading to the hospital with a broken bone and bruised ego..."

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Wed, 12 Oct 2011 11:50:00 GMT By Gutterglove News

 Mike Holmes  Sep 17, 2011 – 11:00 AM ET | Last Updated: Sep 16, 2011 3:07 PM ET

 

The kids are back in school and that means summer’s over. Autumn is coming and soon we’ll be climbing up our roofs and cleaning out the gutters before the fall leaves begin their damage. But how much damage can some leaves really do? Well, in my business, I’ve seen quite a bit.

I hate coming to what’s supposed to be a simple job, then, when I start to work and tear things down, I see tons more work thanks to water damage. Your home’s No. 1 enemy is water. Why? ...

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Wed, 07 Sep 2011 09:17:00 GMT By Gutterglove News

(CBS)  NEW YORK -- Many parts of your house - both outside and in -- can be damaged by snow and ice.

Fixing it could cost lots of money, but warding it off could save you not only those big bucks - but plenty of aggravation.

On "The Early Show," John DeSilvia, host of the DIY Network's "10 Grand in Your Hand", demonstrated ways homeowners can keep Old Man Winter at bay - at least as far as harming your house is concerned...

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