CFG Gutter Blog

We like to keep our customers updated with the latest gutter fun facts, company information, and useful gutter tips. Be sure to come around and read our latest updates!

You're not just another customer to us

posted Mar 1, 2015, 5:34 PM by Joshua Crowther   [ updated Mar 3, 2015, 12:30 PM ]

Having come into a time where it is just my husband Josh and I doing the gutter installs ourselves I have realized how much I enjoy getting to know our customers. I not only do the installs with Josh but I also do all the administrative work involved with running our day to day business activities. 

The one part of my job I do have to say I enjoy the most is talking to our customers sometimes to the point where Josh tells me it's time to get to work! It may be when they first call in for a gutter estimate or when I come into contact with them on a job site. I absolutely enjoy hearing their stories about their family, their life, their current situations, or even just chatting with them about the weather. Making genuine connections with people no matter how brief or to whatever extent can be such a joy. It feels like much more than just a job to me and I have oftentimes carried away something no matter how minuet from each conversation or visit. 

We'd like our customers to be aware that when you call us whether we end up becoming the gutter company you choose or not, we see more in you than just a means of making ends meet. We see you as an individual pressing on just like us on this journey we call life.   

Nadia Crowther   

To conserve or not to conserve? That is the question.

posted Jun 16, 2014, 11:42 AM by Joshua Crowther   [ updated Mar 3, 2015, 12:31 PM ]

As more and more people realize that conserving water is doing a great service to our mother earth, more and more people are searching for ways to do just that. One way to conserve water that has become a growing staple for many households to cut their "water footprint" is rain barrels or rainwater collection systems.

With the many innovative ways we have come up with to help our environment we are left wondering how come, instead of being applauded, we are being informed in essence that we are now too good at helping out mother earth. How you say?  Well the word from the LCRA in the recent months is a proposed water rate increase due to lack of water usage.  

So basically we are at the old adage, "Damned if you do, damned if you don't."  The question remains do we conserve or do we not?  And if we do how much and is it ever too much?  For some there is no question at all because it is inbred in them to conserve at all costs in order to take care of this beautiful planet we call earth.  For others we ask ourselves if we keep conserving despite how it may hurt us due to the impact it has on our pockets. Still others of us ask ourselves if either way makes a difference because it almost seems like it won't. We all need water for our survival and will continue to need it until the day we die. Unless we plan on going back to a primeval way of living we need the water companies to some extent and boy do they know this.  Just some food for thought.   

Round downspouts: a sleek, sophisticated look to a gutter install

posted Apr 16, 2014, 9:24 AM by Joshua Crowther   [ updated Mar 3, 2015, 12:32 PM ]

Most gutters you see up on homes are installed with rectangular downspouts. There is also an option of having round downspouts installed instead.  Cost-wise they are not much more costly and they give your home a sleek, sophisticated feel.  Check out the following photos and ask for a free gutter estimate that includes round downspouts today!


New addition to our expanding gutter business!

posted Mar 19, 2014, 6:44 AM by Joshua Crowther   [ updated Mar 3, 2015, 12:32 PM ]

Like any other business your hope is to expand and upgrade to bigger and better things. Oftentimes you hope not to have to do that as a result of something unexpected. Well we had a fender bender on our work trailer that resulted in it being totaled about a couple of weeks ago when we had just upgraded our gutter machine to a 5/6" combo to better serve our customer's needs. Needless to say we were a bit taken aback by this apparent setback since our new gutter machine was out of commission.  However, it did turn out to be a blessing in disguise for many reasons.  First we found out that our current trailer was at max capacity for the weight we were carrying with our previous gutter machine.  The new gutter machine was even heavier! Our buddies down at Magnum Trailers told us we needed to upgrade to a tandem axle trailer in order to safely and securely hold the weight we now had to carry.  Plus Josh and our employee were working in tight quarters with the small 6x12 trailer we had.  After dealing with the individual's insurance company we were able to purchase our new trailer for our new gutter machine.  Come check out the pictures of our new gutter machine and trailer!

