Rain Gutter Installation in Irvine

 Is your mind in the gutter? Well, it should be if you want to have a house that is in good working order. Rainwater is a natural element that can wreak havoc on a house if it’s not controlled by properly installed and maintained rain gutters. There are many misconceptions about gutters and as a result there are many mistakes homeowners are making. In some cases these mistakes are causing damage rather than preventing it, so rain gutter installation in Irvine, or Orange County in general, is essential to the preserving of homes.


The importance of properly installed and maintained gutters can’t be stressed enough. Every house should have gutters, and in recent years building officials across the land have been recognizing this. Many municipalities around the country are now requiring gutters on all new residential construction. Here’s why rain gutters are so important:

  • Soil around the house is stabilized
  • Foundation problems can be avoided
  • Erosion can be prevented and this preserves landscaping and turf
  • Water damage to siding and wood trim can be prevented
  • Water staining on brick and stone masonry can be prevented
  • Settling and cracking of sidewalks, patios and driveways can be lessened
  • Exterior doors and garage overhead doors can be preserved

For houses that have trees within ten feet of the roofline, gutters will need to be cleaned out twice a year at a minimum. In some cases gutters may need to be cleaned out a couple times in fall alone. One myth about gutters is that houses with no trees don’t need to be cleaned. Gutter cleaning may still be required, especially on houses with asphalt shingles. Over time these shingles lose their granules and these granules make their way into the gutters. 


There are many products out there that claim to be maintenance-free leaf guards that keep gutters clean. Some of these products are effective and some actually create problems. The products available are either metal mesh or sheet metal gutter helmets. In some applications these products can tend to dam leaves on the roof which can cause damage to roof decking and eaves. Some of the sheet metal gutter helmets and leaf-guard products don’t actually work in a heavy rain. Yes, leaves and debris won’t be in your gutter, but water won’t go into the gutter either. Before buying any of these products do some homework on rain gutter installation in Irvine and Orange County. Also read reviews of the products mentioned online. In some cases good old fashion gutter cleaning may be a better option. 


The majority of houses with gutters don’t have a system that is complete and installed correctly. A properly installed gutter system will include seamless gutters on every sloped roof edge. The gutters should not hold standing water, should not leak, should be securely fastened to the fascia trim, and should have downspouts that are securely fastened to the exterior of the house. 

Finally, downspouts should not terminate close to the foundation. This is a common mistake that installers and homeowners make. What’s the use of having a complete gutter system that dumps all the water from the roof at the side of the foundation? This is just another reason why rain gutter installation in Irvine is necessary for your home’s health. What’s needed is a minimum of three-foot diversion away from the foundation. In many cases a section of flexible black plastic diversion piping can be used, or a section of downspout can be attached at the end of the elbow. It’s important to note that the concrete diverters that are often seen under downspout elbows are not adequate for water control.

Hermosa Beach Homeowners Association roofing problems

A roofing frustration in California
The homeowners association of an Hermosa Beach, CA complex grew frustrated with repeated attempts by several roofing companies to fix roof problems at their 9 unit condominium association. They finally reached out to our friendly roofing specialist Todd, with Western Roofing Systems in California. Impressed by our track record helping residential and commercial properties with their roofing needs, the homeowners association subsequently contracted Western Roofing Systems for all their roofing repairs. Request an appointment today.

Free roof inspection, roof report, and roof analysis

The HOA met with Western Roofing Systems and several other companies to review and discuss their roof repair issues. After the interview process, Western Roofing Systems was awarded the project. Unlike other companies, WRS took the time to discuss all the issues and long term goals of the HOA and provided a detailed report on how all the roof repair issues would be addressed. The primary goals of the HOA were to properly address the leak issues and look at options on prolonging the life of the existing flat roof areas. The secondary goal was to accomplish this at a reasonable cost and within their budget.

Roofing experience matters

After our detailed inspection, California based Western Roofing Systems determined that the standing seam steel roof areas were initially improperly installed causing them to prematurely deteriorate and leak. In the flat roof and low slope areas it was determined that some of these materials were also improperly installed and were also in need of some overdue maintenance. The issues included: Improper flashing installation causing leaks, cap sheet granular loss causing the cap sheet to prematurely deteriorate, cracks in flashings around plumbing vents causing leaks, water ponding was damaging the cap sheet and a gutter system failure that was causing stucco staining and damage.

Our roof repair solutions

  • Replace the steel standing seam portions
  • Properly reinstall metal flashings in areas that were previously improperly installed
  • Reseal all plumbing vent flashing
  • Replace aging skylights
  • Fill ponding areas with a material designed for roof ponding
  • Coat the existing flat roof areas with an elastomeric coating to protect the roof and prevent cap sheet granular loss (prolonging it’s life expectancy) and the coating also helped to reduce heat dropping to the interior below due to its reflecting properties.
  • Replace the gutter and down spout system
  • Learn about roof repair financing

Have a multi-unit complex that needs roofing services?

Western Roofing systems in California delivers outstanding roof repairs, replacements and installations for all types of residential and commercial properties. We love working with apartment complexes and multi-unit office buildings. Call us today: (800) 766-8000