Gutters and eavestroughs are a critical component of your roofing system. Unfortunately, they can sometimes get bent out of shape due to too much debris, heavy snow, strong winds, or a number of other causes. At A. Clark Roofing & Siding LP, our local Edmonton and Calgary roofers want you to know how to spot signs of trouble with your eavestroughing and when it may be time to replace them.
The Importance of a Properly Working Eavestrough System
Situated along the eaves of your home, your eavestroughing is responsible for draining water off your roof. Our roofers know how important eavestroughs are for protecting your fascia, soffit, and siding. Leaky or bent and sloping gutters can not only cause damage to your home’s exterior but may eventually lead to leaks as well. Thankfully, with regular roofing inspections most homeowners can spot potential issues and keep the eavestrough system working for your home.
In addition to their important job protecting your roofing system and preventing moisture build-up, your gutters and eavestroughs also contribute to your home’s overall curb appeal. With many different styles available, your eavestrough system can help enhance the exterior of your home. For example, many contemporary homes will install black aluminum or grey, whereas heritage homes might use copper gutters to complement the traditional look. If you’re thinking of listing your home, new gutters are an inexpensive way to form a great first impression with buyers.
Should I Repair or Replace My Eavestrough Gutters?
Take a look at your eavestroughs. Do they seem to be sagging or bending away from the eaves? It’s best to fix the problem or have your eavestroughs replaced as soon as possible to prevent any potential damage to your home.
The best way to stay on top of any necessary repairs or replacements to your eaves and gutters is to perform a roof inspection at least two times a year.
How Small Issues in Gutters are Repaired
A slight sag or bend on a gutter is something that a handy homeowner may be able to fix themselves by following a few simple steps:
- Inspect the gutter and clean out any debris that may be contributing to the problem.
- Drill a pilot hole through the top outer edge of the gutter.
- Insert a gutter spike through the hole and into a spike sleeve.
- Hammer the spike through the other side of the gutter and into the fascia boards.
You can also use screw fastened brackets to help support your eavestroughs. These brackets sit inside the eavestrough, clipping to the top ends and are fastened with a screw through the fascia board.
Should You Replace Your Gutters Instead?
Depending on the type or material of your eavestroughs, they should last up to 20 years for most aluminum options, with copper lasting more than 50 years. If you are not sure if your eavestrough system just needs repair or a full replacement, take a look for the following signs which may indicate you need to replace your gutters.
- Water leaking or excessive pooling
- Indoor mold issues
- Fading paint (this may indicate an old system)
- Sagging gutters or improper pitch
- Eroded landscape
Average Cost of a Eavestrough Replacement in Alberta
Wondering how much to budget for eavestrough replacement? There are a number of factors that will help determine the cost, including the size of your home, what types of materials you want to use, and the downspout requirements.
On average, using traditional aluminum gutters, the job will range between $1000 and $2500.
When to Call Professional Roofers for Repair or Replacement
If you’re not comfortable standing on a ladder or performing home repairs, then professional Calgary or Edmonton roofing contractors can quickly and easily perform eavestrough repairs and replacement for you. Bent sections can typically be replaced at a minimal cost and protect your roof and home from additional damage. An eavestrough system that has many leaks and obvious signs of cracking and damage will likely need to be replaced in its entirety, but it’s well worth the investment to protect your home from leaks and flooding.
Having your gutters professionally repaired or installed can give you peace of mind, as many Calgary or Edmonton professional roofers like A. Clark Roofing & Siding can include the following services included in repair or replacement in addition to the materials and labour.
- Removal and disposal of old gutter
- Cleaning of all eavestroughs and drainage
- Workmanship warranty and guarantees
Gutter and Eaves Replacement Service in Edmonton and Calgary
If your gutters require anything more than a simple fix, then it’s best to leave it to the professionals. The roofing contractors at A. Clark Roofing & Siding LP. can have your eavestroughs fixed up in no time. We also provide continuous 5- and 6-inch eavestrough systems if replacement is the better option. All of our work is backed by a 2-year workmanship warranty for your peace of mind.