One of the biggest sources of wear and tear for eavestroughs in Canada is winter weather. Snow and ice can damage eavestroughs and cause damage to the rest of the home. The biggest sources of damage are snow dams and ice buildup. Both snow dams and ice buildup can cause damage to the roof and to the eavestroughs by not allowing melted snow to pass through the eavestroughs and drain to the ground. Icicles tend to form when this is happening and roof damage becomes more likely. Here are 3 tips for eavestroughs that can keep the winter damage to a minimum.   

Choose Eavestrough Material Carefully

Eavestroughs in cold climates with plenty of winter weather need to be able to stand up to the elements. Choosing a material that is durable is very important. The most popular materials are aluminum, galvanized steel, vinyl, and copper. Aluminum is a popular choice since it is relatively inexpensive and does not rust. Vinyl is another inexpensive option. The main downside to vinyl is that it tends to crack and break in cold weather. For cold areas with a lot of snow, galvanized steel is often the best bet. It is more expensive than aluminum and vinyl but it holds up well to winter weather. Copper is also a very durable material when it comes to cold weather. The main downside to copper is that it is one of the most expensive options available.

Clean Eavestroughs Before Winter

One of the best ways to keep eavestroughs from being damaged during the winter months is to make sure they are clean before the winter season begins. When eavestroughs are clogged with debris, that debris can mix with water and create frozen muck. This in turn can warp the eavestroughs. Cleaning the eavestroughs can prevent this from happening. Another way to prevent this from happening is by installing screens above the eavestroughs in order to prevent debris from falling in.

Get A Professional Installation

For many homeowners, installing their eavestroughs themselves may be a way to save money. However, improperly installed eavestroughs can actually cost more money in the long run. For those who are not experienced in installation, leaving this task to the professionals is the best choice. Eavestroughs that are not installed correctly can lead to ice buildup in places and even roof damage. Another plus to having a professional do the installation is that it only takes about a day's worth of work on average for a professional to finish the task. 

Eavestroughs are an essential part of any roof system. The problem is that they can be easily damaged during the winter season. Choosing the right material, hiring a professional (such as those from Rainy Day Exteriors Ltd eavestroughs) to do the installation, and keeping the eavestroughs clean before winter starts is the best way to ensure that they are not damaged during the cold months of winter. 

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