Frequently asked Gutter Questions.
Which style of gutter is right for my house? More often than not the style and construction of your house dictates which gutter style can and should be used. Some homes are built with fascia boards and some without. Some roofs include a drip flashing and some do not. Some homes have notched out rafter tails or crown molding. When a Eco Gutters representative comes to your home to give you an estimate, he will usually tell you or indicate on your bid which style he recommends for the house. Some house are built in a manner in which several different styles will work just fine. In this situation, you have the option of choosing which style you find most aesthetically pleasing on your home.
Which size of gutter is right for my house? As with the question above, in many situations, your house may dictate how big of a gutter you can go with. When an Eco Gutters representative comes to your home to give you an estimate, he will take into consideration such factors as roof area, roof slope, roofing material, number of drains available, house construction, existing gutter style, and aesthetics. The majority of homes will use one of the 5″ or 6″ gutter styles. Typically we only use 5″ gutters on a house and our commercial gutters are usually installed on larger projects such as apartment complexes, warehouses, hotels, etc.
Which methods do you use for attaching your gutters to my house? We have several different methods available to customers. Gutter spikes, the most prevalent method, are the most economical option we have and are available in 7″ or 8″ galvanized steel spikes. Other options include the gutter screw which is a large hex head screw that is also available in 7″ or 8″, The gutter screw, as you can imagine, provides a stronger hold into the wood which can be advantageous if one is worried about snow, ice, and other such things. Hidden hangers also provide the added strength of the screw as an attachment, plus give the homeowner the added benefit not seeing any screw or nail heads along the front of their gutters. Hidden hangers, as the name indicates, are completely hidden from the ground level as everything is on the inside of the gutter.
Are your gutters continuous and seamless? Yes, all of our gutters are continuous and seamless*. We can run a continuous gutter as long as a person desires, but often recommend an expansion seam every 70′ or so. This prevents the gutter from warping and/or coming loose as the metal expands and contracts in the hot and cold weather. Unfortunately, even with a continuous gutter, there will be a seam at each corner as the technology to make seamless corners has not been invented yet. We do hand miter our corners however. This is the preferred method amongst the gutter community as it makes only one seam (opposed to three with a box miter) and looks cleaner and holds a seal better than the strip miter. *The half round style of gutter is not currently available in a continuous length. They are installed in 20′ lengths and spliced together with an expansion seam.
What different materials are your gutters made of? Which is best? Our gutters are available in 26 gauge steel, 26 gauge aluminum, and 16 oz. copper. All of these materials have their pros and cons. Steel is the most widely used material. It is heavy, strong, and very durable. It does not dent easily and is very safe to place a ladder against. Although steel will rust eventually, it is manufactured these days to be significantly better than the steel of old. The cold-rolled steel base is coated with a layer of galvanizing, then coated with a baked-on enamel primer, then coated with a baked-on enamel top coat of finished paint. Our steel gutters have a 20 year warranty from the manufacturer of the material. Aluminum gutters are also available in all of our colors. Aluminum never rusts no mater how long it is exposed to the elements and is very light weight and easy to work with. This light weight though (and the fact that aluminum is a softer metal than steel) means that aluminum is more susceptible to dents than steel. Falling tree branches and roughly placed ladders can leave a dent in you new aluminum gutters. If “rust free” is what gives you peace of mind though, aluminum is the way to go! Copper is very beautiful and will last a lifetime. Initially installed in the typical bright, shiny copper color, after time it will patina into the traditional greenish color of aged copper. The main draw back to copper is it’s price. On a standard house, copper gutters will usually cost you around 4-5 times more that steel gutters. Occasionally we get asked about plastic or vinyl gutters. While they are available to the general public at places like Home Depot and Lowe’s, we do not use them and/or recommend them. They are not continuous, tend to leak much more often, and do not look very good on a house.
Which style of downspout is right for my house? This, more often than not, is truly a personal preference. All of the downspout styles work very well and most of the styles (in their respective sizes) have very similar water carrying capacity. Occasionally, because of house or deck construction, a certain style will work better than another, but usually you have the choice of the style that you like the look of best.
Which size of downspout is right for my house? As with the same question above for gutters, in many situations, your house may dictate how big of a downspout you can go with. When a Eco Gutters representative comes to your home to give you an estimate, he will take into consideration such factors as house construction, size of rain drains, existing downspout style, neighborhood style, and aesthetics. The majority of homes will use one of the 2″x3″ styles, and sometimes the 3″ round size. 3″x4″ downspouts and larger sizes sometimes used on residential homes, but are typically reserved for large buildings, commercial properties, etc. In terms of the corrugated vs. the plain square style, if you are indifferent to the look of the downspout, we usually recommend the corrugated. They are a tad bit larger and the rounded elbows help water and debris to flow a bit better. The plain square, though, tends to blend into the siding of your house a bit better.
