Its a great idea to capture some of the rainwater that comes from your roof for watering your plants and flowers. More “Automated Rainwater Harvesting”
What do you do when there is only one good location for a downspout on the entire home? Well… you could do a side by side downspout like the ones shown below. Continue reading “Double Barrel Downspouts”
A recent project included a tricky roof area with large valleys, a flat roof overflow issues, a leaf problem, and a major ice dam problem. Lots of issues to deal with! Continue reading “6 Inch Eavestrough and Heater Cables”
What a great way to spend a Friday! We had the chance to hear even more information about the products and tools we use everyday from the people that actually make the equipment and products. Thanks to Buchner Manufacturing in Newmarket (one of our aluminum suppliers) many eavestrough and roofing companies were invited for a training seminar. Continue reading “Buchner Winter Workshop”
Combining a quality eavestrough of proper thickness with a proper fastening system can create some very impressive results. Continue reading “Strong Durable Eavestroughs”
Winter is no reason not to get your eavestroughs replaced. All our products we use like sealants are not affected by water or cold temperature. We can assure you that the quality of the install is on par with summer as we maintain our quality with our 40 point inspection checklist. Summer heat or winter cold we maintain the highest standards. Continue reading “Winter Eavestrough Installation”
Eavestroughs should not fall off a home like this one did on a Toronto home! This can be a hazard to anyone below and also can create water problems if water were to leak into the basement. Continue reading “Proper Fastening Prevents Falling Eavestroughs”
Heater cables in your sponge gutter guard may be a fire hazard. Heater cables are safest when installed away from combustible material. In the event that there is a short in the heater cable there could be a spark that could ignite the sponge. Continue reading “Sponge Leaf Guard Fire Hazard”
A big concrete and paved jungle like Toronto creates some very unnatural water flow issues in our creeks and ravines. About 70 per cent of the water that falls in the city does not absorb into the ground like it would normally. Most of the city can not absorb water and this is why every time we get a good rain our streams seem fill to the brim with dirty rushing water. Continue reading “Protecting Our Toronto Watershed”
Water in your basement is a common problem in Toronto. The proximity of one house to another, improperly sloped lots, and malfunctioning eavestroughs are some of the the most common reasons for water entering your foundation. Continue reading “Basement Waterproofing”
We get lots of questions about what type of extension works best for safely draining water away from the house. Downspouts in an awkward area like across a walkway are usually troublesome no matter what you decide to use. We often use flip up downspouts that we make or have the extension come off easily with a pin. Continue reading “Rainguard Self-Retracting Downspout Extensions”
If you are looking for a quality do it yourself leaf guard that is designed by the same company that supplies the professionals you might consider the Alu-Rex Clip N Guard. Continue reading “DIY Clip N Guard Leaf Protection”
There are basically 3 main thicknesses of aluminum that are used for eavestrough: Continue reading “What Gauge Aluminum Is Best For Eavestroughs”
As most Toronto homeowners know (or have heard a bit about) there is a by-law to have downspouts removed from city drains. The city is focusing on the downtown area first because some of the sewer system there is called a combined system. This is where the water coming off your roof may mix with the sewage system. Continue reading “Mandatory Downspout Disconnect Due Dates City Of Toronto”
1. Keep all downspouts as far away as possible from window wells when designing your new eavestrough system.
2. If a downspout is close to a window well ensure it is fastened together very secure so that it can not fall apart and fill the well with water.
3. If you suspect that there is not proper drainage at the bottom of the well consult a basement waterproofing company to inspect. There should be a drain at the bottom to take water away so it does not enter your basement.
As shown in the picture below, the downspout drains near the window well. It’s very likely that water flows into this window well from this downspout. This window well is in obvious need of attention. A temporary fix would be to add a long extention on the elbow to get the water farther from the basement window.
Have a home in Scarborough, North York or other areas in or near Toronto and need help with rainwater management? Visit http://www.eavestrough.ca/ or call us at 416 615 0443 for a free estimate for your eavestrough and leafguard project. We are experts in Toronto eavestrough.
It’s very important to understand that the ice build up shown below is usually the result of a heat loss problem in the attic. The heat loss through the ceiling and lack of proper ventilation need to be addressed. Continue reading “8 Ways To Combat Ice Dams on a Toronto home”
These stripes seen on this eavestrough are called tiger stripes. They are normal on light colored eavestrough. White shows up the stripes the most of course. Continue reading “Stripes On Gutters”
Every year in Ontario people fall while performing work at heights. Fortunately, there are preventative measures that can be taken to protect workers who are at risk. Ropes and harnesses are required by law for anyone working over 10 feet high. Continue reading “Working At Heights Safely in the GTA”
Iced up downspouts are often cause for concern. You may wonder if the ice is blocking the downspouts due to a blockage of some sort. While this can be a factor in some cases it’s more than likely just frozen water. The snow on the roof melts off the roof due to heat loss through the attic. The melted snow then runs down into the downspout which is not heated by the roof or in direct sunlight. The water instantly turns back to ice creating an ice filled downspout. Continue reading “Why Do Downspouts Fill With Ice?”
It’s important to have all the necessary equipment in order to complete your eavestroughs safely and efficiently. A neighbor pondered at all our ladders and was quick to mention that it looked like we were holding up the side of this house. Lots of ladders make the job much easier for our installers and are made of fiberglass instead of aluminum for safety around power lines. Continue reading “We Are Booking Up Fast!”
Today we completed another soffit, fascia, eavestrough and LED light project, in Scarborough. I want to show a couple of pictures of the end result. The lighting project consisted of only four recessed LED lights but had a big effect. It really created that wow factor in terms of curb appeal. Installing new eavestroughs and/or soffit and fascia is the perfect time to install a low voltage light system. Continue reading “Warm White LED Soffit Lighting in the GTA”
We have been getting a lot of interest, from around Scarborough and Toronto as well as farther away about our LED soffit lighting and thought it would be good to put up another post which gives more information about them. Continue reading “How To Install LED Soffit Lighting”
Recently we were invited to a Home Show to speak with a panel of experts to give advice to homeowners on renovation dos and don’ts. Continue reading “North Shore Eavestroughing at the Home Show with Jay Purvis of the HGTV show The Fix”
This weekend North Shore Eavestroughing was invited to speak to small business owners at the Hamilton Ideal Home Show. It was an excellent opportunity to share the basics of social media to small business in Hamilton. It was a great success and we were thrilled to share the stage with media experts and contractors who are embracing social media. Continue reading “Onstage Connecting With Clients Event Hamilton”
We often get calls to our office asking if we can retail eavestrough parts like downpipes etc. Since we are primarily a supply and install company we thought we would give a great contact if you were looking for quality parts and may just want to do a repair yourself. Continue reading “Where to find quality eavestrough parts.”