Gutters may not add much aesthetic appeal to your home, but they are crucial for preventing severe water damage or flooding. Your gutters and downspouts direct rainwater away from the foundation of your home to prevent erosion, basement flooding, and rot or mold growth on your roof. However, in order to function correctly, occasional gutter maintenance is required. If signs of damage are present, then gutter repair and installation may be necessary. If your gutters are leaking or clogged, here is a quick look at how the top pros at 3JM Exteriors, Inc. handle gutter repair and installation:
Professional Strategies for Gutter Repair
Common gutter issues include holes, leaky joints, sagging, and improper or limited draining. Minor damage can often be solved with gutter repair as opposed to complete replacement. Cracks or holes can be patched with roofing cement and a metal-repair patch. These patches are made of the same metal as your gutter. However, if multiple large cracks or holes are present, then it may be necessary to replace your gutter system.
The joints that hold sections of your gutter together can crack or leak over time. Typically, damaged sections can be easily repaired without having to replace the entire gutter. Curling or sagging gutters are also a quick fix in most situations. Sagging is most often caused by debris or leaves getting clogged in the gutter, so a deep clean can help alleviate the issue. Another common cause of sagging is the large spikes that pass through tubular sleeves (ferrules) coming free. These spikes hold the gutter in place, so when they are loosened or fall out completely, it can lead to gutter sagging or collapse. Simply replacing the loose or missing spike is often enough to solve this issue.
Professional Tips for the Gutter Installation Process
If damage is severe enough, then your gutter may have to be replaced. Gutter installation is complicated and involves precise measurements to ensure proper water drainage, so it is recommended to seek professional help. Installing gutters with a too steep or too gentle pitch can lead to improper flow to the downspouts and result in sagging in the future. Another difficulty arises when choosing the size of your new gutter. The correct size depends on the average rainfall in your area, the size of your home, and your existing gutter size. For the best results, it is recommended to use a professional gutter installation service.
How to Improve Gutter Longevity after Gutter Repair and Installation
After gutter repair or installation, it is important to take proper care of your gutter to ensure it lasts as long as possible. Cleaning your gutter two to four times a year is important to prevent clogging or buildup. Although you can clean the gutter yourself, it is safer and more effective to hire professionals instead. Professionals can also spot signs of rust or damage while cleaning, making it a worthwhile investment. Catching damage early is key for preventing safety hazards or gutter failures in the future. Overall, gutter cleaning is very important for preventing gutter obstruction and ensuring that your gutters last.
For help with gutter repair and installation, contact our experts at 3JM Exteriors, Inc. Give us a call at (630) 454-9579 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate today.