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Gutter Guard or Gutter Helmet. I heard an average 38' x 24' ranch or split
entry houses' gutters could cost up to $5,000 to replace with the "never clean
your gutters again" add-ons. And you still have to clean 'em.
Vinyl spray on siding. The ad I'm hearing states that it comes in 1,800 colors
and looks better than fake looking vinyl siding. I've seen some good looking
vinyl siding, some that looks like wood, some that looks like Shaker Shingles,
haven't seen the vinyl stone siding, but I heard some brands look good. You'd
think that some of the 1800 colors available in the spray-on would look like
hell. And I hear it's nothing but a very expensive paint job.
It keeps the water from getting under the asphalt and freezing in the winter.
(Night/day freeze/thaw cycles) Minute cracks become huge tears, and eventually
eroded valleys here if you don't seal the asphalt at least once every couple of
I've got one for you:
Stucco coated homes are the norm in my part of the world, and a well-known,
if not well-regarded, local home renovation outfit has been advertising a
thin, spray-on coating they claim will increase a home's R value by
something like 10 or 12 points. They say it contains tiny ceramic beads,
same as the material used to insulate the space shuttle. Best of all, this
miracle product can usually be applied for less than $3,000. They claim that
money will be returned to homeowners through energy savings, within the
first couple of years. Now, I'm not saying they're fibbing, but ...
I disagree about the Gutter Guards. I have them on the back side of my
house. Cost was $200 (50 linear feet, added when I had some new windows
put in on that side). No gutter guards on the front side of my house.
The guarded side is virtually maintenance free (I spray collected junk
off the tops twice a year, about 20 minutes total per year). The other
side, without the guards, needs to be cleaned about 6 times per year,
taking about 20 minutes per time, or about 2 hours per year worth of
Clearly the guards help, and I'll be putting them on the front sometime
Leafguard gutter with built in gutter guards work well and look nicer
than normal gutters but are indeed expensive. On the other hand I had
Gutter Helmets added to my previous house on existing gutters and they
were a waste of money. They only work if your roof slope is right.
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My favorite is replacement windows. A home with decent storms before new
windows would have about a 50 year payback on new windows. If that same
homeowner bought some caulk and used it, the payback should be about 5 days.
I know, many will disagree, particulary those who just spent $10k on new
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