The Benefits of Eavestroughs
Gutters are an essential feature of any Canadian home. Without them, your home will suffer damage each year simply due to the weather. Here are a few advantages that eavestroughs have to offer:
They reroute rainwater and melting snow.
Residents of Calgary, Alberta know what the start of spring brings: piles of snow melting from the rooftops. Without a gutter system, this spells out disaster very quickly for homeowners. Eavestroughs prevent water from rotting your roof. If you’ve ever borne the cost of replacing a roof, you’ll understand how valuable gutters can be!
Here’s another benefit of eavestroughs: they redirect water away from your roof, meaning that you won’t end up with massive icicles looming over your doorway. While those icy daggers might appear picturesque, they can be a danger to you and your guests!
They keep your home’s exterior clean.
Have you ever noticed water stains on a house? Down the sides, you may see dark streaks of rainwater and melted snow that stain the siding or stucco. This gives the house an untidy appearance.
As the snow melts, muddy puddles spread throughout the city. Make sure that water accumulates away from the sides and foundation of your home. Otherwise, you’ll be dealing with water damage, a stained exterior, and a mould problem.
Eavestrough Repair Calgary
After your eavestrough installation, you might seldom think about your water drainage system. You trust it to do its job while you carry on with your busy life.
But even our most trusty appliances break down after they’ve been in use for years. The same is true for your gutter system. Here are a few common problems that you may encounter:
The eavestroughs are corroded.
Eavestroughs are made from a range of materials such as aluminum, vinyl, steel, zinc, and copper. Over time, these materials become worn down by the elements. Metal gutters, in particular, can be rusted by water damage. A section or component of the gutter may need to be replaced to solve the problem.
On average, a gutter system typically lasts 20 years. This number can vary depending on the kind of material that’s used—copper gutters last the longest, while vinyl ones require replacing more often. For any sections that need to be restored or replaced, Martens Contracting has you covered.
The gutters are leaking.
More often than not, this is due to a faulty seam—the junction where two sections connect. A quick repair will have your gutters back in order!
The gutters are sagging.
Sometimes, your eavestroughs can’t keep up with the capacity of water that pours down from the sky. This also happens when a screw becomes loose, causing the gutters to lose their structure. At Martens Contracting, we provide re-securing services. Give us a call, and your gutters will be tightened up in no time.
The eavestroughs aren’t sloped.
Ever wondered why so many roofs are built in a sloped shape? This is to allow water to drain off the sides, rather than pooling up in the middle. Even flat roofs are built with a slight incline. The same idea is behind the structure of your eavestroughs. During eavestrough installations, the gutters are built at an angle to allow for optimal water drainage. If the gutters aren’t angled correctly, water won’t be able to drain from the pipes. A readjustment can put them back in order.
Here’s the good news: our service providers at Martens Contracting can help with any of these repairs that you might need. Spending money on repairs like these will greatly extend the lifespan of your gutters.
Each year, we schedule maintenance for important machines and tools to keep them working at maximum efficiency. We get our cars serviced, our HVAC systems inspected, and our teeth cleaned. Your home’s eavestroughs are just another system that needs maintenance.
You may not want to add yet another expense to your never-ending list of house-related bills. However, this isn’t one that you should skip.
The different sections of your eavestroughs can fill up with branches, leaves, and mud, restricting the water flow until they’re blocked completely. Instead of redirecting the water, it will spill over the sides and end up damaging the structure of your home. This defeats the purpose of an eavestrough installation. The downspout is what drains water from the roof to the ground. But if it’s clogged, the water will back up and fail to discharge. This is another part of your eavestroughs that needs seasonal cleaning.
It’s good practice to schedule a gutter cleaning several times a year. Your eavestroughs won’t be much use if they’re clogged with leaves and debris!
How often should I get my gutters cleaned?
This answer varies depending on your location. Seasonal changes have a lot to do with the condition of your eavestroughs—for example, how much rain or snow falls in a given year. Another factor is the number of trees that are near your property. The more branches that hang near your roof, the more leaves will fall into the gutters.
While it’s possible to clean your eavestroughs by yourself, it’s important to take care when doing so. You’ll need to use a ladder to access them and you must make sure it’s balanced properly against the side of your home. If you climb up too high to reach the gutter, it could topple backward. To prevent any accidents, it’s best to call a professional to do this for you.
For eavestrough installation in Calgary, Alberta, contact Martens Contracting your Calgary Roofing Company. We provide extensive services, from cleanings to repairs. Get in touch with us to save your home from water damage!