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Eavestroughs are important features of our homes’ roof structure. But, they can pose as a source of real threat to your home if not properly taken care of.  Gutters should enjoy regular cleaning together with the downspouts to guarantee the safety of your home from various forms of damages. In case you neglect your eve troughs you may encounter.

Eavestrough and Drain Blockage

Gutters are installed in order to collect water from the roof, channeling it to the downspouts, where it is released into the backyard or the water carrying system. But, if the gutters are blocked with twigs, leaves and other debris, they will not effectively serve their purpose. Regular and thorough eavestrough cleaning will ensure the gutters as well as the downspouts a clear of any debris hence effectively performing their services.

Roof Damage

If you allow leaves and other forms of debris to build up in your trough, you will be faced with quite a huge threat on your roof. Leaves and other debris may hold on to water against the roof, hence leading to unpleasant mold growth. If it goes without discovery, it may compromise the integrity of the roofing system.

Inspections and Maintenance

Finding a good eavestrough cleaning service may also present some other benefits. Due to time and exposure to temperature and weather changes, ferrules and spikes become loose. A good service person should be able to fix them. Additionally, a good service person should carry an extensive inspection of the roof, gutters and eveastrough in order to note all the areas that require immediate repairs. This can definitely prevent a small issue turning into a major concern and costing you far much more to repair.

How do you find a good Service Technician in your city?

Finding a good and reliable service technician to take care of your troughs can sometimes be a difficult task. However, there are several communication channels through which you can find a technician of your choice. You may consider asking your friends or family whether they know any reputable technician within your locality. Also remember to ask whether there are any technicians you should avoid during your search.

You can also find a good service person online. There are numerous websites with abundant information on eavestrough technicians. On these sites, you will find different technician each ranked according to the services they offer. Carefully read through reviews of earlier clients in order to get an idea of their services. Always avoid technicians with many negative reviews. Make a list of the top rated service persons in your area and contact each for further evaluation.

Nowadays, the house repair industry is full of scammers and if you are not careful, you may end up hiring such an expert. So, always ensure the expert you are about to hire is licensed and their documents are legitimate and up to date.

During your search, do not hire the first service person you come across, always take your time to sample more. This will ensure you have a variety to choose from.
Give us a call or send us an email regarding your eavestrough related problems for a prompt service. We are a local roofing company serving Ottawa and greater Ottawa region.

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English: Ice dam forming on a slate roof near ...

English: Ice dam forming on a slate roof near Cleveland, Ohio. Snow melt caused by attic heat loss and warming of slate roofing collects at roof eave to create ice dam. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Roll formed metal fascias on a house in Northe...

Roll formed metal fascias on a house in Northern Australia. Portable roll forming machines make it possible to make long lengths on the building site, thus reducing joints. The eaves or soffit lining can be seen. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Photo of soffit with perforated vinyl sections...

Photo of soffit with perforated vinyl sections for air flow into attic space. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are lots of older homes in Ottawa Ontario that does not have significant ventilated soffit installed to increase the fresh air flow into the attic. Majority of the older homes did not come with that feature and those homeowners replace the roof way more often than they should.

Roof vents are designed to help all the fumes, hot air from your attic to escape so that the temperature of your attic is same or similar to outside. In order for the roof vents to work properly it requires fresh air to enter from the soffit. When there is no intake/fresh air entering the attic ventilation process is very slow maybe even non. You can install as many vents as you like but it requires fresh air to create a force to complete a cycle.

During winter months it is very easy to point out which house does not have proper air circulation just by looking at the ice dams. When the snow covers the vents on your roof it suffocates your attic and that causes condensation, forces the hot air to exit from the soffit instead of the roof vent itself. Hot fumes exiting from the soffit creates a thaw action daytime and allows it to freeze overnight. After few weeks of that will give you a massive ice dam that will form along the eavestrough and it will work its way along the metal valley. It can get messy once this ice starts to melt and cause major water damage to the houses.
It is not a very big job to do but there are only certain roofing companies who will be able address that issue. Many roofing companies would want to get paid for removing ice dams instead of fixing the lack of air balance. We offer residential and commercial soffit and fascia sales, installations, repairs and services in greater Ottawa region. We also do offer free quotes and estimates to potential customers who is experiencing that types of problems.