How do I know that I need new eavestroughs or leaf guards?

The simplest way to tell if you need new eavestroughs is to walk outside when it’s raining and look at your eavestroughs. Is water overflowing? Are the eavestroughs leaking? Is there water running down the side of your home instead of the downspouts?

Now look at your eavestroughs when it isn’t raining. Are they cracked? Stained? Sagging? Rusted? Is there something building a nest in your eavestroughs? All of these are indications that you may need replacements. Another common scenario is that as the fasteners on older eavestroughs give out, they pull away from the fascia causing rain to miss the eavestroughs altogether and providing habitat for all sorts of animals.

Next time you’re up there cleaning your eavestroughs, notice if there is a lot of ‘gunk’ accumulating on the bottom of your eavestroughs. If there is, you want to consider getting leaf guards.

Clogged eavestroughs can cause rainwater to overflow and seep into your home’s foundation, resulting in deterioration and flooding. Our trained estimator can tell you if you need new eavestroughs. Contact us today for your free estimate and find out if your eavestroughs are damaging your home.

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Why do I need eavestroughs at all?

Without gutters, your home is unprotected from water damage. When it rains, the water that flows off the roof lands around your home and can be very damaging to anything in its way, such as a wood or concrete deck or walkway, a flower garden or landscaping, and, most importantly, your foundation.

The water will eventually erode the soil around the foundation and re-slope the grade towards your home. Once this happens, water will pool by your foundation, seep into the foundation, expand and crack in the winter, and then eventually make its way into your basement where it can cause serious damage. Properly installed eavestroughing can help you avoid all these problems.

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How often do I have to clean my eavestroughs?

Plan on cleaning your eavestroughs at least two times per year, depending on how much leaf litter you get around your home. Only take on this task yourself if you know you can work safely from a ladder or from the roof. If your roof has a steep pitch, or is more than one-storey, plan on hiring a professional.

We recommend getting the Alu-Rex Gutter Clean System® to save yourself from this dirty and quite dangerous task. There are over 200,000 ladder accidents per year in North America, please avoid being one of them.

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How do I stop my eavestroughs from overflowing?

If your eavestroughs are overflowing, either the eavestroughs and/or downspouts are clogged, or they are too small to handle the volume of run-off. The standard eavestrough width used to be 4-inches, and we now install 5-inch and 6-inch seamless eavestroughs.

Any eavestrough installation that is more than 20 years old will likely need to be replaced as eavestrough standard widths have increased to better handle run-off from the roof. Our expert staff will also inspect the condition of your fascia to ensure that there is no damage or rot.

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Why do I need to protect my eavestroughs?

Your eavestroughs perform the critical task of collecting rainwater and carrying it away from your roof, walls, and foundation. Eavestroughs choked with debris, tennis balls, leaves, and other ‘gunk’ cause water to overflow and can damage the roof, siding, paint, interior walls, basement, and foundation resulting in expensive repairs. It can also cause flooding and landscape erosion.

The ‘gunk’ that remains in your eavestroughs creates a comfortable home for mosquitos, termites and plants. Protecting your eavestroughs with the Alu-Rex Gutter Clean System® will protect your home.

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Do you carry rain barrels?

No. Rain barrels can be a great addition to your home if you’re looking to minimize your outdoor water consumptions, or if you’d like to be a bit more green and eco-aware. Most municipalities in our operating area offer rain barrels at deep discounts so we always direct our customers to contact their local government to find the best prices on rain barrels.

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Do your eavestroughs and downspouts come in more than one colour?

Yes! We have dozens of colours to choose from. Our expert staff will help you choose the colour and style that is perfect for your home.

Not only do we have different colours, we also have 5-inch and 6-inch widths to match your roof type. All of our eavestroughs are made on-site with our seamless aluminum extrusion machines. Because our eavestroughs are all aluminum, they will never rust and are able to withstand wear-and-tear for decades of great-looking function.

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Why should I trust Can-Cro with my eavestroughs?

Can-Cro has been installing eavestroughing systems in southern Ontario for over 20 years. We have a solid reputation and stand behind all of our work with a 2-year labour warranty, on top of the product warranties. We use only the highest quality materials and our crews are experienced and dedicated to doing a great job on your home. Book your free estimate today and feel the difference that it makes to get covered by Can-Cro.

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