Keep Gutters Clean with Gutter Guards

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Why Gutter Guards?

Gutter cleaning isn't fun, at all. Having to get up early on your day off, wrestle the ladder and scurry up and down all day with various tools and things just to get your gutter cleaning duties done. It's a hassle, and a dangerous one at that! That's exactly why we say give it a rest – invest in gutter guards, and leave the gutter cleaning to the pros.

    Gutter Guard Styles

    There are many styles of gutter guards that fit several different applications and budgets.

    1. Reverse curve
    2. Mesh
    3. Bottle brush
    4. Nylon
    5. Non-gutter cover
    6. Foam type
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    About each style of gutter guard

    Reverse Curve Gutter Guards

    We primarily install the reverse curve style gutter guards. Reverse curve gutter guards allow water to run over the edge and collect in the gutter, while debris runs off. This style accomplishes the two primary goals of a gutter guard – keep gutters clean, and maintain the original functionality of the gutter. To boot, this style of gutter guard also provides a seamless, decorative look that can add character and architectural interest to a home.

    Mesh Gutter Guards

    With this style of gutter guard, the guard is made of a porous mesh which allows water to penetrate leaving behind the debris. Again, this accomplishes the primary goals of a gutter guard. While this style of gutter guard is extremely common, they may still collect some debris depending on the profile design.

    Bottle Brush Gutter Guards

    Imagine laying a large pipe cleaner in your gutters and you'll have a good idea what a bottle brush gutter guard is.

    Bottle Brush gutter guards are essentially made of a porous material that allows water to penetrate, while holding back the debris that often times accompanies rainwater. While this style of gutter guard might be better than open gutters, it's fairly ineffective – often times not giving remedy to the problems homeowners were trying to fix.

    Nylon Gutter Guards

    Much like a custom pool noodle that fits inside your gutter, nylon gutter guards are another way to combat debris in your gutters. Made from a porous nylon material, these gutters guards are fit inside the gutter, leaving essentially the same functionality as before. One fallback we note is that these have a hard time keeping up with heavy rainfall.

    Non-gutter cover

    Interesting in concept – the non-gutter cover is essentially a series of angled louvres that essentially take rainwater from the roof and disperses it into small rain-sized droplets that fall to the ground below. Leaves and debris either wash off, or blow away. A common problem with this style is that you have little to no control over where the water runoff goes. Potentially opening you up to several problems down the road.

    Foam Type Gutter Guards

    Again, very similar to a pool noodle, and the Nylon style gutter guards, only these are a non-hollow piece that fits with the gutters. This style of gutter guard has the same problem with excessive rainwater as nylon gutter guards.

    Why we prefer the reverse curve

    Not all things are created equal – this especially rings true with gutter guards. The reverse curve style gutter guard is what we prefer, and for a couple of reasons. First, the reverse curve gutter guard is excellent at keeping gutters free of debris. Secondly, they do not inhibit the gutters function in diverting rainwater. Afterall, your gutters are in place for a reason – to divert rain water from your home.

    What to Know Before You Invest in Attic Insulation

     

    A Homeowners Guide to Attic Insulation and Understanding Home Comfort, Energy Efficiency and the Vital Role It Plays in Getting the Most From Your Dollar. 

     
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    Attic Insulation: The Most Important part of insulating Your Home for Comfort and Energy Savings

    Ignored. Never entered. Out of sight and out of mind. We're all guilty of ignoring our attic space – we're here to explain why your attic space should be top-of-mind.

    While you don’t hang out in your attic, it’s the most important part of your home in terms of your family’s comfort and lowering your utility costs. Attic insulation is the most commonly overlooked part of a home both, while you live in it, as well as, when it was being built. 

    Most attic insulation is installed to the lowest possible standard, at the cheapest possible cost, while cutting the most corners during the home building process. 

     

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    Your Attic insulation Performance May Surprise You! 

    Most attics leak over 70% of the air (and energy) from inside your home. Why? Because sealing the structural part of your attic was not part of the building code process until after 2012. 

    A Leaky attic costs you hundreds of dollars each year and thousands over time! 

    This means air sealing and insulating your attic is the right first step in making your home more comfortable, energy efficient and lowering your monthly utility bills—FOREVER! 

     

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    Is Your Attic Insulation Performing Like a 1975 Buick Station Wagon? 

    Technologies change, and insulation technology is no different. Chances are good if your attic insulation is old fiberglass that hasn’t been updated or improved upon, your home is getting the equivalent “fuel economy” of an old Buick. 

    In 1975 attic insulation building code was 3” or R-10. Today’s Energy Star Standard is 17” or R-60 which provides optimum comfort, energy efficiency and 25% to 50% energy savings! 

     

    poorly sealed Homes with little attic insulation and the Oven-to-Igloo Syndrome

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    IN SUMMER
    poor attic insulation
     makes the home feel like an oven. 

    IN WINTER
    poor attic insulation
     makes the home feel like an igloo. 

     

    Energy Star Standard Attic Insulation And Air Sealing Stops the Oven-to-Igloo Syndrome

     
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    The Case to Replace attic Insulation

    Because air sealing is the most important first step in high performance attic insulation, in many cases the old insulation is simply in the way and would be better off completely removed.

