Dripping from your downspouts instead of a steady flow
Pools of water forming at the corners of your home or foundation
Puddles of water in your basement
You have new leaks in your roof
You notice pests on your roof or in your home.
Alu-Rex gutters from Victoria Gutter Installation have a lifetime warranty and you should expect your gutters to survive the length of your home’s life. But that still depends on proper maintenance.
Before you go get the ladder out of the garage though, it’s important to recognize that cleaning your gutters can be dangerous work high off the ground. Isn’t it better (and safer) to hire the professionals? Give us a call; we’re happy to help out!
The Victoria Heritage Foundation is your new best friend! This site has many resources available online and off, for what is expected of you, what kind of grants are available to you as an owner of a Victoria Heritage Home, and of course how to get your home registered as a heritage home. Looking for a map for a walking tour of all of Victoria’s heritage homes and their background? The Victoria Heritage Foundation is the right place for you.
Ice and snow accumulations bring the potential for headaches beyond those associated with white-knuckle driving; ice and snow buildup can damage a home’s roof and gutters, and in many cases can critically damage both.
Roofing and gutters are damaged by ice and snow accumulations in two ways. The first is that the sheer weight of a heavy snow can create enough downward pressure to dislodge guttering or in extreme cases, collapse a roof. The lower the angle of the roof’s slope, the greater the pressure on load-bearing struts will be from the accumulation of several inches of snow. Snow that will inch its way off your roof and plow through anything in its way. Think glacier cutting through rock…except it’s your gutters getting cut through.
The second, and more prevalent, cause of roof and gutter damage comes from the formation of ice dams. An ice dam is created when heat emanating from the home’s attic melts snow on the roof, which then refreezes after it trickles into the gutters. The ice buildup prevents melt water from flowing through the gutters and out the downspouts. Ice dams can cause melt water to back up and go under the roof’s shingles. This leads to leaks and water damage to the roof, fascia and soffit. An ice dam also causes water to spill over the side of the gutter and soak into the ground next to the home’s foundation. In turn, this leads to foundation damage or water seeping into the basement or crawlspace.