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What to Know About Gutter Repairs – Woodbridge, Va.

When it comes to the exterior of your home, there are a few things that are integral to making sure it’s well protected. 

The roof, the siding, the windows, the doors, and last but not least – the gutters – all work cohesively together to make sure your home is protected from the elements. Are there other elements of your home that are important? 

You bet, the foundation is vital so are aspects of a home such as HVAC units, wiring and plumbing that are important. However, one thing that can undermine the functionality of your home’s resistance to weather and issues is something we often overlook – our gutters!

In fact, improperly installed and/or broken gutters are one of the leading reasons why people experience leaks and foundational issues. That is why today we are going to cover the topic of “Gutter Repairs,” and everything you need to know. 

We will cover:

  • Signs you might need a gutter repair
  • Our gutter repair process
  • Gutter repair options
  • Gutter repair costs

Warning Signs You Might Need Gutter Repairs:

Typically, your gutters are not something you give much thought as it pertains to being a homeowner. This is both a good and bad thing. 

Since gutters are higher up, it’s hard to assess if they’re working properly and if they’re clean. Clogged gutters are the leading cause of gutter repairs, and typically, most gutters go unnoticed until there is a problem

Unlike our car that has icons on the dashboard that make us aware of potential issues, our gutters are not so communicative. That being said, there are signs that can be noticeable and can perhaps indicate your home is in need of gutter repairs: 

Signs you might need a gutter repair include:

  • Noticeable gaps between your gutters and fascia boards
  • Gutters sagging in the middle 
  • Water flies off your roof during rainstorms
  • Mismatched gutter elbows, downspouts, pieces. 
  • A tree branch or wind has visually damaged your gutters
  • The wind has displaced your seamless gutters completely (missing) 
  • Your fascia boards are rotting 

These signs above can indicate whether or not you need a gutter repair. 

When it comes to assessing whether or not your home is in need of a gutter repair, the best thing to do is simply call and have a gutter company (like Top Dog Home Pro) come out and assess the situation, but more on that later. 

(Always keep gutters clean)

Our Gutter Repair Process

So let’s hypothetically say you determine you need to have your gutters repaired, or at the very least have your gutters inspected by a professional gutter company. 

What you want to first do is get an honest opinion and transparent pricing from the company. Here is our stance on most gutter repairs:

  1. Typically, we assess the situation 
  2. We determine if a repair is possible, but also is the repair a long term solution
  3. If the repair is possible, we give a pricing estimate

Let’s take a deep look at point number two above. If a gutter repair is possible is not the determining factor in getting your gutters repaired. As we uncover the different gutter repair options below, keep in mind that the most important item to consider is will the gutter repair last. 

Something can always be repaired, but what if the repair lasts only a matter of weeks or months? In that case, it’s most likely better to consider replacing those gutters. 

However, if a gutter repair is necessary, typically the process involves sealing a leak, reinstalling a gutter section, correcting a small issue. On the other hand, if the gutters are falling off because the old gutter spikes are old, well in that case it’s worth exploring options. 

Gutter Repair Options

In all our years of experience, the best bet for a gutter repair is almost always a gutter replacement. Let us touch as to why. 

First, if your gutters are in need of repair, most of the time the problem has gone unnoticed for some time. Remember the signs of a repair from above? Usually, those signs mean the problem is pretty large, and the damage is often been done. 

Now don’t get us wrong, there are simple fixes like unclogging a gutter, adding some sealant, or correcting a drainage issue. However, in most cases, a rain gutter system that is in dire need of attention is simply corrected with replacing. 

Brand new, seamless gutters are relatively inexpensive when it is all said and done, and when the price of a repair starts to get over $400, it is typically worth simply replacing your gutters. 

New gutters come with a gutter warranty (when we install them) and they often have updated features like the screw-in hidden hangers. Most homes with older gutters have the classic, long gutter spikes that overtime become ineffective in keeping your gutters mounted to your home. 

Also to point out, when gutters are replaced with new 5-inch or 6-inch gutters, what typically occurs too is an inspection of the fascia boards and their condition. This is KEY to replacing gutters because we never put new gutters on damaged fascia boards! 

And as you will see in a few, gutters are not very expensive, however, the value they had is superior. 

>> Check out our New Gutter Warranty info here. 

Best way to find a gutter repair company near you:

The best way to find a gutter repair company “Near Me” is to simply choose one of the following options: 

  1. Search online for a “Gutter Repair Company Near Me,” followed by checking their reviews and website content
  2. Ask a friend who knows someone in the industry
  3. Log on to Facebook and look for a recommendation 

Gutter Repair Costs

As we mentioned earlier, gutter repair costs can vary!

Typically, for something small like finding a clog, we don’t charge necessarily if we find it. If we need to seal something or replace an elbow or miter, it could be $75 to $150. If the costs start to exceed over $400, then we typically recommend replacing gutters. 

Why?

New 6-inch gutters cost just $6.50 per linear foot. So if a home needs 100 feet of new gutters, that is just $650. If a repair is $450, the long term option is to go with new gutters. To learn more about gutter pricing, check out this video here and also these resources:

Final thoughts on gutter repairs:  

When in doubt… get it checked out! 

If you have a hunch that is something is wrong with your gutters, don’t wait around. Most gutter companies will give you a free estimate/look, and if they find something they will let you know. 

A gutter repair can be simple, or it might just be worth replacing your gutters! That being said, the last thing we will point out is that gutter guards are worth it.

>> Just check out our review here of the Raindrop Gutter Guard system and learn about the lifetime, the no-clog warranty they come with!

rain gutters

Traditionally speaking, we don’t give much thought to things that keep the interior of our home warm, cozy and dry.

