When it comes to window cleaning, there are two words which are often considered synonymous with one another – eavestroughs and gutters. While the two are similar in most respects to justify being used interchangeably, both are different from one another in a few key ways. Understanding these differences can help you identify which are used on your property, which may or may not affect your exterior cleaning schedule.

Toronto Window Cleaners takes great pride in our attention to detail when it comes to window cleaning, but the same dedication applies to our chosen vernacular. For that reason, we invite you to read on to learn the differences between eavestroughs and gutters, and why it’s worth discussing in the first place.

They Both Achieve The Same Result

Eavestroughs and gutters, while slightly different in terms of meaning, nevertheless equate to the same practice of diverting water away from the foundation of your property so as to prevent water damage. The difference is that eavestroughs refer to a channel (trough) attached to the overhang portion of a house (eaves), while a gutter is a traditional reference to a ditch mechanism often seen in front of houses to divert overflow water. 

Therefore, the word “eavestrough” is far more nuanced, while the word “gutter” is more generic in tone. While it is possible to use them both to reference the eavestroughs on a home, it often boils down to personal preference, not to mention whether a person prefers using a slang term instead of a precise one. 

(Geo)location Matters

While many people opt for the word “eavestrough” or “gutter,” it’s not always a matter of preference as mentioned before. In fact, the choice can be geographic in nature. For instance, Canadians largely prefer the term “eavestrough,” whereas “gutter” is frequently used in the United States to reference the same thing. You may have decided on your preference years ago, but beware when speaking to a handyman or the attendant at the local hardware shop, or confusion may arise.

Instead, get into the practice of using the two interchangeably, especially if you own properties in both Canada and the U.S. While the chances of completely misunderstanding someone are thankfully quite low, there’s always a risk of getting the wrong message across.

Complex vs. Direct

Some prefer the term “gutter” simply because it’s easier to say and remember. This is understandable, since the term “eavestrough” does sound rather complex, despite the fact that both words are composed of only two syllables. Gutter is largely a slang derivative that can be used more easily, especially on the job site. For everyday purposes, that might not hold true. For instance, you may be speaking to someone who has used “gutter” all their life, and who may be completely oblivious to the meaning of “eavestrough.”

How Often Should You Clean Them

Whether you prefer “eavestrough” or “gutter,” the undeniable fact is that they’re going to require cleaning out from time to time. Canadians who face the onslaught of four radically different seasons know this quite well, especially when Fall hits. When eavestroughs/gutters become clogged with dirt, debris, leaves and animal materials, the intended flow of water away from your property becomes impeded, which can lead to siding and foundational damage, as well as damage to the eavestrough or gutter itself. 

If you notice impeded water flow, or your eavestrough/gutter appears to be bulging outwards, it could be a sign of major problems. During the winter, blocked water will freeze and expand, causing the eavestrough/gutter to crack and require replacement. Instead, it’s good practice to clean them out at least twice a year, or have the professionals do it for you. That way, you’re guaranteed to keep water far away from your property, and directed appropriately so as not to cause skyrocketing damage.

Let Us Clean Your Eavestroughs/Gutters

Now that you understand the differences between eavestroughs and gutters (few as they are), we hope we’ve caught your attention. Beware not to let debris and dirt sit for too long, or you may end up shelling out a lot of money on unnecessary repairs. If you’re not keen on cleaning your eavestroughs/gutters on your own, then it’s time to contact Toronto Window Cleaners today. Not only do we deliver top-notch window cleaning services, but we also service eavestroughs/gutters at the same time for a one-two combination that will keep your house protected.

We’ll come to your location, analyze your property, inspect your eavestroughs/gutters for problems or damages, and create a set-it-and-forget-it cleaning schedule with a quote you’re sure to love. The Fall season is just around the corner, so now’s the time to schedule your first eavestrough/gutter cleaning so as to be fully prepared. We recommend cleaning during the Spring season as well, to remove any dirt and debris that may have accumulated over the Fall and Winter seasons. Contact us today, and let us take care of the job for you!