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When it comes to gutter cleaning in Folly Beach, SC, our philosophy is simple: provide our clients with quality, dependable gutter services at a fair price. Unlike some gutter cleaning companies, we believe in honesty, hard work, and helpful advice. At the end of the day, your satisfaction is our primary goal. Before we pull out of your driveway, we will take the extra time to educate you about the work we performed. That way, you can sleep with confidence, knowing that your gutters are working correctly. We genuinely take pride in our work and strive to treat your home like it was our own, so you can focus on your obligations while we handle the dirty work. Regardless of the gutter service you choose, you can rest easy knowing your home is in the hands of trained, insured professionals. Whether you need a simple gutter repair or a complete gutter installation, we have the skills to get the job done with a level of service and quality unmatched by our competition. No shortcuts. No compromises. Only efficient, trustworthy gutter services in Folly Beach.
Gutter Cleaning in Folly Beach, SC
We treat every gutter project as a top priority. Attention to detail is the heart and soul of our business. We go far beyond providing simple gutter services, giving you incredible insight into your seamless gutters project. Your gutter installation will be handled by licensed and insured professionals. It all starts here, please begin below.
The primary role of your gutter system is to channel water off of your roof and direct it away from your home’s foundation. Gutter blockages can result in water running over the sides of your gutters. That water will eventually settle around your foundation. With time, pooling water will affect the reliability of your home’s structure, causing cracks, mold growth, and even collapse.
Your home’s gutter system is held up by fascia boards, which are typically made of wood. When your clogged gutters overflow with water, your fascia boards will begin to rot. On top of that, your fascia boards must hold the increased weight of your clogged gutters. The combination of rot and weight can cause your gutter system to fail, resulting in expensive repairs.
If you want to maintain the beauty of your landscaping, having clog-free gutters is essential. When your gutters can’t do their job, overflowing water will pour down the sides of your home. Eventually, this water will damage the trees, shrubs, and flower beds close to the base of your home.
When your gutters are full of leaves and other debris, rainwater, and other forms of precipitation have nowhere to go. This causes water to fill your gutters to the brim. Because each gallon of water weighs around eight pounds, this extra weight will cause your gutters to crack, bend, or even tear away from your roof. Your gutters are rendered completely useless at that point, and you’re looking at very expensive repairs.
If you don’t have the time and patience to commit to proper gutter cleaning, The Gutter Gorilla team is here to help. We have been cleaning gutters in Folly Beach for years. With a fully trained team of gutter professionals on staff, we have the experience and resources to clean your gutters effectively and efficiently.
Common Signs of Clogged Gutters
One of the most common questions we get at The Gutter Gorilla centers around when homeowners need gutter cleaning in Folly Beach, SC. The answer is nuanced, but generally speaking, your gutters need to be cleaned twice a year or whenever they become clogged. Unfortunately, it’s not exactly easy for the average homeowner to climb up on a ladder, get on their roof, and look to see if their gutters are full of debris.
Luckily, there are some common signs that you can look out for to save yourself from costly repairs:
Gutter Installation in Folly Beach, SC
Buying a home is one of the largest financial investments that you will make as an adult. As a homeowner, you know that protecting that investment is a priority. While most homeowners do a good job of staying up to date with home maintenance, sometimes life happens, and things begin to slip through the cracks. For many homeowners, gutters and downspouts are often one of those overlooked items.
Whether you need gutters installed on your new home or your old gutter system is dilapidated and needs replacing, we’ve got your back.
At The Gutter Gorilla, we specialize in custom gutter installation in Folly Beach, SC. Because we have our own machinery, we are essentially cutting out middlemen manufacturers so that our customers benefit from lower prices and higher quality gutter systems. We strive to be friendly, affordable, and effective. We will always make your schedule a priority over our own.
When you trust The Gutter Gorilla with your new gutter installation, know that you are working with the best in the business.