Those exterior “Things” like our home’s roof, the windows, the doors, and even the rain gutters all serve an important role in making sure your interior is protected from the exterior elements.

Not only is the outside of your home vital for curb appeal, but also your gutters, roof, and siding all:

  1. Help with managing storms (Rain, snow)
  2. Protecting your home against strong winds
  3. Saving on energy costs and more!

All this to say, that out of all the exterior components of a home we think of, very rarely do rain gutters pop into our heads… unless something comes up…!

That is why today we will be covering the following so you can understand everything you need to know about rain gutters:

  1. What rain gutters are & what they do
  2. How much new rain gutters cost
  3. Where to find rain gutters

What are rain gutters?

Simply put, rain gutters are long, narrow, shallow troughs that are mounted on the edges of a home where the fasica boards meet the roof. Rain gutters are designed to collect the rainwater off the roof of a home, to then gather water and transport it down the downspouts into designated run-off areas.

Chances are you know what we are talking about, gutters come in many colors, sizes and styles, however most of the time we recognize rain gutters as the white things near the edge of our roof on our home.

We also recognize when a gutter is broke or missing based on seeing:

  1. Water flying off our roof during a storm
  2. Obvious missing gutter sections
  3. A visible gap between our rain gutters and where they are mounted on our home

Properly working gutters are vital for helping with storm water management. Improperly managed rain water, aka underperforming rain gutters can lead to:

  • Erosion issues
  • Flooding of basements
  • Leaks inside of your home
  • Foundation issues
  • Landscaping problems
  • And even mosquitos!

All that to say your rain gutters matter. So if they’re not cared for, cleaned, nor do they have gutter guards – they may flounder and break.

In the case of needing new gutters, or simply wanting to add curb appeal with even a new color of rain gutters, we will now help you estimate and budge for them!

How much do new rain gutters cost?

The first question most homeowners ask when the time comes for new gutters is the price question, “How much do new rain gutters cost?”

That is what we are going to answer below!

Most rain gutters are made from aluminum. While there are vinyl gutters (which are cheap), copper, and steel – almost all gutters are made from aluminum.

Aluminum rain gutters are:

  • Durable
  • Customizable, cut to fit
  • Cost-effective and affordable
  • Seamless (so they don’t leak)
  • Sizes come in 5″ or 6″

So now you know some of the quick benefits, how much do aluminum rain gutters cost per linear foot?

Depending on the size, rain gutters can range from on average $5 to $10 per linear foot. However, we tell customers that they should be paying somewhere around $6 per foot (factors like aluminum prices and location may mean more or less depending on where you live).

Put another way, new 6″ aluminum rain gutters usually cost:

  • Townhome = Around $1,000
  • Single Family Home = Around $1,500 (give or take)
  • Larger Homes or homes with large proches = $2,000+

However, once again, it’s all based on linear feet!

Use a Gutter Calculator

Don’t want to guess? Here is what you can do to accurately price out new rain gutters and gutter guards:

  1. Use this instant, online, Gutter Calculator Tool (don’t worry it’s our sister companies tool)
  2. Gather your measurements for your gutters. You can use Google Maps and its measuring tool to get a close estimate. For downspouts, every floor is typically 10′ of rain gutter downspout. So, two floors would be ~ 20′ give or take.
  3. Input your measurements, get an instant estimate for new rain gutters!

How to find a rain gutter company near you:

You know what rain gutters do. You know how much they cost. Now, how do you find the best rain gutter company near you?

Well, chances are, if you live in Northern, VA and the surrounding areas, you’re on the best gutter company website right now :). While we are not kidding, what we will say if you don’t want to go to Home Depot and buy your own gutters, this is not something that is a DIY project.

We repeat, custom seamless rain gutters are never DIY. In the case you don’t live near Northern, VA but you found this article, the best way to find a gutter company near you is to:

  1. Ask friends and family
  2. Request a recommendation on Facebook
  3. Go to Google Maps and search, “Rain Gutter Company Near Me”
  4. Or simply search for rain gutters by me.

Just be sure, when looking for a gutter company, you take into consideration reviews, they’re quoting system, and their professionalism:

On another note, never underestimate the power of a great YouTube channel and rain gutter testimonial:

Lastly, be sure to select a rain gutter company that has a gutter warranty!

For example, here at Top Dog Home Pro of Virginia, we offer a lifetime warranty for our products and labor that you can read here: Full Gutter Warranty Info.

Final note on Rain Gutters –

What most of us do in life is we wait until the problem emerges that then requires our full, undivided attention. This is only human nature, and it’s the same for rain gutters/home improvements.

Typically, we don’t really pay attention to our rain gutters until we notice them overflowing or falling off our home’s fascia boards.

So as we part, here are some great tips to help you stay on top of keeping your rain gutters in tip-top shape!

  1. Always clean your gutters if you don’t have gutter guards, ideally after all leaves are done falling in the fall
  2. Check your gutters in the spring to make sure they’re clear before the heavy rain season. Also, be sure to make sure birds are not nesting in your gutters (they mess things up fast!)
  3. Lastly, highly consider getting gutter guards such as Raindrop Gutter Guards, that are self-cleaning and long-lasting!
best gutter companies nova

When it comes to your home – gutters are an integral part of the overall health of your exterior.

Often overlooked until it’s too late, gutters are vital for stormwater management during the heavy springs rains, summer storms, and harsh winters Northern Virginia (aka NOVA) brings us.

Without properly functioning gutters, there are a lot of issues that can arise such as foundational problems, leaks, erosion, and even mosquitos (let’s face it, no one likes mosquitos).

So whether you need to replace your existing gutters, you’re in need of new gutters, or perhaps you need to repair your gutters – today, we will cover the best gutter companies in NOVA (aka best gutter companies near you!)

