How will I know when I need to replace my gutters?
There are a few signs for gutter replacement:
1. Standing water in the gutter system.
When water doesn’t drain from the eaves, it can cause the gutters to pull away and/or damage the sealant used in the corners. Most damage occurs during the winter. We find this kind of damage in residential and commercial buildings in the North Shore as well as many areas in Surrey, Langley and Abbotsford where snow fall is greater.
2. Rusty gutters.
It’s a normal course of an aging for a steel gutter system to show signs of rust and deterioration. Aluminum doesn’t rust naturally however. If you have rusty aluminum gutters, then it’s a sign of incompatible materials reacting with one another. In either case, rusting gutters usually means that things have deteriorated beyond repair and the gutters need to be replaced.
3. Leaking corners.
Are your aluminum gutters leaking at the corners? Sometimes gutter repairs will add to the life of the system, but it can be very difficult to remedy. If the entire gutter system is leaking at the seams then its time to replace the system to prevent other forms of water damage.
4. Water is pouring over the side of the gutters.
Have your gutters cleaned professional first. If you still see excess water spilling over the gutters then the water is not draining correctly from the gutter system.
How long will my gutters last?
When installed correctly, Aluminum or steel gutters have an average lifespan of 20 – 25 years. Homeowners and facility managers alike can add years to the life of the gutter system by have them regularly maintained (cleaned). Also, investing in a leaf protection system at the time of installation will improve the life of the gutter system.
Why should I choose copper gutters?
Copper gutters are beautiful. Usually you will find them on the eaves of heritage homes (restoration projects) or architectural builds that have a lot rustic elegance. Over time, copper can get a rich patina look – that beautiful mix of aqua blue green, and light brown adding to the uniqueness of the home.
Cosmetics aside, choose copper gutters because they are long lasting and more resilient than gutters made with alternate materials. It’s always a good idea to have a professional gutter company handle regular cleaning and maintenance.
How can I ensure my gutters will last? How can I maintain them?
Regular maintenance of your Gutter System is a good idea if you want your Gutters to last. We recommend that your Gutters and Downpipes are checked for debris and cleaned up to 6 times a year to ensure they are running well during the rainy season. Regular cleaning of leaves, needles, and other debris to prevent clogging will keep your Gutters from overflowing and causing water damage to your home’s interior and exterior. During winter, freezing conditions can wreak havoc on gutter systems. As best you can, try to keep your gutters clear of excessive snow loads to prevent freeze back from happening.
Contact us if you are needing maintenance to your gutter system today.