Here are just a few reasons why we are the premier gutter installation company in Folly Beach:
- We only use premium materials and install seamless, 6” aluminum k-style gutters to hold more water.
- Our installation methods are tried and tested.
- Our gutter installation experts are knowledgeable, friendly, and ready to work hard for you.
- We offer a warranty on all our products and services.
- We are licensed and insured.
- Your satisfaction is our #1 concern. We back that up with actions, not words.
When Should You Consider Gutter Installation?
Sometimes, it can be difficult to determine whether you need new gutter installation or gutter repairs. The most reliable answer will come after our team has had a chance to inspect your gutters in Folly Beach. Before you call our office to schedule an inspection, consider the following symptoms of a failing gutter system:
- Gutters are starting to pull apart and separate.
- Gutter guards are starting to sag and pull away from the roof.
- The gutter hangers have begun to break or bend.
- Downspouts are starting to crease or are no longer straight.
- Gutters show signs of rust or have visible holes.
Quick, Reliable Gutter Repairs in Folly Beach, SC
Cleaning and repairing gutters can be a tiresome task. We understand that the last thing you want to do with your free time is to try and figure out how to repair your damaged gutters. However, gutters that are left unrepaired can cause extensive damage to your home and lawn. If you see that your gutters are damaged, you must get them repaired by a professional as soon as possible. Gutter repairs range in complexity and can be as simple as patching a hole in one of your downspouts to re-securing gutters on your home’s fascia board. We recommend that you call our office to schedule a gutter inspection, so our team can get a full understanding of the repairs that need completing.
Here are a few signs that you should be aware of that usually require gutter repairs in Folly Beach, SC:
Pooling WaterPuddles of water accumulating near your home’s foundation
LeaksThe next time it rains, grab your umbrella and check your gutters for signs of drips or leaks.
Displaced HardwareIf you notice gutter-hanging hardware laying on the ground under the edge of your roof, it’s time to call in The Gutter Gorilla. This is a sign that your gutters aren’t fastened securely. One strong gust of wind or heavy rainstorm could cause serious damage to your gutter system.
MoldCheck your basement and your attic for signs of mold growth. If you see any mold or mildew, your gutters might not be doing their job of directing water away from your home.
Peeling PaintHave you noticed that paint is starting to peel down the side of your house? Is there rust beginning to form on your gutters? If so, you could be dealing with a leak. Usually, the result of rust or a puncture, this type of problem needs to be patched by a professional
Uneven GuttersIf your gutters are uneven or starting to sag in the middle, it’s not a good sign. In situations like these, pooling water will not be able to drain towards your corner downspouts. Eventually, the entire gutter will pull away from your home. It is highly recommended that you hire our team of professionals to repair this problem before it gets even worse.
The Trusted Choice for All Your Gutter Needs in Folly Beach
At The Gutter Gorilla, our commitment is to provide you with an easy, care-free, educational experience. When you give us the opportunity to earn your business, you can trust that we will provide you with the highest quality gutter repair services at the best prices in the Lowcountry. From the moment we first visit your home for an inspection to the time we do our final walk though, your satisfaction is our top priority.
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Folly Beach County Parks experience flooding, erosion after weekend high tides
FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCSC) - High tides at Folly Beach that led to flooding and erosion this past weekend reached eight and a half feet, Folly Beach Officials said.Photos taken on Wednesday show the waterline up against the dunes. The dunes along the beach were put in place to protect the seawater from rushing further inland, Folly Beach Coastal Consultant Dr. Nicole Elko said.Rising sea levels and climate change are to blame for the tidal flooding, Elko said.“We are experiencing bigger spring tides – that&rsqu...
FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCSC) - High tides at Folly Beach that led to flooding and erosion this past weekend reached eight and a half feet, Folly Beach Officials said.
Photos taken on Wednesday show the waterline up against the dunes. The dunes along the beach were put in place to protect the seawater from rushing further inland, Folly Beach Coastal Consultant Dr. Nicole Elko said.
