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Choosing the Right Gutters for Your Business

Photo credit: David Sawyer/Flickr Creative Commons

Photo credit: David Sawyer/Flickr Creative Commons


Whether you own a small dress shop, trending restaurant, maintenance and repair garage or large warehouse, you’ll need gutters. Choosing the right gutter system can help build a customer base, maintain a trustworthy reputation, and expand your brand. Gutters that enhance a building’s appearance add value to your commercial property.

The Right Gutters Add Curb Appeal

Gutters aren’t just functional. Curb appeal has a dramatic impact on the overall appearance of your business. Your customer’s first impression is important in establishing an ongoing relationship. A gutter system for commercial and industrial buildings is typically larger in size, and therefore more visible to the eye. So, it is important, aesthetically speaking, you select gutters that look good while saying something about who you are as a corporate entity. Principles for choosing commercial gutters that create universal curb appeal are:

  • gutter material choice – for example, seamless aluminum gutters for an edgy urban look
  • gutter colour – bolder colours make them stand out
  • gutter profile – shape of the gutter gives character or definition to a gutter system

The Right Gutters Protect Your Investment

Like residential gutters, a commercial gutter system is designed to capture rainwater, direct it to the downpipes, and guide runoff safely away from the building. A gutter installation contractor will help you:

  • determine the size of gutter required to handle the volume of water that typically falls in your area in a year
  • decide what type of gutter – box gutters, seamless vs. sectional, half-round copper gutters
  • the right size and number of downspouts
  • applicable bylaws and codes regulating drainage, where runoff is discharged, etc.

When your commercial property or business is fully protected, you’re ensuring that day-to-day operations won’t be interrupted because of water damage, stained exterior walls, pest infestations or health issues.

The Right Gutters and Public Perception

While they might look the same, gutters for commercial buildings are designed specifically for your building’s size, roofing system, and architectural characteristics. When you install commercial gutters, you add a layer of protection to your investment. Whether you are selling products or providing services, a commercial property that looks attractive and cared for gives your customers and clients the impression they have come to the right place. In today’s world of high-tech digital marketing, word-of-mouth remains a highly effective branding technique.

Box Gutters for Commercial Buildings

Box gutters are commonly used on commercial and some types of industrial buildings because they are capable of handling high volumes of water and withstanding the elements. They are designed to be a part of the bottom of the roof or the roof over-hang. When purchasing box gutters for a commercial application, it is important that you take into account your location, the size of the building and the shape of the roof.

They are called box gutters, also known as square gutters or rectangular gutters, because of their shape or profile. A box gutter resembles a rectangular box with its lid removed. A rain head diverts water from the box gutters to a downpipe. Box gutters are ideal for the roof drainage systems of commercial buildings because they can increase functionality and accommodate larger roof areas. They are also a good way of dealing with architectural features that interrupt the roofline, since they can be customized to meet the required size, gauge and colour specifications of a building. Most professional gutter installation or roofing companies offer box gutters in standard sizes, in addition to being able to manufacture a box gutter system with non-standard trough or channel widths.

When water is not properly channeled from the roof of commercial or industrial buildings, it can cause serious structural damage. Pooled or stagnant water can contribute to the growth of mold and fungus. Aluminum box gutters are typically installed to address current drainage issues and help prevent problem areas in the future. Having aluminum box gutters professionally installed can help protect your commercial building from costly repairs.

Gutters for Commercial Buildings

Most of us are familiar with the basics of residential gutters and how they work. But what about the gutter system for a community of townhouses, a large warehouse or a medium-sized business? Are gutters for these types of commercial and multi-family buildings different from ones used for residential applications? The short answer is “No.” Gutters for both residential and commercial buildings share many similarities, including functionality, the materials they are made of and the sizes of downpipes available.

Commercial Gutters – Function

Both commercial gutters and residential gutters perform the same function; they direct rainwater down from the roof and away from the building’s or home’s foundation. Gutters are typically manufactured in two sizes: five-inch or six-inch width. Since the six-inch gutter can handle more water than a five-inch width gutter system can, it is commonly used for commercial applications. The most common downpipe is the 2″ x 3″ aluminum downpipe; however, there is also 3″ x 4″ and their round counterparts. Round downpipes are available in a choice of diameter sizes. The wider the diameter, the more water they can handle; an important consideration for downspouts used on commercial buildings.

Commercial Gutters – Material

Aluminum and galvanized steel are often chosen as materials for commercial gutters because of their industrial, streamlined appearance. Aluminum is less expensive than steel, but can be just as durable. Seamless aluminum gutters are a popular choice for commercial buildings because they look good, are easy to maintain and are cost-effective. While more likely to be found on homes than on industrial structures, copper and vinyl gutters can also be used as gutter materials for commercial buildings.

