Should I Get an Eavestrough Inspection before Winter?
Your to-do list ramps up in the fall in Canada. Here in snowy London ON, there are a few must-do projects like removing leaves from your eavestroughs and downspouts before they freeze in place. If your facia boards and eavestroughs are older, call a roofing contractor to assess their useful life.
Armour Shield Roofing strongly discourages homeowners from going up and down ladders or doing repairs on their roofs. The accidents and fatalities sustained by untrained individuals are tragic and avoidable by calling a professional roofing contractor. Your eavestroughs are an essential part of your home. They divert water away from your home through downspouts helping prevent problems like flooding, structural damage, mould growth, and flooding on your property. All of this can be a substantial cost to deal with. Prevention is almost always more affordable than necessary roofing repairs. Armour Shield Roofing has provided London Ontario and the surrounding area with exceptional 5 Star service since 1996. We certify and train our employees professionally for all roofing projects. Read just a few of our hundreds of client testimonials here.
Signs You’re Overdue for a Cleaning:
Armour Shield recommends having a regular inspection done every three years and cleaning your gutters every fall and spring. Some of the warning signs you’re overdue for professional cleaning:
- Plants are growing in your eavestroughs.
- There’s no moisture at the lower end of your downspouts.
- Your eavestroughs are overflowing with water cascading over the sides.
- Water damage and stains appear on your home’s siding.
- You can’t remember the last time you cleaned your eavestroughs.
Taking Care of Your Eavestroughs and Downspouts:
Taking good care of your eavestroughs and downspouts will help prolong their life, saving you money, stress and time down the road. At the very least, you need to have them inspected in the fall before winter arrives in full force. There is a good chance your eavestroughs are clogged with fallen leaves, twigs, branches and other debris from the fall. When this happens, water isn’t able to flow through them smoothly and away from your home. Downspouts can also become blocked with debris. When temperatures drop and blockages freeze they’re extremely difficult to remove. Suddenly the work becomes more tedious and expensive. You should also consider the potential cost of structural damage and mould.
Read about Ice Dams and Eco Friendly Ways to get Rid of Them.’ When a clogged eavestrough freezes in winter, water from melting snow on your roof has nowhere to go. When it freezes again, it forms an ice dam. This causes water to build upon your roof and gradually seep through shingles. Some parts of your home to which ice dams can inflict water damage are your attic, insulation, drywall, and electrical work. There is also a strong potential for mould to develop as a by-product of any water damage in your home. The weight of the water, leaves and debris in eavestroughs and downspouts can tear them away from the facia boards. You might need to have them repaired or replaced entirely depending on their useful life left. To ensure your eavestroughs last a long time and function correctly, have them inspected by a professional roofing company. Neglecting them can lead to a wide variety of problems that end up costing you more in the long run. Armour Shield Roofing strongly discourages homeowners from going up and down ladders or doing repairs on their roofs. The accidents and fatalities sustained by untrained individuals are tragic and avoidable by calling a professional roofing contractor.