How often gutters need to be cleaned depends on the part of the country and whether there are nearby trees. If you live in the Arizona desert you may be able to go several years, but for those who live where autumn leaves fall it’s important to clean gutters at least twice a year.
The most important time is in late fall after all or most of the leaves have come down. Most deciduous trees also drop debris in the spring, so an early summer cleaning is important as well. Those who live in heavily wooded areas may find it necessary to clear the gutters three or four times a year.
The objective, of course, is to keep the water flowing so it does not overflow the gutters and flow down the house — causing wood damage and probably giving you a wet basement as well. Mold growth is also a likely result.
Always make sure the downspouts are not clogged and that they are carrying water away from the house foundation.
Gutters systems can last 20-30 years, but that doesn’t mean they’ll never need repairs. They may spring leaks over time and the spikes that hold them to the fascia board can work themselves loose. They may also need adjusting if the water is no longer draining well even when there are no obstructions.
Manufacturers use several different types of materials to make gutters. There is wide variability in durability, curb appeal, weather resistance and price. These and other factors will determine which rain gutter system is best for your home.
– Aluminum gutters
– Copper gutters
– Stainless steel gutters