Gutters are among the most common exterior components, yet many people are still unfamiliar with how they work. In today’s post, local gutter and siding installation company Century Roofing and Siding Ltd. answers frequently asked questions about gutters.
How Long Do Gutters Last?
Your gutter’s life span depends on what it’s made of. Standard galvanized steel gutters are expected to last about 20 years with proper care and maintenance. More durable options, like copper, can last up to 50 years. There are certain factors that can improve gutter life span. For instance, keeping up with scheduled maintenance and regular cleaning can help reduce corrosion. You can also get more years from low-maintenance gutter options, such as stainless steel and copper, as well as seamless gutters.
Are Gutters Repairable?
Most gutter problems can be repaired by a gutter and vinyl siding professional. One of the most common gutter problems is corrosion. Depending on the degree of corrosion, repairs could be as simple as scraping, sanding, and repainting. Severe corrosion can be fixed by replacing eavestrough sections. Hangers can likewise be replaced. In case of widespread corrosion, your gutter contractor may recommend a full replacement.
Can Gutters Be Recycled?
Gutters made of galvanized steel, aluminum and copper are recyclable, which makes them the most eco-friendly components of a house’s exterior. Vinyl gutters are becoming far less common, and some recycling centers may not accept them. Most gutter contractors will dispose of discarded gutter components after gutter replacement, which is ideal if there are no recycling centers in your area.
Can I Clean the Gutters Myself?
You can clean your own gutters if you want to, however, you must take proper precautions before doing so. Climbing to the roof presents the risk of injury. You should use a sturdy ladder that’s properly anchored on the ground, and should lean on the siding, not on the roof’s edge. Wear a safety harness and make sure someone is assisting you from the ground. Alternatively, you can have your gutters cleaned by a gutter professional.
Century Roofing and Siding Ltd. is your leading provider of gutter installation and siding replacement services. Give us a call at (613) 738-1774. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve customers in Ottawa, ON, and surrounding communities in Ontario.