While gutters for residential, commercial and light industrial buildings operate in a similar way, there are significant differences regarding the requirements for style, size, and durability of commercial gutter systems. But like residential homes, commercial facilities greatly benefit from curb appeal. However, they do need to consider aesthetics in ways that boost functionality and cost-effectiveness. Commercial gutters are important for a number of significant reasons, including protecting your commercial property, the buildings around your business, and your good reputation.
Unique to you and your business.
No one commercial property is the same as another. Factors such as location, average rainfall, microclimate, building size and roof configuration demand that gutters for your commercial property are unique to you and your business. Any roofing contractor or gutter company installing commercial gutter systems must understand the challenges and issues facing commercial and industrial property owners.
Commercial gutters protect your investment.
Your commercial property is an investment that needs protecting. And it’s not just about preventing storm or water damage to the building itself. Everyone associated with your business – you, your employees, vendors, customers, and anyone else who visits the premises – needs to be assured, whether consciously or unconsciously, that they are safe. A business owner is liable for any type of mishap or accident that occurs on the property. To avoid lawsuits involving the gutter system, have the roof inspected annually and the gutters cleaned at least twice a year.
Commercial gutters that are properly installed and well-maintained will not get clogged or overflow. But when a gutter system does not drain efficiently, water can infiltrate into places where mold can grow, quickly decreasing air quality and creating conditions that might aggravate allergies and increase asthma attacks.
Commercial gutters protect surrounding properties.
If your building is in an industrial park or in close proximity to another business, poorly maintained or installed commercial gutters, either yours or theirs, reduces the gutter system’s ability to protect from water damage. If your neighbour’s downpipes drain on to your property, for example, that could cause damage to your parking lot or to the foundation of your building.
Commercial gutters have to play by different rules.
Commercial properties have different building code requirements than residential dwellings. Building codes; building regulations; and the types of permits needed to install, maintain or repair gutters can vary throughout the cities and communities of the Lower Mainland. Codes might even vary within a set of regulations depending on the building’s purpose and its size and capacity. Businesses also have different legal implications they need to consider in relation to installing and maintaining their commercial gutters.
Maintain your commercial gutter system.
Because they play such a vital role in a commercial building’s health and lifespan, it’s good to be proactive in maintaining the gutter system. Cleaning out the debris on a regular basis is often even more critical for commercial and industrial properties because the gutters tend to be larger – 6-inch and 7-inch being common gutter sizes for commercial gutter systems. You should also take into account that being in an industrial environment exposes them to more air pollutants and toxins than residential gutters usually have to deal with. Be prepared to clean the gutters and downpipes three or four times a year, depending on how quickly debris and grime build-up.