Spring Checklist – Exterior Home Maintenance

With spring in full swing I’m sure you have many items on your to-do list. However, your home is the most important purchase you will ever make, so to keep it looking good and functioning properly for years to come it’s a good idea to pay attention to certain chores while the weather allows. You don’t want any unpleasant surprises in the winter months, do you? Also, if you take care of these things now, you will have more time in the summer months to actually relax at the beach and spend time with family and friends. Am I right?

Below you will find your Vancouver Island Gutter recommended spring tasks. These tasks focus on the exterior of your home and its ability to properly channel water away and prevent things like mold, mildew, rot, and pesky critter invasions.

  1. Clean debris from gutters, make sure they are secure and check the caulking at the corners and, if you don’t have seamless gutters, at the seams.
  2. Check fascia and bargeboard for rot. If your gutters are not secured properly, have leaks at seams, or the roof overhang does not allow for sufficient drainage into the gutter system, you will most likely have water running behind the gutters and causing rot on your fascia boards. Fixing these issues during the spring and summer months means you will not have to deal with emergency situations in the fall and winter, and doing so will save you money in the long run as water will be properly directed away from your home instead of damaging your siding, making it’s way into your attic, or pooling around your home and seeping into your foundation.
  3. Check your downspouts. If you are able, it is a good idea to check your rain leaders (pipes that come up to your downspouts from your drain tile) and clear them of any debris that may have made its way down from the gutters. If your rain leaders are backed up with water, you need to seek a perimeter drain expert as water backing up in your rain leaders indicates crushed or blocked drain tiles and could cause you major issues. Check out this Shell Busy video for more information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYoSxyd8MgU
  4. Check for loose soffit or holes in your soffit system. You don’t want critters (whether mice, wasps, bats or birds) making their home in your attic, so now is a good time to check that all soffit is secured properly, that no j-trim is loose or coming away from the building and that all vent holes (if you have wood soffit with round vent holes) have their metal mesh intact and properly secured.
  5. Trim back trees and large shrubs or bushes that may be dropping debris into your gutter system. We all love our trees and shrubs, but having them too close to the house can cause problems. Tree debris can blow or fall into the gutter in the winter, and during storms there is always the risk that a branch or section could break off and cause damage to your roof, gutters, fascia or bargeboard. Trees and shrubs too close to the house can also cause issues with their root systems, crushing drain tiles or even cracking foundation footings.

We hope this list his helpful to you as you work your way through your spring home maintenance list, but should you have any questions or need a gutter or soffit install, give us a call at 250-538-7714 or send us an email at vanislgutter@gmail.com.

Let’s talk Fascia!

In case you are new to construction talk, fascia is the board that runs along the ends of the trusses (your roof supports) and is the structure that your gutters are attached to.

Fascia is typically a treated wood called Comb Face and sizes range from 1″ X 6″ to 2″ X 6″ (as shown in the image above) and up to 2″ X 10″. The size installed is usually dictated by the overhang of your roof shingles or the ends of your metal roof beyond the ends of the roof trusses. The edge of the shingles should hang over a roof at least an inch and a half.

If, when the roof was installed, not much overhang was left by the roofers, usually a 1″ X 6″ fascia board is installed. This also depends on the age of your home and the contractor in charge of the project (and thus who he hires and how much the home owner or project manager was willing to spend on sub-trades).

Sometimes, under the above mentioned circumstances, it seems that fascia is an afterthought and not really considered as important as other aspects of the house. However, your fascia performs an important role in the overall health of your home when it comes to keeping moisture out.

The integrity of your fascia boards matters. A 1″ X 6″ fascia board is really the “cheap” way to go. 1″ X 6″ tends to warp in both heat and cold, and especially when moisture is present. When warping happens the boards move away from each other at the seams causing gaps, and they can twist or bow outward. This then effects your gutter system, causing the gutters to warp as well. When the gutters warp water can run behind them allowing moisture to get into your roof, rot the fascia boards, and even drip (or flow) down to your siding causing even more damage. Ultimately this water can eventually make its way down to the ground and can then make its way into your foundation and even cause flooding of your basement or crawl space.

