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Exploring Eavestrough Materials and Installation Techniques

Hi there, my name is Darby Mitchells. I am here to talk to you about eavestrough, or gutter, installations. The roof on your home features a number of components that direct rainwater to the edges. From there, the eavestrough allow water to run straight to the downspouts. The downspouts direct water to a drain that keeps the moisture away from the house. In addition to protecting your roofing materials from damage, gutters make it comfortable to walk under your roofline during heavy downpours. Without eavestrough, a heavy stream of water would pour over the edges of your roof at all times. I will discuss the benefits of installing and maintaining gutters on my site. I will also share information about gutter materials and installation techniques. Thanks for coming to my website.

Exploring Eavestrough Materials and Installation Techniques

How To Properly Maintain A Flat Roof

by Martha Soto

Flat roofs offer a modern looking alternative to traditionally sloped roofs, and tend to be cheaper and easier to install. However, they do require more maintenance than sloped roofs, as they do not drain water as well. By ensuring that you are taking proper care of your flat roof, you can ensure that your roof lasts for an extended period of time, saving you money in repair and replacement bills.

  • Clear Drainage Pathways: The greatest issue with flat roofs is the fact that they can't drain water properly. If water is able to sit on the roof, it can cause rot or mildew to set into the supports, and cause leaks within your house. In areas with heavy rain, the rain can actually collect and cause the roof to collapse inward, which is a huge problem. You can combat this by cleaning out the gutters once a month, and checking for dips in the roof. Dips in the roof are cause by walking on it, and can result in a reservoir that holds water, which can be dangerous. Call a professional to take a look at the problem, as your supports may need to be replaced.
  • Clear Away Surrounding Plants: If you have trees that overhang your flat roof, you may want to consider removing their branches or trimming them to reduce the likelihood of a limb falling on the roof. Additionally, leaves that fall on your roof can start to decay and can spread the rot to the wooden supports, which can endanger your roof.
  • Shovel the Snow: In the winter, you'll have to clear away the snow and ice from your flat roof for the same reason that you must have clear paths for draining. Heavy amounts of snow sitting on your roof can cause the structure to fail, and when they melt they can leave large amounts of water on your roof. Removing the snow with a plastic shovel or a broom (avoid anything that may damage your roof) can help mitigate this risk. Avoid walking on the roof as much as you can, as the roof is less able to distribute your weight than sloped roofs are.
  • Check the Interior: Though it's important to check the outside for dips and damage, checking inside is also necessary. If there are dark patches under the roof, or areas where water is leaking through, you may have to have parts of your roof checked for damage, as water is not adequately being kept out of your house.

For more information, check out companies such as Done Right Roofing.