Unique Gutters and Exteriors

Vancouver Residential Gutter Contractor, Commercial Gutter Contractor and Exterior Soffit

License Number: 54068

Frequently Asked Roofing Questions

How can I determine if my Gutters needs to be repaired or replaced?

Gutter repairs can be carried out during the average 20 year lifespan but when gutters can no longer be protected from water infiltration despite regular maintenance, gutter replacement may be required. Check for cracked or missing shingles and damaged flashings and contact a Unique Gutters and Exteriors for a licensed roofing service.

How long do new gutters last?

The average life span of a gutter is about 20 years with regular maintenance. Certain types of gutters can last 30 years or longer including cement fiber, tile, slate and copper.

I received quotes for several different gutter prices, how do I know which one to choose?

Gutter quotes may vary due to lack of insurance, the use of subcontractors, or limited experience. Property owners are advised to carefully research a gutter contractor’s credentials since lower quotes may indicate substandard work.

What is the industry standard for warranties?

Manufacturer warranties are regulated by industry standards and cover defects in gutter materials only; while warranties for labor are offered by roofing contractors and vary widely depending on the contractor.

Can gutters be installed during winter?

There are no standard temperature guidelines for installing gutters although certain, materials can become brittle during colder months. An experienced contractor will store materials properly and work with one bundle at a time. Unique Gutters and Exteriors offers qualified gutter installation and repair at any time for the year.

My contractor wants to use staples instead of nails to install my gutters. Is that OK?

Unique Gutters and Exteriors uses industry recommended galvanized steel or corrosion resistant nails for all asphalt installations according to building code requirements and manufacturer recommendations.

How can ice dams be reduced or removed?

Using an ice pick or shovel should not be used to remove ice dams because of the risk of gutter damage. Remove as much snow as possible and contact a licensed gutter contractor for assistance.  

How do I get rid of moss or algae in a gutter?

A mild detergent or solution of bleach and water should be applied by hand using a sponge and then rinsed thoroughly. Power washing and scrubbing is not recommended.

Can hail damage my gutters?

Hail can cause damage to gutter systems sometimes. Contact Unique Gutters and Exteriors for an evaluation following a hail storm or any other extreme weather event.

Can I paint my gutters?

Yes. Certain premium quality paints can extend gutter lifespan. Contact a Unique Gutters and Exteriors roofing service specialist for more information.