Gutter Cleaning & Repairs
Why do I need my gutters cleaned?
If you don't take care of your gutters you leave your biggest investment up to substantial risk! We all know water can be very damaging here in Alaska and we must take proper precautions and provide proper maintenance to our homes to keep them running efficiently. We also want them to be cost effective for us and maintaining your property's water drainage system also helps our environment.
If your gutters are not currently working properly, typically the issue runs in the downspout, although sometimes the house can shift and a gutter needs to be adjusted. Sometimes another downspout needs to be installed, whatever the problem is we can fix it.
Rain Gutter and Downspout Installation
Why do I need rain gutters?
Rain gutters help protect your home from water damage. If water is not directed where to go it can damage your fascia board from constantly running down the board from the roof. Not having rain gutters can also damage your roof, siding, foundation, that's right your foundation! With no gutters to keep the water from hitting the ground in the same spot you can bet water will eventually erode the ground, form a valley right below the roof line, which could end up reaching your foundation. Don't worry though because Spit Shine has you covered with seamless aluminum rain gutters and downspouts that come in 32 different colors.
Heat Tape Installation
Leaf Screen Installation
Do I need heat tape?
I highly recommend getting heat tape installed if your roof is prone to leaks, your house is old, or you get dangerous ice dams or icicles in problem areas, as this can provide a much needed assist from having to worry about winter risks and hazards.
*If you own a property with tenants this is also a good idea to help keep icicles from forming in dangerous places.
Why should I get my roof cleaned?
Moss, lichen, and algae is not something to be taken lightly. These types of organic growth will shorten the life of your roof. This process starts when you see gloeocapsa magma (black streaks or staining on roofs) which will turn into full blown moss. Essentially your roof has been infected with bacteria that feed on the fillers in the shingles. As you can see this is not good! The other question to ask is when and how often should I get my roof cleaned? Our recommendation is every 2 years at the beginning of the season.
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Do I need leaf screens?
Firstly by no means are leaf screens a cure all so you will never need to get your gutters cleaned again. Small debris such as birch seed, small twigs, spruce needles, etc... can still get in and cause blockages. What screens do is improve the overall working efficiency of your gutter system.
What determines if I need screens?
1. Do I have trees around my property?
2. If yes, what kind of trees are around my property?
3. How much wind does my property experience?
While wind may not seem like a big factor it most certainly is, wind blows leaves and debris around the air and into a rain gutter system more often than you would think. Leaf screens do what they say they do, they keep leaves out.
Caulking & Resealing
House & Window
Gutters not working properly?
Leaks can be very troublesome especially through the winter. Leaks can rot out deck boards and they can rust your gutter. Water has the potential to damage many different surfaces. We can fix just about anything on a gutter system and if we can't fix , we'll replace it.
Leaks behind the gutter?
Leaks can be very troublesome especially through the winter. Leaks behind the gutter can rot out your fascia board, siding, and more. Thankfully we have the solution!
What are roof anchors?
Believe it or not, using fall protection while on a roof is actually required by law as per OSHA ruling. Anything over 6' tall, you must be tied off while working. If you're having work done on your roof by any company, please ask them what their safety plan is and how they plan to tie off. Don't put yourself at risk of being sued or having a contractor fall off of your roof and sustaining a serious injury or death.
Spit Shine workers tie off on all jobs and are fully insured to do your work correctly and safely. We properly install roof anchors during the job and can leave them on for future work if you so choose.
Why should I have my house washed?
Washing your house may not seem important but our house washing procedure kills viruses, bacteria, mold, algae, fungus, and lots more. I would say that is pretty important. Once mold or mildew takes hold of the house exterior this infection can really do some damage to your home and can also spread into the house. No one wants to be breathing mold spores!
*If you're selling your house, this is a great way to quickly boost your curb appeal.
How often should I get my windows washed?
We recommend getting your windows cleaned at least 2x a year if not 3x. This maintains your window's integrity and helps your house really stand out. Clean windows really appeal to people buying homes.
Roof Snow Removal
When should I get my roof shoveled and what's the cost?
We recommend getting your roof shoveled after 1' of snow. Generally in Alaska 1' can turn into 2' fairly fast. Once that snow gets wet it gets really heavy. We charge $150/hour for 2 guys and our minimum is $200 for this service. We do most properties in 2 hours or less. We do offer automatic service contracts if you have a roof prone to leaks, which means we come out after 6" of snow to help you protect your home through the winter.
Ice Dam Steaming
Why do I need to remove ice dams?
Ice dams form dams at the edge of the roof which blocks water from draining off the roof during warmer temperatures, you can imagine this is a BIG problem in the winter. When ice dams get to about 6" thick we have noticed they tend to go up the roof higher than they should. This can be problematic if you do not have a full ice and water shield on your roof, as well as putting a lot of extra weight on the roof along with the snow load. Ice dams can also pull gutters off and damage fascia board. We charge $250/hour for ice dam steaming. This may seem like a lot but if you google ice dam prices you will see this is a fair price, especially for what's entailed.
Why should I use your lights?
We use commercial grade LED lights. This means they are most energy efficient bulbs you will get. They also are brighter and richer in color than store bought lights. These lights will last you a lifetime because of how easy you can swap parts. These lights are custom cut for your home and will be perfectly straight. You also will not have any weird runs going up walls or anything because we cut all of our own extension cords and can wire them for whatever the situation requires.
Dryer Vent Cleaning
Why should I get my dryer vent cleaned?
Getting your dryer vent cleaned reduces the risk of a house fire and increases the efficiency of your dryer- saving you money in the long run! We recommend getting your dryer vent cleaned once per year.
Why should I use you for snow removal?
Spit Shine offers snow blowing for your driveways, sidewalks, etc. We use our snow blower to ensure the safety of your driveway and home, we also will do all of your walkways, brush your cars off and apply ice melt as needed. We take a very personal touch to our driveway maintenance through the winter and will provide you with an outstanding experience.
Spit Shine's Guarantee for all work ever done until the end of time.
You can count on highly trained staff who care about the job they are doing. If you are not happy we are not happy and will do whatever it takes to make it right.