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The most obvious benefit of installing rain gutters is that gutters will funnel water off and away from your home. This prevents the water from getting into your home through the roof, windows and doors and will also prevent your fascia boards from rotting.

Other Benefits of Having Rain Gutters Installed

Gutters will keep your exterior walls clean because dirt will not be splashed against them when it rains. There are some indirect benefits as well. Gutters will keep water that comes onto contact with your foundation away from it when it rains. Because of this the soil that surrounds your foundation will not be able to expand and contract making the base of your home stable. Even light rainfall can produce a sheet of water that runs off the edge of the roof. Gutters will also prevent the erosion of the topsoil around your home which will also help with the strength of your homes foundation. Gutters are also great at protecting the plants around the outside of your home. When heavy rains come down the runoff can be harmful. If you like the idea of collecting runoff into barrels you can use it water your plants for free. This will reduce your carbon footprint and save you some money! Due to hydrostatic pressure, water that is allowed to continue to saturate the ground above the basement will eventually flood into the basement. There don’t even need to be cracks for sitting water to soak through to the basement wall. This can result in a buckled foundation and costly repairs.

Steps for Gutter Installation

1. You need to calculate and purchase as least the total length of the gutters you will need and the right number of downspouts and attachment brackets.
2. Snap a chalk line to measure the layout.
3. Cut all the gutters to size using a hacksaw or heavy duty snips to cut at the marked measurements.
4. Secure the gutter brackets. They will either be snapped onto place or mounted into the face board.
5. Mark the location where the downspout opening will be in the gutter and use a jigsaw to cut a square opening at the right place in the gutter.
6. Secure the downspout connect and end cap to the gutter using a silicone sealant and short metal screws. Endcaps should be used wherever there is an open-ended run of gutter.
7. Mount the gutters to the face board every 18 to 24 inches.
8. Attach the downspout to the gutters through the downspout connector. The tapered ends need to be facing down and pointed in the right direction.
9. Finally, use a heavy bead of sealant and allow it to dry overnight to seal all gutter connections.

Preparing for Gutter Installation & Replacement

The type of gutters you choose will make installation slightly different. Fascia boards should be painted before attaching new gutters. Trim back long sections of roofing felt to lip into the gutter making sure they don’t obstruct the low of water. When the gutter installation is complete, pour a bottle of water into the highest point to ensure everything is working smoothly.

Gutter Installation in Truckee, Mystic, Floriston, Olympic Valley, Alpine Meadows, Tahoe City, Dollar Point, Ridgewood, Carnelian Bay, Kings Beach, Eder, Norden, Soda Springs & The North Lake Tahoe Basin of California

Rain gutters offer many benefits. Have them professionally installed. Call Nickerson Roofing today. We recommend 18 gauge welded steel guttering to hold up to the snow and harsh weather conditions in The North Lake Tahoe Basin of California.

Unfortunately roof leaks are a common problem that many homeowners face, especially owners of older homes or houses exposed to varying degrees of weather. Roofing issues including a leaking roof have the potential to cost you your valuable time and possibly even thousands of dollars or more in repairs. Your roof is an investment and knowing some of the warning signs can mean the difference between a quick repair, a major remodel or even a complete roof replacement. One of the first indications that your roof may be leaking is discolored and damp walls and ceilings. The knowledgeable professionals at Nickerson Roofing are the experts when it comes to maintaining and repairing roofs in Truckee, California and the surrounding areas.

Common Sources of a Leaking Roof in the North Lake Tahoe Basin of California

Roof Leaks Around the Chimney: If your roof is leaking around the chimney your flashing may have cracked. Flashing is a thin piece of metal that is installed under the shingles of your roof to create a water-resistant barrier. If the flashing is exposed you will be able to see the sheet metal instead of the rubberized top coating that seals the flashing to your roof. If your flashing is broken you will also see large cracks. Tar is often used to seal the flashing which can corrode over time leaving your roof exposed to the elements.
Damaged Shingles: Shingles cover the exterior of your roof so it is easy to spot if they are damaged or missing. You will see patches on your roof and may even find some shingles scattered around your yard after a storm. Weather, including heavy rains and strong winds are usually the culprit.
Valleys on your Roof are Improperly Sealed: The valley is the area where the two planes of your roof meet and come together. Because the area is sloped and the valleys are improperly sealed, water can penetrate before it runs down slant of the roof. Look for wet spots along the seams of your roof. The most common reason for a damaged seal? Excess rain that can cause the seal to erode over a period of time.
Cracked Vent Booting: Your roof vents resemble small pipes that protrude out from the top of your roof. They are designed to expel moisture from the inside of the home. The roof vents are sealed by placing a tight rubber piece (boot) over the pipe. Over a period of time, the flashing may break or the roof can even begin to decay.
Ice Dam Buildup: An ice dam is caused by a buildup of ice which forms along the edge of the roof. This ice buildup prevents melting snow from draining. The weight of the ice can damage the roof but damage can also occur when the water that is trapped is left sitting on the surface of the roof.
Clogged Gutters: This may seem obvious if you can see debris such as leaves sticking out over the edge of the gutter but sometimes a clogged gutter can be much more subtle. If you notice a lack of water coming down the downspout during and after a rain shower it’s definitely worth checking into. Your gutters are designed to move water away from your roof but when a blockage occurs, the rainwater will sit in one area of the roof giving it an opportunity to seep through cracks and cause damage.