Now, sometimes, as mentioned above, a 1″ X 6″ is the only option because of the overhang of the roof. But if the roofers have left enough overhang choosing a fascia board that has more strength, like a 2″ X 6″ or 2″ X 8″ (depending on how much of the board you want to show below the bottom of the gutter) can extend the life of your gutter system and thus your truss ends, your roof, your siding and your foundation.

If you are looking to have your gutter system replaced for practical or aesthetic purposes, take the time to look at your fascia boards to determine their size and if they are performing as they should. Look for areas of rot, especially at the corners where fascia meets bargeboard, and at seams in the gutter system (if you don’t have a seamless gutter system installed). You don’t want a gutter company to install a new system to rotting fascia boards as it will only cause headaches for you down the road. And if you have 1″ X 6″ fascia boards, discuss options with your gutter installer and get them to help you determine whether or not you should replace your fascia boards with something more substantial that will last the life of the new system and help protect your home from the insidious creeping of water damage.

If you are concerned with the state of your fascia boards, Vancouver Island Gutter can help you determine whether or not you need to replace all of the boards, just some of them (which is often the case and will save you money), or if you need to look at upping the size and whether doing so is feasible with your current roof overhang.

And if you are having your roof replaced, make sure to discuss these issues with the roofing company you choose to go with. We have encountered far too many homes that have had their roof replaced and not enough overhang was left by the roofing company.

We hope you found this article helpful. If you would like to discuss the state of your fascia boards with one of our professionals, give us a call to set up your free estimate.

 

Happy Holidays!

We here at Vancouver Island Gutter would like to wish you and yours the very best over the holiday season. We hope you find time with family and friends to reconnect and cherish what matters most.

We are open for most of December and available to come and do a free estimate for a gutter or soffit install on your home, all you have to do is give our office a call. However, you will need to know that we will be closed Dec. 24, 25, and 26 as well as Dec. 20, and Jan. 1 and 2 to celebrate Christmas and the New Year with our families.

We are quickly filling up our January 2019 calendar, so if you are thinking about having a new gutter system installed or replacing your soffit, the best thing to do is call us for a free estimate and book now. We are always here to answer any questions you may have and to walk you through the process every step of the way.

Remember, we offer a wide variety of colours for all of our products, quality aluminum and vinyl soffit solutions, and can help you determine whether or not you need to replace your fascia or how to direct that tricky downspout that has no rain leader. We want to make your gutter or soffit installation as pleasant and stress free as possible.

In the meantime, thanks for choosing Vancouver Island Gutter this year, and we hope you continue to do so in 2019.

Merry Christmas!

From the Vancouver Island Gutter team.

Ch-Ch-Ch Changes!

It’s been a busy year for the team here at Vancouver Island Gutter, and that’s all thanks to you, our customers. This is our second summer in operation, and we are delighted that Southern Vancouver Island residents continue to choose us as their go-to gutter and soffit installation company.

But changes are on the horizon. We are pleased to announce that Vancouver Island Gutter will soon be moving its home office. For you, the customer, there’s no need to worry. Our relocation will not have any impact on our current or prospective customers. We will continue to serve communities from Nanaimo to Victoria, we will just do so from beautiful Mill Bay instead of the fabulous Lake Cowichan.

We will continue to offer our free estimates, quality service, timely installation, and stay focussed on what matters most: you, the customer.

If you have any questions, or would like to book a free estimate, please give Tamu, our office manager, a call.

Thanks again for supporting our local, family run business by choosing Vancouver Island Gutter for all your gutter and soffit needs!

Why Choose Seamless Gutters?

IMG_1750When deciding what kind of gutters to put on your home, you are faced with two choices. You can either go for outdated and unreliable sectional gutters or modern seamless gutters.

The difference between the two is that sectional gutters are made of smaller, roughly 10’ sections, joined together. Seamless gutters are made of a single piece of aluminum and are manufactured on site to the exact measurements of your soffits. The only joins you see with seamless gutters are in those areas that wrap around the corners.

There are several advantages of choosing seamless gutters have over sectional gutters.

