Prevent Costly Gutter Repairs in Vancouver
Gutters and downspouts are an essential part of any Vancouver home. They control the flow of rainwater to protect your roof, siding, foundation and nearby landscaping.
However, neglected or improper maintenance turns your gutter system into a gutter disaster. Maintaining gutters and downspouts in the Metro Vancouver region is especially important because of the amount of rainy days the Lower Mainland receives, but many common mistakes in how people clean and inspect their gutters could be causing more harm than good.
To protect the durability and longevity of the gutter system on your home—and save yourself from expensive repairs in the future—check out these common gutter maintenance mistakes so your gutters can continue to perform the way they should for many years to come.
The 5 Most Common Mistakes Homeowners Make Maintaining Their Gutters
Here’s a list of the five most common mistakes you should avoid when maintaining your gutter systems to save yourself tons of headaches and money in the future.
1. Ignoring Small Gutter Repairs
Small gutter leaks at the seams here and there, a slightly loose downspout, patchy spots of mould, peeling paint on your gutters: what do all of these things have in common? They are all minor gutter problems that might not cause any short-term major consequences, but they all have the potential to exacerbate damages and cause very expensive problems in the long run.
Your gutter system is like a well-oiled machine, with each part affecting the performance capabilities of the others, making it all the more important to fix small gutter repairs when you first spot them, not when they become worse.
2. Not Cleaning Your Gutters of Debris
Your gutters are a perfect breeding ground for leaves, twigs and standing water, all of which hinder water flow over time, diminishing the ability of your gutters to perform their key function. Worse still is that this debris also attracts pests and critters that can create even bigger problems. Make sure to give your gutters a thorough cleaning at least three or four times a year.
3. Using Harsh Chemicals to Clean Your Gutters
It might sound counterintuitive since gutters are designed to withstand the tough elements of Mother Nature, but those elements tend not to have any harsh chemicals in them. Try to avoid any caustic soaps when cleaning your gutters and go for more organic products to minimize the risk of damaging the finishes of your gutters and your home’s exterior siding.
4. Causing Inadvertent Damage to Your Vancouver Gutters
Be careful when cleaning your gutter system that ladders aren’t leaning too heavily or awkwardly against the gutters themselves, causing gutter sections to bend and the seams to separate. Try leaning your ladder against the walls of your home instead! Door slamming is also a regular culprit in weakened gutters, since, over time, the reverberations can weaken the hinges in your gutters.
5. DIY Gutter Installation Instead of Hiring a Professional Gutter Company
It might be tempting to install a whole new gutter system all by yourself, but there’s always risks ranging from unforeseen yet entirely preventable safety concerns to municipal building regulations that might stall your efforts.
Most commonly, many homeowners unintentionally overlook small details that compromise the long-term quality and effectiveness of their gutter system simply because they weren’t aware of them. Always play it safe and contact a reputable and certified gutter-installation company..
Gutter Maintenance and Installation in Metro Vancouver
The gutter contractors at Weatherguard Gutters have over 25 years of professional experience in the Lower Mainland installing and repairing gutters and downspouts. Our maintenance and repair procedures involve thorough inspections and evaluations to make sure no small detail is missed, and a complete renovation process for larger jobs. Contact Weatherguard Gutters for a free consultation today!