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    Your attic could be a candidate to completely remove and replace the old insulation if: 

    • The attic is under-insulated
    • The attic insulation is poorly installed
    • The attic insulation material is unhealthy (fiberglass, rockwool, vermiculite, asbestos, etc.) 
    • There is a lot of dust, debris and or rodent infestation present
    • The attic insulation is old (10+ years) 

     

    Air Sealing & R-60 Energy Star Standard Attic Insulation Results

    Attics that are air-sealed before insulating to Energy Star standards outperform attics simply insulated by “adding more” by 4 to 1. In most cases, air-sealed and insulated attics achieve an average energy savings of 29% to 64% and produce a 10% or greater Return-On-Investment. 

    GIVE YOUR ATTIC SOME LOVE!

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    High Performance Attic Insulation Techniques Transform Your Home From an Uncomfortable Energy "Hog" to a Comfy, Cozy Energy Star!

    Using State-of-the=Art Insulation Products and Techniques, We Can Make Your Home Comfortable While Reducing Utility Bills 25–70%!

    Why We Are In Business & What We Believe

    • BREAKING THE STATUS QUO – We believe your home or building deserves more than bare minimum, obsolete building code insulation materials, techniques, and methods.
    • IMPROVED COMFORT – We believe your home or building should be the place that provides you greater warmth and comfort.
    • IMPROVED HEALTH – We believe your home or building should be healthy and not bring harm to people inside.
    • HIGHER EFFICIENCY – We believe your home or building should not waste energy.
    • GREATER VALUE – We believe your home or building should bring value.

     

    LET US GIVE YOUR ATTIC SOME LOVE

    Our Bolivar office is relocating!

     
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    Our new location brings a high level of visibility to our brand - something our old location failed to do.
    — Stacy Breesawitz, Branch Manager

    BOLIVAR, MO – Bolivar Insulation, a G5 Enterprises Company with 6 locations across Southwestern Missouri, is moving its Bolivar, Missouri branch to a new location in Bolivar to better serve customers. The new location at 4728 S. 131st Rd. Bolivar, MO 65613 Spans roughly 10,000 square feet. The new location has 1,500 square feet of showroom space that will showcase the full line of products the location utilizes. The new location is scheduled to begin operations out of the new building August 1st.

    Branch Manager, Stacy Breesawitz also says, "We're excited to move into a more updated building that we hope will better serve our customers. It's a great step for our company, and we look forward to growing our business in the area." The more visible location just West of highway 13 in the commercial development area is a great move for the business; gaining better exposure, a much better showroom, and having a much more accessible warehouse. Bolivar Insulation is looking forward to continuing serving its great customers for another 70 years.

    For more information, contact Ian Yates at 417-761-8001 or ian@g5ec.com and please visit www.g5ec.com and www.bolivarinsulation.com

     

    Joplin Church Gets Gutters

    A church in Joplin has received new gutters and downspouts to help with their watershed problems. We're not afraid of heights. If you're needing gutters, we'd be glad to help! Get a quote online.

    Sustainable Fiberglass Insulation

    Knauf EcoBatt and EcoRoll Fiberglass Insulation

    It’s not the prettiest insulation on the market, that’s for sure. While it may lack in the looks department, what it is made up of more than makes up for its lackluster exterior. Knauff EcoBatt and EcoRoll fiberglass insulation usher in a new generation of sustainable fiberglass insulation. Its brown color comes from ECOSE Technology; a revolutionary binding agent that further extends the sustainability of the product. ECOSE holds the product together, giving it shape, and its brown color. The ECOSE binding agent is plant based, replacing the traditional phenol/formaldehyde (PF) binder that has been traditionally used in this insulation product category. Furthermore, EcoBatt and EcoRoll Insulation combines sand, one of the most abundant resources, recycled bottle glass and ECOSE to create the sustainable product.

     

    It’s because of this high recycled content that Knauf EcoBatt and EcoRoll have achieved a UL Environment claim validation for over 50% recycled glass content. In addition, it has also received a UL Greenguard Gold certification for low chemical emissions, as well as being verified to be formaldehyde-free. And if that isn't cool enough – the makers, Kanuf Insulation, are excellent stewards of sustainability

    Preparing for Fall with Spray Foam

     

    Fall is here, and that means the weather will soon begin to change across the country. Cooler, more windy, and rainy weather is just around the corner, but the question is, are you and your home prepared? You can be, if you upgrade your home’s existing insulation with spray foam insulation like Icynene.

    Spray foam insulation is the ideal solution to stop drafts and keep your home comfortable, due to its ability to create an effective air seal wherever it’s applied. Thanks to the way Icynene expands to close to one hundred times its initial size, within seconds of application, this effective foam insulation can fill tiny cracks and gaps in your home that traditional insulation mightn’t have reached.

    As well, if you’re wondering how to reduce heating bills, once fall arrives, Icynene is an ideal choice. The air barrier it creates in your home, which can lead to higher energy efficiency, can help to reduce heating and cooling bills year round. In fact, the savings you experience in monthly heating and cooling bills can see Icynene paying for itself in as little as three years.

    To learn more about saving money on your utility bills, call Bolivar Insulation at 417-862-6223