Helpful Gutter Tips

The gutters on your house are one of the most important, yet often overlooked necessities of your home. Gutters equip your home with the ability to prevent potential damages due to storms and other unforeseen weather events. Here is a list of helpful hints that will allow you to take better control over what happens to your home during a storm.

  • In years past, gutter spikes were used to hold your gutters in place but often times they miss the rafters entirely, usually because the spikes have worked their way out of their holes over the course of many years. It’s a good idea to invest in screw brackets so that your gutters are securely fastened. This helps to prevent your gutters from draining poorly.
     
  • Another thing you want to look for are sources of any leaks or drips, including holes in your gutters and cracked caulking in the seams. If you’re unsure of what to look for this is a great time to call and have an expert take a look.
  • Also check out the screws or rivets on the downspout. Frequently, they’ll be loose or will have dropped out completely. This is something that can be addressed by your gutter expert as well. They will go through and make sure all screws and rivets are properly secure and tight.
     
  • Once you’ve finished with the mechanics and secured your gutter, you can attend to cleaning them.
  • If your gutters are rusting, then they are VERY old. Gutters are now manufactured solely in aluminum and copper now. These don’t rust. If you witness rust on your gutters, you should replace them.
  • A splash block is a very important element. It keeps the water coming out of the downspouts from digging a trench next to the house, and it keeps water away from the home’s foundation.
  • Finally, unsure of what to do with all those decomposed leaves from your gutter? They make great mulch or compost which you can use for landscaping projects. Remember, if leaves and debris are clogging your downspout, water won’t drain properly, and along with mildew and mud, the extra weight will pull on your gutters, causing them to hang, pull away or even completely fall. All of this leads to the potential of water entering and damaging your home.

Call Zander Gutter Contracting today and let us ensure your gutters are ready for any storms that head our way!