Your eavestroughs are an important part of your Toronto home. Most people think that gutters just help to keep them dry when they are entering or exiting a property. But that is only a side effect of their main purpose. The real purpose of eavestroughs is to protect your property from damage. If rain water is allowed to freely flow off the roof and on to the ground, then the water will eventually be absorbed. Overtime the ground below the surface can become saturated with water creating a great deal of pressure. This pressure will cause the foundation to slowly corrode, leading to cracks and water damage, undermining the structural integrity of your Toronto home.
To prevent this, contact Armstrong & Nelson Eavestroughing make sure that your gutters are clean and in good condition.
Water spillage: The most telltale sign that they need cleaning is if water is spilling over the edge of your gutters. If you are experiencing a torrential rain storm then it may just be the volume of water, but this is often not the case. If water is pouring from the eavestroughs then most likely there is a blockage. It is best to have this dealt with as soon as possible to prevent future property damage.
Plant life: Have you seen some plants sprouting from the edge of the roof of your Toronto home? This probably means that there is a significant amount of debris in the area that overtime has decomposed into soil. The real issue with plants is that their roots can dig into the gutters and damage them. They can push the gutter away from the roof or even create cracks in the material.
Stains: Signs of stains or mildew means that it has been a while since the gutters have been properly looked after. It also indicates that there is standing water which can affect the fascia of the roof and even the shingles.
It has been a while: Can you remember the last time you had them cleaned? If it’s a vague memory then it is probably time to take action. It is important to not only have them cleaned but also inspected, so as to avoid expensive repairs or replacement in the future.
Sagging: Buildup in the eaves can be heavy. Gutters are strong but they do have a breaking point where they will slowly rip away from their connections to the roof. To prevent this, make sure to have them cleaned regularly.
Insects: Do you see insects hanging around your gutters? This could be due to them being a perfect breeding ground. Stagnant water is exactly what mosquitoes and many other types of insects require to create the next generation. If your gutter is blocked then there is a high chance that you will have more than your fair share of pests to deal with.
Birds: If birds are hanging around your gutters regularly then there are two possibilities for this. One, they are building a nest which means that the gutter is probably clogged as the bird thinks it a safe spot to build a home. A clogged eavestrough is also an excellent source of materials for birds as there are many small pieces of debris that are perfect for nests. Two, the area might be a food source as insects are thriving at the edge of your roof.
As a general rule of thumb, it is good to have your gutters cleaned twice a year—in the fall and spring. These are the times when the most debris and leaves are in the air which hit your roof and slide into the gutters.
It is also important to know the trees around your Toronto home. If you have a lot of pines, cleaning may need to happen more frequently as they shed more than other trees.
This is a question all of our clients ask themselves when thinking about maintaining their Toronto home. We have four main reasons why you should:
If you would like a more permanent solution then we can install Leaf Guard. This gutter protection technology is installed into the eavestroughs and prevents leaves and other debris from entering. The system is made from a material that won’t rust, fits in most existing gutters, is highly durable and even strengthens the trough, providing extra support during winter months. Please have a look at the page on our website dedicated to the subject for more information.
If you live in the Toronto area and are looking for a professional team to ensure that your eavestroughs are spotless and in good shape, contact the team at Armstrong & Nelson Eavestroughing. We look forward to helping you protect your investment.