Welcome to Cederberg Inc. web site.
The following is an introduction to what we specialize in.
Cederberg Inc. serves the North Shore Communities of the Greater
Chicagoland Area. Click HERE
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1. Hassle-free gutter maintenance programs
In an effort to make routine gutter cleaning service more
convenient for you, we have designed the very popular
Ongoing Gutter Maintenance Programs customized to every
After your initial gutter cleaning and evaluation performed at
your property, we will send you a simple proposal suggesting how
often your gutters need to be cleaned, depending on the
condition of your gutters and conditions around your house.
On the proposal you will simply consider our suggestion and
initial next to the service level that you choose, sign and mail
Once you have an established program, we will simply contact you
a few days prior to scheduled service to confirm the gutter
cleaning; however, no one needs to be present for the work to be
done. In addition, the gutter-cleaning technician will take
place, as scheduled and any other prearranged gutter matters
that need attention will be taken care of. We will then leave a
tag on your door to let you know that the work was done and mail
you an invoice.
2. Gutter cleaning and free evaluation
Gutter cleaning is one of the most important home-maintenance
services needed at least twice a year. It is often overlooked
until gutters actually overflow and cause substantial damage.
Preventive maintenance is the most efficient way to prolong the
life of your gutters, roof, windows and siding.
consists of cleaning out leaves and debris from gutters and
downspouts and cleaning off all accessible roof areas. It also
includes cleaning up gutter cleaning related debris off the
ground after the gutters are cleaned. In addition, the
gutter-cleaning technician will make notes and record the
condition of your gutters at no extra charge. Should your
gutters need special attention we will let you know if you are
at home, otherwise we will call you or will list any suggested
additional work on the invoice.
3. Gutter strainer installations
Gutters often do not have any strainers installed on top of the
downspouts, and if they do, often those strainers are inadequate
to do the job of keeping the debris out of the downspouts and
letting water through. Our gutter strainers, or downspout
strainers, are made from heavy gage steel wire, which makes them
strong and heavy so they stay in place. They are also galvanized
to protect them against the elements. These strainers last at
least eight or ten years, making them more economical than
cheaper aluminum mesh or plastic versions that commonly need to
be replaced almost every year. Mesh strainers get clogged as
fast as downspouts without strainers. Also, the natural elements
often displace lesser quality strainers out of place and they
can just lay next to the downspout opening rather than sitting
in it, because those strainers are too light. Further, aluminum
strainers are flimsy and often bent out of shape. Finally, the
UV rays usually break down the plastic strainers and within a
couple of years these strainers just crumble and fall inside the
downspouts they were intended to protect. We encourage you to
have us install our gutter strainers to reduce future downspout
clogging in between cleanings. Our techs don't automatically
just install strainers so please ask us for the strainers or
approve the installation of strainers when it is suggested to
For copper gutters use only copper strainers. Copper reacts
chemically with aluminum (through a process known as
electrolysis), eventually resulting in holes in the gutter. For
that same reason don't use copper strainers in aluminum
4. Gutter screens or covers
Gutter screens are very profitable. For that reason every
hardware store or even home improvement catalogue carries some
sort of contraption, cheep or expensive, with a promise that you
won't have to clean your gutters ever again. The fact is that
every year we remove screens out of gutters on hundreds of
homes. Simply, because there is no screen, or helmet, or mesh
that will keep EVERYTHING out of your gutters. Screened gutters
also have to be cleaned on a regular basis and the cost is often
much higher because of the extra labor involved. On the other
hand, we will be happy to install screens for you if you desire,
but we do not recommend them nor guarantee their durability or
5. Seamless gutter installation: aluminum or copper and
simply means that a straight gutter is made of one continuous
peace of gutter material. There are still seams on corner
miters, downspout outlets and end cups. Seamless gutters are
more durable because seams tend to weaken the gutter over time
and can cause destructive and annoying water leaks ten or
fifteen years after installation. The seam sealer cracks due to
the constant expansion and contraction of the metal, and seams
have to be re-sealed from the inside with a special high quality
There is really no difference what your gutters are made of as
far as functionality is concerned. Aluminum is practical and
inexpensive and provides a neat, clean look. Copper is very
expensive compared to aluminum but may be desirable on certain
buildings to provide a distinctive classic look as it takes on
the color of its greenish patina.
Selecting a gutter
type: K Style, Or 1/2 Round
The "K" System is the most common and efficient gutters. We
also install these gutters in two common sizes of 5" and 6".