Benefits of Seamless Gutters

Less maintenance: Gutters with joints are prone to debris accumulation. Leaves, twigs, and other such detritus accumulates in the gutters and can clog them. This accumulation can cause other problems as well. Quite often, pests and birds might choose to take up residence, and weeds can work their way into walls and adjoining structures. Seamless gutters are more firmly fixed, making it so that there are no chances of clogging and debris accumulation. This way, seamless gutters require much less cleaning and maintenance compared to the sectional gutters.

No leaks: Seamless gutters are joined and fastened together only at the corners and downspouts. This streamlined construction minimizes leaks and requires much less maintenance. Due to the absence of joins and seals that can erode or gather debris, seamless gutters offer far better protection to the property.

Wide variety: Seamless gutters are available in a wide variety of materials and colours to suit your requirements and preferences. From aluminum to copper and steel there are various materials in which seamless gutters are available (be advised that at this time Vancouver Island Gutter only supplies aluminum gutters). Because they are available in a variety of colours, you are able to choose the colour that best suits your home. Seamless gutters also come with baked on enamel finish, which never requires painting.

Made to measure: Seamless gutters are made to the exact measurement of you roof/fascia. This design ensures that your gutters serve you through years and offer best possible protection to the structure.

Better rate of return: Though you may initially have to spend more on a seamless gutter system, their low maintenance and repair costs mean they pay for themselves over a relatively short period of time and add value to your home.

Aesthetics: Seamless gutters look much better than sectional gutters, with all their joints and fasteners. Thus, seamless gutters protect the aesthetic appeal of your property.

Installing sectional gutters versus paying a gutter professional for seamless gutters:

Many people choose to install sectional gutters because they are looking for a solution that is both affordable and allows them to do the project on their own. Though choosing seamless gutters means you have to hire a professional to install them, there are many benefits. Seamless gutters last for years, they require less maintenance, and they are strong enough to handle the worst that winter has to throw your way. Plus, Vancouver Island Gutter provides a 40 Year Prorated Limited Warranty through Kaycan Ltd. for our customers and their seamless gutter systems.

So, if your gutters have been troubling you with leaks, clogging, freezing, and other problems, then you might want to consider replacing them with seamless gutters. Get in touch with Vancouver Island Gutter at 250-538-7714 and book your FREE estimate.

10 per cent off Gutter Guard throughout August!

gutterguard1We all know summer is the season for checking things off the to-do list, and Vancouver Island Gutter is here to help.

Throughout the month of August we are offering 10 per cent off the installation of Gutter Sentry Gutter Guard with the installation of a new gutter system on your home.

Though gutter guard might seem like a non-essential when it comes to a gutter system, it can save you a lot of time and money in the long run.

Gutter guard keeps debris out of your gutter system and strengthens the over all structure. It reduces time spent on maintenance and prevents the build-up of stagnant water leading to things like rot on your fascia and soffit. It also prevents the build-up of stagnant water, eliminating breeding grounds for mosquitos.

When gutters are allowed to do their job and channel moisture away from your home as they were designed to do, you also avoid issues such as damage to your foundation and walkways, ice build-up in your gutter system leading to expansion and warping, and erosion around perennials and trees planted close to your home.

At Vancouver Island Gutter we use Gutter Sentry Gutter Guard, considered one of the best in the industry.

The Gutter Sentry perforation system gives unequaled drainage. The 1/8th inch perforations are condensed to 20 perforations per square inch to allow the highest water drainage possible, more than 4 times the heaviest precipitations world wide.

Gutter Sentry is made of heavy gage aluminum and turns your average gutter in to a complete box design providing unequaled strength against bending, twisting and crushing.

If you would like to learn more about this special offer, happening throughout the month of August, give us a call!

For north of the Malahat, call Barney at 250-538-8330. For south of the Malahat, call Chela at 250-858-0800. Or send us an email at vanislgutter@gmail.com.

This is what some of our customers have to say about our services:

Yves Duruisseau says: “Barney and Chela did a great job installing new gutters on our recently purchased home and at a very competitive price. I highly recommend their workmanship.”

And Erin Peterson says: “Great experience! Professional, quick, and offered products at multiple price points. I’d recommend them!”