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 […]
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 […]
How do you know it’s time to replace your gutters? Rain gutters are one of those items that are not always top of mind for home owners and property managers, yet they play such a vital role in protecting your home, strata or business complex from water damage. Depending on where you live in metro Vancouver, you have different environmental factors that play into the life and maintenance of your gutter […]
One of the biggest issues for the gutters on your home here in the Lower Mainland comes from residing in the wettest climate in the country. The average rainfall in Greater Vancouver proves to be a challenge for homeowners in many ways and it all begins above your heads, on the roof’s edges. Gutter overflow occurs when something prevents the water runoff entering your gutters from reaching and/or expelling from its downspouts. Water builds up and the gutters overflow. The damage that can occur to your property includes (but is not exclusive to) damage to your home’s eaves and exterior walls, paint discoloration, erosion of the landscape (flowers, gardens, grass) surrounding the side of your home, and even flooded basements (when there are cracks at the base of the home). If overflow occurs during the winter months, freezing temperatures at night can cause the moisture on the concrete pathways near your home to become dangerously slippery. The implications of overflowing gutters can be severe and quite numerous. Now that we’ve identified the necessity of gutter overflow prevention, it is time to look at steps that can be taken to make it so.
5 Steps to Preventing Gutter Overflow from Damaging Your Gutters and Home Exterior/Interior
It’s that time of the year when households are unearthing tangled cords of holiday lights from the bottoms of boxes in their garage storage space. If you count yourself among them we urge you to pause for a moment before illuminating the ledges of your home.
You see, year after year homeowners that don’t take the necessary precautions damage their gutter system in some manner by hanging hoards of lights from their roof’s appendages. However, we understand that this news won’t necessarily dissuade you from climbing up there on your ladder over the next few days to do so. Thus, in the spirit of the season (and to not be a Scrooge declaring the end of dangling outdoor lights) we thought we’d provide you with tips to working around hanging lights on your home’s gutters.
How to Protect Your Gutter System When Hanging Lights for the Holidays
Winter is coming! Last week we provided area homeowners with some sound advice on how to prevent ice dams from forming in your gutters (good timing!) and we thought we would follow up this week with some general advice for the season. Read further to learn more about how your home’s gutter system will require some extra TLC before the cold snap becomes a local affair lasting longer than a few days in the Lower Mainland.
Five Ways to Prepare Your Gutter System for the Arrival of the Winter Season
The Lower Mainland and regional arms extending from its girth may not rank among the coldest of climates in the country. However, that does not mean that our residents and their respective homes are not susceptible to the bumps and bruises taken from the arrival of an especially frosty winter. In fact, the innate west coast confidence in our milder weather can work against homeowners. Preventative measures taken to protect […]