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Garage Overhang Problem Solved

Gutter installed over garage door to prevent rain from leeching into the garage.Gutter installed over garage door to prevent rain from leaching into the garage. The vast majority of gutter installations we do in the Olympia area are traditional gutters attached to the overhang of a roof. However, we can think outside the box and come up with solutions for unusual situations.

The garage in this multi-family apartment building frequently got wet during the rainy season because, being so high up, the overhang did not reach far enough beyond the building.  So every time there was a hard rain, water would cascade down the side of the building and leach into the garage.

After the building owner installed a painted 2x4 as a base, we installed a gutter and downspout above the garage door to catch the rain and carry it safely away from the entrance.

Capitol Gutter installs gutter systems on all kinds of structures, from residential homes and apartment buildings to commercial offices and industrial sites. Whatever your needs, please contact us by phone or by using our online contact form and we'll be happy to give you a free quote.

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Gutters Add Curb Appeal, Market Value to your Home

New gutters add value, curb appeal and protection for this Olympia property.New gutters add value, curb appeal and protection for this Olympia property. Gutters are not exactly the most glamorous home improvement project, but they are one of the most practical upgrades you can do to maintain the value of your home.

Gutters in a rainy climate are not just recommended -- they are a necessity. Not only will they keep water from pouring down off of your roof on to you, they will also protect your home from potential water damage. And since working gutters are expected in this climate, they will also increase your home's value.

When a prospective buyer visits your home, the first thing they do is look at the condition of your yard and the exterior of your home. A poorly maintained home exterior can turn off a buyer even before they set foot inside. If fact, with so many home buyers out there canvassing neighborhoods on their own, they may exclude a house from those they tell their agent they are interested in seeing if it doesn't have street appeal.

Gutters are one of those home improvement items that can make a huge difference in the appearance of your home. A clean, undented, properly working set of gutters adds curb appeal to house. Think of it way: if you were selling a car, would expect to get top dollar for it when it's filthy and it has dents in it?

It's also important to consider the long-term effects of poorly functioning gutters on your home's value. While improper drainage may not seem like a big issue, over time, rainwater constantly beating down next to your house every winter can damage your home's foundation, requiring costly repairs. Once these repairs are necessary, you'll legally need disclose them to anyone interested in buying your home and any real estate agent interesting in showing it to possible buyers. Even if the problem has been fixed, having to tell people that your home required foundation repairs could be a huge black mark against you.

So protect your home and your wallet.  Contact Capitol Gutter for a free estimate.  If your gutters are in reasonable condition and just need repairs, we can do those for you.  If your gutters are older and need replacement, we will give you a competitive bid.  Either way, expect an honest assessment of your situation.  We never use high-pressure sales tactics, and always consider what is best for our customers to be the first and highest priority.

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Maintain Storm Drains To Protect Your Home and Neighborhood

Clogged storm drains cause street flooding, damaging roads and increasing rainwater pollution.  Photo courtesy Scott Schiller storm drains cause street flooding, damaging roads and increasing rainwater pollution. Photo courtesy Scott Schiller.If you live within the city limits, you probably have a storm drain on your street. Most people don't give these much thought until they accidentally drop their keys in one. It's important to understand how storm drains function and why it's so important that you help maintain the ones in your neighborhood.

The purpose of storm drains is to collect run-off water from irrigation and rain and carry it away underground. This prevents street flooding and hazardous driving conditions.

It's critical to understand that storm drains do not lead to waste treatment plants like sewers do. They carry water directly to bodies of water. In the Olympia area, storm drains empty directly into Puget Sound. Please keep this in mind and never empty other liquids into them. Storm drains are intended only for water.

If you have a storm drain in front of your house, it is your civic obligation to keep it clean from debris like leaves, mud and garbage. Plugged storm drains prevent storm water from feeding into the drains properly. This can cause street flooding, damaging roads. Also, since the water has to travel further above ground, it is more likely to pick up contaminants like motor oil from cars and carry it towards Puget Sound.

If you can't manage a storm drain yourself, ask a neighbor to help. Thurston County actually suggests "adopting" a storm drain. Checking on storm drains regularly during the wet winter months will keep debris from accumulating, making them easier to maintain. Thurston County has an excellent section on their website discussing stormwater utilities. We encourage you to review it at

When Capitol Gutter cleans your roof and gutters, ask us to clear your storm drain. We'll be happy to do it.

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Copper Gutters: Are They Right for Your Home?

Copper gutters add a beautiful accent to this home's brick and cedar shake facade.Copper gutters add a beautiful accent to this home's brick and cedar shake facade.

Gutters can be made from a variety of materials, including aluminum, galvanized steel, stainless steel, copper and vinyl. We typically work with aluminum for residential structures, and either aluminum or steel for commercial structures.

On occasion, however, have customers looking for a more unique option for their homes -- copper. The home above is a recent example of a copper gutter system we installed. As you can see it adds a striking complement to the brick and cedar walls.

So what are the pros and cons of copper gutters?

First, let get the cost issue out of the way. Copper gutters are a lot more expensive than aluminum gutters. By a lot we mean 2-3 times as much. With the many color options available for aluminum and steel, most people opt for these cheaper alternatives.

Aside from the material being more expensive, copper gutters are more difficult to install. As you can see in the picture, copper gutters. being sectional, require soldering together at the seams. All the aluminum and steel gutter systems we install are seamless and do not require sealant or soldering.

So why would someone spend so much more money on copper? Here are the two main reasons:

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Affordable Idea for Manufactured Homes and Ramblers

Gutters installed on the eve of this manufactured home draw water away from the entrance.Gutters installed on the eve of this manufactured home draw water away from the entrance.  Click on picture for larger view.

Here's a solution we tried for a manufactured home. The entrance to this house does not have a covered entry for the front door, which can be really messy in the wintertime. Rather than spend a lot of money building an entryway, we fashioned gutters to carry the water away by installing them on the eve. While it's not as weatherproof as a full entry, it keeps water from pooling into a muddy mess in front of the door, and it was quick and inexpensive to do.

If you have a manufactured home or a rambler without a covered entry, this just might be an affordable solution for you. We can use this technique when installing a new gutter system, or modify and existing gutter installation.

What do you think of this idea? Tell us in the comments below.

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Capitol Gutter, Inc.
(360) 264.4574
PO Box 945
Tenino, Wa. 98589

Serving Greater Olympia,
Thurston, Mason, Lewis counties

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