Why Keeping Gutters Clean is Important

Why is keeping my gutters clean important?

  • Your gutters play an important role in protecting your foundation. A clean gutter should provide proper drainage for storm water runoff and prevent erosion near your foundation.

How do I know when they are dirty? I can’t see up there from the ground.

  • A gutter that has collected debris will not allow for proper flow. If you have noticed water overflowing from the side of your gutters, your gutters may not be large enough or they may be clogging with debris.

Where does debris come from and what is it?

  • The debris that can be found inside your gutters can be caused by many things. Any solid object can lead to a blockage over time or simply slow the flow of water if not completely blocked. This debris could be from limbs, leaves, shingle rock, bird nesting, seeds, or any number of other environmental items.

I don’t have any trees near my house, so why should I clean my gutters?

  • Even if you don’t have trees & large shrubs planted close by your home, your gutters can still collect debris from neighboring properties. The wind, birds & other environmental factors could still lead to clogged or slow flowing gutters.

How much would it cost to clean my gutters?

  • Many factors go into gutter cleaning prices. Some of these factors are: the pitch of your roof, how tall the roof line is (1,2, or 3 story), how much guttering you have, how dirty or clogged the gutters are (some are packed solid with debris and even have trees growing out of them), and some companies will charge extra to clean out or flush your downspouts. There are many factors that can play into the pricing. These are just a few examples.

Do I have to clean my gutters every year?

  • Yes and No.
    • Yes, you should clean them every year if you do not have an effective gutter cover system installed. Neglected gutters can lead to possible rotted roof decking, warped boards behind siding and foundation erosion.
    • No – you do not have to clean them every year if you have a superior gutter cover system installed

What type of gutter cover does Lukes GC install?

  • We install a barely visible low profile product that handles even the hardest rainfalls on any roof pitch and is made right here in the USA. The installation of our product will not void your roof warranty, unlike some other products on the market. It comes in a variety of colors to match your specific home décor. The manufacturer offers a 20 year transferrable warranty and we offer a 2 year installation warranty. With our labor warranty, if at any time your gutters have a blockage in the next 4 seasons, we’ll come and clean them out at no additional cost to you!

How will I know how much it costs?

  • Call us today at 865-771-4085 to schedule your no obligation, no cost estimate. It’s that simple.

 

 

Summer Safety

Summer is the time we all love to be outdoors. Whether your preference is the beach, lake or your own back yard – summer is the most fun time of the year.

It’s also the hottest time of the year, which can be hard on your AC system. Be sure that you are regularly checking/replacing your filters as needed to keep your system at peek performance.

Many people host get-togethers at their home during summer for grilling & swimming. Be sure to keep your grill at least 8′ away from your home or further for safety. A hot grill can melt soffit and siding if too close – or worse…  If your deck is not large enough to accommodate a safe distance, give us a call. We can help you plan your deck expansion or repairs.

Summer can throw us some severe storms too. Keep us in mind when an emergency strikes. We offer emergency roof tarps, tree removal from roof top and many other services.

Call any time 865-771-4085. If after hours or on weekends, leave a message and we will return your call.

Lukes GC Earns Esteemed 2015 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Lukes GC Earns Esteemed 2015 Angie’s List Super Service Award

2015 Super Service award low res

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

 

Lukes GC has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2015.

 

“We are honored to accept this prestigious award for the 3rd year in a row. We take our relationship with Angie’s List seriously and appreciate the opportunity to be listed.”

 

“Only about 5 percent of the Home Improvement companies in Knoxville, TN have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.”

 

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2015 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

 

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

 

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Angie’s List helps facilitate happy transactions between more than three million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly rated service providers in more than 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of more than 10 million verified reviews of local service, Angie’s List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.

Should I replace my windows?

Question:  Do my windows need to be replaced?

Wooden single pane windows
Wooden single pane windows

Answer:  Maybe. Look through the list below. If you answer yes to any of these questions, it may be time to replace your current windows.

  1. Are your windows single pane?  Single pane windows often will be very cold or hot to the touch depending on the temperature outside. They often will collect condensation around the panes and glass of the window.  Replacement windows contain Low-E glass that reflects heat, which helps retain the temperature inside your home. Most homeowners see a 30-50% reduction in energy usage.
  2. Is it loud inside your home? Replacement windows that contain Argon gas have a better sound proofing effect.
  3. Are your pictures, furniture, carpet faded or fading rapidly?  Most household furnishings are made of an organic material which is susceptible to fading when exposed to harmful ultraviolet rays. Replacement windows are UV rated.
  4. Do you close off rooms in your how with drafty windows during cooler weather? It’s time for replacement.
  5. Are you still using storm windows? Replacement windows have double insulated glass and come with different options: Low-E coatings and Argon gas fill for additional efficiency and Energy Star® compliance.
  6. Do you have to paint your windows as part of your regular maintenance? Replacement windows are vinyl. They will never need to be painted and are easy to clean.

If you answered yes to any of these questions, feel free to call us today for a free estimate for replacement windows. 865-771-4085

Extend the life of your HVAC system

One of the simplest and inexpensive tips we can provide to increase efficiency & extend the life expectancy of your HVAC unit is to change your filter.

Many people only think of changing the filter when the unit is not working properly  :-(

Extend the life of your existing unit and possibly prevent extensive repairs or replacement by changing your filter today!

Dirty filters clog the air flow of your HVAC system.
Dirty filters clog the air flow of your HVAC system.

It only takes a few dollars and a few moments, then you can get on with your weekend 🙂

Have a happy Summer Saturday everyone!

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