Best Gutter Companies NOVA

In this article, we rank the best gutter companies in NOVA so you can easily get your gutters replaced or corrected! As a bonus, in the end, we also offer gutter guard and gutter cleaning info!

1. Gutter Gurus

gutter gurus nova

You might be wondering why we wouldn’t rank ourselves #1… well, there is a reason.

Gutter Gurus of Woodbridge, VA is a premier gutter only company that specializes in, you guessed it – Gutters! The reason why they’re number on one on the list is pretty simple:

  1. They have an instant online gutter pricing system that is free to use [see their gutter calculator tool here]
  2. Gutter Gurus has an extensive Gutter Resource Library with articles, videos, and content that helps explain everything for the everyday homeowner
  3. Their website has actually been seen on Market Watch & News Wire!

As the leader in new custom seamless rain gutters in NOVA, Gutter Gurus is on the forefront of making life easy for the homeowner.

For starters they offer a free online quoting system that homeowners can use to get an instant, haggle-free price. Simply input the amount of linear gutter feet and downspout feet needed, and boom – price is done!

Next, homeowners can add options that include picking their gutter color, gutter size, and gutter guards all in one place! And while they may not have a ton of reviews (yet) the reviews they do have speak for themselves:

If you want to learn more about Gutter Gurus – reach out here and use their chat feature!

2. Top Dog Home Pro

Top Dog Home Pro is one of the premier gutter companies in NOVA for many reasons but to give you a quick list here are just a few:

  1. Their reviews
  2. Their gutter warranties
  3. Their video pricing & haggle-free price structure
  4. Gutter pricing is online

Let us first examine the reviews;

With 64 reviews averaging 4.9 stars (63 are 5 star reviews), while we are ranking the “Best Gutter Companies in NOVA,” we can’t leave ourselves out – as cliché as that might seem. The facts speak for themselves, and let’s face it – usually clichés are true :)!

The testimonial videos Top Dog Home Pro has for their gutter division speaks for themselves too:

As if the client testimonies are not enough, one of the reasons Top Dog Home Pro is on “Top” is because of their warranties they offer homeowners for their gutter products!

Gutter Warranties from Top Dog Home Pro:

  • Lifetime labor warranty
  • Lifetime product warranty
  • Gutter Guards installed by Top Dog Home Pro come with a lifetime no-clog warranty!
  • Read more about our gutter warranties here.

Lastly, the pricing structure for new gutters in NOVA that Top Dog Home Pro offers is second to none and very transparent.

On our New Gutter page, we cover exactly how much new gutters cost – with no run around info!

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(Pricing online – that makes us great!)

3. Summerland Gutters

Coming in at #3, Summerland Gutters (also of Woodbridge, VA) is a close friend/competitor who happens do do great gutter work too! In fact, their website may not offer the learning resources and content like the first two, but that doesn’t mean they don’t know what they’re doing when it comes to new gutters!

Summerland Gutters is known for the high quality work and communicaiton, which is why we ranked them high on the list! Most of the “Larger Gutter Companies” in Northern, VA typically have about the same pricing, but not the best communication.

In business for 15 years and locally owned/operated, Summerland gives you the small business customer service, with competitive pricing and without the hassle of a “Bigger Gutter Company.”

To visit their website, simply visit summerlandgutters.com

4. APR Gutters

APR Gutters is a phenomenal company to work with and use!

While there are certainly bigger names in the Virginia gutter business, those names are easy to find online. When creating this list we were focused on finding the best gutter companies for the everyday person that offered ease of pricing, install, and customer service.

That being said, we knew we couldn’t leave APR Gutters off the list. They always do a great job on every job and are easy to work with.

What about gutter guard companies?

Gutter guards are designed to protect gutters from leaf and debris build-up, as well as bird nests. The idea is that water enters your gutters only, not all the other stuff.

That being said not all gutters are created equally! Some gutter guards need cleaning, which is counterintuitive if you think about it. That being said when you’re looking for the best gutter companies near you to install gutter guards, these are what you want to ask:

  1. Are they self-cleaning gutter guards?
  2. Do they use Raindrop Gutter Guards?
  3. What is the gutter guard warranty?

Always ask these questions and be sure to read this article on the best gutter guards ranked.

Some gutter guard companies (cough, cough – Gutter Helmet) are super expensive and only “They” can work on them. Not to mention that water flows off the “Helmet” and birds can still nest.

What about gutter cleaning companies?

While the first few on the list for the best gutter companies in NOVA don’t clean gutters, Summerland Gutters does do gutter cleaning, and also another company, Bright Exterior Cleaning, specializes in gutter cleaning.

Gutter cleaning is vital each fall/spring unless you decide to go with gutter guards! Just make sure either way you get your gutters cleaned or gutter guards (that are self-cleaning) installed to avoid gutter issues.

Final Word on Best Gutter Companies –

To summarize, the best gutter companies in NOVA (according to us) are as follows:

  1. Gutter Gurus of Woodbridge, VA
  2. Top Dog Home Pro
  3. Summerland Gutters
  4. APR Gutters

While ultimately preferences may factor to certain rankings, to create this list we went with reviews, customer service, ease of use, haggle-free pricing, quality work, gutter pricing, and overall quality!

We hope this article helped you find what you were looking for and if you have any specific gutter questions just let us know!

gutter warranties

When considering any big-ticket item as a consumer, it’s important to always do your due diligence, research, and make sure you’re getting the best deal. 

On top of getting the best deal, it’s especially important to ask the foundational questions such as, “What type of warranty does this come with?” This doesn’t just apply to buy a new TV, iPhone, or kitchen table – it applies to your home as well. 

