Tuesday, February 6, 2024
New gutters... in February?
With close to spring-like temperatures these last two weeks, we've been getting some outside work done on the house.
We recently suffered some leaks onto our living room ceiling and after having it inspected by two different companies (one that does not do gutters, so they had no vested interest), it was concluded that our gutters were to blame.
Greg climbs a ladder a few times a year to remove debris from the gutters, but that, evidently, wasn't good enough for this winter. While we've known the slope on the old gutters wasn't great, we didn't realize just how bad of a problem it was. What appears to have happened during the deep freeze most of the country experienced a few weeks ago, is that after a lot of rain and a bit of snow, an ice dam built up in the guttering on the front of our house. At some point it must have encroached into the soffit and worked its way into the attic - how much it's hard to know. A warm day finally allowed it to start melting, resulting in a series of wet spots across the front outside edge of our living room ceiling. For the moment, the stains left don't look very bad, and likely no one visiting would even notice them, but we know they are there. At some point, a ceiling paint job will likely be hired out, but we first addressed the gutters.
On Friday of last week, we got new gutters with a leaf filtering guard system. It's a beautiful installation.
The company offered us multiple discounts (because it was February, and we're seniors, and the salesman treated us to a friends and family discount, AND we were extremely flexible with the timing of the installation) and the price finally came down to merely expensive, instead of the insane amount the salesperson started with. I suppose they have to do stuff like that to make you feel a little better about parting with your cash. At the end of the day, with today's inflation, while I don't expect that we got a "deal", we think the price is reflective of the current economy, but more importantly, Greg got freedom from having to climb a ladder again to clean the gutters every spring and fall. And, hopefully, a new gutter with a good leaf filtering system will be a nice feature when we decide to sell.
The thought of selling and moving ever again makes me numb, but realistically, we won't likely be here more than 10 years, considering our ages. That's the way Greg talks, anyway. I can't think about it.
It's supposed to reach 60 degrees here on Friday, and I'm nearly giddy about it! I know this unseasonably warm weather won't last long, but it's that many fewer cold days 'till spring!