The Importance of Waterproofing Your Home

Residential Waterproofing Can Avert Major Water Damage and Costly Repairs

Proper Waterproofing Around SkylightsThe domestic use of water on a daily basis is a matter of routine and convenience for the vast majority of homeowners and their families. With minimal if any conscious thought, these individuals will instinctively associate water usage with such fundamental needs or activities as: cooking, drinking, laundry, personal hygiene, recreation, and maintenance of their property.

On the opposite side of the ledger, there is a particular characteristic of water for which homeowners have no use – its tendency to cause roof, structural, and content damage when it enters a home uninvited. There are undoubtedly countless stories of the misery and the subsequent clean-up and repair costs that homeowners have endured as a result of water penetration into one or more areas of their home.

When homeowners find a pool of water in their basement or detect water stains on walls or ceilings, their immediate reaction might be intense, emotional, and not very pleasant. This in turn is frequently followed by a sense of bewilderment, as in, where and how did the water get in? In fact, there are several possible points of access, so to speak, due to leaks or cracks in any of the following:

  • Chimney
  • Roof deck
  • Foundation
  • Soffits/fascia
  • Pipes or vents
  • Exterior masonry
  • Window/door caulking

The fact that water can enter a home in so many ways is disconcerting in its own right; what is even more perplexing is the fact that once it finds a way in, water likes to travel, meaning that the site of any damage may not be in direct correlation to the site of entry.

Rain Pro Gutter StopAll of the above factors and possibilities in turn illustrate the importance of protecting a home by waterproofing its exterior, or the building envelope, and averting or minimizing the damage that can result from water penetration. This can be accomplished through the waterproofing services offered by the building envelope specialists from Avenue Road Roofing.

From the foundation to the rooftop, the experts from Avenue Road Roofing can inspect a residential building envelope and recommend the appropriate waterproofing solutions to keep the home safe from water damage; this might include roof repairs, gutter repairs, and/or the determination of the best waterproofing products and systems to address the explicit needs of the home with respect to possible water penetration/access points.

For more details on the waterproofing services offered by the building envelope experts from Avenue Road Roofing, go to our Building Structure Waterproofing page.

Installing a RainPro Gutter System is a Viable Step to Waterproofing Your Home

Proper Eavestroughing SystemOne of the most common areas of a home to be affected by water penetration/damage is the basement. And one of the common reasons behind a wet basement or a leak in the foundation is inadequate or ineffective water drainage from the roof of the home; in other words, a gutter system that is in need of repair or replacement.

A gutter system that does not sufficiently collect and direct water away from the home can be a major culprit in leading to a flooded basement and significant costs for repairs. When water from the roof is not properly diverted away, it will ultimately pool then seep into the soil adjacent to the foundation of the home; eventually, the continued presence of water/moisture in this soil will find a way (travel) into the basement, causing damage to the foundation and the interior contents – and extensive repair or replacement costs.

To avoid this scenario, an effective method of waterproofing lies with the installation of a highly effective gutter system. This can be accomplished with a RainPro gutter system installed by a manufacturer-approved supplier such as Avenue Road Roofing in Toronto.

The RainPro system offers a unique gutter design that provides the capacity of a 6-inch trough while retaining the appearance of the customary 5-inch-capacity gutters installed on the majority of homes. The RainPro system offers homeowners several benefits:

  • Maximized water flow during rainstorms or spring thaws
  • Better protection versus leaks and building envelope damage
  • Efficient water diversion to help preserve the home’s foundation

The RainPro system consists of seamless gutters made of heavier-gauge aluminum and coated with a scratch-free finish. These gutters are designed and manufactured to fit on a home-by-home basis, requiring specific skills and knowledge by the installation crews. It is for these reasons that RainPro is very selective in terms of who they approve to install their product, and Avenue Road Roofing is proud to be one of a limited number of certified RainPro installers throughout Toronto and the GTA.

For more information on gutter installation and repair services provided by Avenue Road Roofing, including installation of the RainPro Design Series gutter system, please visit our Eavestroughing Systems page.

The importance of waterproofing your home cannot be overstated. Water penetration through various sources or due to an inefficient gutter system can cause extensive and expensive damage to your home and personal property. Call Avenue Road Roofing today at 416-785-5129 or contact us to ensure that your home is sufficiently waterproofed and that your gutters are in good working order/good repair for the storms of spring and summer.