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The old siding on my home had finally reached the end of its lifespan. This meant it was time to re-side my home. After doing some research, I knew what features I wanted for my new siding. One of the features that was most important to me was the appearance of the siding and how it would increase the curb appeal of my home. Siding wraps around your entire home and can make it look old and dated, or new and modern. With this website, I hope to discuss different siding products and discuss what sort of appeal and look it can bring to your home. This can help you select the siding type that will impact the overall appearance of your home for the better.


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How To Secure Rain Gutters

by Kent George

Securing a loose rain gutter is not difficult if you are comfortable on a ladder and don't mind getting dirty.

It is important to have your gutters secured properly before winter. A loose gutter allows water to freeze between the outside wall and the gutter. The expanding ice will push the gutter farther from the wall, and may cause it to become completely detached.

What causes gutters to become loosened?

Dirt and debris can accumulate in rain gutters over time. This will also cause the downspout to clog with excess dirt. Water then becomes trapped in the gutters. The combined weight of the dirt and water will eventually cause the gutter to pull away from the faschia board to which it is attached.

As water accumulates behind a loose gutter, the faschia board may soften, which allows the gutter nails that hold the gutter in place to gradually pull out of the board.

If water is allowed to accumulate behind the gutter over an extended period, it will eventually enter the home. The water may not even appear as a leak, but may run inside the walls, causing serious structural damage.

Preparing to secure the gutter

Your first task will be to clean the gutter. The accumulated sediment and debris is often difficult to remove, because it becomes compacted from being alternately wet and dry.

This job will be easier with a gutter cleaning trowel, which resembles a narrow hand  spade and it designed to fit into gutters and scoop out the muck.

Securing the gutter

While gutter nails are still used to secure gutters to a faschia board, gutter screws are becoming a more popular and efficient choice. These seven inch screws are sold with a special screw chuck included, and you will need a cordless drill. 

Gutter nails and screws are inserted into the gutter through ferrules, which are narrow plastic tubes that are placed inside the gutter to keep it from collapsing when a nail is driven or a screw tightened. 

If your gutter is already secured with screws, you may simply need to tighten them. However, if your gutter is secured with nails and you wish to convert to screws, you must remove the nails. You can use the old ferrules for screws as well as nails.

If the nails are difficult to pry out with a claw hammer or nail puller, place a piece of four inch wood into the gutter to add leverage and a strong pivot point for the hammer or nail remover tool, and to protect the gutter from being dented.

As a nail is pulled, insert a screw through the ferrule and tighten it completely with your drill. Be sure to keep your gutter at a slightly downward pitch toward the downspout. Use a level if necessary, because if the gutter isn't properly pitched, water will collect on the closed side.

If the nails or screws won't hold, water damage has occurred, and you will need a roofing contractor to take over before more extensive damage is done.