Gutter systems, even properly installed ones, won’t last forever. This doesn’t mean you have to replace yours frequently, but letting them continue to hang when they’re no longer serviceable is a disaster waiting to happen. On the other hand, buying new gutters and downspouts prematurely is a huge waste of time, energy and money.
So how often should you replace your gutter system? Most residential roofing experts agree that the items listed below are the main determining factors.
Not all gutter and downspout materials age at the same rate.
Iron alloys are prone to fast deterioration since they rust due to exposure to moisture. Galvanized steel fixtures can last up to 20 years, thanks to its zinc coating that acts as a sacrificial layer and extends the life of the substrate. Gutters made of aluminum can have the same lifespan.
Most, if not all, storm damage repair contractors will agree that copper can outlast all said materials. Actually, it may even outlive you and your property, despite needing little upkeep. The trade-off is that you have to pay a premium price for it upfront.
Long-lasting gutters must be wide enough to accommodate the amount of rain you normally get in your area every year, be properly pitched to drain the water efficiently and contain few seams that can be a source of leakage.
That’s why narrow, low-slope and sectional gutters are all poor choices that are highly susceptible to damage.
A gutter system with good design needs hardly any TLC. But this doesn’t mean that it will never need your attention.
To make your gutters and downspouts last as long as possible, schedule roofing inspections regularly in order to detect any damage from wear and tear and spot debris buildup early on. In this way, you can head off major problems like leakage and ensure your gutter system’s longevity.
Lifestyle Home Improvement Roofing and Construction has versatile guttering expertise. Call (405) 470-6999 (or check here for our other numbers in Oklahoma) to arrange your consultation and get a free estimate for any maintenance or replacement service you may need.