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Common Gutter Problems

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When any of these problems occur, it may be time to replace your gutters. Ideally, the life expectancy of the average aluminum gutter is 20 – 30 years or longer, depending on maintenance, the care you take putting ladders against them, and regional weather conditions in your area of the country. Copper gutters may last 50 yrs, and galvanized steel gutters 20 years or less.

Debris Accumulation

  • Loose debris will quickly begin to decompose, matting down and compressing into a solid sheet as it becomes damp, causing gutter clogs.
  • Accumulated debris caused by clogged gutters is a fire hazard, and it is extremely bad for the roof, accelerating wear and backing water up under the shingles.
  • It can also create a solid bridge over the top of the gutters that can send water cascading over the edge.

Damage Clogged Gutters Can Cause

  • Basement flooding
  • Foundation cracking and settlement
  • Soil erosion
  • Dry-rot on fascia boards, soffit, and roof
  • Paint damage
  • Window, door and siding damage
  • Mold damage
  • Fire damage in dry, high wind, fire-prone areas

Common Causes of Gutter Damage

  • Leaning ladders against gutters to clean them out
  • Seams splitting apart (on non-seamless types)
  • Ice formation
  • Pest infestations
  • Stains caused by constant overflowing and rusting spikes
  • Storm and tree damage

Some gutter installers and manufacturers warrantee their products or workmanship. Be sure to check if you have a warrantee.

 

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Facts

An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms...

An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow (water) from draining off the roof. Contrary to popular opinion, gutters do not cause ice dams.

FAQ's

Q. Can I paint my gutters?

A. Yes, but it is not recommended, for it will void any paint finish warrantees, and will shorten the life of the gutters as paint will more easily peel and chip away from the aluminum.

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