Metal gutter systems are designed and built to ensure the water runoff doesn’t leak into your roof. They can last for around twenty to thirty years, but they must undergo routine maintenance to stay in good condition. This should also be done by trusted roofers so that you can anticipate and address problems before they become too costly to repair. After all, constant exposure to the elements can make them vulnerable to almost any type of damage, especially rust.
Under the right circumstances, gutter rust can still happen to your home. It can start in just a small section of the gutters, and if not addressed immediately, it can spread to the rest of the system and compromise its performance. It can also affect your exterior’s visual appeal, as the rust can make your home look as if it’s been neglected.
What Causes Rusty Gutters?
Rust is the result of an interaction between oxygen, water, and certain types of metal such as steel and iron. It can be corrosive as it eats away at metals and negatively impacts the material’s structural stability. A rusty gutter system can affect how it captures and redirects water runoff away from your property and toward the drains.
Repairing Rusty Gutters
Rust isn’t always a problem that can be solved easily. Taking the DIY approach to address your rusty gutters isn’t recommended, especially if the damage has spread throughout. It’s better to work with a trusted roof replacement professional, as they’ll know how to install brand-new gutters and ensure they’re sloped properly. However, you can still slow down the rust damage or even stop it altogether if the material’s been properly treated early.
To mitigate damage to your gutters due to rust, make sure to use sandpaper or a wire brush to clean the rust off the surface. This is necessary to remove the outer layer before sealing it again with a waterproof primer. However, if rust holes have already formed, then it’s too late to be sanded. It may be better to get the affected section replaced by a trusted professional because, at this point, the rust has infiltrated the coating and inner metal layer and can easily spread to the rest of your system.
In addition to being one of the trusted asphalt roofing companies in the area, ExteriorPros can also be counted on to take care of your rusty gutter problems! Call us today at (301) 632-5111, or fill out our convenient online request form to get started.