In other words, when you are considering an exterior contractor to replace your roof, or in this case, add new gutters to your home – it is vital to ask about the warranty they offer. 

Today the team at Top Dog Home Pro will explain our exact process for new gutter warranties including what they gutter warranty consists of and how it all works! 

What to Know About Gutter Warranties:

So you want to learn about gutter warranties and don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, we got you covered. 

Gutter warranties can differ depending on the company, the product, and the type of work you are getting done. For example, we don’t always guarantee gutter repairs for life because a repair typically indicates that the gutter life is quickly fading. 

That being said, typically, new rain gutters come with a warranty. Here at Top Dog Home Pros, our gutter warranty is very straight forward and hassle-free:

We offer a lifetime material warranty with a lifetime labor warranty. As a bonus, homeowners can also take advantage of our lifetime no-clog warranty when they elect to install new gutter guards on their home. 

Let us take a look at what each entails: 

Our Aluminum Gutter Warranty: 

New aluminum gutters reign supreme compared to any other gutter. 

  • Vinyl gutters are a little bit cheaper, but they’re awful quality and sectional, thus they leak (not good). 
  • Copper and steel gutters look amazing and perform well, but are easily 4-10x more than aluminum rain gutters! (not kidding) 

However, aluminum gutters hit the nail on the head so to speak (even though we don’t use gutter spikes, we use screws), in that they offer: 

  • Great performance
  • Durability
  • Longevity
  • Price point
  • 16 colors +
  • 5 in & 6 in
  • Customized on-site

Top Dog Home Pro of Woodbridge, VA offers a lifetime material warranty for any new aluminum gutters we install. This means that if a section of gutters breaks, falls off your house (aside from weather impact), is not draining properly, or isn’t performing – we will come to fix it or replace it per the warranty. 

All new gutters don’t just come with a material warranty, perhaps most importantly, we also guarantee our workmanship (gutter labor warranty). 

New gutter labor warranty information:

A labor warranty of any kind is simply a warranty that guarantees that quality workmanship will be performed, back by the terms upholding that workmanship. 

Here are Top Dog Home Pros, we back out new gutter labor with a lifetime guarantee. Any aluminum gutters we install are guaranteed to be installed correctly, drain correctly, and perform the right way – or we will come to fix them! 

Since all of our new gutters are customized to fit accordingly (they are made on site, you can see a video here), they are installed and backed by our lifetime labor warranty. 

Now if you read that and you’re a little worried about cleaning your gutters each November, don’t worry. We offer the ultimate gutter warranty below in our gutter guard package: 

No-clog Warranty with Gutter Guards:

So if we install brand new gutters and you maintain them you’re all set for life, right?

That is correct. However, what if you’re someone who doesn’t want to pay to have them cleaned or you don’t think you can clean them, then what?

The simple answer to that question is to install gutter guards, but not just any gutter guards. Raindrop gutter guards to be specific, and here is why:

  1. Raindrop Gutter guards are SELF-CLEANING (meaning you don’t have to clean them they wash themselves out)
  2. They are a surface tension guard made from highly durable polypropylene
  3. Great for helping melt snow and ice in winter (eases weight on gutters) 
  4. Can easily be added to new gutters for just around $10 per foot
  5. Lifetime NO CLOG warranty with all Raindrop products we install

Here at Top Dog Home Pro, we work exclusively with Raindrop as our sole provider of Raindrop products.

Not to mention, new gutter guards cost less than a 3-4 year gutter cleaning average. This means in what you would pay to have your gutters cleaned over the next three or four years, you would have new guards that last a lifetime, literally – we guarantee it! 

Note: We do not typically install gutter guards on old/existing gutters without thoroughly inspecting the condition of the gutters. Our policy of being transparent and honest is huge, and while some companies might slap on gutter guards on old gutters – we usually don’t. The last thing we want is for a customer to have to buy new gutters and new guards again in a few years!

Final Word on Gutter Warranties: 

To recap, here are the Top Dog Home Pro gutter warranties again:

  • Lifetime labor and material warranty on new seamless gutters
  • Lifetime no-clog warranty on new Raindrop gutter guards

We assure all new rain gutter customers that their home will be outfitted with 5-inch or 6-inch gutters that will leave them happy, impressed, and most importantly carefree (so long as you get the guards).

Maintaining your gutters is still vital to keeping your gutters healthy and properly working, however, if for some reason our install or the gutters we provided don’t work like they should – we got you covered!

That being said, if you’re looking for a great way to get gutter pricing, check out our sister company and the free gutter calculator here.


Frequently Asked Gutter Warranty Questions:

What exclusions apply to my gutter warranty?

Mother nature is not covered in our labor or material warranties. In other words, if a tree falls on your gutters (or branch), or a wind storm knocks your gutters off, these type of circumstances are not guaranteed in the material or labor warranty. Specific limitations to warranties are included in contracts with each homeowner

Are gutter guards worth the price?

While we can’t speak for every company, we can candidly say that YES, gutter guards are worth the extra cost, but keep in mind they’re not all made equal. We only recommend the Raindrop gutter guard because we can offer a no-clog warranty for life. We can’t say that for the others. 

What are other gutter resources I can read to learn about gutters?

When it comes to replacing gutters, adding gutter guards, or simply learning about how much gutters cost, we have a ton of resources that can help you.

clean gutters

Responsible for diverting water from your roof and away from your home, gutters and your roof are the first line of defense for protecting your home’s exterior.

Your roof protects your home and is peppered with rain during storms that then runs down your roof and is collected by your gutters.

Gutters tend not to be at the front of our mind when it comes to caring for your home, but if forgotten about, broken gutters or clogged gutters can cause multiple issues (which we will cover)!

