Gutters are made to last, taking the most damaging part of the storm and protecting your home from damage to the foundation. After a number of years, your gutters may begin to wear, requiring an upgrade. This depends on the type of climate and weather environment you live in, the quality of your gutters, and whether or not they were properly installed. Watch your gutters to help you identify when it will be time to upgrade.
While there are some situations that cannot be helped, there are steps you can take to better keep your gutters in the best shape. Rain gutters that have been filled with leaves, dirt, trash, and other debris will do no good, causing water to flow off the sides of the home as they would even without the gutters. If you do not have a gutter topper, make sure to clean out the gutters of your home at least once a year. This will help prevent damage from being sustained, as well as keep them working better for longer. Make sure to be cautious while taking care of this task as an alarming number of accidents occur during the process. Never get on a ladder or up on the roof unless you have someone there with you to help in case of disaster.
Examine Your Gutters
Most gutters will last between 20 and 40 years depending on the care that is put into them. If your gutters fall within this time period, it is crucial to start checking them to ensure they are functioning properly. To do this it is important to:
- Take a good look at the gutters from every angle. Look for rust of galvanized steel gutters, particularly on the bottom. Make sure there are no sections that have split or have started to sag.
- Take another good look at the gutters while it is raining. Look and ensure they are doing their job, diverting the rain away from the foundation of your home. Here it is important to look for leaks, and ensure the water is flowing out of the downspout as it should.
- If you do notice any problems during this time, evaluate them. Are these problems severe enough that new gutters will be necessary, or can they be fixed and made to last? There are some situations where the gutters can be fixed by do-it-yourself means, others will require much more work to get them to the shape they need to be in. Examine your gutters on a case by case basis to determine what will be needed.
Pay attention to your gutters, their effectiveness, and how soon they will need to be updated. By being aware of these things, your home will be better protected from storm damage no matter what comes your way.