Roofing Inspections, Preventive Maintenance, Emergency Repairs, Installation & Replacement in Truckee, Mystic, Floriston, Olympic Valley, Alpine Meadows, Tahoe City, Dollar Point, Ridgewood, Carnelian Bay, Kings Beach, Eder, Norden, Soda Springs & The North Lake Tahoe Basin of California

Contact the experienced roofing professionals at Nickerson Roofing today for all your roofing needs.

As a homeowner, you are probably not even aware that over one third of all homeowner’s insurance claims revolve around roofing issues. A leaky roof for example is not only a source of annoyance, it can also lead to a wide range of problems including mold (which can cause health issues along with structural problems) and electric issues which can result in fire hazards. A professional roof inspection by Nickerson Roofing can detect any potential issues before they become serious and potentially life threating problems.

Is a Professional Roofing Inspection Necessary in the North Lake Tahoe Basin of CA?

The experts at Nickerson Roofing recommend professional roof inspections for three reasons – to determine if any repairs are needed, to estimate the remaining lifespan of your roof; and to issue a certificate of inspection which is especially beneficial if you are in the process of putting your existing home on the market for sale. If you are on the opposite end of the spectrum and you are interested in purchasing a new home, your Nickerson roofing inspection specialist can give you an estimate on how long you can reasonably expect the current roof to last.

DIY Roof Inspection VS Hiring a Professional Roofer

A roof inspection should never be attempted as a DIY project. Walking around on your roof is dangerous, for you and the integrity of your roof. At Nickerson Roofing our roofing inspectors are knowledgeable and have the proper equipment at hand to professionally inspect your roof. Our inspectors are trained, experienced and qualified to spot any potential issues that may not be immediately evident to a layperson for example hail damage that can lead to leaks

When is the Best Time for My Roof to be Inspected?

The knowledgeable experts at Nickerson Roofing recommend the following three occasions to have your roof inspected:
1. Following inclement weather, such as a hurricane or hailstorm to make sure that your roof is undamaged. And if damage to your roof has occurred, to help you make an insurance claim to cover the cost of any repairs.
2. When you are preparing your home for sale, and/or when you are interested in upgrading and purchasing a new property.
3. As part of your routine household preventive maintenance plan.

Typical Roof Warranty Require Regular Roofing Inspections

You should never assume that your roof will be issue-free during the entire warranty period. Many homeowners make the mistake of relying on their warranty to cover expenses should they experience an issue with the roof during the warranty period. Carefully read the fine print. It is not uncommon for a warranty to stipulate that a regular roof inspection conducted by a professional roofing company be part of the maintenance required in order to fulfill the terms of the warranty.

What Will My Roof Inspector Look for?

Your Nickerson Roofing professional will arrive with a detailed checklist of the items that will be evaluated including:
General condition of all roofing material. For example wear and tear, damage, curling, missing or loose shingles or other roofing materials.
Exterior structure of your roof. For example any sagging, deterioration, straining, damaged or rotting flashing, soffit or fascia, clogged gutters or inadequate roof pitch.
Interior condition of your roof. Specifically cracks, staining and dampness, and roof or window leaks.
Inspection of the ceiling under your attic. With attention to cracks, stains and moisture.
Your Nickerson Roofing expert will also evaluate and examine any recent repairs to ensure the repairs are functioning correctly. Once complete, your inspector will issue you a written report that notes any issues along with a recommendation for repairs, replacement and follow-up.

Roofing Inspections in Truckee, Mystic, Floriston, Olympic Valley, Alpine Meadows, Tahoe City, Dollar Point, Ridgewood, Carnelian Bay, Kings Beach, Eder, Norden, Soda Springs & The North Lake Tahoe Basin of California

For more information about roof inspections in Truckee, California and the surrounding areas, contact the experts at Nickerson Roofing today.