  
  


Feeling a little clogged???

posted Mar 14, 2014, 7:24 AM by Joshua Crowther   [ updated Mar 3, 2015, 12:33 PM ]

Having gutter drainage issues can be a bigger problem than you think.  Over time your gutters can become clogged with various materials such as leaves, twigs, nests from little flying critters, kids toys being "accidentally" thrown onto the roof and never making it back to the ground, or my personal favorite objects being shoved up a downspout!

With all the perils that our gutters can go through it's no surprise that many people end up with gutters that are not functioning properly.  The danger in this is stagnant water can sit in your gutters and that can be an automatic breeding ground for pests such as cockroaches, ants, and flies.  These pesky little insects will have access to attic crawlspace and can even make their way inside your home. Yuck!

Another issue that can be much more damaging and costly is damage to your eaves and fascia.  Stagnant water sitting in gutters can rot both the eaves and fascia and even cause roof damage thus exposing your home to the elements. Rotting fascia will also cause your gutters to sag due to the weight of the offending cloggage. Slow running water due to clogs in gutters can also cause water to pool around your foundation causing weakening and cracking.

Gutter guards can be an affordable investment to add to your home that can prevent and protect it from such damages. We offer many different types of gutter guards that can be utilized for the type of protection you need whether you have a few trees or many trees.  

We at Christian Family Guttering recommend getting your gutters cleaned every spring and fall or more often depending on how many trees are located near your home.  Call us today for a free estimate and competitive gutter cleaning and gutter guard quote.  Help us keep one of your most important investments safe from unwanted guests and unnecessary and wallet draining repairs! 


So many gutter companies, why Christian Family Guttering?

posted Mar 2, 2014, 8:38 PM by Joshua Crowther   [ updated Mar 3, 2015, 12:34 PM ]

Originally posted February 12, 2014 - 

With all the choices in gutter companies in Austin and the surrounding areas it can feel a bit overwhelming deciding who to call. I know that as a homeowner myself I am wary about calling just anyone to do work for me. Sometimes I have a tendency to want to go with a larger company because of their well known name and at times I have only to find out later had I done a little more research, another smaller company was offering a much better deal with the same product. I even tend to limit myself to companies that are located closer to me for fear of extra trip charges due to distance. Sound familiar?

At Christian Family Guttering we pride ourselves on our work and our product. We offer competitively priced gutter packages with the same great service and attention that you expect to receive from a larger company. You can rest assured that we warranty our installation and ensure that from the day your gutters go up that you are completely satisfied. Josh, the owner and installer, is very personable and is readily available to answer any questions you may have from beginning to end. Our warranty gives you piece of mind that if there is anything you find unsatisfactory or not working properly then you can give us a call and we will come out and fix the problem at no extra charge.

Another added bonus is that when you call Christian Family Guttering for an estimate we will travel within 50 miles of our service area. We even take most small jobs that other companies will turn down due to not meeting their minimum price amount.

We have been in business since 2006 and although it may not seem like a long time we have a long list of satisfied customers that we have served. We have worked with homeowners, contractors, and customer builders. We hope to continually form new business relationships and add to our list of satisfied clients.

Call us today and schedule a free estimate and put your fears of working with a smaller company behind you because we will take care of you here at CFG!


Relocation news!

posted Mar 2, 2014, 8:34 PM by Joshua Crowther   [ updated Mar 3, 2015, 12:35 PM ]

Originally posted February 11, 2014 - 

We have relocated to the Buda/Kyle area but have no fear we are still offering the same great pricing that we always have whether you are in Austin, Georgetown, Marble Falls, or Smithville. We are excited to announce our inclusion of the San Marcos/New Braunfels area. Our servicing area is within 50 miles of our business location. Call us today for a free, no-hassle estimate!


Foundation damage prevention during drought

posted Mar 2, 2014, 8:31 PM by Joshua Crowther   [ updated Mar 3, 2015, 12:36 PM ]

Originally posted July 14, 2011 - 

As the drought seems to linger on here in Austin many homeowners may be noticing cracks in their soil around their home. Homeowners beware that this could be the sign of a very serious problem.

