Gutters protect your home from the effects of weather, water damage and moisture. They also give a professional looking appearance to your home exterior. You want your gutter system to last as long as possible. Here are some easy tips and suggestions to ensure the longevity of your rain gutters.
Clean Gutters Regularly: When debris like leaves, twigs and dirt are allowed to build up inside the gutters, clogs can form. Clogs that stay in the gutters or move into the downpipes cause problems by preventing water from freely exiting the gutter system. Even if clogs don’t become problematic blockages, bits of debris in a shaded part of the gutters can look like an inviting place to make a nest (bird, squirrel or wasp).
Gutter Guards/Leaf Screens: Consider installing some kind of leaf strainer system. Gutter guards or leaf screens can significantly reduce the amount of debris that enters the rain gutters. You will still need to occasionally clean the gutters, but not as often.
Frequent Maintenance: Even in our milder climate, Vancouver gutters will experience wear and tear as a result of the elements. Check for potential damage on a regular basis, particularly after a storm or a major rainfall. Do repairs as soon as possible or hire a professional to do them for you.
Sealing Gutter Seams: The number one cause of leaking gutters is worn seams. Caulking is vulnerable to UV rays and over time deteriorates. Especially if you’ve inherited a gutter system of an uncertain age, being proactive now can save you a big expense later. Seal the seams with the corresponding sealant (caulking for aluminum gutters will be different from the kind used on vinyl gutters).