However, because gutters sit high off the ground, we typically forget to clean our gutters. But clean gutters are vital to your home’s exterior condition!

Today, we will cover issues caused by unclean gutters, how to clean your gutters safely, and options besides regular cleaning.

Clean Gutters – Common Gutter Issues:

The biggest issue with clogged gutters that have not been cleaned, is that they are unable to do their job.

Gutters that can not channel water and dispose of it in the proper places (downspouts) are going to lead to issues. Here are a few of those issues before we talk about how to clean your gutters.

1. Foundational Issues:

Because a gutter’s main role is to channel water away from your home, if there’s a blockage in that system, the water has to go somewhere else – over the edges of the gutter.

Overflowing gutters can cause water to pool around the foundation of your home, ultimately creating an environment conducive to mold. Even worse, should the water freeze, it could cause cracks in the foundation, threatening a potential collapse if left unnoticed or untreated.

2. Damage to Your Siding:

Overflowing water, undoubtedly the biggest concern with unkempt gutters, can trickle down your siding before pooling by the foundation, causing wood damage and a great risk of ice dams in the wintertime.

However, your siding is actually designed to just retract water when it rains, but not let waterfall-like water run down it. Small weep holes are in the bottom of your siding and too much running water can penetrate these holes.

This can lead to water leaks in your home if gutters are not cleaned/corrected.

3. Landscaping Sabotage:

If you have any flower beds lining the side of your home, gutter blockages can lead to over-watering and erosion, ultimately diminishing the curb appeal of your home.

4. Unwanted Pests:

If a blockage causes standing water in your gutters, you can expect mosquitos and other insects being attracted to the site.

Even if your gutters do not have a blockage, a nice bed of leaves built up in your gutters looks awfully inviting for small, unwanted pests.

5. Wearing Down Your Gutters

When gutters are blocked, your foundation isn’t the only thing that can suffer from water damage. Water overflow can affect the components that make up the gutter itself. The fascia – the board that runs behind your gutter – can weaken.

Even if they are draining properly, gutters left uncleaned can hold excess debris, increasing the weight of the gutter and causing strain on the brackets.

How to Clean Your Gutters:

While cleaning gutters seems straightforward, many people don’t have the proper equipment, expertise, or time to commit to gutter maintenance.

In most cases, it is best to leave it to the professionals to ensure your gutters get the best maintenance and preventative care especially if your home is over 2+ stories.

Safety is vital when cleaning your gutters and there are also options to avoid cleaning your gutters altogether when you use the Raindrop Gutter Guard system.

Ladder safety is vital for proper cleaning and if you are the DIY type always make sure you use proper ladder safety protocol and have someone helping you!

Steps to Clean Gutters:

  1. Get your equipment – gloves, ladder, bucket, and hose
  2. Arrange your ladder and use safety first ladder tips
  3. Use your gloved hand and grab debris in gutter and place in bucket
  4. Do not lean too far, move your ladder every few feet
  5. Check downspouts with flashlight
  6. When all gutters are clean use a hose to clean out gutters and test downspouts

How often should you clean your gutters?

At least 1x per year if you do not have self-cleaning gutter guards! In fact, if you live by a pine tree or heavily wooded areas, you will have to clean your gutters at least 2x!

Of course you can always install gutter guards!

Benefits of Gutter Guards (Clean Gutters Forever)

If cleaning out your gutters regularly sounds overwhelming, you can easily reduce the amount of maintenance by installing gutter guards as a preventative measure against debris buildup and blockage.

Keep in mind not all gutter guards are created equal!

Gutter guards protect your gutters and your home by keeping your gutters free of leaves and sticks, however, some are and some are not low-maintenance!

Not all gutter guards are created equal. Look for guards that can withstand heavy storms, but that are also “Self Cleaning.”

Here at Top Dog Home Pro, the Raindrop® Gutter Guard is the only product we use because we can offer a LIFETIME NO-CLOG warranty when installed by us!

This is worth it as installing gutter guards can pay for itself within 3-4 years of annual gutter cleaning! You can get a price instantly here (you just need your gutter lengths).

Maintaining Your Gutters is Worth It!

While it’s not the first thing on your mind as a homeowner, it’s clear that gutters are very important.

Keep water, pests, and worry away and maintain your gutters regularly. Invest in quality installation and maintenance, and consider a gutter guard, which can help prevent future problems.

With autumn just around the corner and plenty of leaves ready to fall, planning your next gutter maintenance inspection can help prevent future damages to your home.

seamless gutters near me

Let us guess, you’re searching for a company to replace your seamless gutters “Near me,” right?

Here we at Top Dog Home Pro of Woodbridge, VA and the surrounding areas, we have a motto that “Near Me” is always near us!

Now that being said, we also like to help homeowners learn and understand how seamless gutters work, why keeping your rain gutters in tip-top shape is vital for your home, and ways we can help you!

Seamless Gutters 101

In this article we aim to help you identify:

  • What seamless gutters are
  • Why you should only use seamless gutters
  • Costs of seamless gutters
  • How seamless rain gutter install works

First, let us start by answering this question:

What are seamless gutters?

Seamless gutters are exactly what the name says – seamless. 

Custom made on-site, aluminum seamless gutters are customized per each section of your home to give the perfect fit for stormwater management.

We’ll visit the pros and cons of having seamless gutters installed for your home, the costs you may come across during the installation and measuring, and why its best to leave this job to a professional rather than you doing this your own, making this not so much of a DIY home renovation. 

