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18 Jul

What are Alu-Rex Gutter Guards?

When trying on shoes, you look at style, functions, cost and most importantly, finding a pair you like that’s in your size. The same can be said about your gutter guards. We’ve spoken already about gutter guards but this week we are going to dive even deeper than that. There are so many gutter guards on the market right now but how do you pick one? How do you know which guards are right for your eavestroughs and ultimately right for your home? This post is going to dive into our Alu-Rex Gutter Guards and explain the greatness that goes into the Gutter Clean System, the TREX and DoublePro. Plus, I’ll include some tips on what to look for when considering gutter guards and how to keep them at their top performance. Relax, we’ve got it.

Who is Alu-Rex?

Alu-Rex was started by a band of brothers, Guy and Stéphane Brochu, that took the gutter and water management industry by storm. They formed Alu-Rex because they wanted to create a company that works to fix homeowners’ problems with gutters as well as to make exterior home maintenance easier. At the time the company started, they were gutter installers and wanted to offer an effective product to protect eavestroughs.

Alu-Rex is always trying to offer a product that needs the needs of their consumers. Soon enough, Alu-Rex created the TREX and the DoublePro continuous hanger gutter guards. This way the eavestroughs remain sturdy while making the two-step eavestroughs and gutter guards into a quick all-in-one solution.

Why are Gutter Guards Important?

Before getting into each type of gutter guard, let’s get into why our eavestroughs need them. Gutter guards extend the life of your eavestroughs. Every winter, exposed eavestroughs have a risk of frozen and clogged downspouts from ice and snow buildup. That build-up will leave melted water sitting there until it freezes again.
The end goal of your eavestroughs and downspouts is to get water far away from the foundation as possible (check out our Gutter Care blog to learn about the role your foundation plays). If you are experiencing flooding (basement or attic) or cracked foundation – there could be an underlying problem that is hard to see whichcould cost you hundreds or thousands in the long term.

The Gutter Clean System

This innovative leaf guard was built for existing eavestroughs. This guard keeps gutters draining freely. Water buildup can seep through your fascia boards and into your home, creating structural and health problems for your family. The Gutter Clean System is made of weatherproof aluminum so it won’t rust, crack, chip or warp out of shape. This material to build to withstand the weight of snow and other debris.

Speaking of snow – The Gutter Clean System keeps both snow and ice out of the gutters and filters any water to drain without the build-up.

So how long before you need to replace them? What if something were to happen where they did need replacing? These leaf guards come with a 40-year clog-free warranty. This is the only guard on the market with this type of warranty. Found yourforever home? Say hello to your forever gutter guards.


How cool would it be to have a dinosaur to protect your home? You can have the same protection for your eavestroughs with T-Rex gutter guards. This gutter guard is the first of two continuous hanger gutter guards Alu-Rex developed. The term ‘continuous hanger’ means that the weight of the gutter guard and the eavestroughs are consistent from end to end. This means that it can support the weight of snow, ice AND ladders. The reinforcement in the guards eliminates all weak points.

This set of guards comes with free eavestroughs. If you have some nasty stuff growing in your gutters, the whole eavestrough comes down so the new ones can be installed. Thanks to the design and the heavy-gauge aluminum used, it’s now even studier and more long-lasting. Go on. You know you want to test it out. These guards can hold the weight of three people.


Any product with the words ‘double’ or ‘pro’ in the name, you know you’re getting quality. So, what kind of quality are you going to get with DoublePro gutter guards?

There’s a reason why we call it DoublePro. These gutter guards, unlike the last two I mentioned, has two layers of protection. The first layer has the strength to protect against damage caused by ice, snow and debris. The second layer is the cool part. This layer is a microfiltration filter which makes this the only gutter guard on the market that protects against damage caused by pine needles.

These extreme gutter guards should have an extensive warranty, right? 100%. These guards are an Alu-Rex flagship product so it’s covered by the most extensive warranty in the market. A lifetime warranty that covers materials, durability, and clog-free performance.

These guards, like the T-Rex, are a continuous hanger so feel free to test it out with three people of your choice.

