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The Importance of Gutters on your Home

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Your gutters are often the most underrated area of your home, yet are one of the most hardworking. They effectively divert water away from your roof and direct it away from the house and prevent a host of structural damages.


By channeling water through your downspouts, water is prevented from pooling around your basement, damaging your foundation, and eventually weakening everything that supports your home’s structure.

Other areas of your property that are protected from damage include:

  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Siding
  • Landscaping


While your gutters are an ongoing support system, they tend to fade into the background until something goes wrong. Often times they become clogged with debris such as:

  • Leaves
  • Small tree branches
  • Berries
  • Grit from shingles
  • Pine needles
  • Birds’ nests

These blockages can lead to water buildup and freezing up in the winter. This can also happen when snow freezes before it can melt, although this situation is more apt to happen in areas that have a longer, snowier winter season.

When they become clogged, the extra weight places enough strain on them that can lead to gaps, holes, or a pulling away from their original placement.


Regular cleaning helps prevent blockage with debris and allows you to inspect them for any possible structural damage. Proper inspection and maintenance can also save you quite a bit of money by preventing future costly repairs.

It is generally recommended that cleaning be done twice a year, once in the spring and once again in the fall. Depending on any extreme weather during any particular season, you may have to check on them a little more frequently. Here are some exceptions to consider:

  • An exceedingly dry season – If you have had little precipitation and heavy winds, your gutters are less likely to have accumulated as much debris or sustained any damage. It’s still important to inspect them, but you may not have to clean them as often.
  • An increase in wildlife activity – If some of the trees you have planted have grown taller or if you have seen evidence of a growing wildlife population, you may need to do more inspections. Three or four times per year may be necessary to keep out tree debris, birds, and even insects from accumulating.


This can be dangerous without the correct knowledge, tools, skills, and experience, and it is recommended that you leave this task to the professionals.

If you choose to go ahead with it yourself, be sure that you are in good health and have someone there to assist you. Avoid loose-fitting clothing that can catch on any protruding edges or pants that are too long and create a tripping hazard. Always wear shoes with good traction, safety goggles, a dust mask, and work gloves. Use a trowel, in addition to wearing gloves, when scooping out debris to minimize your risk of injury.

All of your home’s components and features should be working together to protect it from wet weather, decrease energy loss, and increase curbside appeal. The experts at Double J Siding and Windows are second to none when it comes to installing seamless gutters, along with siding, doors, and windows, and they understand how all of these things work together to protect the integrity of your home’s structure. Contact them today to discuss your home’s needs.

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Boost Your House’s Curb Appeal with New Custom Doors & Gutters

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Whether you’re getting ready to put your home up for sale or are planning to stay where you are and are just ready for a new look, Double J Siding & Windows has some great ideas on how to boost your home’s curb appeal. While, as our name suggests, our main focus is on residential windows and siding, which are definitely two ways you can increase your home’s curb appeal, other, less expensive fixes that can also have a huge impact include new doors and gutters.

Custom Doors Make a Statement

When selecting doors to fit your particular style, you have lots of options, since doors come in so many styles. To name just a few, you may choose:
  • Solid doors (hollow, solid or solid coreDoors with glass
  • French double doors
  • Doors with sidelights
  • Wooden doors
  • Fiberglass doors
  • Metal doors
  • Patio doors
  • Storm doors and more
Not only do you have options regarding door styles, but you can also choose from a variety of door colors. Another decision to make is whether you want an unprotected door or you want to add a small roof or an awning to protect the door and those using it from the weather.
Your home’s front entry door is a main focal point for anyone looking at your home and is also a factor in its energy efficiency and security. Just about any door you install on your home can be added to with a second door such as a:
  • Storm door
  • Screen door
  • Security door
One other decision when adding a new door to your home is deciding on the “handedness,” which means whether it swings open to the left or to the right. All of these decisions can be made with the help of a trusted home repair company such as Double J Siding & Windows. In business since 2001, we’re licensed, bonded and insured and carry an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. You won’t find a more capable partner in helping to boost your home’s curb appeal.

Gutters May Be More Important Than You Think

Often, gutters are overlooked by homeowners. It may be that the old adage, “out of sight, out of mind” applies here which can, unfortunately, cause a host of problems. Gutters require regular maintenance in order to efficiently serve their function, which is to divert water away from the structure.
If a home has no gutters or has improperly functioning gutters, damage can be caused to your siding, windows, doors, landscaping and your home’s foundation. You may also experience water seeping into the basement area. The reason gutters most often do not do their job properly is because they haven’t been correctly maintained. They may be clogged with leaves, pine needles, grit from roof shingles or a variety of other debris.
They may have holes, gaps, be pulled away from the house or not be pitched properly toward functioning downspouts. Having gutters in this condition is almost like having no gutters at all. A new, professional gutter installation can fix all these problems, plus provide your home with a heightened curb appeal.

Form and Function

While new gutters and custom doors in Amarillo will help protect the value of your home, they will also add to its value and its curb appeal. Selecting just the right style and color for your doors and the color of your gutters can work well together to help make your home picture perfect. At Double J, our team of experienced professionals can provide you with recommendations to suit both your taste and your pocketbook. Contact us today at (806) 674-1109 for your free, in-home estimate.

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