The eavestroughs and downspouts on your home play an important role, responsible for taking water that could lead to leaks and damage away from your house. While it is a no-brainer that every house should have them, there are certain factors that need to be considered when getting them installed.
1. Size of home
The size of your home will largely influence the eavestrough system you have installed. Many homeowners choose to only have eavestroughs installed on a part of their home. This can lead to leakage into the exterior of a home since nothing is stopping rain or melted snow from infiltrating foundations.
It may be tempting to only have eavestroughs installed on one-quarter or one-half of your home. However, the system should be installed on the parameter of your whole roof with downspouts installed. That way, eavestroughs will catch rain, send it to the downspout, and it will be disposed of at a safe distance away from your home.
There are many types of eavestroughs that feature different materials as well as colours. These two factors need to be considered when having eavestroughs installed to ensure you get the quality, functionality, and look you need and desire.
Most homeowners choose to have aluminum eavestroughs installed because they are economical yet durable although this is largely based on thickness. Obviously the thicker the eavestrough material, the more expensive it will be. Aluminum eavestroughs also come in a wide variety of colours, ensuring you will be able to get the one that matches the exterior of your house. Eavestroughs are also available in steel and copper.
These options are stronger and will last longer before replacement is needed but will be more costly.
You want anything you purchase to come with a reassurance that it will not stop working or sustain unreasonable wear and tear shortly after purchasing. The eavestrough system on your home is no difference and because it will be costly, you want a warranty on it.
Before hiring a company to install eavestroughs on your home, confirm with them that a warranty on materials and labour will be in place. Typically, a warranty on materials is 25 years and labour is 5 years. A warranty demonstrates that a company stands behind their work and will fix any issues that may arise. If the company you are considering does not offer a reasonable warranty, contact one that does.
If you contact any eavestrough company, they will try to earn your business by insisting they can do exactly what you need. However, not every company is the same with some being better than others. As a result, you need to do some research to ensure that the company you hire is reputable.
The company that you hire to install your eavestroughs should be licensed, insured, and bonded. This means that it is reputable and will do quality work for you. In the off chance there are issues, you will have recourse to receive compensation. Before hiring a company, search for reviews online and on the Better Business Bureau (BBB) website. This will allow you to read postings from individuals and companies that have hired the company and determine if there were any issues.
5. Install type
When having eavestroughs installed, you need to confirm the method that they will be attached to your home first. A system that is not installed correctly will definitely cause drainage and leakage issues later on.
Eavestroughs are usually installed with spikes and hangers. While these are the most economical method, they are not durable and break down after a while. Therefore, even if it does cost more up front, you may want to consider requesting that the company uses better quality hardware.
You also want to ask the company if they use seamless eavestroughs or ones joined with nails. While the nails may hold up at first, as the eavestroughs fill and get heavy, they will most likely fail. As a result, seamless ones are recommended.