5 Tips and Reminders for Keeping your Gutter Guards Effective for your Home

  1. Freezing water means that the guards will lift out of the eavestroughs. It is so important to keep an eye on your downspouts and make sure that they are clear of any ice or snow. When shovelling your driveway or sidewalk, carefullyknock on the downspout and see if you can feel any blockage. Shovel any snow away from the opening to make sure water is draining correctly.
  2. When searching for Gutter Guard to be installed on your home, measure yourhome first. Gutter Guards are sold by the linear foot. It can be tricky to measure the tight corners that guarantee seamless edges. Allow for 10% of what you buy go to waste.
  3. Painting your eavestroughs and soffits to match the exterior siding colour will hide your eavestroughs blending it in with your overall home design.
  4. When installing Gutter Guards on your own, please please please follow the manufacture instructions. There’s only so far, your DIY skills can take you. The manufacturer provided clear instructions that were probably geared towards keeping you safe when installing them. They are also there to make sure that you are getting the full protection that you need. If you don’t follow instructions, the guards may not work the way you want them to or how the manufacturer designed them to work.

Gutter guards can save you tons of time and money. Cleaning your gutters two-five times a year can be unsafe and an overall nuisance. Alu-Rex Gutter Guards are an industry innovation that was developed by a team of teams that know their gutters inside out.

If you are questioning your DIY skills or are just frustrated with frequent cleaning, visit our website to book a free no-obligation estimate for your home. Relax, we’ve got it.


by Hannah Charlton

Hannah just graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations from Conestoga College. She is deaf and relies on lipreading. She is obsessed with Harry Potter, Outlander and documentaries about true crime, politics and current events.

03 Jul

Top 10 Beautiful Exterior Concrete Designs


The appearance of your home can be valuable when every aspect of your home looks its greatest. When your home is clean, freshly mowed and every nook and cranny has been covered, you could double the value of your home. But what makes a grey slab of concrete beautiful? Check out some of my favourite concrete stamp design, cement tints, and colour tinted sealers.

1. Poolside Stone

If you’ve been to a nice hotel with an outside pool, you’ve most defiantly seen this type of design. This design gives pool-goers the look and feel of an exotic spa in their own backyard. I recommend a dark sealer on this type to make the colour of the water look brighter. If you have a textured colour concrete a clear sealer will top of the look with a shine.

2. Wood Effect

This design gives you the look of a wooden floor without having to lay any down. This stamp design has thick stamp imprint lines that can hold greater amounts of water for longer periods. Sealing this design will keep the design waterproof for it to naturally evaporate away.

3. Slate and Brick

Adding slates of brick into the cement not only gives creative freedom to design something that you love. It also makes the colour pop which will enhance the overall look of your home.

4. Squares

It’s just so satisfying looking at how the squares fit together and that they are all the same size. But I also love the mix of small squares and big squares. Squares are a fun design that can satisfy the eye. Jazz up this design with pebbles, alternating colours or a mosaic colour scheme.

5. Stained

Like squares, you can pick a colour scheme that suits the overall look you want for that area. With the different shapes creating texture and abstract your backyard will be the hottest spot to hang out on.

6. The Wooden Plank

This thinking out of the box design uses concrete and wooden planks to create this beautiful design. Stain it and seal it and you’ll be looking great.

7. Stones

Walking barefoot on stones is a refreshing cool sensation which will be much appreciated this summer. A mix of textures and colours with give your walkway and patio a whimsical feeling.

8. Matching Patio

We know you didn’t a whole outfit just because of a purse or watch. But we do know that your patio can match your patio furniture. Complete the whole look by setting your colours in stone.

9. The Matching Driveway

This one speaks for itself. Complete this look with a clear coating on the whole surface.

10. Pebble Stones

Step out and into a story tale every time you take a step on your patio. This pebble design is a modern but gorgeous entrance to your home or backyard. Set your patio from the rest of them with this sleek design.


by Hannah Charlton

Hannah just graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations from Conestoga College. She is deaf and relies on lipreading. She is obsessed with Harry Potter, Outlander and documentaries about true crime, politics and current events.

02 Jul

What is Concrete Sealing?

Concrete looks great in the backyard and the driveway. Pour the cement, place the print, let it dry and away you go. What a lot of people don’t know is just how porous concrete can be. Those pores if not dealt with properly, it can lead to our concrete breaking down quicker. At the absolute worse it could lead to some pretty serious health problems. In this post, we’ll determine the differences between asphalt and concrete.

Concrete Sealing

What is Concrete Sealing?

Concrete sealing is applying a water-resistant solution to any exterior concrete surface. Any company that pours concrete will recommend getting any exterior concrete sealed if you live in a place that consistently goes through a freeze-thaw cycle (so winter).

