Are you a homeowner looking to better protect your home from the Greater Vancouver climate? Are you buying a property in the Lower Mainland and want to ensure the same exterior preparedness? Are you a seller seeking to increase your asking price before putting it to market? Or are you a developer that pays attention to every last detail in order to maximize market value? Whichever the case, you know that installing a premium gutter system is essential to all of the above. But what you may have not considered, are the accessories. The right combination of gutter accessories make a world of difference in both the function and aesthetics of your installation. Today we take a look at the lineup of high-grade appendages that will ensure your gutter set-up is optimized for home exterior care.
6 Accessories to Complete Your Premium Gutter System and Ensure Maximum Protection for Your Property
1. Gutter Downspouts
It’s not like you’re going to forget adding gutter downspouts to your installation, but it’s good to take stock and ensure it’s a perfect match for your system above. The wrong combination of materials can lead to poor connectivity or worse. If aluminum, copper, steel, or zinc gutters are incompatible at points of downspout-to-gutter connectivity galvanic or bimetallic corrosion can occur. Downspouts are also one of the most visible elements on your home exterior, and thus you will want to pay close attention to their design and placement in order to enhance curb appeal.
2. Gutter Drains or Outlets
As an extension to your downspouts, gutter drains are essential to adequate expulsion of rainwater away from your home’s foundation. Installation of downspout drainage systems is no easy matter for the DIY enthusiast. Placement and depth can make a big difference when it comes to protecting your foundation and lawn alike. Consult with a professional when it comes to this accessory.
3. Gutter Guards
Leaf protection systems (gutter guards) are necessary to prevent clogs and even serve to keep birds, rodents, and other critters away from your roof. The more wooded the area surrounding your property the more you will want to consider a premium gutter guard system for your home.
4. Leaf Traps/Catchers
Leaf traps (or leaf catchers) are large capacity debris diverters that feature a trapdoor/screen that filters water and stops leaves and assorted debris from entering into your tank or stormwater. Leaf catchers can be mounted at the downpipe or directly below the gutter outlet. As with gutter guards, this accessory is a big help for those of you with homes near trees and when exposed to windblown foliage.
5. Rain Barrels
Rain barrels are essentially water tanks that are used to collect and store rainwater runoff. They connect to your gutter downspout system and make efficient use out of the stored water. Rain barrels are a part of many green building and eco-friendly maintenance initiatives all over the world. The stored rainwater is used to maintain lawn and garden health, resulting in zero waste of municipal reservoir resources. During especially dry seasons rain barrels can be used to take full advantage of one-off rainy days to help sustain your lawn and garden throughout drought periods.
6. Rain Chains
Rain chains (pictured in the featured image above) are an effective means to prevent noisy gutters during and after rainfall. They guide rain water down a series of metal chain links and/or cups from your gutters and onto the ground. The guided rainwater path creates a waterfall effect, resulting in a truly dazzling display that will have you enjoying the serene scene from the cozy inside of your home. Rain chains provide a supplement to downspouts and complement the aesthetic appeal of your gutter system.
For information about the above detailed gutter accessories for your Greater Vancouver home contact Weatherguard Gutters, anytime.