Downspout placement and quantity are also another important factor for consideration with an eavestrough installation. The eavestrough we install comes in 5 and 6 inch aluminum, we don’t and won’t install vinyl eavestroughs. When using 5 inch eavestrough you should have a downspout no more than every 50 feet as any more than that and the water volume will be too much for the eavestrough to handle. When using 6 inch eavestrough the downspouts should be placed no more than 60 feet apart for same reasons noted with the 5 inch. Most residential homes have a 5 inch trough use and the 6 inch troughs are usually used in commercial applications. Some homes have used 6 inch eavestrough when the water flow is greater whether it is from a steep pitch or lack of available spots of a downspout.
Keeping your eavestroughs clean and free of debris is also an important step in protecting your roof as well as your house foundation. If the eavestroughs are full of debris or leaves the water can’t flow freely through them and will spill over the edges of the eavestrough and cause water to pool near the house. In the winter it can cause ice to form on top and back up under your shingles. If you are unable to or simply don’t want to clean out your eavestrough we also install a gutter guard product called Alu-rex or T-rex. Both products are a rigid aluminum construction with perforations and are installed just under the top lip of your eavestrough preventing debris from sitting in the trough area. It also works well for keeping pine needles out of the trough. This gutter guard can be installed on existing eaves trough or new and also comes in the 5 and 6 inch widths.