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.

 

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!”

 

Happy Canada Day!

25 per cent off Downspouts throughout the month of July!

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Happy Canada Day!

We here at Vancouver Island Gutter would like to wish you a very happy Canada Day! We hope you have a safe and relaxing weekend with friends and family.

Because we love where we live and work, and because we want to say thank you for your business and support, we are offering 25 per cent off downspouts throughout the month of July!

From July 1 to July 31, if you book the installation of a new gutter system with Vancouver Island Gutter, you will automatically receive 25 per cent off the cost of your downspouts.

Why are downspouts so important? These seemingly unimportant components of a gutter system actually play a vital role in their functionality. When properly installed they channel moisture away from your siding and foundation, saving you thousands of dollars in future repairs.

Why not take advantage of this July weather and take care of your household maintenance to-do list? You don’t want to have to deal with a leaky gutter system again this winter, do you? Let us help!

Vancouver Island Gutter uses only top quality products while keeping our prices competitive. We offer our customers the reliability and durability of 5″ and 6″ K-Style Performance Aluminum seamless guttersGutter Sentry gutter guard, and Kaycan Aluminum and Vinyl Soffit. Choose from a wide variety of colours to provide the final touch to the aesthetic look of your home.

Vancouver Island Gutter is fully insured, and we offer a 40-year product warranty, and a 5-year work guarantee!

Pick up a copy of the July issue of the Cowichan Valley Voice to see our ad and a business profile. We would like to thank the Valley Voice for their support as we work to provide southern Vancouver Island residents with quality gutter and soffit installation services. And don’t forget! We serve the Gulf Islands, too!

To book a free estimate, 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 email us a vanislgutter@gmail.com.

Hello and Welcome!

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Your gutter and soffit professionals on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.

Vancouver Island Gutter is proud to offer our professional, top quality gutter and soffit installation services to Southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands!

Spring is here, and it’s time to start thinking about replacing your tired, old gutter system— or installing a new system on your new home—before winter  rears its cold, wet head yet again.

If you are looking for a professional, reliable, and local company to install a gutter system on your home, you have come to the right place! Take a minute to browse our site, see what we have to offer and then give us a call to set up a free estimate.

Vancouver Island Gutter is an island based gutter and soffit business. Our goal is to provide our customers with quality gutter and soffit installations services at affordable prices.

That means that we work with only top quality products while keeping our pricing competitive. We offer our customers the reliability and durability of 5″ and 6″ K-Style Performance Aluminum seamless gutters, Gutter Sentry gutter guard, and Kaycan Aluminum Soffit. Vancouver Island Gutter is fully insured, and we offer a 40-year product warranty, and a 5-year work guarantee!

Vancouver Island Gutter is based out of the Cowichan Valley and Victoria, but we also serve customers on the Gulf Islands and as far north as Nanaimo.

At Vancouver Island Gutter, we understand that home exteriors should not only be beautiful but also that they should be made from durable, low maintenance products that you can count on. This should include your gutter system. A reliable gutter system will go a step further toward protecting your home from the elements and help ensure that your siding, trim, and foundation will continue to last for years.

Our products give you peace of mind by strengthening your gutters and keeping debris out, allowing water to flow freely and maintain the beauty of your home.

Whether you are a commercial property owner or residential home owner looking to replace an old gutter system or install a new one, Vancouver Island Gutter is the choice on the South Island and the Gulf Islands. We have the equipment to handle both large and small projects, and our 5″ and 6″ Performance Aluminium seamless gutter systems, Gutter Sentry gutter guard, and Kaycan Aluminium Soffit come in a variety of colours and styles.

See our Gutter and Soffit pages to view our services. You can either call Barney or Chela to set up a free estimate, or you can send them an email.