Gutter Cleaning and Care in the Pacific Northwest

Gutter Cleaning and Care in the Pacific Northwest - Greenwood HardwareIf you have recently spent any time cleaning out your gutters to get ready for the wet weather ahead, you may be looking for a way out of the tedious task. We all know the importance of keeping the gutters clean and in good shape, but we don’t always appreciate the effort it takes or the money it costs to hire a professional to take care of the job for you. Our team at Greenwood Hardware has a few options for you to consider that can cut down on the gutter cleaning work.

Micro Mesh

This is a quick fix that can be attached over the top of a gutter to keep out leaves as well as fine particles. This can prevent clogging from mud as well as large pieces of debris. The mesh is attached by mounting the edges to the gutter. This is one of the most affordable solutions available currently.

Foam Fillers

These are exactly like they sound. The foam V-shaped inserts fit inside the gutter, keeping anything solid out, but allowing rain to flow through the porous material. The rain will flow towards the downspout without anything getting in the way. Some brands will carry warranties, which makes them a great long-term choice. However, the foam can be a bit expensive.

Curved Mesh

This is similar to the micro mesh, but it is a little sturdier. In the Pacific Northwest, it is a smart decision to be ready for those heavy downpours with this sturdy mesh. There are several brands and styles to choose from. Some snap on, others slide over the top, and others you can permanently attach. The cost is comparable to the foam fillers.

Don’t spend the winter and spring months cleaning out your gutters or dealing with broken gutters or overflowing gutters! Install one of these gutter options to make your life a little easier. Head into Greenwood Hardware to pick up the supplies you need to fix up your gutters. Come on in, or contact us today.

 

Holiday Lighting Tips For Your Seattle Home

Holiday Lighting Tips For Your Seattle Home - Greenwood HardwareIt’s that time of year where you can try and outshine your neighbors with the best display of lights in the neighborhood. It’s fun to decorate the yard and house with lights that catch the eye and make you feel a little more festive. Our team at Greenwood Hardware has some tips to help you create the most eye-catching light display that will impress your neighbors and make you proud.

  1. Make a plan for your lights. This will ensure you have enough lights for the job. Decide if there is a color or theme you want to go with. Do some measuring and determine how many feet of lights you will need.
  2. Decide how many lights you want in a section. Are you going for simplistic and creating nice, clean lines or do you want to dazzle? The standard rule is 100 lights for every 1.5 feet of tree. If you are decorating shrubs, you can follow that rule or double it if you want a bright display.
  3. Consider using LED lights for a bright display that is going to cost you far less than the standard light strands.
  4. Check your lights before you hang them! There is nothing worse than going through the hard work of wrapping a tree with lights or hanging them along your roof line only to discover the lights don’t all work.
  5. It is fairly easy to replace burnt out bulbs. Make sure you take a light from the strand with you when you go buy replacement bulbs. There are many different styles. It is often best to get bulbs that can slide into a socket.
  6. Never use light strands that are frayed or have exposed wires.
  7. Buy clips and hangers that make it a breeze to attach lights to gutters and fences.
  8. Do not connect more than three strands of lights together. You will overload your circuit and risk damaging your lights, leaving dark spots in your display.
  9. Only use extension cords outside that are manufactured with that purpose in mind. These are typically round cords.
  10. Consider using a timer to turn your lights off and on at a designated time, so you don’t have to worry about forgetting to turn them off when you go to bed.

Have fun decorating this holiday season and make sure to complement your neighbors! Head into Greenwood Hardware to pick up the things you need to make your holiday light display a hit. Come on in, or contact us today.

 

Decorating for the Holidays in the Pacific Northwest

Decorating for the Holidays in the Pacific Northwest - Greenwood HardwareThe Pacific Northwest is a beautiful place to be during the holidays. The abundance of pine trees and other evergreens makes it easy to transform your yard into a winter wonderland with just a few simple additions. If you are the kind of person who likes to go all out on holiday decorating, you will be happy to know you will find just what you need to complete your project at Greenwood Hardware.

You are going to need plenty of extension cords to plug in the lights and other electric décor you plan on putting out. It is important you use the right cords for the job. The round (usually orange) cords are appropriate for outdoors. You will find a variety of lengths available for indoor and outdoor cords, so you don’t have to string more than one cord together.

Have some fun using what is naturally available in the environment. All those pine cones that are laying about can be transformed into beautiful holiday decorations. Pick up a can of glitter spray pain in gold or silver and paint your pine cones. Create a beautiful centerpiece with your glitter cones.

Grab a handsaw and cut off a branch from an evergreen or pine tree. Use the greenery and some wire to make your own wreath. Decorate with pine cones or pretty ornaments you either make or buy.

Don’t toss the twigs lying about in the yard! Grab them, spray paint them red and add a layer of glitter paint over the top and arrange them in a vase. Add some green, gold and silver sticks as well for a very festive centerpiece.

If space is an issue in your home and you can’t quite find the room to put up a tree, make a tree on the wall with some willow branches. It’s a great time to do some pruning. Use the twigs to make a ladder of sorts in a triangle shape. Use some twine to connect the corners and nails to hang the branches. Add some lights, garland and a few ornaments, and you have a gorgeous tree without losing any space!

When you head to Greenwood Hardware to pick up your paint, wire and extension cords, don’t forget to get wire cutters. Spend some time browsing and let your imagination wander! You are sure to come up with more creative ways to make your home festive, inside and out. Come on in, or contact us today.

Readying the Windows in Your Seattle Home for Winter

Readying the Windows in Your Seattle Home for Winter - Greenwood HardwareWinter is blowing in fast this year, and you have probably already felt those cold drafts wafting in around the doors and windows. Now is the time to prepare your home for winter and block those cold drafts that are running up your electric bill. You will feel warmer, and your electric bill won’t feel the pain of those drafty windows. You can head out this weekend or drop by after work and visit your friendly Greenwood Hardware store to pick up the supplies you need to seal up your house.

You have a few different options depending on where the drafts are, and what your preferences are.

Rope Caulk

Rope caulk is a quick and easy fix for a small gap around a window or door that doesn’t seal tight. It is easily applied by peeling and sticking. The strips provide just enough blockage to keep the cold drafts out. They are incredibly inexpensive.

Removable Caulk

Removable caulk is the go-to solution for windows that have cracks around the seals or time has left the windows a little loose. The caulk is easy to apply, clear and can be removed when it comes time to replace the window. You can use the caulk to seal windows closed if needed and easily remove in the spring when you are ready for the fresh air.

Foam Backer Rods

These are a little different than what you may have seen before, but they are very effective. Foam backer rods are a little squishy and are sold in a variety of sizes. They are not self-sticking, but you won’t need any adhesive. Simply push the rods into holes and gaps, and they stay put. This is perfect for door jams that are not sealing tight.

Spray Foam

Spray foam is an option for large gaps bigger than an inch or in areas where the above options simply won’t work. This may be in places like the basement or laundry room around the vents. The foam can get a little messy, so make sure you have gloves and can quickly clean up any messes. The foam spreads out quite a bit. A little goes a long way!

Head to Greenwood Hardware today and get an idea about the different insulation choices available to seal up those minor cracks and crevices. It is well worth the small investment and you will appreciate the effort when that first north wind blows through. Come on in, or contact us today.