Understanding how Eavestroughs work

The basic function of an eavestrough is to provide a channel for redirecting water. Rain eavestroughs are affixed to the roof and are usually made of aluminum, copper, or plastic. The water is channeled through downspouts where it exits away from your home. Proper installation of the eavestroughs will ensure that water does not flow into the foundation, behind the walls or in your basement.

EMR Renovation Services works with 5’’ and 6’’ aluminium systems referred to as ‘’K’’ style. There are four types of Gutter Systems that we install. Before deciding on the material it is important to understand its style, durability and maintenance.

Types of gutter systems



Aluminium Gutters are the most commonly used, affordable, light and require regular maintenance. One of the biggest benefits of aluminium gutters is that they hold more water than the other types of systems which is important when there is heavy downpours.



Copper Gutters are visually appealing and extremely durable.They have a longer lifespan than the Aluminium Gutters.These kind of material will require regular maintenance in order for discoloration not to happen.



Vinyl gutters come in a different array of colours, easy to maintain and lightweight. These types of gutters do not require painting and they never corrode.



Galvanized Steel Gutters are one of the strongest materials used for eavestroughs. They are immersed in molten zinc and it’s the zinc coating that protects the gutter against the elements and rusting over time.

Components of Eavestrough

Eavestrough Accessories


Rain Barrels


Collector Boxes




Rain Chains

Eavestrough Cleaning

Regular cleaning of the eavestroughs is very important at least once a year. If your home is located close to trees, you should have your eavestroughs Regular cleaning of the eavestrough is important for two major reasons:

1. It prevents basement flooding: During fall, leaves and debris clogs the rain gutters run along your house. If the debris is not cleaned, rain water accumulates and overflows down the side of the house, running into the basement. Water logging around your basement is the cause of basement floods and leaks.

2. It protects the ceiling from flooding. With proper gutter cleaning, you can avoid water damage to your ceiling. During winter, if water can not drain down the downspouts, ice will build under the shingles and up on your roof. When the weather gets warmer and the ice melts, it leaks down through your roof and info your ceiling. This may cause the ceiling to flood.