Capitol Gutter Blog
Hands on Children's Museum in Olympia. They needed to carry water away from the street and into a collection area in their outdoor park. This is a fun little project because we not only solved their drainage problem, but the kids can see how water flows. The outdoor gardens around the museum building have water features so this little gutter system fits right in.Here is a little job we did as a donation for the
If you have an outbuilding, like a shed or detached garage, it's important to install a gutter system, just like it is for your house, to provide proper drainage and prevent ground erosion and damage to the foundation or concrete slab. Contact us and we'll be happy to give you a free estimate.
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Our owner, Ed Steffen, is a huge Boston Red Sox fan. He's never been to Boston, but just loves the team. You'll usually find him wearing his Red Sox cap. Funny how the Red Sox Nation captures people's attention. He's pretty keen on the Seattle Mariners, too.
So baseball references and metaphors are not lost on us. Working with gutters, our goal is to provide the best defense possible -- "no runs, no drips, no errors."
There are some situations where the best course of action with a gutter installation is to create a continuous gutter system, carrying the water around the entire roof structure. This makes sense, for example, if the side area or backyard has drainage issues. We want prevent water from draining from the roof into that area and move it away from the home or commercial stucture.
The first example here is a residential installation. Because of the overhang, rather than create three, separate gutters and drainspouts, we created one, continous gutter that drains down to one downspout.
The second example is a deck overhang that was added to an existing building. By creating a continuous gutter that wraps around the roof, we were able to funnel water away from the building and feed it closer to the storm drains.
At Capitol Gutter, we will work with you to build best gutter installation for your specfic situation. We want to make sure your experience with us is a home run, so you can take a seventh-inning stretch. We'll knock it out of the park... okay you get the picture! Give us a call or fill out our contact form for a free estimate :)> Add a comment >
At Capitol Gutter, we handle all sorts of gutter installations, from full, new gutter replacement to addition of gutter systems for specific applications. Occasionally we run into unusual situations, like this one at Capital Vision Christian Church, where our goal is to adapt an existing, working gutter system to resolve flooding and overflow issues.
The church had an area along the back of their building that, due to the junction of two roof structures, would overflow and flood the ground. Because of the incorrect slope of the existing gutters, water would flow backwards into the corner, rather than away from the building.
We decided with the church that the most cost-effective solution to this situation would be to add a new downspout to carry water to the opposite side of the wall. Because it was not in a visible location, the church was concerned with the function of the gutter system than aesthetics. It was also more cost-effective to run a new downspout than to take down and reinstall an entire new gutter system. Now rainwater is carried farther away from the building where it drains to the ground without flooding the back entrance.
If you have an unusual gutter or drainage situation, our team at Capitol Gutter will work with you to provide the best solution based on your needs and budget. We install both commercial and residential gutter systems throughout the greater Olympia area, as well as Thurston, Mason and Grays Harbor counties. Give us a call at 360-264-4574, or fill out our contact form for a free estimate.> Add a comment >
We can handle just about any kind of unusual gutter scenario you can throw at us. Here's a home with an oddly placed window and an eve very close to the edge of the front wall.
Becuase of the odd shape of the roof, rainwater was being funneled down right on top of the cars in front of the garage.
If you look closely (sorry the picture is a little blurry), you'll see how we solved this unique situation. We placed gutters on both sides of the window, added downspouts to both, and joined the downspouts together to carry water to the edge of house and off of the driveway.
We love challenges like these. They're like big water puzzles and the reward is a happy customer!
Whether you have a simple, straightforward job or something that's a real head-scratcher, we'll install the gutters and find a professional solution that works.> Add a comment >
Junkophobia is a common condition suffered by homeowners when they hire a contractor. What is it? It's the fear associated with contractors not cleaning up after themselves when they finish a job. We're talking about the sawdust and staples left behind by a handyman. The sticks and rocks left behind the house by a landscaper. And the dirt, leaves and other debris left behind after cleaning a roof and gutters.
We're not saying that all contractors do this. There are many that are neat and tidy and do a thorough job cleaning up after themselves. But the last thing you want to do is spend your hard-earned money on roof and gutter cleaning and be left with filth strewn all over your yard. It's not only unsightly, but it's also dangerous because roof debris can include things like nails and staples that roofers left behind or became dislodged from your roof. Gutter removal and installation also can leave behind metal fasteners that can cause havoc if you run over them with a lawnmower, or worse, if a child steps on one.
At Capitol Gutter, we pride ourselves on our "no junk" policy. We will always clean up after ourselves and leave your property in better condition than when we arrived. After your roof and gutter cleaning, or gutter installation, we will clean up everything that reaches the ground. Since we only hand-clean roofs and never pressure wash (which is bad for your roof, by the way), we generally don't make a big mess to begin with. But we will make sure that every clump of moss, every leaf, and every glob of mud is cleaned up and taken away.
We promise not only to clean up after ourselves, but leave your yard cleaner than when we got there. If you are ever dissatisfied with how we've left your property, call us and we will come back and make it right.
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