Knowing what causes gutter damage can help you anticipate them and take appropriate action before the damage gets worse. In this blog, gutter and painting contractor JJ Quality Builders of the Palm Beaches share the common causes of gutter damage.
Improper Use of Ladders
Inexperienced cleaners, roofer and DIYers often make the mistake of leaning their ladders on gutter troughs. Being made of sheet metal, gutters are not intended to take on the weight of a metal ladder and the person resting on it. Using a ladder this way results in dents, splits, or cracks, all of which can later lead to gutter leaks. When climbing the roof, make sure the ladder is leaning on the siding and is properly secured on the ground.
Neglected Seams and Joints
Traditional sectional gutters are built from 10-foot lengths of pre-shaped gutter troughs, and therefore will have seams along its length. These seams are sealed with caulking from inside the trough, which gets worn out over time and will require reapplication. Gutter leaks typically occur in these areas even without apparent damage; caulking simply gets worn out faster than gutter materials. Cleaning and inspecting your gutters regularly, and reapplying caulking as needed, can help prevent leaks. Caulking for gutters should never be mistaken for the type used on window and door installation.
No matter how good the quality of your gutters are, it’s bound to have problems if not installed properly. Installation errors such as improper sizing and incorrect fasteners can lead to all sorts of problems, gutter leaks among them. When hiring a gutter contractor, pick the one that offers warranty coverage on their workmanship.
If you have trees on your property, make sure the branches are not touching the roof and gutters. Sharp tree branches can poke and scratch the outer roofing and gutter surfaces. This can expose both roof and gutters to corrosion by scraping their outer protective layers. Hire a local arborist to trim about 10 feet of clearance from the roof and gutters without harming the trees themselves.
JJ Quality Builders of the Palm Beaches is your leading provider of the gutter and attic insulation installation services. Give us a call at (561) 932-4181 or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in GEOTAG.