Gutters (Eavestroughs): Frequently Asked Questions
A high quality roof is the main component of a waterproof home. But the job isn’t complete unless your gutters and other exterior components – siding, soffit and fascia, are in good shape. Your gutters perform a vital function in moving water away from the roof and the foundation of your home.
Faulty gutters and downspouts can cause damage to shingles, soffit and fascia, foundations and driveways.
Sectional Eavestroughs Vs. Continuous Eavestroughs
The eavestroughing available at most home improvement stores is sectional. It comes in varying lengths and the sections are fit together and installed on your home.
Professionally installed eavestroughs are continuous (seamless) – custom and precisely fit for your home. Continuous eavestrouphs not only reduce the possibility of leaks and corrosion, but are more visually appealing due to the absence of unsightly seams.
Standard Eavestroughs Vs. Aluminum Eavestroughs
Standard eavestroughing is made of steel and typically available in white, chocolate brown and ivory and a few specialty colours. Steel eavestroughs should be repainted every several years to prevent corrosion.
Aluminum eavestroughs generally cost a little more but they come in a wide variety of custom colors. Aluminum is corrosion resistant and the paint is baked on to eliminate frequent repainting.
How Do You Know If You Need New Eavestroughs?
You should inspect your eavestroughs in both fall and spring. Use this 10 Point Eavestrough Inspection to determine if you need new gutters.
- Are there signs of excess water, or ice build up, near your foundation in the winter?
- In the spring, are there ridges forming on the ground near the foundation?
- Are your eavestroughs sagging in any areas?
- Are your gutters pulling away from the edge of the roof?
- Are there any streaks or water marks on your siding?
- Do your eavestroughs have any cracks or peeling paint?
- Are there any watermarks on the eavestroughs?
- Are your gutters getting excessively clogged?
- If you pour water into the eavestrough does it drain steadily into the downspout?
- Have you noticed ice damming or excess snow build-up on the bottom 3 ft of your roof edge?
Should I Install A Leaf Guard?
If you are tired of regularly cleaning your eavestroughs, you may want to install a leaf guard. Leaf guards prevent leaves and other debris from accumulating in your eavestroughs. The debris on the leaf guard is simply blown away by a light wind and your gutters stay clean year round. We recommend the Alurex perforated leaf guard.
How Important Are Your Eavestroughs?
The following is an example of damages that can result from eavestrough problems.
A client of ours had her roof redone several years ago and the roofers neglected to re-install a section of eavestroughing. She brought it to their attention but was told that it wouldn’t affect anything. About two years later, while having new flooring installed, black toxic mold was discovered under the floor and, later, on the entire side of the house with the missing eavestrough.
The mold damage not only required major drywall replacement and, worse, caused health problems for her and her children.
Done Right Roofing Recommends:
- Continuous eavestroughing.
- Aluminum instead of steel. Although more expensive initially, the cost is more than justified by lower maintenance costs, corrosion resistance and superior leak protection.
- Alurex leaf guards in high debris locations.
- No gutter lengths longer than 50ft.
Your Assurance of Quality
To ensure you receive the highest quality, we use an independent contractor that specializes in exterior work to perform these services.