Harry Helmet Home Improvement & DIY Blog

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Your roof is made up of layers of protection for all of your home systems. What is a roof, anyway? It’s not just a hat for your house. A roof is a way to protect your home. Roof systems are part of your home system. Roofing protects your home from the …

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Keep your roof, gutters, and downspouts clear to avoid water damage. Waterfalls are beautiful, but you didn’t plan to have one streaming from your gutters. If your gutters or downspouts seem to be clogged, what can you do to remedy the situation? You h …

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How can you stop the spring thaw from turning your garden into a muddy mess? Yuck, what muck. If you live in a colder climate, in the late winter or early spring the ground, ice and snow begin to thaw. This leads to a messy garden full of mud. How can …

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Are your gutters installed correctly? Choosing the right gutter installers can make all of the difference. Do your gutter installers matter? While you don’t need to become best friends with those who work on your home, it’s helpful to choose a gutter i …

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You want a beautiful, functional roof: avoid these common roofing fails. Whoops! That’s the last thing you want to hear from a roofing contractor when it comes to your roof. After all, your roof is a layer of protection for your home. It protects you f …

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A roof can be beautiful, but how does it work to protect your home? The Functions of a Roof What does a roof do? It’s there to protect your home from the elements, including: Wind Rain Snow Hail Ice Cold Heat Fire Is your roof working at its best? Whet …

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Windows let the sun in, but you need to consider how they work with your home energy systems as well. From the frame to the fridge, your house is a system that works together to provide you with the necessities of life. It should be a comfortable syste …

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Are you repairing or replacing your roof? What roofing style is best for you? When the weather inside is leaky, you know that a roof replacement is in order. Over time, fallen branches, wind, sun, rain, and ice all take their toll on your roof. You can …

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Michelle Langereis is the Head of Marketing for Mirage Screen Systems Inc., a world-class manufacturer of retractable screen products that are engineered to last a lifetime. Here she discusses the value of retractable screens and offers her advice on c …

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Your foundation is mostly invisible, but it’s one of the most important parts of your home. You’re beginning to have suspicions about your home foundation. Whether it’s a moldy odor coming from your basement carpet or a telltale mark on the wallpaper, …

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Your roof is the beginning of your home drainage system. When you think of your home drainage system, your mind may drift to plumbing. While your home plumbing is an important part of your home’s support systems, your exterior drainage system is just a …

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Rand Soellner, ArCH, NCARB, is the Senior Staff Architect at HOME ARCHITECTS, which designs custom homes nationwide, with a specialty in mountain residences. Recently, we spoke with Rand to hear his thoughts on today’s popular home renovation requests, …

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Does your garden look like this when it rains? It’s a little swampy in your garden, or perhaps it’s more like a lake. Whether your gutters have overflowed or you’ve suffered from an actual flood, your garden may have standing water, eroded soil, and da …

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You’re outfitting your home with new gutters: what material should you choose?   When it comes to home decorating choices such as painting your house or choosing new siding, you probably have a lot of opinions. You want a home that looks good and …

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Homes have different gutter styles: make sure your K-style gutters are well-protected. Whether it’s fall, winter, or spring, your gutters need protection from debris and from the elements. It doesn’t matter what kind of gutters you have: you need to be …

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The foundation may be under your house, but it is one of the most important parts to maintain. Forget about your beloved deck or your cozy living room: the unseen and often unappreciated home foundation is one of the most important structural elements …

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Keep your home well-maintained, and you’ll be able to enjoy it all year round. Whether it’s cold and wet outside or the summer sun is beating down, your home is there to protect you, and the feeling should be mutual. You also need to work to protect yo …

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Ice is lovely to look at, but icicles and ice dams are dangerous to your roof and gutters. There’s nothing quite like looking out of your window from the coziness of your home to see your world covered in snow and ice. Whether you live in a place where …

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Is your house ready for a large amount of snow? It’s snowing! The first snow of the year is exciting for children, yet it can be a less pleasant experience for adults. Yes, you love the beauty of the snow and the coziness that it brings, but ice and sn …

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Your home’s interior systems are just as important as the structure of the home. Inside your home, there’s infrastructure that helps make your daily life work. You turn on the tap, and out comes the hot water. You flip a switch, and the light turns on. …

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What is a nose-forward design?

December 15th, 2016

The best gutter covers extend past the edge of your gutters. Are your gutter covers nosy? Every brand of gutter cover is different. Some are screens, others are made out of foam. Gutter Helmet’s nose-forward gutter cover design offers unique advantages …

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Your home is a system that supports your family life: how does your system work? Your home may be your castle, but it’s also your school, cafe, retreat center, and hospital. Your home is a hub for your family and your community life. Houses have multip …

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Lucas Johnson, Western Regional Manager for 475 High Performance Building Supply, is an expert building scientist who is passionate about making buildings comfortable, affordable, healthy, durable, efficient and enjoyable through leveraging best practi …

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If your gutters are full of leaves, be careful when you clean them. After a windstorm or a fall rain, you hear the sound of clogged gutters. Drip, drip, and pour. Your gutters are telling you that you need to clean them. When your gutters are full of l …

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No matter what kind of roof you have, Harry Helmet works to protect it. You’re considering a gutter cover, but will it work with your existing roof? Your roof is your home’s defense system against wind, rain, and snow. The last thing you want to do is …

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Is your garden looking a little damp? Gutter covers can help. Gutter covers are there to protect your roof, so how are they connected to your basement? If you’re looking at adding gutter covers or doing a full gutter replacement, your choice will benef …

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What’s in your gutters? It’s invisible but insidious: all of those leaves and sticks clogging your gutter can cause damage that you can’t see. After years of clogged gutters, this debris damage can lead to the need for gutter replacement as your gutter …

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A healthy life begins at home. Home is where your health begins. Is your home making you sick? Believe it or not, the simple act of cleaning your gutters can help you stay healthy. When you’re investing in gutter cleaning, repairs, or gutter covers, co …

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Fall leaves are gorgeous, but they don’t belong in your gutters. Fall leaves are beautiful, but after a few months in your gutters, they’re much less appealing. However, gutter cleaning is difficult and dangerous, and hiring a gutter cleaner is expensi …

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Slow and steady preparation will help your roof weather the test of winter. Are you ready for a roof review? In the fall, it’s time to check in on your roof before the fall and winter winds start to damage your roof and its support systems. Every homeo …

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