If you need to have any work done on your gutters at commercial buildings, we here at Fairfax Gutter Cleaning are definitely the right people for you to call.
Commercial gutters serve the same purpose as residential gutters- to move water from the roof into a drainage area away from the foundation of a building. While the basic operation is the same, there are some key differences to take into consideration when installing commercial gutters.
Please read on to find out more about the commercial gutter cleaning services that we currently offer to anyone who lives in the Fairfax area:
A big concern when installing commercial gutters is drainage. With residential properties there is generally a yard to deposit the water into. With commercial, you oftentimes don’t have that luxury. Most municipalities will require you to drain commercial run-off into either a catch basin or into the municipal system. Drainage systems come in a few options depending on the type of roof on your commercial property. Both gravity and siphonic systems have pros and cons, depending on your needs. Installing proper gutters and drainage systems on your commercial property will help keep water from pooling on the roof and pooling at the foundation.
On average, commercial gutter systems tend to be a larger size than residential gutter systems. This is often because commercial roofs have a bigger square footage, which means more water run-off. The larger gutter size can handle the extra water flow. While there are some exceptions, residential gutter size is usually 5-inch, while commercial gutter size tends to be 6-inch. Not only is gutter size a factor in commercial properties, but shape of gutters as well. Round shape gutters, which are extremely popular on residential gutter systems, don’t hold as much water as box style gutters or K-style gutters.
Cities have rules and guidelines for buildings, and gutter installation falls into their jurisdiction. Commercial buildings have to adhere to codes and regulations that residential buildings don’t have to. Cities may have rules on size of gutter, material of gutter and placement of downspouts. Basically, you cannot take your left over residential gutters and add them to a place of business.
For commercial properties, being sturdy and reliable is more important than cost and aesthetic. While you want your business to look nice, commercial properties don’t put copper gutter systems up. The cost doesn’t make sense, even if the look is good. On the flip side, commercial buildings should use something better than vinyl gutters. They may be the cheapest on the market, but they will not hold up to the demands of a commercial roof. The most popular material for commercial gutters galvanized and stainless steel, or aluminum. These materials will do the job required from commercial buildings, and still give a nice clean aesthetic.