If your gutters are stained or damaged, it can make your home’s curb appeal look less than, well, appealing. Though there are ways to clean stained gutters, there may come a time when you ask if you should fix or replace stained gutters.
Our team at The Rhino Gutter Company discusses when to clean, fix, or replace stained gutters. Ready? Let’s go!
What Causes Stained Gutters?
It’s quite simple. Dirt, pollen, and run-off from your home’s asphalt shingles can all cause staining on gutters. Over time, build-up and staining occur, causing dark lines that are known in the gutter industry as “tiger stripes.”
It is important to remember that this staining does not mean that your gutters are filing, drips from the gutter’s lips are completely normal.
If your gutters are clogged though, they could have mold, mildew, or algae growing on them from the water washing constantly over the lip of the gutter. Leaves and sticks in your gutters can also cause staining from the tannins in the organic matter.
Cleaning your gutters at least once or twice per year will help prevent staining or tiger striping. To clean the exterior of your gutters, you will need to scrub or wipe them with a sponge or a soft rag.
Do not use an abrasive chemical-based cleaner, as this can damage your gutters.
Once tiger striping has occurred and the stains are significant, you may need to use cleaning supplies that are specifically formulated to clean aluminum gutters.
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When to Clean
The answer to this question depends on how many trees there are on your property, but we recommend cleaning your gutters at least once or twice a year; once in the spring, and once after fall.
Making an effort to trim back any trees, or have Rhino Gutter Guards installed, can help prevent staining from occurring between cleanings.
When to Repair
We suggest repairing your gutters when there are a few cracks or small holes, or if a joint of the seam is leaking. Copper gutters with minor damage may be worth repairing rather than replacing due to their higher costs.
Normal staining on your gutters can usually be taken care of by cleaning them, but if it doesn’t, they may need to be repainted, or a section repaired.
When to Replace
If the staining on your gutters is rust, it is a good sign that you need to replace your gutters as rust can cause holes to form over time. Of course, replacement is always a good idea when there is visible water damage or noticeable sagging.
It is a good idea to schedule gutter maintenance, especially if your gutters haven’t been replaced in 15 years. While different kinds of gutter systems can last anywhere from 20-50 years, a professional inspection can help you catch small problems before they spiral out of control.
Ignoring cleaning, repairing, or replacing your gutters could cause other problems down the line like a damaged house foundation, ruined landscaping, stained siding, and more.
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Keep Your Gutter System Well-Maintained
If you want to prevent gutter staining due to clogged gutters, make sure to call The Rhino Gutter Company to have Rhino Gutter Guards installed! These stainless-steel micro-mesh guards will keep the debris out of your gutters, making your gutters virtually maintenance-free!
Call The Rhino Gutter Company for a free gutter inspection or Rhino Gutter Guard installation quote today; (888) 407-4466!