Man Clearing Leaves From Guttering Of House

Common Gutter Problems

On an average, residential gutters last for 20 – 30 years or longer, depending on the material, the maintenance, and weather conditions. While copper gutters may last 50 years, and galvanised steel gutters 20 years or less. Due to high exposure to water, gutters face some common problems, which, if not addressed in time, can cause severe damage to the gutters. Some of these problems may not be solved even with gutterrepairs. Perth homeowners would need a replacement in such a case. The most common gutter problems are:

Debris Accumulation

Water flow causes debris accumulation in gutters, which quickly decompose, matte down, and turn into a solid sheet, clogging gutters. Debris is also bad news for the roof, as it causes water accumulation under the shingles, and can also sends water to spill over the edge.

Damage Clogged Gutters Can Cause

  • Basement flooding
  • Foundation cracking and settlement
  • Soil erosion
  • Dry-rot on fascia boards, soffit, and roof
  • Paint damage
  • Window, door and siding damage
  • Mold damage
  • Fire damage in dry, high wind, fire-prone areas

Common Causes of Gutter Damage

  • Leaning ladders against gutters to clean them out
  • Seams splitting apart (on non-seamless types)
  • Ice formation
  • Pest infestations
  • Stains caused by constant overflowing and rusting spikes
  • Storm and tree damage

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