Sagging gutters can prevent a gutter from performing its main function, protecting your home from water. Circumstances that may cause your gutter to sag are improper placement of hangers, as the hangers may not be able to hold up the weight of the debris and water flowing into the gutter if they are too far apart; a lack of a steep enough pitch during installment; and an excessive amount of debris or ice buildup.
Sagging gutters will cause water to pool up between downspouts, accelerating corrosion and cracks as well as the likelihood that the gutter will break away from the home entirely. So, how do you avoid gutter sagging? Well, we have compiled a list of precautions you can take.
Gutter guards can prevent the buildup of heavy debris and ice inside the troughs. This will eliminate the weight of anything but water inside the gutter which allows a gutter to maintain its strength and prevent sagging.
Ensuring that your gutter is attached to your roof in the appropriate places as well as with appropriate brackets will ensure that sagging is not likely. The correct brackets will ensure your gutter can withhold the weight of debris.
Your climate and landscaping can help you determine how often you need to clean out your gutters to ensure they are allowing water to flow freely through them as well as preventing the buildup of heavy debris. This will prevent sagging and keep your home protected. If you aren’t sure how often you need to clean your gutter, contact us!
Aluminum, steel, and vinyl gutters will warp due to expanding and contracting in the fitting temperatures. Applying a non-corrosive coating to these gutters will slow down the warping process and ensure the gutter keeps its shape for a longer time period.
To prevent sagging, take the necessary steps to fix your gutters in a timely manner if there are cracks, holes, or rust. This will prevent the long-term issue of a sagging gutter.
By properly maintaining your gutters you extend their lifespan and reduce the possibility of sagging. For more information about gutter maintenance at your home, contact the local experts at Gutter Professionals, Inc.
POSTED ON February 22, 2017 // 0 COMMENTS
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