Why is Concrete Sealing Important?

Think of concrete as if it’s the skin on your face. Like skin, concrete has millions of pores in the surface. These pores could allow in water and snow during the winter.

As spring arrives that snow melts but as Ontario’s weather history has shown we get polar vortex’ and random -40 days during late February – early March.

When water freezes into ice – it expands. Expanding ice can cause a hairline crack on the surface. Over time as the cycle continues the hairline grows bigger until it’s a bigger structural problem. In the summer, any air that is trapped can expand in the concrete. Tree roots have a habit of growing wherever they want and could push against your concrete from the bottom. A problem you won’t be able to see until it comes up and through like Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

During the rainy season, the pores can hold water and different bacteria. Since the bottom of our shoes touch every surface that we walk on, bacteria have a high chance of growing. The sealing solution fills the pores while repelling water. Keeps the bacteria off our shoes and out of our homes.

What is the Difference Between Asphalt and Concrete?

To start they are both gravels based. Asphalt is petroleum, whereas concrete is cement. They both have pros and cons. Concrete is more expensive ($4-6 per square foot) to pour compared to asphalt ($2-4 per square foot) but you have more design options ($15 per square foot) with concrete.

When it comes to maintenance and repairs as asphalt driveway should be sealed six months after it’s been poured and then sealed every three to five years. Concrete sealing doesn’t need to be sealed as often to preserve the colour but you will need to take an extra step to remove any stains.

Concrete Sealing

Once you’ve sealed a stain – you’re going to fall in love with it eventually.

Choosing the Right Sealer

Sealing your concrete is a great DIY project this summer. But there are so many different sealers and different concrete finishes it can get overwhelming (the guys at Canadian tire watched me have a meltdown while researching this for this blog).

So, here are the options:

  • Penetrating
    • Seal the pores of concrete below the surface
    • Prevents freeze-thaw damage
    • Prevents slipping in cold and wet weather
    • Protects against de-icing chemicals and stains
    • Ideal for driveways and pool decks
  • Film-Forming
    • Block penetration of water by creating a barrier on the surface (acrylic, polyurethane and epoxy)
    • Produces a high sheen
    • Protects against UV damage
    • Enhances colour
    • Perfect for driveways and pool decks
  • Siloxane
    • Less volatile
    • Repels water at a lower cost
    • Offers a natural, clear finish
    • Creates a durable barrier against moisture and liquid absorption
    • Ideal for driveways and pool decks

Don’t Forget about Inside

Interior concrete is just as vulnerable to stains and cracks as the exterior. I’m talking about your concrete garages, basements, countertops, and warehouses. Sealing these surfaces will give you the same benefits as the exterior but it will also prolong the life of the concrete as well. Selling your home? Seal that floor. Doing bodywork on your project car in the garage? Seal that floor. Spilled paint on your concrete floor? I don’t have a solution for that one yet.

In closing, if you have concrete that you want to last longer and stain-free, I highly recommend getting your driveway sealed. If you choose to DIY it just is cautious and pays attention to what you are doing. Consult and do your research. If you are worried you might screw something up that’s fine! You can visit our website to book a free estimate for your driveway or pool deck.

5 Tips in DIY Concrete Sealing

  1. If using a film-forming sealer – it is recommended to use a traction additive to make the concrete less slippery.
  2. When choosing a siloxane concrete sealer look for a product that is water-based with low VOC content. These will be easier to apply and safer to be around.
  3. Avoid applying a water-based polyurethane concrete sealer with a garden-type pump-up sprayer. Instead, use a low-volume but high-pressure airless spray or you can use a microfiber mop. (Use a push-and-pull method to get then even coverage if you go with the mop),
  4. Weather determines what kind of sealer, when you can seal and if it’ll seal properly. You need to consider your geographical location – colder climates should use sealers with saline or a silane/siloxane blend, warmer climates could use the silane/siloxane blend or use an acrylic blend which is the best choice for decorative finishes, high gloss or just to bring back the original colours,
  5. When sealing interior floors, you can choose between a solvent-based or water-based acrylic concrete floor sealer. Solvent-based will provide extra years out of the floor compared to water-based.


by Hannah Charlton

Hannah just graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations from Conestoga College. She is deaf and relies on lipreading. She is obsessed with Harry Potter, Outlander and documentaries about true crime, politics and current events.

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