Given the huge role your gutters play to keep your home safe and damage-free, you’ll want to make sure they can provide lasting draining performance. The good news is that this is simple enough to do. Here are some useful ways to prolong the life of your gutter system.
But First, How Long Exactly Do Gutters Last?
That will depend on the gutter material. A standard gutter system, such as galvanized steel and aluminum gutters, typically has an estimated lifespan of up to 20 years. Copper gutters, which is considered a premium material, can last 50 years or longer. Proper installation – plus regular cleaning and maintenance – is also a factor. When your gutters aren’t installed or maintained correctly, they’ll have a shorter life.
However, you can effectively extend their service life when you:
Take the time to check your gutters periodically. On nice, sunny days, take a walk outside your home, and inspect your gutters from the ground. If you have galvanized steel gutters, check their underside for signs of rust. Look for holes, cracks and gaps on the system. Make sure there are no loose fasteners as well. Should you notice that your gutters are already old and sagging, you should consult American Roofing & Construction, LLC, your premier gutter and roofing company, for the appropriate solution.
Clean your gutters. Leaves, pine needles and other loose debris can create blockages in your gutters, hampering their draining performance. When overlooked, a clogged gutter system can create a number of issues that not only leaves your home susceptible to water damage, but also shorten the life of the system itself. To prevent this, make sure to clear the debris from your gutters through regular cleanup.
Trim any overhanging branches. To ensure your gutters remain cleaner and last a long time, you’ll want to deal with the primary reason they get clogged in the first place. This means cutting down any overhanging branches that may drop leaves and other debris into your gutters. Doing this also protects your system from scratches and impact damage during a windstorm.
American Roofing & Construction, LLC is the trusted roofer and gutter installer you can count on for the highest quality service. With our top-tier solutions, we’ll make sure you get the most of our gutter system’s life and performance. We proudly serve the areas in and around Raleigh and Southern Pines, NC. Call us today at (910) 964-0114 (Southern Pines) and (919) 917-2118 (Raleigh), or fill out this contact form to schedule your consultation.