When it comes to exterior repair and home maintenance, having a good gutter system is among the group of most sought after services. While keeping your gutters clean or getting a new roof may warrant a call, needing to completely replace your gutters shouldn't happen very often – unless they're damaged, of course.
Typically, you can expect gutters that are made of steel or aluminum to last for 20 years. Copper gutters can last even longer and have an expectancy of 50 years. The key is to invest in good gutters from the beginning, if possible, and to know what to look for in terms of possible damage.
On a nice day, take a walk around your home and look at the general condition of your gutters. A few things to look out for include:
rust, especially near the spout
holes and cracks
Taking a look at your gutters while it's raining outside can give you insight into if they're actually working properly or not. Water should flow directly out of the spout. Any leaking in other areas are a sign of holes and cracks.
Issues such as loose gutters or needing new downspouts can easily be fixed on your own, but holes and cracks require a professional set of eyes and hands.
The real secret to making sure your gutters last their full life span is regular maintenance. Get them cleaned every spring and fall. In doing so, not only will you prevent them from getting clogged but you'll also up the chances of having a professional spot any damage before they can cause major problems.
If you're in the Kansas City area and you need your gutters cleaned, repaired, or replaced, don't hesitate to get in touch with our team at JLM Construction today.