If I don’t have a rain drain, is it ok for my downspout to just drain onto the ground/grass/concrete? Yes, this is perfectly acceptable and in some areas encouraged. There is no law or code that states all rain water must terminate into a rain drain or cistern of some sort. If you do have one or more downspouts just draining out onto the ground, we typically recommend kicking them out away from the foundation of the house. This helps prevent rain water from pooling up against the side of your house and possibly getting into the basement or foundation. We recommend kicking the downspout(s) out 1-6′ depending on the slope of the ground next to the foundation, the landscaping, and other structures that may be present.
Is it ok for my upper downspout(s) to drain the water onto the lower roof? Shouldn’t they be dropped into a lower gutter or something? Yes, this also is perfectly acceptable and is standard practice. The rain water draining from the downspouts onto the roof is no different than the rain falling from the sky onto your roof. This downspout configuration will not harm you roof in any way nor will it cause leaks or increased wear.
Which style of gutter guard is right for my house? Which one works the best? This depends on the house and on the number of trees around your house. If you have little to no trees around your home, you may not need screen at all. It depends on how full your gutters get with debris. Our local Eco Gutter Product Advisor can help you get the right LeafGaurd for your home
How much additional is it for gutter guards to be installed with my new gutters? That depends on which type of guard you choose, how difficult the installation is, and how many feet we’ll be installing. You can figure, depending on these factors, that gutter guards will run you between $3.50 per foot to $8.00 per foot installed.
Do I need to get new gutters from you in order for you to install gutter guards or can you put them on my existing gutters? We can absolutely install gutter guards on your existing gutters. If you have already purchased new gutters or recently moved into a home with gutters that are in good shape, we can install any* of our gutter guards on the existing gutter system to help control your leaf and needle problems. *Factors such as roof type, roof installation, house construction, etc. sometimes limit the gutter guard styles we can install.
ESTIMATES & JOBS
Do I need to be at home or make an appointment to get my estimate? No, we do not need anyone to be at home or need to meet anyone at the house in order to get you an estimate. We realize that people have jobs and more important things to do other than sitting around and waiting for the gutter guy to show up. As long as there isn’t a locked gate or something like that, we can go to your house, measure up the gutters, get all the info we need, and then send you a bid. We can call you with a price, email or fax you your bid, send you your bid in the mail, or just leave the bid on the front door.
Does your estimate include the removal and haul away of my old gutters? Does it include all applicable fees/taxes? Yes the removal, hauling away, and recycling of the existing gutters and downspouts is included in the price. The price shown on your quote unless otherwise noted, includes all labor, materials, and applicable fees
Do I need to be at home when your crew shows up to do the work? No. Just like with the bid, as long as there isn’t a locked gate, a dog in the yard, etc. and we have no need to be inside the house, then we do not need anyone to be at home. If you are at home, when the job is complete feel free to walk around the house with the crew to address any questions or concerns you may have and afterwards you are more than welcome to pay them with a check. If you’re not at home, we will mail an invoice to you and we can settle up payment later on.
Once I call you, how long will it be until you can get to my job? This all depends on the time of year, how busy we are, the size of your job, the difficulty of your job, the location of your job, if special materials need to be ordered, etc. The best thing to do is call our head office at 604-985-4326 and speak to the scheduler. He will be able to tell you an exact day that we can be at your house to do the work.
How long will it take your crew to complete my job? This all depends on the size of your job, the difficulty of your job, the amount of specialty work involved, the readiness of your job, etc. Typically, your estimator or our scheduler will be able to give you a rough idea of how long the job will take, but sometimes unforeseen factors come into play. Unless it’s a large job, we usually do all we can to get your job done in one day.
Why should I use Eco Gutters? Vancouver Eco Gutters is a locally owned and operated gutter company. We work all over the Vancouver metro area, including West Vancouver, Burnaby, North Vancouver, Coquitlam and Surrey. We have a reputation for quality work and excellent service. Whether it’s brand new gutters, a partial replacement, or just a simple gutter repair, we can take care of your needs. We have several different gutter and downspout profiles available in many different colors as well as gutter screens for taking care of your needle and leaf problems. Here are just of few of the reasons to go with Vancouver Eco Gutters Gutters…. • We are fully Licensed, Bonded, and Insured. • We have never had a WCB claim brought against us in the history of our company. • We have a fully staffed office with a full-time scheduler and a full-time receptionist to answer your questions. • We are Metro Vancouvers only Eco friendly Gutter contractors.
What methods of payment do you accept? We accept personal checks, cashiers checks, credit cards, or cash. The credit cards we accept are Visa and Master Card. At this time, our crews are not set up to conduct credit card transactions when they are on site to do the work, but can accept a personal check, cashiers check, or cash as payment in full. You may also call us with your credit card information at the time the job is complete and we can process that for you. In any of these events, an invoice marked as paid in full can be mailed to you at your request.
Are you fully licensed, bonded, and insured? Yes, we are fully licensed, bonded, and insured. .
What kind of warranty do you have on labor and materials? We offer a Limited Life Time Warranty on all aluminum, and copper materials. This warranty covers manufacturers defects of the material and protects against any rusting, cracking, etc. We have a 5-year warranty on our labor. This will protect you in the event of something like a leaking corner or a gutter that is sloped incorrectly.