That being said, seamless gutters are the best for one reason = they don’t leak like cheap sectional gutters! Here is what we mean:

Why should you use seamless gutters:

Since seamless gutters are measured on-site, they fit the precise measurements on your home, it is not to say that regular gutters are not measured to the precise measurement of your home, but rather, the length of the gutter will be the exact length of the entire side of your home, meaning that the contractors will only use one long gutter.

Rather than regular gutters where they are broken into pieces or have joints, seamless gutters are just one entire piece covering the entire side of the home has less than one joint. Since regular gutters are attached together with a connector, they are prone to leaking, as for the seamless gutter, the possibility of it leaking is slim in comparison, but still not impossible.

In terms, the longevity and life expectancy of your seamless gutter will outlast sectional gutters, with proper care and maintenance.  

Keeping your gutters clean and free-flowing is key to tending your seamless gutters, of course, you can always install gutter guards that are self-cleaning.

Sectional gutters are known to cause issues because they are often made cheaply with vinyl material, they leak, and need to be replaced in some cases a matter of months!

Not to mention – customized aluminum seamless gutters are not that expensive, just see below!

Typical costs of seamless gutters:

Seamless gutter costs can vary and are priced per linear foot.

On Average, homeowners should expect to pay $5 on the low end, and up to $12 on the high end for seamless aluminum gutters.

Other gutter types – from sectional to copper – can range between $3 – $25 per foot. Of course, this depends on the material, the contractor you hire, and the area in which you live.

In total, the average you may spend on a newly outfitted home with aluminum gutters is around $1,100 with a range of $500 – $1500. This of course includes labor and material.

Ranking seamless gutter costs in order of low to high;

  • Vinyl can cost you somewhere between $3 – $5 per foot,
  • Aluminum $4 – $9, (Best Bet)
  • Steel $8 – $10, and
  • Copper $15 – $25. 

Since seamless gutters are just a single long gutter, custom made on-site, it may take a bit more time for the contractor to install gutters where they’re needed and meet the roof’s eave. Most seamless gutter companies “near me” will keep this in mind when pricing per linear foot!

Factors like the machinery utilized to create the gutters and the amount of labor required are typically included in the price. Here at Top Dog Home Pro, we are transparent with our 5-inch and 6-inch aluminum seamless gutter pricing.

We simply measure your house and tell you upfront exactly how man feet of rain gutter it will require accompanied by our price!  

How much do new gutters cost?


Want to get a price now? Top Dog Home Pro is partnered with our sister company Gutter Guru’s where you can use this Free Gutter Calculator Tool to get an instant gutter price!

Can you install seamless gutters yourself? (No, Don’t Do It!)

As we stated earlier, seamless gutters are measured and made on-site.

You can by seciontal guters and install them yourself – but this is not a good idea.

Seamless gutters require a professional to take the exact measurements around the roof of the home and create the seamless gutters then and there with machinery.

Since the gutter is typically a single long section of the gutter, it requires a few hands for the installation.

While it is possible for you to do this task by yourself with a saw (and with the help of a few friends and maybe your next-door neighbor) it is best to leave this to the professionals to avoid any injury and since they have years of experience. 

Gutter professionals like the team at Top Dog Home Pro will also:

  1. Mount gutters correctly with the right pitch using our water test
  2. Make sure we use a rain diverter if needed on your roof
  3. Install gutter guards

Not to mention – 70% of accidents in exterior remodeling occur because of ladders. Injuring yourself isn’t worth doing your gutters yourself!

Final Word:

When trying to find a seamless gutter contractor near you, just remember “Near Me” is always close to us!

While it may prove to be difficult for one person to install on their own, especially without the proper machinery, it is best for the professionals to measure, cut, and install your seamless gutters.

The extra bit of money for the gutters is worth it in the long run and helps prevent any foundational or common gutter issues.

Furthermore, the chances of your seamless gutters leaking are far less than regular gutters. Making the investment for seamless gutters well worth it for a long-term solution.

are gutter guards worth it

“Are gutter guards worth it?”

If we have heard it once, we have hear it one-hundred times, the infamous gutter guard question.

As one of the leading residential gutter contractors in the Northern, VA area, one of the most common questions we get from homeowners as it pertains to gutters whether or not gutter guards are truly worth the cost and installation!

In this article we hope to quickly help you identify:

  1. The value behind gutter guards
  2. Issues with selecting the WRONG gutter guards
  3. What your best options are when it comes to selecting gutter guards

That being said, let’s div in and start by answering the question:

Are Gutter Guards Worth It?

Gutter guards keep the maintenance and make the cleaning of your gutters easier.

In this article’s cover photo, going clockwise, you see clean empty gutters, screen gutter guards (that are damaged) and surface-tension Raindrop gutter guards.

The initial investment of gutter guards can save you plenty of time and money over a few years of time depending on the type of guard you decide to purchase.

Whether or not you install the guards yourself or have it professionally installed, the answer to the question on whether gutter guards are worth it is not so straight forward – it really depends.

While it may keep maintenance and make cleaning a lot easier, it is NOT the ultimate solution to never having to clean your gutters again in most cases (Keep reading to see what is).

What Gutter Guards Do –

The concept behind gutter guards is simple, it’s sort of in the name.

Essentially, it is a cover placed over your gutters or an object placed inside of your gutters, to prevent any leaves, sticks, seeds, and other debris from clogging your gutters.

Correctly selected gutter guards should allow for water to easily flow and enter the gutter and drain out the house.

When clogged, gutters can overflow. If too much water gets caught in the gutters, it may overflow and cause water damage. Gutters may sag or pull away from your roof, potentially causing it to rot, mold, or cause structural damage on the home. 

