Gutters are an important tool for protecting your home against water damage, and they last a long time. Depending on which kind of gutters you purchase, they can remain functional for twenty to fifty years, given the proper maintenance. They should be kept clean, and checked regularly for any problems, but how will you know when it’s time to replace them?
- Eyeball your gutters, in different kinds of weather. On a sunny day, look closely to check for rust, sagging or splitting gutters, holes, or loose fasteners. Pay attention to peeling paint and washed out landscaping, too, as these are often signs that your gutters could use some attention. Mildew and other signs of water around your foundation are also bad signs. Then check your gutters again in the rain, watching them on the job to make sure the water is flowing smoothly. Check to see if there are any areas where water is leaking out of the bottoms of the gutters or overflowing the top, or directly flowing from the roof to the ground.
- Follow a few rules of thumb regarding gutter replacement. First, when you spot trouble with your gutters, find out whether they can be repaired. Fixing loose gutters or missing downspouts, and even reattaching bent or sagging gutters are likely projects you can do on your own. If you’ve got steel or copper gutters that need repair, a local sheet metal shop may be able to help. If the gutters have holes or splits, though, it’s time to have them replaced. Similarly, while rusty gutters may not be a problem now, it’s better to go ahead and replace them before the rust creates a hole.
- Stay on top of gutter maintenance. The way to ensure a long life for your gutters is to keep them well-maintained. Clean them out two to six times each year, making sure to remove leaves, branches, and any other debris. Inspect them while you’re at it, and make any repairs while they’re still small and manageable.
One of the best ways to keep your gutters in good shape is to use the GutterStuff® gutter protection system. Made of a patented polyether foam, specially formulated to allow enormous amounts of water to easily pass through, GutterStuff® gutter guards keep out leaves, dirt, insects, plants, and critters. Installing it is easy: just clean your gutters, install the foam inserts, and you’re done! GutterStuff® - DownSpout is made of the same high-quality polyether outdoor foam as GutterStuff®, and infused with a UV and germicide protectant to prevent bacteria growth in your downspout. At the end of the spout, install GutterStuff® - DrainTube to direct water away from your home.
If you’re looking for a gutter protection system that’s effective, affordable, and easy to install, it’s time to look into GutterStuff® for your gutters, downspouts, and drainpipes. No matter what style of gutter you have, we have a product that’s right for you. If you have questions and want to learn more, or you’re looking for an authorized retailer in your area, contact us through our website or call 866-766-3442.