Neglecting to care for your gutter system can cause some serious damage to the roof and foundation of your home. Your gutters not only keep your basement from flooding, but also help protect the siding of your house from erosion. Gutters need to be cared for regularly so they continue to work successfully. You should be aware that steel or aluminum gutters can last up to 20 years. And, copper gutters can make it up to 50 years if properly maintained. So, below are a few tips to help you prime your gutters to last.
Trim Any Branches That Are Overhanging
Consider the gutters to your home as an investment, so take time every year to do a few simple tasks that will help your gutters last. It may seem tedious, but it will save you money in the future because you won’t have to repair or replace your gutter system. If you happen to see any tree branches hanging over the roof, you need to trim them up as soon as possible. These branches can cause twigs, and leaves to clog your gutters. A simple trim will stop any debris from damaging your gutter system.
Beware of Bees
Did you know that bees can make their nests in your gutters? Keep a watchful eye out for bee hives during the warmer months. Even if you see bees swarming around your house, you can bet that they have a nest nearby. The nest can cause all kinds of damage or blockage to your gutters. Be warned though, try to remove a nest is dangerous, and probably best left to a professional.
Avoid Ice Damage
If you live in a climate that has snow and ice during winter, then you need to beware of ice damage. Ice can start to build up on your gutter and roof during winter, and this can cause damage by preventing melted snow from flowing through your downspouts. You can reduce the ice buildup by using a snow rake on your roof after a snow storm. But be extremely careful of slipping up on the roof. You can always hire a professional to do any tasks that seem dangerous.
Consider Installing Gutter Guards
As you can see, blockage is a main concern when trying to maintain your gutters. To stop falling leaves, tree branches, and ice from clogging your gutter system, you may want to consider using gutter guards. Gutter guards will keep debris out of your gutters, and with them in place, your job to maintain them will consist of hosing them down once a year. However, it is highly recommended that you hire a professional to install gutter guards. Once they are in place, clearing your gutters on a recurring basis will not be a problem anymore.
Use a Seamless Gutter System
If you have found that your gutters are too far gone for simple cleaning and maintenance, and it really is necessary to replace them, then consider a seamless gutter system. These are designed to keep out leaks, which means they last a very long time