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Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
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.
“Thanks for the prompt and courteous service.”
“Thank you for your services. The service was timely and efficient. Your staff member was professional and took the time to explain to me what the problems were and what he was doing. I would hire your services again,
“I just wanted to write a note to let you know how much we appreciated the professionalism of your company. Your estimator was professional and showed a lot of knowledge about the proper application of gutters. Your installers were very good and stuck it out and worked late to finish the job. I would not hesitate to recommend the company to anyone.
Thanks a lot,”
Doug, Maple Ridge
“2 days ago MHC Gutters Co. (http://www.mhcgutters.com/) came to provide the services of installation (mainly for upgrading) for all the gutters of my house. They were doing the gutters jobs very hard with so detail manner under very bad weather conditions (3/12-13/2012) like strong wind and heavy raining even snowing all the way!! However, they have no complaint about the weather
but only working quickly and finished all very friendly as well with detailed clean-up at last minute for all the outside of my house. Really Great job done from MHC Gutters for my house and I would like to show MHC Gutters Co. sign in front of my lawn for next 6 months in order to show my highest appreciation about their good jobs!! Thank all staffs there again!! CHEERS!!”
“I am really satisfied with the Gutters installation job by MHC. It was quick, clean and well done! The price was lower than other vendors offered + I got a leaf protecting included.
Thank you guys!”
“Easy to deal, clean and neat! Understood what I was looking for and gave me very competitive rate.
Job was done right! We had to replace old gutters and downpipes.”
Anna Belle, Vancouver
“The prices all seemed very fair. I will keep your company on file to use again the next time around. Also I have recommended your company to many of my friends and family already.
Thank you again”
Jackson, Pitt Meadows
Gutters Cleaning and Maintenance
Complications from blocked gutters can lead to expensive repairs. Cleaning your gutters and routinely maintaining your gutter system could prevent serious damage to your home. When leaves, twigs, birds’ nests and other types of debris are allowed to build up, gutters become clogged, causing them to overflow or leak. Debris that causes clogs can also harm your gutter system. During winter, pooled water in backed up gutters can create “ice dams.” Because ice is heavier than water, a gutter can become misshapen or broken. In order to function properly, rain gutters must be free of debris, to allow water to be efficiently diverted from the roof, foundation or walls. Routine gutters cleaning and maintenance is important and necessary.
But cleaning gutters on your own or hiring a general handyman can be risky, leading to accidents where someone is seriously hurt or even killed. Calling a professional is the ideal solution.
MHC Gutters provides professional gutters cleaning and maintenance services. Since we will provide you with the proper documentation that will demonstrate we carry the required liability insurance and adequate worker’s compensation, you will never have to worry about safety. Our professionalism and expertise ensure that your gutter system will be cleaned promptly and competently.
To cut down the number of times you might need to clean your gutters, another option is to install a leaf-guard system. A good gutter cover system can protect your gutter system from potential harm, while adding beauty and value to your home.
When to Clean Your Gutters
We find the best time to clean your gutters is in the early spring, before the spring/summer rains. You should plan to clean your gutter system again in the fall after the leaves have fallen. Having clean gutters during winter can prevent “ice dams” and the resulting damage.
At MHC Gutters, we offer you annual, bi-annual and customer-tailored cleaning plans at discounted prices. Contact us for details on a plan that’s right for you.
In addition to a variety of maintenance plans, we also install leaf-guard systems. For a free estimate on a gutter maintenance plan or a leaf-guard system, call us at 604-552-4866 or click on our “Request a Fee Quote” button on our web page.
MHC Gutters will promptly complete any gutter repair needed to have your gutter system working efficiently again. Instead of being safely diverted away from your home, leaking, broken or damaged gutters can allow water to accumulate where it can do harm. Damaged gutters not only function poorly, they also detract from your home’s “curb appeal,” devaluing your home.
Common Gutter Repair
Some common gutter repairs are:
- General “tightening up” of the system
- Secure or reinforce gutters by adding additional hangers
- Re-pitch gutters that aren’t flowing properly
- Re-adjust slope of the gutter system
- Re-attach downspouts
- Add downspouts to redistribute water and increase capacity
- Re-seal seams and corners
Water allowed to pool too close to the foundation can leak into the basement or compromise the structural integrity of your home. Proper positioning of the downspout is an important part of the gutter system: it ensures correct drainage away from your home’s foundation.
Our expert professionals will diagnose drainage problems and offer free advice on what you can do to keep your gutter system working properly.