A homeowner should also be concerned about rusty gutters. Depending on your climate, a fair amount of rain can contribute to rust build-up on your gutters. If you keep your gutters well maintained they can last for a very long time, but aside from regular cleanings, rust is a very big concern.
Keep in mind that a little rust is more of a minor frustration and mainly affects the overall look to the exterior of the house. But rust unkempt can completely ruin your gutter system.
What is Rust and Why is it Bad For My Gutters?
When certain types of metals like iron or steel interact with water rusting can occur. Rust eats away at metals and can cause holes in your gutters. Rust also affects the appearance of your home and your curb appeal.
But most importantly, rust on your gutters means serious trouble. A rusted gutter system will compromise how effectively your gutters function and gutter replacement may be necessary. Rust will stop your gutters from pulling storm-water away from the foundation of your house. More modern homes have gutters made of galvanized steel, a very strong material that does not rust as easily as older gutters.
But, a homeowner should also be aware of how to treat and maintain homes with gutters not made from galvanized steel.
Rust is what happens when oxygen, water, and certain types of metal interact, particularly iron and steel. It’s a corrosive problem that eats away at metals, causing holes and reducing structural stability.
Modern building materials are treated with anti-rust paints, and aluminum tends to last longer than older metal compounds. But no matter what building materials you have in your home, rust, and corrosion may creep in overtime.
How Do I Spot Rust on My Gutters?