Learn What Gutters to Install for Residential or Commercial Buildings
There are many important factors to consider when buying new gutters in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. The most important aspects to keep in mind should be which gutter system will best protect your house, provide the best value for your home and most adequately balance out functionality, cost and aesthetics.
One unique element about living in the Metro Vancouver area is that the climate delivers a vast variation of different weather patterns. Vancouver receives more rainy days than any other major city in Canada. Home prices and investments in housing are always points of consideration. So the style of gutters you install on your home for drainage should look good and should be functional.
Here are five tips from Weatherguard Gutters that you need to know before purchasing and having your new gutters installed on your Metro Vancouver home.
Top Things to Consider Before Getting New Gutters in Metro Vancouver
1. Quality Gutters Are Important for Long-Term Value
needs in the short term should stick to a basic gutter system because of its affordability. Otherwise, well-maintained aluminum or steel gutters are standard for providing long-term value to your home. Copper gutters also develop a nice patina look over time, which generally pleases future homebuyers.
Skimping on quality also decreases your ability to maintain the landscaping around your home. Studies show that high-quality gutters contribute to improved landscaping sustainability, which has the potential to dramatically increase your home’s overall value in the long run.
2. Installing Gutters is No Simple DIY Project
Consider a professional gutter installation company for your new gutters, as they will be able to ensure a high-quality job is completed safely and efficiently, as quoted and on budget.
Installing gutters requires you to be on top of a ladder at least a dozen feet in the air, opening yourself up to a huge risk of injury. In North America, nearly 200,000 people experience ladder injuries every year.
As well, home-repair guides identify the difficulty level of installing gutters as “moderate” with a task time of up to 12 hours—and that’s just for medium-sized bungalows! Professional gutter installers have machines that run continuous gutters. This almost eliminates all seams.
3. Local Laws, Regulations and Building Codes
Each municipality and province have their own regulations for gutter installations, ranging from size, hanger spacing and how they drain water onto the ground. Weatherguard Gutters is fully trained to understand the differences between each city’s building codes and regulations to ensure that your gutter system complies fully with all the by-laws.
4. Consider How Important Appearance Is
Functionality, longevity and efficiency should always be top of mind, but pleasing aesthetics goes a long way towards curb appeal and your home’s value. Your choice will involve choosing between colours, seamless gutters versus sectional style gutters with multiple joints, and the profile or style that best suits your home.
5. Know Your Needs Based on Local Rainfall
Lastly, it’s no secret that Vancouver is a wet part of the country. What’s particularly unique about Metro Vancouver’s climate isn’t so much that we get a lot of overall annual rainfall (think of how rare heavy thunderstorms are because of our mild summers); it’s the fact that we experience significantly higher than average days of rainfall, especially during the winter months. Long-term durability of your gutter system is therefore extremely important.
We’re Here to Help
Weatherguard Gutters is Metro Vancouver’s premier option for installing gutters in the Lower Mainland. Our gutter professionals provide custom advice for your home as well as a free estimate. With our expertise and industry knowledge, we can help you prepare for any contingency related to the above “things you need to know” and then some. For any help on gutter installation or repair needs, contact Weatherguard Gutters today!