When maintained properly, rain gutters will last for decades. There are many things you can do to prolong the life of your gutters. Cleaning and inspecting them once or twice a year is a simple way to ensure your gutters continue to protect your home for many years to come.
With time you may find minor damage that will call for repair. Take a look at the general appearance of your rain gutters to evaluate if they are working properly. Here are some signs to look for:
Corners and end caps, in particular, can be easily repaired by applying new sealant.
Are your gutters pulling away? Over time the spikes or hangers may loosen, requiring minimal repairs by simply replacing the loose hardware.
Towards the end of autumn, check to make sure your gutters are free of debris, removing anything that might clog the gutter. If you have a persistent problem with this, consider adding screens or some other form of leaf protection to your gutter to prevent this problem.
Whether you call a professional or decide to do the job by yourself, maintaining your rain gutters can be a simple task if you keep up with a scheduled cleaning twice a year. A gutter guard is a preventive maintenance tool that would keep out large debris, making the cleaning process easier. Keep in mind that in places with higher humidity, your rain gutters will have a tendency to get more dirt stains and tiger striping, so you might have to clean them more often; the longer you wait, the more debris will accumulate and the harder cleaning them will be.