Please inquire about any other styles or custom made gutters
that you might be interested in.
"K" System Gutters-
made from aluminum or copper commonly in 5" and 6" widths and
should be made right at the job site if any gutter lengths are
over twenty feet. This ensures that all gutter lengths are made
seamless. "K" System gutters can be hung in a number of ways.
The best way is to attach them to the fascia board with inside
hidden gutter hangers, which from inside add structural rigidity
to the gutter. We only use screws in aluminum gutter
installation. Screws unlike nails do not pull out resulting in
sagging gutters. Downspouts put together with stainless steel
screws can actually be quickly and neatly taken apart for clog
clearing as opposed to riveted ones which have to be ripped
apart or drilled out which is more time consuming and may lead
to further damage. Aside from higher quality installation, the
best thing about using screws in gutters is the fact that they
do not increase the cost of the job.
6. Gutter repairs
Our technicians are trained to spot problem areas with your
gutter system that can easily be overlooked by any homeowner.
The evaluation of your gutters is best done when the gutters are
being cleaned. This way we see what's in the gutter, how it is
attached to the fascia board and what is the condition of the
edge of roof.
Below are some common repairs:
Normal wear and tear
after about 20-30 years
aluminum and copper gutters begin to have pinholes. When it
rains it appears that water drips from gutters that are
seemingly in good condition. In fact both copper and
aluminum oxidize and as a result tiny pinholes form
resulting in dripping. Gutter replacement is the only
solution. Sagging gutters: Older gutters often sag
because years ago contractors used big spike nails to nail
the gutter through the front and back of the gutter and
into the facial board. Because the metal constantly expands
and contracts, over time the gutters literally pull the
spikes out weakening the whole gutter system (sadly some
contractors still use those spikes as opposed to inside
hidden gutter hangers which should be screwed into the
facial board instead of nailed). Gutter replacement is
necessary in most cases. On newer sagging gutters it is
sometimes possible to install inside hidden hangers to
reinforce and re-pitch them.
Storm damage occurs when falling objects, such as branches during storms, crush
gutters. During rain storms gutter spikes come out when
gutters are clogged, filled and weighed down with water.
Screws can also snap under the weight of ice, snow or water.
This is easily spotted and corrective action should be taken
as soon as possible, to avoid further damage.
- Trapped Water
- Melting Snow
- Water backs under shingles
and leaks into attic
- Icicle Formation
Ice damage occurs when thick snow melts from the bottom where it touches the
roof surface because the roof is warmer than the air
temperature. The water then freezes in the gutter and on top
of the overhang where this ice actually builds up, sometimes
to a thickness of as much as a foot or more. Behind this ice
dam forms a puddle of water, sometimes several inches deep.
This water often leaks inside through spaces between
shingles. The short-term remedy is to "cut" some
channels in the ice dam to drain the water from behind the
ice dam, and to remove the snow off the roof. The
long-term remedy, is to properly insulate the attic,
make sure the attic has proper ventilation, and also to
install ice watch on the horizontal first three feet of the
roof under the shingles. Unfortunately, this is a roofing,
insulation and ventilation problem. If this ever happens on
your house, please call us we might be able to remove the
snow and ice off the roof for you, this will buy you some
time to remedy the problem for good. Finally, by no means
should you ever go up on the snow and ice covered roof
Downspouts serve an important function of draining water
collected by gutters away from the foundation and should be
repaired in a timely manner. Usually just the dented or
crushed section of downspout has to be replaced and is
Standing water in gutters
can be the result of improperly installed gutters that don't
pitch enough so that the water flows towards the downspout.
It can also be the result of sagging gutters, which
were nailed to the fascia board with gutter spikes, or
hidden hangers were used but they were nailed in rather than
screwed in. Re-pitching the gutters properly, and
reinforcing them with inside hidden hangers and screws can
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7. Chimney cover installation with Lifetime Warranty
We exclusively use the highest quality chimney covers. These
stainless steel or copper chimney covers offer exceptional
strength, durability and resistance to the harsh elements, and
they provide an excellent value to our customers.
8. Odd Jobs
Please call or email with inquires regarding handyman or odd job
services. Most of the time we are able to accommodate special
requests not related to gutters. However, gutters are our first
priority. Check out our
Photo Gallery for assorted completed jobs.
Cederberg Inc. is a proud
member of the Better Business Bureau.