Last time, we discussed how important it is to keep your eaves troughs cleared from blockages and debris. We also talked a bit about what important roles eaves troughs fulfill. Specifically that they are used to carry the water shed by your roof away from your house. This protects your house from leaks near the roof because water can drain properly, and it protects your foundation because the water is released far enough from home that it cannot easily cause problems.
Buying & Installing
Now that our readers have an excellent understanding of what eaves troughs do, we thought we’d explain our suggestions when buying and installing new troughs. Whether you’ve had mould and moisture problems in your basement, are building a new home, or just want to be proactive at stopping leaks before they begin, these suggestions should work for any home in the Calgary area or with a similar climate.
The most important job your troughs have is to lead water away from your foundation. In order to effectively do this, all of the downspouts should extend a minimum of six feet or just under two metres away from your foundation. Remember this is a minimum: further is fine, but we always try to balance benefit with cost.
When it comes to size, we recommend using an eaves trough that is five inches wide. Five inches is usually adequate to stop clogs and back ups as long as you’re remembering to do your semi-annual cleaning. Smaller than five inches and you may run into some troubles, especially if there are many trees on your property. Any larger than five inches and we usually find that our clients spend a lot more money with few additional benefits.
When and Why Should you Replace Them?
If you aren’t doing the roofing yourself, that’s usually the extent of control you’ll have, but here are a couple extra thing to keep in mind anyways. Take a look over your eaves troughs and see whether it’s a seamless length or a bunch of different lengths that have been connected together. One long, continuous length of trough is better than having several shorter pieces connected together, so if your home currently has the latter you may want to switch it out the next time you have roof work done. Also make sure that the corners and turns are all well sealed. Keep an eye out for leaks and drips, and be ready to have them resealed if they aren’t doing their jobs.
All aspects of your roof system are important to the overall health of your roof. Any one weak section will hurt the whole roof and make leaks and flooding more likely. If you’d like to have your roof inspected, repaired, or replaced, call Roof Hospital today at (403) 457-3330.