For most of Holencik’s 30 years of business Mark Holencik was content to sub out gutter installation to other Lehigh Valley contractors. However, after years of finding installers resistant to his preferred methods, 10 years ago he made the decision to hang them himself. Job quality is Mark’s main concern and he felt the only way to accomplish high quality installation was to invest in his own gutter machine. It only made sense to be able to install a roof and gutters if customers wanted both, so Holencik Gutters was born. Since then, Lehigh Valley residents have placed their trust in Holencik for all their gutter needs including new installation, repairs, or cleaning.
At Holencik we believe the two major aspects of gutters are thickness and hangers. In the Lehigh Valley, most gutters are .027 gauge (thickness), however we prefers to use .032. We also prefer to put hangers every 2 feet. While we believe this should be the standard, many installers stretch that out to 30 inches, 3 feet, 40 inches between hangers.
As a homeowner, you or someone you hire should clean out your gutters about twice a year. This is important to maintain efficient water flow and drainage off your roof and away from your home. To cut down on gutter cleaning needs, we recommend installing The Leafproof™ Gutter Guard System onto your home and eliminating clogged gutters forever.
Holencik takes pride in both high quality service and excellent customer care in all gutter installations across the Greater Lehigh Valley. With ten years of gutter installation experience, Mark Holencik, uses top quality materials and recommends regular maintenance and repair to extend the gutter lifetime.
At Holencik we believe the two major aspects of gutters are thickness and hangers. In the Lehigh Valley, most gutters are .027 gauge (thickness), however we prefer to use .032. We also prefer to put hangers every 2 feet. While we believe this should be the standard, many installers stretch that out to 30 inches, 3 feet, 40 inches between hangers.
CHAMPION GUTTER GUARD
Stainless steel mesh gutter guards, by Champion, have been thoroughly tested in the field for over ten years and the technology has emerged as one of the most effective ways to keep your gutters completely free of debris and free flowing without water ever overshooting your gutters.
A Champion Gutter Guard is a highly durable, intelligently designed product made from surgical stainless steel mesh and a one piece aluminum frame that permanently attaches to new or existing gutters without interfacing with your roof in any way. This avoids potential roof damage and avoids any possibility of voiding your roofs warranty. It is guaranteed to provide a lifetime of dependable performance and eliminate the need to ever clean your gutters again as well as permanently protecting your home from costly water damage. Remember, the majority of water damage to any home is caused by clogged gutters that overflow due to the accumulation of both large and small debris in the gutter system.
When rain hits your roof, no matter how steep it is, the water simply flows down off of the shingles, onto the drip edge (a metal strip installed under the shingles), and into the back of the gutter. The reason that the front of the gutter is approximately 4 inches from the back is to give water carrying capacity to the gutter and to allow space for the gutter to collect areas of concentrated water flow. Leafproof® was designed with this in mind.
MICROGUARD GUTTER SCREEN
The MicroGuard gutter screen, by Englert, features the latest in micro-filtration technology providing superior leaf protection. Its angled micro-perforations effectively block large debris from sticking to the screen while efficiently clearing water into the gutter. The filter features a raised, stepped groove to prevent water from splashing back underneath roof shingles.
MicroGuard is available in three different configurations giving contractors options for using the screen in different gutter and roof conditions. MicroGuard does not penetrate shingles and won’t violate roofing material warranties. Each four-foot section is easy to install requiring only three zip screws, guaranteeing secure and maintenance-free leaf protection. The sections are made of sturdy .032 gauge aluminum and have 2000 holes per lineal foot to maximize drainage.
The Importance of Cleaning Your Gutters
If you think a few leaves and twigs in your gutter are harmless, think again. Clean gutters are the single most important key to avoiding major and expensive home repairs. Gutters perform one duty: controlling the water around your home. And if debris keeps them from doing their job, then you can wind up with some serious problems.
Holencik offers gutter cleaning services on an as-needed basis or we have maintenance contracts available. We offer a once or twice a year contracts which consist of a spring and fall cleaning. We will come to your home twice a year and take the worry of gutter maintenance off your mind!
DID YOU KNOW CLEAN GUTTERS HELP PREVENT:
Clogged gutters are the number one cause of basement water problems. Roof water overflows and accumulates around the foundation. If this happens, basement leaks may be moments away.
Excess water against the foundation wall can weaken the footing and lead to cracks. This is particularly true in the colder months when built-up water at the foundation freezes and causes a condition known as “frost-heave” which can cause severe cracks to foundation walls.
Water backing up from clogged gutters will cause moisture damage to the wood fascia around the house. The rotted area will get worse quickly if the leak is not eliminated by cleaning the gutters.
In winter, ice-dams can form on top of clogged gutters. Then snow builds up across the top of the gutter and freezes. During the next thaw, water running off the roof is blocked by the frozen snow and backs up into the house. This can lead to major wall and ceiling damage.
Overflowing gutters can deposit water on walks and driveways where it can freeze and cause a slipping hazard. Avoid this problem by keeping gutters clean and the spouts extended away from any traffic areas.
Misdirected and clogged gutter spouts often cause driveways and walks to sag and crack.
Any newly installed plants, grass or trees can be killed by excess water. Overflowing gutters can cause severe erosion and put and early end to young plantings.
Bugs love moisture. Keeping the soil dry around the foundation perimeter can force bugs to go elsewhere for a tasty snack of dampened two-by-four.
Beautify your home and add architectural value with unique and decorative rain chains. By replacing your traditional downspout, rain chains capture the senses, channeling water from the gutter system and creating a fountain effect.
Rain Chains originated in Japan hundreds of years ago for functional purposes. They were used to capture rain water to be used as running water in the home. This same technique was adopted throughout the world and utilized by the Purepecha Indians from Central Mexico.
Using the same technique as their pre-Columbian ancestors, artisans use the traditional Bonfire Method working the copper with nothing more than hammers and anvil to form beautifully crafted objects. New copper is a naturally rosy pink color that will oxidize with time creating a beautiful rich red or brown patina.
Rain Chains are manufactured by a member of the Fair Trade Federation. Holencik Exteriors values fair-traded products to ensure that our clients receive products that are produced by people who receive fair wages and ethical treatment, just as we pay fair wages and benefits to our own employees. We believe that the care and concern of workers ensure the production of a quality product.
Rain Chains integrate nicely with your gutter system and landscaping. Contact us for more information about how to incorporate them into your home.