Are Your Eavestroughs Effective?
Eavestroughs! They might not be the most exciting subject in the world, but we’re going to tell you why they’re important and how to tell if they are in good working order. Maybe they need fixing? Maybe they’re in great condition and you’ll learn a little bit about how important they are.
Why Eavestroughs are Important
It might not seem like a big deal, but those metal troughs that line the edge of your roof can have a huge impact on the life of your roof. We don’t want to overstate it, so we’ll let someone else do it for us. “Bad rain gutters are the number one mechanical contributor to the deterioration of your home.” (source). As roofing experts, we can’t fully agree, but they can be a huge factor to your home’s health.
Unfortunately, most of us don’t really care about them. They can be poorly installed and we won’t notice. They could be poorly designed and we probably wouldn’t notice. We probably even go years without cleaning our gutters and we figure it doesn’t make a difference… But it does!
Eavestroughs are just one element to your roof’s drainage system. Read about how they work with other parts to keep your home or business dry.
How Eavestroughs Can Affect Your Roof’s Drainage
One of your roof’s primary functions is to allow rain, snow, and debris to follow the rules of gravity and flow nicely off of it. But you don’t want water to just freestyle careen off your roof like a waterfall! Uncontrolled runoff can damage your siding, windows, doors, your landscaping, and even your foundation.
Eavestroughs help direct the flow into a sewer or a piece of downward sloping land so it won’t flood your house.
Yes, flood. If your downspout isn’t at least a couple metres away from your foundation, your basement could actually flood. All the water hitting your roof could end up back in your home. Alberta has been hit with a lot of extreme weather these past few years, so we’ve see a lot of flooding. Flooding is an absolute nightmare. Damp walls, paint peeling, mold growing. Yuck!
To be fair, if your neighbourhood has turned into a lake, your downspout placement is irrelevant. But in a rainstorm, the placement of your downspout is extremely important. If your downspout is very close to your home, get an extension for it and make sure it’s pointing away from your home.
Here are Some Downspout Placement Tips
When you finish reading this article, go check your downspout(s) to make sure they’re in the right spot. Here’s what to look for:
- Upper roof downspouts should not drain onto lower roofs. This can actually void the roof’s warranty. Gutters should drain into other gutters or directly to the ground.
- Make sure water flows out at least 6 feet away from the house.
- Don’t allow them to drain onto a driveway, steps, or sidewalk.
- Water should flow downward and away from the building. Water flowing back toward the house is a big problem!
Are Your Gutters in Good Condition?
Fixing your downspout it it’s too short or draining in a bad place is easy. Eavestrough fixes can be another story.
Here are just some of the problems your gutters can have:
- Missing flashing
- Improper placement
- Unsealed/leaking seams
- Overflowing during heavy rains
- Unpainted interiors, which leads to rust
- Sagging due to missing or improperly placed supports
- Standing water because they don’t have enough slope
Gutters usually last 20 to 30 years, but any of these signs could mean they need fixes or repairs.
Read about the 7 Deadly Gutter Sins in this article by Home Preservation Services. Are your gutters guilty?
Get Crest Roofing to Repair or Replace Your Eavestroughs
Luckily you don’t have to be an expert in eavestroughs to fix them. It’s as easy as picking up your phone and giving Crest Roofing a call. Other than a cleaning once or twice a year, gutter installation and repair is something to leave to the professionals.
We have the expertise, equipment, and safety measures to make quick work of your eavestrough problem.
So, give us a call at (780) 466-1601 if you need eavestrough work done. We’ll do an inspection, give you recommendations, and offer you a reasonable quote.