Most gutter systems on Australian homes have an expected lifespan of approximately 20 years. With a lifespan that long, it makes sense why we often forget to maintain and replace our gutters and downpipes before they start to fail. In this article, we look at general maintenance and how often you should replace your gutters and downpipes.
Quality Gutter Systems are Built to Last
Most gutters and downpipes, including steel and aluminium gutters, are expected to last for approximately 20 years. Copper gutters are the strongest option and they offer lifespans of almost twice as long. If you stay up to date with your maintenance requirements, your gutters should serve you for an extremely long time.
High-quality gutters and downpipes can prevent a range of disastrous and costly problems from happening in your home, including:
- Cracked foundations
- Damaged landscaping and gardens
- Settling porches, sidewalks and driveways
- Rot, mould and mildew
- Damaged insulation
- Termite and mosquito infestations
- Vegetative growth in clogged gutters
Protecting the value of your home is why it’s so important to realise when you should repair or replace your gutters and downpipes.
Thoroughly Inspecting Your Gutters
At least twice a year, you should walk around your home and inspect your gutters. Check for rust, sagging, splitting and holes. Also, check for loose fasteners. If your home is showing signs of peeling paint or washed-out landscaping, there’s a chance the problem is coming from the gutters above.
Take the time to inspect your gutters when it’s raining, checking that the water is flowing smoothly out of the downpipes. If there are any leaks or overflows, you may have a more serious problem.
Should I Repair or Replace My Gutters and Downpipes?
Some minor problems with gutters and downpipes can be solved with simple repairs. Loose or bent gutters may require a small DIY repair; however, you will need to replace them if they aren’t strong enough to be held by nails and fasteners. Gutters with holes, splits or rusted areas need to be replaced by an experienced professional, and the new gutters will last far longer than ones that have had to be repaired in the past.
Once you’ve had your gutters and downpipes replaced, the key to maintaining their lifespan is cleaning them regularly. Clean out any clogged areas and run a hose through the system twice a year to ensure the problem doesn’t worsen in the future. While you’re cleaning them, take the time to inspect them as we mentioned above.
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