Types of Gutter Guards

Similar to picking up toothpaste at the store, and coincidentally suffering from paralysis by analysis, there are quite a few varieties of gutter guards to choose from. The common gutter guards include:

  1. Brush,
  2. Foam,
  3. Reverse-curve or slit guards,
  4. Micromesh,
  5. Metal Screens,
  6. Surface Tension Gutter Guards

They each have their list of advantages and disadvantages when it comes to installing these guards on your gutters. And whether you can do it yourself or you must have it installed professionally depends on the guard.

However, preventing debris from clogging the gutters, and the amount of maintenance required to keep the gutters clean and working properly depends on the guard (You can read this article ranking the best types of gutter guards).

This is also important to note, that when deciding whether or not gutter guards are worth it, it’s best to look at the possible problems.

Problems with Gutter Guards

When deciding on gutter guards, you want to select a guard that is:

  1. Self-cleaning
  2. Requires little to NO maintenance
  3. Doesn’t cost more than $1500-$2000 for your home (single-family home)
  4. Still lets the gutters do their job.

In the list below you will see the problems with most gutter guards and what we recommend going with:

Brush gutter guards:

They are made of strong bristles and are easily installed by inserting it along the inside of the gutter and gives the rainwater a chance to flow and drain. While the installation is easy, the maintenance can be a bit of a hassle as debris such as leaves may collect alongside the bristles or at times be stuck on them. Furthermore, they don’t catch smaller debris like maple spinners or pine needles. To reach and clean the smaller debris, you must remove the brush gutter guards altogether, clean them, and reinstall them again.

Foam gutter guards:

Like brush gutter guards, they install the same way and are also easy to do so. However, just like brush gutter guards, foam gutter guards collect debris on the top of the foam. Seed may get caught inside the foam and grow vegetation, as well as mold and mildew. Foam guards are usually not a great long-term solution as they usually deteriorate after two years of use and become brittle. Cannot withstand harsh weather conditions. Lastly, you must uninstall them and reinstall them if you want to give a proper cleaning. 

Reverse-curve gutter guards or slit guards:

Cover over your gutters and move rainwater and debris downwards, the majority of these guards must be professionally installed. Some of these guards lift your roof shingles, potentially voiding your warranty. Aesthetically, they don’t look all that well since they are noticeable from the ground, furthermore, since the debris simply falls downwards, they collect underneath where the gutter is located. Debris may get caught on the slit and slowly clog the gutter. Lastly, you may have a pest issue as some bees or wasps may enter the slit and create a nest. 

Micromesh gutter guards:

They are usually a screen/filter that has holes invisible to the naked eye, are attached at the top of the gutter, allowing water to flow freely while catching debris of all sizes. Micromesh is usually installed by professionals, making them a bit more expensive than a DIY solution, but well worth the cost. Plastic frames usually fall over time, always opt for an aluminum or metal frame.

Metal screeners & screen guards:

Like micromesh, they are attached at the top of the gutter but can be clipped on the outer lip of the gutter. The holes on the metal screens allow for rainwater to flow, however, they also allow small debris to flow as well, furthermore, nuts and some leaves may clog the opening of the screen, interrupting water flow and causing it to clog. In high winds, they may be lifted and blown off. 

Gutter Guards that Work – Raindrop Gutter Guards

Raindrop Gutter guards are relatively easy to install yourself or can be installed professionally.

They are a surface-tension gutter guard that are SELF-CLEANING, yet they still let water move through and go down your downspouts. Just see for yourself:

Ranidrop gutter guards are flxible and durable!

In addition to being durable and allowing water to flow through, Raindrop guards are self-cleaning, which is why we can offer a no-clog warranty! 

The gutter guards are installed under the roof shingles and attached to the front of the gutter creating a solid surface that can withstand heavy storms. Raindrop’s design is simple:

  1. Keep the leaves out
  2. Let the rain in
  3. Last forever
  4. Zero maintenance 

Installing Raindrop Gutter Guards:

Usually, the installation can be customizable, raindrop gutter guards can be inserted underneath your shingles (as mentioned) and placed over your gutter and drilled on the outer lip of the gutter to better secure it.

Using this method, the gutter guards are at the appropriate slant to allow for water flow, yet unlike mesh guards that are flush mounts – you won’t have leaves pile up on top.

Made from its own unique blend of polypropylene, Raindrop gutter guards allow water to flow freely and have debris fall off the gutter, preventing it from getting clogged. These gutter guards are not visible and appear to be the shadow of the roof from the ground. 

gutter guards

Final Word on Gutter Guards:

There are a variety of gutter guards, and truth be told you can select the wrong guard.

If the point is to protect your gutters so you don’t have to clean them, then in our experience over the years the only choice is Raindrop gutter guards.

Raindrop gutter guards are worth it and do the best to protect your home from harsh winter snow and ice and heavy rainfall. Making it a great investment to make on your home in which you can save plenty of time and money on your gutter maintenance.

Whether you decide to install it yourself or have it installed professionally (which we recommend).

Lastly, be sure to do your research and due diligence in regards to what gutter guard is best for you and your home and don’t just take our word for it.

However, we are confident, that the more you look into seeing the value of what gutter guards are worth it, you will quickly realize Raindrop is the best – and they don’t pay us to say that :)!

roofing and gutters near me

Whether you’re looking for roofing companies in Woodbridge, VA or a gutter company nearby – we got your covered (roofs) and wrapped (gutters)! 

All jokes aside, our #1 goal at Top Dog Home Pro is to always provide the utmost quality workmanship, with the highest quality products, and the best warranties when it comes to helping you protect the exterior of your home. 

And it’s because of that we have decided to streamline all our efforts to bring to you the most superior roofing services and gutter services in Woodbridge and surrounding areas! 

Let us take a few minutes to elaborate!

