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When I bought my house four years ago, I had envisioned an entirely different layout than what the house had. I knew that it would only be a matter of time before I began knocking out the walls I needed to expand the kitchen and master bedroom. I was pretty good at knocking out the walls, but it was the steps after that that I did not get accomplished as quickly as I would have liked. I decided to hire a general contractor to help me finish the projects that I had started. You can learn about my journey of home improvement failures on my website, so you can avoid the same awful mistakes that I had made.



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Three Simple Ways To Help Your Eavestroughs Last Longer

by Alexis Bailey

Given the valuable role your eavestroughs play in drawing rainwater away from your roofing shingles, it's important that you take steps to ensure that the eavestroughs last as long as possible. You can reasonably think that properly installed, high-quality eavestroughs can last you 25 to 30 years and possibly even longer if they're maintained properly. When it comes to eavestrough maintenance, you can perform certain tasks on your own or you can opt to hire a contractor if you're concerned about your ability to execute the job properly. Whatever route you take, here are three crucial tasks that will add life to your eavestroughs.

Clean Them Regularly

One of the most important tasks for the health of your eavestroughs and the health of your risk is to clean them or have them professionally cleaned consistently. The general guideline for this important job is to perform it about twice per year, but you may need to increase the frequency of the cleanings if there are a lot of trees around your home. Keeping the eavestroughs empty of leaves, twigs and other plant matter allows the water to flow properly through them. When there's a blockage, the water will stop flowing -- and if you live in a climate in which the temperature drops below freezing, the water will expand into ice and could crack the eavestroughs.

Ensure That Tree Branches Don't Interfere

Trees close to your home can pose a potential threat to the health of your eavestroughs. Over time, even small branches can thread their way between the eavestroughs and the edge of the roof. Eventually, as the branches grow, they can pry the eavestroughs off your home and either send them falling to the yard below or simply have them dangling in an ineffective and precarious manner. Keep a vigilant eye on the growth of the surrounding trees and make sure that all the branches that face the eavestroughs are trimmed regularly.

Protect The Eavestroughs During Roof Work

Whether you're repairing your roof or simply climbing on top of your home to arrange lights around the holidays, it's important that your actions don't harm your eavestroughs. It's easy to make the mistake of leaning your ladder against the eavestroughs, but this can risk caving them in and making them ineffective. Always make sure to invest in a ladder attachment that puts the ladder's weight on the roof itself; if you're hiring a roofing contractor for any reason, insist that he or she uses this attachment, too.

For more information, contact Rainy Day Exteriors Ltd in Calgary or a similar location.