When people ask us Newmarket roofing questions, like ‘why should they eave-protect their roofs for the winter’ our answer is always this: a house needs to be built on solid foundations, and your roof and eavestroughs protect your foundations—ergo, an investment in your eavestroughs and roof is a critical investment in your home. As an experienced roofing company in Newmarket, York, Durham, Aurora, Richmond Hill, Zephyr & Uxbridge, we know just how important this really is.
Why Your Eavestroughs Need Winter Protection
Eavestrough protection is needed on Canadian homes and on Newmarket roofing because of the cold and precipitation that befalls us every year. Eaves are vulnerable to cold weather due to the ice dams that are created with the water that melts off the roof, which is warm from the house’s heating. The rolling water then freezes when it hits the cold eavestrough, which is not warmed by the house’s internal heating like the roof, and creates an ice dam. These dams then back up the water into the roof shingles and the fascia of the home. This water then damages your roof, attic, ceilings, walls, floors, and more. The added moisture can also create water-logged insulation, which increases heating bills and could lead to mould damage.
How to Eave-Protect your Roof
Eave-protecting your roof simply entails a phone call to us, an experienced roofing company in Newmarket, York, Durham, Aurora, Richmond Hill, Zephyr & Uxbridge—as it isn’t recommended to attempt this yourself unless you have significant Newmarket roofing experience.
After a call to us we will install a layer of protective felt paper or plastic underneath the shingles at the edge of your roof. The protective layer will extend past the bottom of the roof, to at least 12” beyond the exterior wall. For most houses this layer will end at about 3ft. What this layer does is protect the area of your house and roof where most of the heat escapes, the exterior wall, which causes the dreaded house-damaging ice dams.
When to Protect your Eavestroughs
Eavestrough protection on Newmarket roofing should be done before the first frost as winter here can creep up quickly. Most homeowners have eaves protection installed during the summer or fall months although they can be installed anytime of year, so long as the current eavestroughs are not frozen already.
Curious? Call us, the top roofing company in Newmarket, York, Durham, Aurora, Richmond Hill, Zephyr & Uxbridge, and we can provide you with all the Newmarket roofing information you need to make an informed decision about your eaves, roof and home.