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Buying a New House This Spring? Inspect the gutter system.

Gutters and downspouts are the houses way of collecting and directing all the water or melting snow that gathers on the roof…which can be a lot more than you think.  When they don’t work right they can be a source of water coming into the house at both the foundation level and the roof level.  The condition they’re in is a really good sign of how well the current owners […]

Gutters and Exterior Design Trends for 2017

In the last 5 years Home Builders have noticed a growing trend in factors that affect purchase decisions among new home buyers.  In less than 12 seconds a home’s curb appeal can make or break a decision on whether a buyer wants to even view the house let alone buy it.  According to a Harris Interactive Study 78% of Buyers felt that the look of the home’s exterior was “Extremely” […]

Gutter Cleaning Tips for the Motivated Home Owner

 

Regular gutter cleaning is an important aspect to maintaining and protecting your Vancouver area home or building from water damage that can occur when all that water isn’t able to properly flow away from the house. But if you don’t know what you’re doing this project can be more dangerous than many people realize. Each year, a significant number of homeowners are injured trying to clean out their gutters and […]

When Was the Last Time You Cleaned the Gutters?

Let’s be honest.  Cleaning the gutters is probably not one of those chores that has you so excited you’re leaping out of bed on a Saturday morning.  Ignorance is bliss? I’ll get to it next year?  Sound familiar?

Unfortunately this is one of those instances when procrastination can lead to far bigger problems down the road. There are three distinct ways that gutters can contribute to the rapid deterioration of your […]

Moss and 3 Other Visible Signs That Your Gutters Need Attention

Inspecting your gutters on a regular basis is essential to maintaining the life of your system and entire home exterior. However, many homeowners neglect this duty, not trusting their own judgement as to what calls for immediate action (repair). Priority concerns that may be obvious to some may not be so to others. Today we are detailing some easy-to-identify signs that your gutters, or sections of them, require prompt attention and quite possibly professional intervention.
4 Things That Let You Know Your Gutters Need Immediate Cleaning or Repair
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How to Stop Moss in Gutters

Moss is one of the biggest threats to your gutter system. Not only does it weigh down your gutters and create an unsightly scene, it clogs your gutters, resulting in rainwater overflow which will damage your home exterior and interior. Thankfully, this natural growth phenomenon can be identified with ease, and attended to before your gutter system and home sustains significant damage.
5 Tips to Keep Moss from Growing in Your Home’s Gutters
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How to Protect Your Gutters from Yourself – DIY Gutter Repair Problems

We’ve all been there. You take on a do-it-yourself (DIY) project to make some sort of small repair, and end up making matters worse. It’s the curse of the DIY. Unless you are a professional in the respective trade (mechanic, carpenter, plumber, etc.) there is always a risk involved, no matter how many instructional YouTube videos you view. When it comes to gutter repair, the same is true. With the season changing you may be planning to clean, inspect and fix any issues on your gutters. Before you do, do yourself a favor and read ahead.
6 Things to Consider to Avoid Further Damage to Your DIY Gutter Repair Project
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October 9th, 2015|Categories: Gutter Maintenance, Gutter Repair|Tags: , |

How to Prepare Your Gutters for the Fall Season

It’s hard to believe that autumn has arrived. Especially when the Lower Mainland is forecast for sunny skies and 20°C for the first few days of October. Regardless, the leaves are turning and we can only expect the clear blue canopy above to disappear soon enough. The rain will come, the winds will blow, and frost will coat your backyard and home. Before this all occurs, you will want to make the necessary preparations to protect your household’s exterior and foundation. And this begins with your gutters.
5 Tips to Preparing Your Gutters for Autumn
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How to Prepare Gutters for Storms

Our blog provides tips to help you maintain the life and effectiveness of your gutters throughout the year. Maintain being the keyword. However, it is also important to consider the one-off scenarios, the ones that can take your well-planned regime of home exterior maintenance and throw it for a major loop. In this instance, we’re referring to storms, major storms that don’t care about the care you’ve put into your gutter system upkeep.

Whether you’re contending with an El Nino year (as were are here in 2015-16) or not, it’s best to know how to take immediate measures when catching wind of a major storm on the horizon. Keep your ear to local weather reports and take note of the following tips.
5 Tips to Preparing Your Gutters for a Major Rain and Wind Storm
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Gutter Downspout Problems – How to Deal

There is a certain peace of mind that comes from having a regular schedule when it comes to your gutter maintenance. You’ve cleaned them, secured them, repaired them, and then repeated as needed throughout the seasons. Between each scheduled inspection they remain up there on the roof and out of harms away, leaving your conscience clear – job well done homeowner.

However, when it comes to downspouts it’s a different story.

Your downspout runs down the side of your home. It’s right there, out in the open, susceptible not just to the climate (as are your gutters) but to all other variables that pass by your outdoor carport and home exterior. Yes, downspouts have issues to content with that your gutters don’t.

Today we will look at the issues faced exclusively by downspouts and provide a few helpful tips on how to navigate through them, ensuring that this important component of your gutter system remains free from harm and continues to do its job by expelling rainwater where intended.
5 Gutter Downspout Concerns, and How to Manage Them
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September 11th, 2015|Categories: Gutter Maintenance|Tags: , , |