Rising sea levels and climate change are to blame for the tidal flooding, Elko said.
“We are experiencing bigger spring tides – that’s what they used to be known as,” Elko said. “Nowadays, people call them king tides, so these are our larger tides that occur during the new moon, particularly during this time of year.”
For every dollar spent on beach restoration, six dollars get put back into South Carolina’s economy because of increased visits to the state’s beaches and parks, officials said.
South Carolina’s accommodation taxes help fund beach restoration efforts, officials said.
“The past weekend’s flooding event was very impactful to the beach and dune system,” Elko said. “The higher waters drove large waves over and flooded the entire beach system, and the dunes were also overtopped.”
Elko added that the dunes helped retain the encroaching water that threatened the nearby marshland and inland communities.
“Previous dune and beach restoration projects have increased the elevation of the beaches and dunes on places like Folly Beach,” Elko said. “So while the dunes are eroded and while the beach went underwater during the storm, we didn’t have those waves and flooding impacting the infrastructure, so these natural projects actually are protecting and serving as flood mitigation.”
As the sun started to set and the tide receded, the extent of the erosion on Folly Beach came into view.
The roots of trees, previously battling waves, were visible, and the wounds created by Mother Nature have scarred the shoreline.
Cale Shipman calls West Ashley home during the winter.
“I feel lucky to be able to spend my winters here, and [flooding] is a big issue for all of these coastal areas, whether it be Charleston or anywhere along the coast,” Shipman said.
Shipman and his wife Marcia spent Wednesday on Folly Beach admiring the waves and discovering what was left behind after the tides rolled in.
“I think these king tides that we’re experiencing this week are unusual in the fact that they’ve had so many of them in a row,” Shipman said.
While the systems in place on the beach held up, those who ventured out on Wednesday witnessed Mother Nature’s power.
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Hyper-local tidal sensors now in use along South Carolina coast
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - As the Lowcountry braces for another round of coastal flooding, island towns now have another tool to measure tides.All along the state’s coast, South Carolina Beach Advocates have been installing a series of water monitoring stations to keep an eye on the tide.“We are really concentrating our efforts in these areas of spatial gaps between the NOAA tide sensors,” said Nicole Elko, executive director of SCBA. “So here in the Lowcountry and in Beaufort, South Carolina. They [Beauf...
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - As the Lowcountry braces for another round of coastal flooding, island towns now have another tool to measure tides.
All along the state’s coast, South Carolina Beach Advocates have been installing a series of water monitoring stations to keep an eye on the tide.
“We are really concentrating our efforts in these areas of spatial gaps between the NOAA tide sensors,” said Nicole Elko, executive director of SCBA. “So here in the Lowcountry and in Beaufort, South Carolina. They [Beaufort] are between the Fort Pulaski gage in Georgia and the Charleston gage, so there’s really no water level data in there, and this project is really helping to fill that gap.”
There are just three NOAA tide gages in South Carolina – one in Charleston, one in Myrtle Beach and another on Pawley’s Island.
Town officials rely on the data they collect for long-term planning, storm preparation and much more, but the data collected isn’t perfectly suited to each locality. And it becomes more and more less perfect the further from the NOAA gages you get.
“We have installed water level sensors in their beach front towns, municipalities and counties to actually measure the water levels surrounding their towns. They’ve never been able to do that before,” Elko said.
These sensors don’t just collect hyper-local data, they relay that data in real time.
“The mayors, who are our board of directors, were talking one day in a board meeting and they said, ‘We are really getting nervous about this nuisance flooding. All this coastal flooding is happening and we don’t know our own water levels,’” Elko said. “We wake up in the middle of the night, we don’t know if our town is going underwater or not. We want to be able to roll over, look at our cell phones, know we’re safe and go back to sleep.”
These sensors appear to the untrained eye to be nothing more than a foot or so of plastic piping and some small solar panels near the water. Installed earlier this year, the sensor for Folly Beach hangs from the Folly River Bridge and is already providing data useful to everyday decisions.
