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Gutter Cleaning: To Clean Or Not To Clean

Gutters are rarely noticed or thought about until there is a problem. Mature trees, roof shingles, and occasionally animals can all cause issues in gutters. Any large amount of debris that gets wet and builds over time can eventually cause sagging and displacement of gutters. Watch out for nesting, if you see birds it is a good idea to bird proof as those nest and bird waste can build up and become compacted in your gutters. On top of being unsightly, they can begin to smell. There are products safe for both the birds and the environment that can be used to encourage nesting elsewhere. If you have clogged downspouts, rain can actually run over the top of gutters causing streaks on the gutter face and/or run back onto the house causing damage to the wood. Regular maintenance of a least twice a year is recommended before fall and again early winter. This clears the way for fall and then cleans them out before freezing and expansion present a problem in winter.

To not have to clean gutters, consider a gutter protection system. They are more expensive but most have a 20 year warranty. They are generally liked better because they are unseen and save the cost of routine cleaning. The science behind the product is that only the smallest of particles are allowed through the screens. Larger debris sit on top and should dry up and blow off leaving your gutters free flowing and protected. They prevent nesting, and keep other critters out as well. If you would like to see a demo of the product or want to keep it simple and just have routine maintenance, give Paneless a call for a free consultation.

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Professional Tips for Power Washing and Sealing

Summertime we all tend to spend more time outdoors by the barbecues and pools. Have you noticed stains, algae, or drab looking stonework and walkways? If so, now is the best time for pressure washing and sealing. You will want to choose a company with industrial grade washers and the proper tips to address different types of surfaces. Hiring an inexperienced company or attempting to do it yourself could lead to damages like scarring of your limestone, stucco, or even splintering wood. Commercial grade pressure washers can perform up to 4,000 PSI, and knowing how to use them can save costly damages and replacements. The typical process involves applying cleaning solutions that are safe for plants and animals, allowing them to sit, and then power washing with smooth and even strokes. The best mark of an experienced cleaner is that the power washing will be streak free.

Now let’s talk about why sealers are important. First they can protect and prevent stone from mold and algae. Secondly, they can protect surfaces surrounding pools and near sprinklers from flaking and expanding due to chlorine or salt from the water. There are many sealer choices available depending on the look you are hoping to achieve. The two most common are a penetrating topical and a regular penetrating. The topical is used for slate and sandstone and have enhancers available as an option for deeper, richer color. Then there are regular sealers used for concrete and limestone that do not change the look of the stone at all. Some sealers can also have densifiers added that help prevent chalking and flaking. Summer is the best time to apply sealers because the heat aids in curing them properly. Sealers cannot be applied until stone is dry and there is no rain in the forecast for 48 hours. The most durable sealers will be guaranteed for an average of three years.

If you still have questions or would like an evaluation, call our certified specialists at (214) 662-2300.

RO technology is reverse osmosis water that is filtered through a five-stage process. This process removes all total dissolved solids and chlorine that cause water to spot or dry hard because of minerals. Since the water is pure, it acts as a cleaning agent itself. Water loves minerals so when we remove those minerals, it wants them back. We refer to it as thirsty water. So ask yourself, what is in soil? Minerals. Now you have water that wants minerals. So we use this RO water to adsorb the soil on a window or floor surfaces. This RO water is incorporated into the majority of the services we provide.