While gutters typically last anywhere from 20 to 25 years, the elements can definitely take a toll on the metal. Depending on the age and weather your gutters have endured, you may want to consider regular checks to make sure they’re in good shape.
Rust can turn into a problem if not spotted right away. If left undetected it may mean the difference between a repair or replacement of your gutters. Additionally, rusty gutters aren’t effective and won’t properly protect your siding and foundation from rain water. To check for rust, stand against your home and look up towards your gutters and see if you can detect any rust at the base. Another spot to check are the downspouts. If there are several rusted holes or even a few feet of rust, you’re probably better off having the damaged area replaced. If there are only a few rusted holes they can most likely be patched by a professional.
Dented gutters can be caused by heavy debris like sticks and rocks that become clogged in the gutters. Not only do gutter dents look unattractive along the perimeter if your roof, but they can also lead to unwanted leaks and ineffective draining. Some smaller dents are easy to repair, while others really do need to be seen by a professional.
Sagging gutters are also a common problem among aged and weathered gutters. To detect a sag, stand back from your home and look to see if the gutters are aligned. Gutters should lay strait along the perimeter of your roof. However, long gutters will have a peak in the middle that helps to drain water towards the downspout. If your gutters appear to be off kilter, they may just need a quick realignment and repair to get them back in good shape. Check your downspouts too, and make sure the joints are connected properly so that water can drain effectively.
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