Here in the Tampa Bay area, we see an average of 46 inches of rain a year, so our gutters get a fair amount of use. These tips can help you make sure your gutters are ready year-round, no matter what storms may come our way.
Choose aluminum gutters.
While you have a number of options when choosing gutters, aluminum is the clear choice for most homeowners. Steel gutters are prone to rusting, which shortens their lifespan considerably. Vinyl gutters are often low quality, lasting only a couple of years. On the other hand, aluminum gutters are sturdy and can last as long as 30 years if properly installed and maintained.
Have your gutters professionally installed.
A proper installation of your gutters is vital. If your gutters aren’t put up properly, the simply aren’t going to stay up as long. It might seem less expensive to cut costs on installation, but you end up paying for repairs or replacements sooner.
Clear your gutters regularly.
If you don’t clean your gutters regularly, dirt, leaves, and other debris will start to build up and clog your gutters and downspout. Not only will this prevent your gutters from working properly, it can also lead to issues with mosquitos and mold. You can extend the life of your gutters by cleaning them at least twice a year.
Install a working gutter guard system.
There are a lot of gutter guard systems out there that just don’t live up to the hype. Dirt and debris still filter in and you end up having to clean your gutters after all. You, however, can be done with gutter cleaning forever with the Flo-Free Leaf Guard Gutter System. This fully keeps debris out of your gutters, keeping them in tiptop shape for years and saving you money in gutter cleaning cost.
Never prop a ladder up on your gutters!
One of the most common causes of gutter damage is putting a ladder up against the gutters on your house. Because gutters aren’t designed to hold an adult’s weight, they may buckle and break under the strain. Try instead to prop your ladder up on the roof when cleaning your gutters or doing any other roof maintenance.
Do you want your gutters to stand the test of time? Call Rain Control Gutters for your free estimate on gutters or gutter guards today!