“It’s really going to help me out and my counter parts in public safety just to plan ahead a little better so we will know when to start blocking streets,” said Eric Lutz, flood plain manager at Folly Beach. “Next year we will have enough data built up that it will help us kind of ground truth the predictions that are in regular tide charts.”
Lutz also expects the sensor to help with long-term planning as the threat of a rising ocean becomes a reality more and more each day.
“It will help us plan for hard structures, soft berm structures, where we need to focus our living shorelines,” Lutz said. “It should be able to better back up our requests to local government agencies and outside grant sources to helpfully help us with some community wide projects as well.”
There are around 30 sensors around the South Carolina coast either already installed or waiting to be installed. The company responsible for the sensors and the data collection is Hawaii-based Hohonu. Brian Glazer is the Co-founder and CEO of Hohonu and is also a professor at University of Hawaii.
“All of the wonderful cost saving things that have come out of Silicon Valley haven’t been applied and adapted for environmental science and climate change and oceanography,” Glazer said. “NOAA has a fundamental problem. When they go out and install a tide gage it costs hundreds of thousands of dollars. . .We’re coming in with very cost-efficient technology to provide about the same accuracy in water level, but do it everywhere.”
Elko says it costs about $400,000 for a NOAA sensor, while the Hohonu technology costs around $3,000. The local effort is being supported and funded by the Southeast Coastal and Ocean Observing Regional Association, which is a part of NOAA by extension.
The real-time data isn’t just for customers and government officials. Glazer says it’s available to anyone for free and there’s a good reason for that.
“What launched us in this direction was a funded research project from the National Science Foundation entitled, ‘Democratizing Access to Ocean Observing Technology,’” Glazer said. “So getting the data in the hands of people who need it is engrained in the DNA at Hohonu.”
You can view the tidal data through Hohonu’s website here.
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Grab your swimsuits, y’all: Charleston’s best beaches
Amy C. Balfour
Charleston is justly famous for its carriage rides, historic homes and trendy oyster bars – but don’t forget to pack your bathing suit, too.A launchpad for beachgoers ready to enjoy some of South Carolina’s finest beaches, the city is located within easy distance of five barrier islands scattered across Charleston Co...
Charleston is justly famous for its carriage rides, historic homes and trendy oyster bars – but don’t forget to pack your bathing suit, too.
A launchpad for beachgoers ready to enjoy some of South Carolina’s finest beaches, the city is located within easy distance of five barrier islands scattered across Charleston County and the neighboring Lowcountry. A short drive from downtown will have you sunbathing, swimming and beachcombing along the Atlantic Ocean in no time.
These scenic islands are also bordered by creeks and marshes teeming with wildlife, and paddlers of all ages can take to the calm inlets to explore gentle Lowcountry landscapes. (Eco-minded local policies focus on keeping the beaches pristine and protecting coastal wildlife – so be sure to keep your plastic containers at home, and don’t disturb the loggerhead turtles.)
Cyclists are spoiled for choice too, with hard-packed sand, maritime forests and shaded small-town streets at the ready for two-wheeled explorations. And you can actually look forward to changing out of your suit at the end of a sunny day: the restaurants that line the coast are some of the best in the region.
If sunshine, broad shores and a festive beach-town vibe are your things, then the delightfully named Folly Island will be your happy place. Flanked by the Atlantic Ocean and the Folly River 10 miles south of downtown Charleston, this narrow barrier island has six miles of oceanfront for sunbathing, swimming, fishing and surfing.
To enjoy public restrooms, outdoor showers, seasonal lifeguards, a snack bar and beach chair rentals, stake a claim at Folly Beach County Park, at the far west end of the island. There are several surf spots along the entire oceanfront; the best and most well known is the Washout. Guided boat and kayak tours explore the inlets, marshes and tidal creeks along the Folly River, all home to a diversity of wildlife. Restaurants, bars and shops line Center St, a fun place to catch live music and cut a rug after the sun goes down. Although the 1000ft-long Folly Beach Pier is currently closed as it undergoes major reconstruction, you can look forward to fishing, promenading and scanning for birds on a brand-new pier come 2023.
