Though commonly referred to as ‘the other Vancouver,’ Vancouver, WA is a captivating city all on its own. One area where similarities may be drawn is precipitation—the city gets just as much rain as its more northerly twin. As a Vancouver resident, you’re well aware of how important waterproof jackets, umbrellas and rain boots are for living in this wet climate. Likewise, regular gutter inspection and cleaning are likely a large part of your life, as without them, you may very well find yourself with water-damaged fascia boards and siding, or even basement flooding. We can’t prevent rain showers, but with the help of our Vancouver Gutter Shutter installation service, you can eliminate the need for gutter cleaning altogether.
As an experienced Vancouver gutter company, we know gutters and have tried and tested all types of guards available today. We’re committed to providing our customers with the best and nothing less, which is why we only install one product—the Gutter Shutter. To inquire about this system, give us a call at 503-782-5446 or continue reading to find out more about how this system can benefit you and your Vancouver, WA home!
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Unless you’ve recently moved to Vancouver, WA from one of the driest US states like Phoenix or Nevada, you’re likely well aware of how important a functioning gutter is in wet climates, as well as how crucial it is that you clean out your troughs on a regular basis. One of many residents’ favorite things about Vancouver is how lush and green it is, but the trade-off of having such a wild and natural landscape on your doorstep is that tons of leafy debris ends up in your gutters, requiring frequent gutter cleaning to prevent clogs.
Clogged gutters are not only a breeding ground for mosquitoes but also a high risk for incurring water damage. When water is unable to flow through your troughs towards the downspout, it will spill over the side and onto your wooden fascia boards before pooling on the ground beneath your roof’s edge. During heavy rainfall, spilled water can even flood your basement, resulting in costly damage. If enough debris accumulates, the combined weight of the clog and rainwater can result in heavy loads that bend your traditional gutters out of shape, requiring you to invest in gutter repair.
This can all be avoided by keeping your troughs clean, of course. Whether you get up on a ladder yourself or arrange for a professional gutter cleaning service at least twice annually, relieving your standard gutters of fragments of tree branches, leaves, and other debris is key to keeping not just your gutters, but your entire home, in great condition. However, for one reason or another, you may not be keen about cleaning your gutters so often. Maybe you’re no longer comfortable getting up on a ladder or maybe you’re simply short on free time. Though you can pay a professional to clean your troughs and downspouts for you, this can be an expense you’d rather not pay for.
As a way of providing gutter protection and getting around frequent gutter cleaning, some Vancouver homeowners install gutter guards or gutter covers on their property. Though most of these do not prevent needing to clean altogether, they can increase the time between cleanings.
There are several different types of gutter covers available at a wide range of price points. As a Vancouver resident, it’s very possible that you’ve tried one or more of the types below before:
As you can see, all of these guards prevent clogs but fail to prevent the need for gutter cleaning. Screen and micro-mesh types can also void your roof warranty or shingle warranty, as you must either lift up your roof shingles to install them or staple them directly to your roof.
There’s an additional type of guard that performs better than the four types above—reverse-curve guards. At first glance, these covers look like a flat lid placed over the troughs. This certainly keeps debris out, but how does the water get in? These covers use principles of surface tension. Water makes contact with the top of the guard, slides down toward the edge, and then around the curved edge where it falls into the gutter.
There are a few problems associated with reverse-curve covers. If installed incorrectly, they aren’t able to handle heavy rainfalls. While some water will enter the gutters, much will slide right off the edge and onto the ground below simply due to the high velocity. To avoid this, they have to be installed quite high up on some roofs, making them stand out and detracting from your curb appeal. Many also do not prevent debris from collecting altogether. Fine debris can still make its way in, and over time this can cause clogs.
The Gutter Shutter is an all-in-one gutter and reverse-curve gutter guard system, but unlike standard reverse-curve guards, it can handle heavy rainfall, will add to your curb appeal and will never clog.
Alt: A diagram of a Gutter Shutter system in Vancouver, WA with an internal view and depictions of leaves sliding over the top.
At Pacific Gutter, we’re the number one provider and installer of the Gutter Shutter in Vancouver, WA. As “the world’s strongest all-in-one gutter guard system,” we’re proud to be able to provide this product to Vancouver homeowners through our gutter guard installation services.
Some of the main factors that make this system superior to the rest include:
If you’re interested in this revolutionary rainwater system, contact our professional installers by phone at 503-782-5446 to get started on your Gutter Shutter installation today!
The cost of this system will depend largely on the size of your home, the color options you choose and whether your roof or fascia boards require repair in advance of installation. We calculate cost by the foot for materials, as well as labor costs. As this system is made in the USA and requires professional installation, it costs more than your standard gutter systems. That being said, you don’t have to worry about incurring costly water damage or replacing your troughs for decades with this system, making the higher upfront cost a long-term investment.
We want all Vancouver residents to be able to access this system, which is why we offer financing options. Contact us directly for more information on cost estimates and financing.
In addition to upfront cost, maintenance costs are an important consideration with any rainwater drainage system. If you’re looking to avoid gutter cleaning, maintenance frequency is also worth noting. Fortunately, there is no maintenance required for the Gutter Shutter in Vancouver, WA. Yes, really!
If you really can’t stand the thought of not doing any maintenance work, you can run hose water through the troughs a couple of times each year, but this isn’t strictly necessary.
As there are no studies on this to date, we can only speculate. Expert house appraisers tend to agree that not having gutters, or having a system that has fallen into disrepair, will decrease your home’s value. Having a new drainage system and guards tends to attract buyers, but won’t necessarily increase the value of your home since they don’t add to your curb appeal.
Vancouver Gutter Shutter installation is an exception to this, as it may increase the aesthetic appeal of your home. While the jury’s still out on whether this product will boost your property value, it certainly will not detract from it and may even be a selling point.
Absolutely! The troughs are designed to withstand even the heaviest of rainfalls at up to a whopping 32 inches of rain per hour. If math isn’t your thing, consider this: Vancouver, WA gets about 42 inches of rain per year on average. Your troughs aren’t likely to experience a load anywhere near capacity.
The length of service appointments for the Gutter Shutter varies from customer to customer, but unless you live in a very large home, it likely won’t take longer than a day to install your new troughs and downspouts.
After inspecting your home in person, we’ll provide you with both a cost estimate and an estimate for the amount of time your service will take.