When the soil around your home is not getting enough moisture it begins to crack and unless you are being diligent about watering this is likely to happen. This is especially important when you have clay-like soil around your home. This type of soil is very prone to cracking and shifting due to the extreme amount of heat and lack of rainfall. The right amount of watering around your home's foundation will help to prevent any damages that may incur from the drought we are currently experiencing. This is especially crucial if your home is built on a sloped area.

Fence post areas may need to be packed in with more dirt and watered in order to keep them from waning to one side. If you have a sprinkler system be sure that the areas where your pipes are at are not showing due to cracking in the ground. If they are be sure to pack more dirt in these areas and water them as well.

With stage 1 water restrictions already in place it is important that you are watering as much as is allowed in order to prevent shifts in your soil thus damaging your foundation. Please see the City of Austin link for more information on current water restrictions.


Austin's Drought Danger

posted Mar 2, 2014, 8:28 PM by Joshua Crowther   [ updated Mar 3, 2015, 12:36 PM ]

Originally posted May 10, 2011

You know it's pretty bad when even the governor of Texas has us praying for rain! According to the LCRA, "This is the largest and most severe classification of drought across the Colorado basin since September 2009." Dry, windy conditions contributed to last month's Oak Hill fires and West Texas fires and continue to present a real danger to everyone today. Wildfires have scorched more than 2 million acres and damaged more than 400 homes this year alone according to the Texas Forest Service.

And the danger is not over. With dry conditions expected to continue through the summer months the LCRA will likely be implimenting water use reductions. To help ensure the safety of your home and the surrounding areas be sure to obey all burn bans, use caution during gas/wood grilling, and be sure to put out all cigarettes completely.

With that being said if you've lived in Austin for a while you'll understand that our weather conditions can change rapidly and rain can come unexpectly. It's no wonder why we Texans have the saying, "If you don't like the weather, just wait a little while". This is a good time to consider rain barrels if you have not already done so. Rain barrels are a great way to store rain water for lawn and garden watering purposes. They also aid in environmental efforts by conserving water and by helping keep your water costs down.

Rain barrels can be added to existing gutters or to a new gutter installation. Basically they are installed below a downspout and all the rain water is collected that drains down off of your gutters during a rain storm. It is a great way to help impliment any water reductions/restrictions made by the LCRA. It is a great way to GO GREEN and not to mention that rain water is better for your grass, garden, and plants due to it being the purest form of water. Consider rain barrels to help with water conservation efforts this summer and in the future!


I have better things to spend my money on so why gutters?

posted Mar 2, 2014, 8:23 PM by Joshua Crowther   [ updated Mar 3, 2015, 12:37 PM ]

Originally posted April 5, 2011

As spring time is upon us here in Austin many of us get an itch to begin some spring cleaning. Maybe it's something in the air besides allergies! Regardless, homeowners across the board begin cleaning, throwing away, repairing, and thinking about additions to their home and garden.

Although gutters don't usually seem to be on the top of our list of important things to add to our home, they are more important than you think. Gutters help protect your most costly investment: your home. Many "arm and a leg" type repairs can be averted by simply making an investment in gutter installation that is usually going to cost you about 1% of your homes' worth. Talk about a deal considering that you can spend anywhere from a very low end 2K upwards to 14K or more repairing your foundation in view of how big your home is and if additional repairs like plumbing, drywall, mortar, and landscaping are involved as well.

Another repair that is more time and money consuming is unsightly damage to your home and garden due to rainwater coming off of your roofline. Rainwater that comes down off of your roof during heavy downpours causes mud to come back-splashing onto your siding, brick, or foundation, which over time is the basis for unattractive staining on your home. Your soffit, fascia, and garage door is also in danger of rotting due to rainwater. Properly installed gutters will help advert the water away from these areas. Then comes your garden... So your thinking about planting some nice pretty flowers for spring huh? Well it's also rainy season. April showers bring May flowers right? Gutters help protect your newly planted garden and hard work from being washed away during a heavy downpour.

So this spring why not make an investment in your home that will help it keep it's beauty and functionality and is not going to put a big dent in your pocketbook? And not to mention help avoid putting a big one in it later.



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