For a few hours of decompression, drop your chair on the sand right here. Directly south of Mount Pleasant at the mouth of Charleston Harbor, the broad beach on Sullivan’s Island isn’t usually crowded.
This tranquil beach is low-key, with no commercial activities permitted (although you might see kite surfers skimming across the water). You’ll also be swimming at your own risk since there are no lifeguards on duty at any time. Loggerhead turtles nest on the beach from mid-May through October, and plastic, polystyrene and glass containers are banned in order to protect the fragile natural ecosystem.
You won’t find a raging beach party scene on the adjacent streets, but you are within a short walk of several great restaurants perched along Middle St. For fantastic barbecue visit Home Team BBQ. Locally beloved High Thyme serves up fresh seafood and Southern-comfort fare.
Isle of Palms
If you’re looking for family fun in the sun, consider driving 12 miles to the Isle of Palms beach, a pretty, seven-mile swath of sand on a small barrier island east of Charleston and adjacent to Sullivan’s Island. Isle of Palms County Park overlooks the beachfront, which has an ocean swimming area monitored by lifeguards in warmer months. The park also has a playground, a volleyball court, restrooms and outdoor showers; ice cream and other snacks are for sale seasonally. Active families can bike along the beach or on the island’s shaded roads, or scan for shorebirds on a family-friendly kayak tour through the island’s marshes with Coastal Expeditions.
Twenty-five miles southwest of downtown Charleston, Kiawah is a mostly private island anchored by the posh Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort and dotted with luxury villas and condos. With the exception of the resort and a small town center, Kiawah is refreshingly free of commercial development. Its white sand beaches and pristine coast are backed by maritime woodlands, sand dunes and marshes – all places where coastal wildlife thrives.
While most of Kiawah’s 10 miles of beachfront are private, visitors can enjoy a beach day at Kiawah Beachwalker Park at the southern tip of the island. The only publicly accessible beach on Kiawah, this family-friendly park has seasonal lifeguards, beach chair rentals and refreshments. Local outfitters (including the resort) offer kayaking tours and rentals for exploring the coastal marshes. You can also rent a bike and pedal across the hard-packed sand.
For a deep dive into the Lowcountry’s coastal charms, spend a day exploring lovely Edisto Beach on Edisto Island, 50 miles south of downtown Charleston. Home to a maritime forest and a salt marsh, the oceanfront Edisto Beach State Park is laced with hiking and biking trails (four miles of them ADA-accessible); the Forest Loop Trail wanders past palmetto trees and Spanish moss–draped live oaks. At the beach, you can sunbathe, fish, comb for seashells and swim in the Atlantic Ocean – just be aware that there are no lifeguards on duty.
The park’s educational center spotlights the island’s natural history and the surrounding ACE Basin, which encompasses the watersheds of the Ashepoo, Combahee and Edisto Rivers. Ranger walks and talks are also offered. The park has two campgrounds – one overlooking the beach and the other tucked within the maritime forest – for those looking for a full Lowcountry immersion.
Dreamy Folly Beach is only a 20-minute drive from downtown Charleston ©Daniela Duncan/Getty Images© Lonely Planet
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Crane trestle causing “dip” in new Folly Pier construction
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Beachgoers are concerned as a part of the Folly Beach Pier appears to be sinking.The pier has been closed for construction since October, but after photos captured a portion of the pier with a large ‘dip’ in it, people are wondering if the planned improvements will be enough.“What we’re seeing right now, is only a little bit of change and I only live seven miles away. I come quite often. I hope if there is any danger of sagging or could be a danger to anyone or us that it ...
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Beachgoers are concerned as a part of the Folly Beach Pier appears to be sinking.