Commercial Gutters – Profile

Gutter profile refers to the shape or style. Gutter profiles for residential dwellings include K-style, half-round and crown moulding gutters. Box-style gutters are the common choice for commercial buildings because a K-style gutter of a comparable width holds less water. Half-round commercial gutters and K-style commercial gutters are typically wider and made of thicker or higher gauge materials.

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Gutters and Downpipes

Q: Do I even need gutters?
A: If you didn’t have gutters and downspouts, the water would pour off the roof, along the length of the eaves, falling to the ground where it could seep into the exterior walls or the basement. Gutters channel rainwater into the downpipes and away from your home’s foundation.

Q: What are some signs that I might need new gutters?
A: Indications that you might need new gutters include: water or rust stains due to constant overflowing; mould appearing on the exterior or interior walls;  gutters sagging because fasteners are coming loose; too many leaks to repair individually; the house is over 20 years old.

Q: How do I know what kind of gutters to buy?
A: When choosing what kind of gutters will be best for your home, consider:  the geographic area in which you live; the style of your home; and how much time you would like to spend maintaining your gutter system. When MHC Gutters does a free estimate, we confer with you to determine what type of material for your gutter system would be best for both your home and your budget.

Q: Is it easy to install gutters myself?
A: It depends on several things such as the ability and comfort levels of your home improvement skills; how big the house is; the complexity of the roof’s configuration; whether or not you are affected by heights. It also depends on the type of gutters you intend on purchasing – seamless gutters generally have to be installed by gutter installation professionals who have the right tools to fabricate them on site. Another major consideration is cost: if you contract MHC Gutters to install them for you, everything is included, from the gutters to downpipes to fasteners and anything else that is needed for your new gutter system.

Q: Do clogged gutters really cause damage?
A: When leaves and debris accumulate in Vancouver gutters, no matter how small the obstruction might be, the draining capacity of your gutter system is reduced. Clogs can cause water to overflow, discolouring the walls, seeping into cracks or flooding the basement. Because clogged gutters don’t drain properly, standing water can create an ideal environment for breeding mosquitoes.

Q: How often should I clean my gutters?
A: It depends on the area in which you live and how many trees on your property are close to your home. If trees deposit a lot of leaves or needles on the roof, gutters should be cleaned twice a year, once in the spring and then again in the autumn, after the leaves have fallen or trees have shed their needles. Your gutter system should be cleaned at least annually.

Q: What size of downspout do you recommend?
A: Most homes and many commercial properties use 2 x 3 downspouts with a standard 5 inch gutter system. However, other factors such as annual amount and quality (heavy, medium, etc.) of rainfall might determine if you require a larger size downpipe or wider gutters.

Siding

Q: Does a home need siding?
A: A home without siding needs painting about every 5 years. Siding, including types of wood siding like cedar and shingles, typically do not need to be painted, cutting down on the time you will spend maintaining your home.

Q: How much does siding cost?
A: The total cost of installing new siding on your home depends on several factors such the condition of the existing walls, fees for any applicable local permits, and the need for new insulation. The four key influences on how much siding will cost are: the type of siding being installed, the height of the structure, the complexity of the design and the total square footage.

Q: Is vinyl siding better than aluminum siding or cedar siding?
A: Each type of siding material has its pros and cons. Considerations such the appearance you want to achieve, the style of your home and budget should also be determining factors. At MHC Gutters, we offer siding in vinyl, cedar, shingles and concrete board, in addition to recommendations as to which siding installation solution would be best for you.

Q: What is concrete board?
A: Concrete board is made from recycled wood fibers mixed with concrete. As a siding material, it is exceptionally strong; as a recycled product, it can be made to look like cedar shakes, wood grain or stone, but at a much lesser cost.

Q: Can siding be installed anytime year-round?
A: Generally yes. Some exceptions would include high winds and other climatic conditions that would inhibit the installation process.

Q: What is involved if I want siding installed on my home?
A: At MHC Gutters, the process begins with a free estimate. We will assist you in determining your requirements, address any concerns you might have and show you your siding options. We offer competitive prices on all siding materials. We will clearly explain the process and outline what you can expect before, during and after the installation.

Q: How long does it take to have siding installed?
A: Siding for a residential dwelling can take anywhere from one to three weeks, depending on the size of the home, complexity of the project, etc.

Leaf Guard

Q: What kind of leaf guard system do you offer?
A: We offer the Gutter Clean System and T-Rex by Alu-Rex.

Q: How does it work?
A: Configured with 312 perforations every foot, it is designed to let rainwater into the gutters while repelling debris from the surface of the leaf guard.

Q: Can the Alu-Rex system be installed on my existing gutters?
A: Yes, it can.

Q: Will the leaf guard system alter the appearance of my house?
A: No, it will be hidden from view.

Q: If I use a leaf guard system, do I still have to clean my gutters?
A: MHC Gutters installs top quality leaf-guard systems that do cut down on the time and money it takes to maintain your gutters. However, you should plan to visually inspect your gutters once every 12 to 18 months to ensure they are entirely free of debris and haven’t been dented of damaged in some other way.