Your Experts in Roofing and Gutters

When Michael Phelps set out to become the most decorated Olympian of all time – regardless of sports – he didn’t just happen to get lucky in winning 23 gold medals and 28 total, his work ethic was unparalleled. 

One publication was quoted as saying that Phelps would swim a minimum of 80,000 meters a week, or 50 miles. He would practice twice a day for around five to six hours a day, and six days a week. 

In addition to being the best, he trained to be the best, and he became a master of his craft! That is why we have decided to focus 100% of our efforts on becoming the leading exterior remodeling company in Northern Virginia as it pertains to roofing and gutters! 

While we certainly will miss completing siding jobs, replacing windows, and installing new doors (and we still can help homeowners with this) we have decided that to be the best roofing company and gutter company, we need to streamline our efforts! 

The majority of home remodels we do involve roofs and gutters, however, we also feel that we can offer homeowners a leg up with our transparent process of letting them know about roofing and gutter services/replacements!  

Just like a dentist doesn’t also moonlight as a pediatrician and a dermatologist, focus and creating a superior service is our biggest goal!

Roofing and Gutter Services We Offer

While there are certainly plenty of exterior services your home may need and sure this list might be long, currently Top Dog Home Pro specializes in helping Northern Virginia or “NOVA” homeowners with professional roofing services and gutters services including: 

  • Residential roof services
  • New roof installation
  • Roof replacement
  • Roof repairs
  • Roof service
  • Free roof inspections
  • Roof estimates
  • Gutter replacement
  • New seamless gutters
  • Rain gutter repairs
  • Gutter guard installation

Helping homeowners understand the re-roof process and the importance of protecting your home with functional rain gutters is always our first step in helping homeowners. After thoroughly educating homeowners with transparency, we help determine the best approach. 

The best approach could mean small roof repair to fix a leak, or it could mean a new roof. Similarly, for your gutters, sometimes a simple clog is why your gutters are not working properly, or it could be something serious like rotting fascia. 

Regardless of the type of problem or perhaps it’s just time for that new roof update, we can help! 

Roof Replacement Process

At Top Dog Home Pro, we know how it can be dealing with contractors.

Usually, it’s pick one of the following and sacrifice the others:

  • Affordability
  • Quality
  • Timely Work
  • Accountability

However, Top Dog Home Pro has a reputation (53+ five star reviews on Google and counting) as being one of the only companies to follow through on all of the above.

It starts with our no-hassle roofing estimation process and promise of no out-dated “High Pressure” sales techniques. Once we thoroughly help a homeowner understand our roofing process, we complete our work in a timely and efficient manner!

However, in addition to being a great company that offers high quality work, we also use some of the best asphalt roofing shingles!

We are proudly accredited with the title of CertainTeed Shingle Master Company. A CertainTeed Integrity Roof System is designed for optimum performance – no matter how bad weather conditions can get. Shingles, underlayments, and accessories are of superior quality, translating to longer-lasting roofs. 

For a look into a complete roof replacement, check out this video here:

Gutter Replacement Process

If you want to see some crazy photos of what missing or damaged gutters can do to a home’s foundation, sidewalk, or driveway – just ask.

We will spare you the visuals for now, but you can take our word for it, gutters that don’t perform due to clogs, missing gutter spikes – you name it – can be troublesome.

Your homes gutters are designed to collect rain water from your roof and channel it to the downspouts to properly dispose of it away from your foundation.

When a gutter is clogged form a birds nest or just some leaves, issues can quickly arise! None the less, we are the leader in helping homeowners in Woodbridge, Va and surrounding areas with installing new seamless aluminum gutters of the 5″ and 6″ variety.

If your gutter is falling off the house or water is rushing off your roof – tap the button below:

The Case For Gutter Guards

Other gutter options include installing gutter guards to protect your gutters long term. There is certainly no shortage of bad PR when it comes to gutter guards because truth be told – most gutter guards are awful. 

However, whether you use our gutter guard services or not, there are two keys to gutter guards to always identify: 

  1. Are they self-cleaning
  2. Can they withstand all the rain in a heavy storm
  3. Bonus: Is their a warranty?

If the answer to the first question is “No,” then it’s not a good gutter guard product. The point of gutter guards is to protect your gutters from leaves so you don’t have to routinely clean them every year. However, what is the point in cleaning the guards? 

That is simply replacing the problem with another problem. 

In that case, most competitor gutter guards that are self-cleaning (like the Raindrop guards we use) usually sacrifice in performance during heavy NOVA storms. 

The Northern, Va region is known for heavy afternoon thunderstorms in the summer, so gutter performance is a must. This is why in this video below, you will quickly understand why the roofing and gutter team at Top Dog Home Pro exclusively only uses Raindrop Gutter Guards:

On a final note, we offer a lifetime no-clog warranty with any Raindrop Gutter Guard we install! This means, that not only will you never have to clean your gutters again… you will save money in the long run!

Our gutter guards protect your gutters and increase longevity, but you also don’t have to pay for gutter cleaning anymore!

Final Word:

When you think about it from a logical standpoint, it makes sense. Top Dog Home Pro focusing exclusively on just roofing and gutters makes sense for homeowners looking for exterior remodeling contractors. 

Home renovation requires expertise.

Typically in the process of installing a new roof, we can quickly assess if new gutters are needed too, or even recommend self-cleaning gutter guards!

All of this to say, that for our loyal customers and prospective customers, we gurantee that we will make sure your home is outfitted with the best roof and gutters.

Not just in the quality products we use (Certainteed Shingles, Raindrop Gutter Guards, Custom Seamless Gutters), but in our superior workmanship and roofing and gutter knowledge!

It’s our promise!

~Luke, Top Dog Home Pro Owner