The pier has been closed for construction since October, but after photos captured a portion of the pier with a large ‘dip’ in it, people are wondering if the planned improvements will be enough.
“What we’re seeing right now, is only a little bit of change and I only live seven miles away. I come quite often. I hope if there is any danger of sagging or could be a danger to anyone or us that it will be corrected,” said Joyce Southwell, local.
The 13.8 million dollar project headed up by Charleston County Parks and Recreation is designed to ensure the spot will be here for years to come.
Sarah Reynolds with Charleston County Parks and Recreation explained the current situation:
“Currently visible at the construction site of the Folly Pier is the crane trestle, The crane trestle is in the footprint of the new pier, which will be built all the way out to the old “diamond head” area. Once the diamond head removal is complete, construction of the new pier will begin at that point and work its way back toward the “apron” (the area with the gift shop and restrooms). The crane trestle will be removed as portions of the new pier are constructed.”
Officials are working to calm the concerns of the public, assuring them that construction is going exactly as planned, despite setbacks from Tropical Storm Elsa.
“The Folly pier is a defining feature of the life of Folly. We are glad to see the investment being made to make sure that it will be a part of Folly for many more years. The pier hosts many events like fishing tournaments, fundraisers, and moonlight mixers that have been missing for the duration of the construction project. We look forward to the return of experiences like those.”Aaron Pope, Folly Beach City Administrator
Joseph Paige, an employee at Folly Beach County Parks, says the result will be well worth the wait.
“Once it’s done everyone will come right back and the pier will be just as busy as before construction started,” said Paige.
The pier is still expected to reopen by the spring of 2023.
Additional paid parking spots could be coming to Folly Beach
FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCIV) — Parking can be tricky on Lowcountry beaches. Depending on where you go—expect to pay.Folly Beach could expand its paid parking spots in the coming years. Right now, the city operates paid parking at the beach walkovers and some areas on Arctic Avenue.“That’s the reason why we get a golf cart because we can’t find a place to park,” said Trina Messervy. She and her husband Alex stay on Folly Beach twice a year. She said parking is not only a pain, it’s expensive...
FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCIV) — Parking can be tricky on Lowcountry beaches. Depending on where you go—expect to pay.
Folly Beach could expand its paid parking spots in the coming years. Right now, the city operates paid parking at the beach walkovers and some areas on Arctic Avenue.
“That’s the reason why we get a golf cart because we can’t find a place to park,” said Trina Messervy. She and her husband Alex stay on Folly Beach twice a year. She said parking is not only a pain, it’s expensive.
“Going out to the beach, you pay maybe $13 I think for the day and then the weather turns and it’s an hour and then you come back so it’s pricey,” Messervy said.
A lot of drivers do pay to park in private lots where daily rates can range from $10-$40. It’s $7 a day for public parking. The city of Folly may add more paid parking spots in next year’s budget. City Administrator Aaron Pope said while paid parking is technically revenue, it ends up getting put back into city services.
“We have a strategic plan which the city calls on us to expand paid parking over time,” Pope said. “That money goes toward supporting the services needed for the folks who are coming and using the parking spaces. We have to maintain the shoulder of the road, the beach walkovers, every few years we have to put sand on the beach.” we have to pay for extra public safety on busy, busy weekends.”
Pope said they’ve submitted paid parking plans to the South Carolina Department of Transportation but adds they’re still mapping out all the possibilities.
“If DOT sends us back the application and says ‘Yes, you’re authorized to do this’ then over time city council will look at areas to expand in that program, but we’re not there yet,” he said.
State lawmakers are currently debating a bill that could throw a wrench in the city’s paid parking plans. If Senate Bill 40 passes, Folly Beach would be required to prove all paid parking is going towards beach renourishment. It’s something Pope said city leaders are already discussing.
“We will have to be careful with how we allocate the money we make in paid parking, so it can only go for certain approved uses and one of those is beach preservation,” said Pope.