your gutters are starting to fail and you arenít sure
whether to repair them or just replace them with new
gutters, here are answers from three Dallas gutter
experts to help you make the best decision.
often should I clean my gutters?
Long, manager at Frazier Roofing & Guttering Co. in
Arlington, Tex.: It should be more than once a year.
Phillips, owner of Phillips Painting, Roofing &
Gutters in Plano, Tex.: Annually, at a minimum. If you
have a lot of trees, several times a year.
Powell, owner of All-Techís Installations in North
Richland Hills, Tex.: At the minimum, they need to be
checked and cleaned in the spring and fall.
are the signs I need to repair or replace my gutters?
Look for leaks in corners, staining from water or
overflow, or rust in steel gutters. They should hang
level, so if your gutters are turning down more toward
the front, something needs to be done.
With galvanized steel gutters, youíll start seeing
rust. If the gutters arenít secured well, theyíll
start sagging. Also, look for gutter joints pulling
apart or overflowing during rain.
If you see water coming out from behind the gutter,
thereís something wrong.
you recommend gutter guards, screens or covers?
Screens donít work as well because of the fuzzies from
oak trees in the spring. Gutter hoods are expensive, but
they make your gutters zero to little maintenance.
There are several different types, and we recommend the
one thatís right for your situation.
We recommend using steel powder-coated mesh guards.
long will new gutters last?
If you maintain aluminum gutters, they can last almost
forever. Clean them, re-secure the fasteners and reseal
the corners and end caps.
We use stainless aluminum, and the materials come with a
lifetime warranty. Keep them cleaned out, put leaf
guards on, and get them adjusted from time to time.
Aluminum gutters should last a lifetime. Just keep them
clean and sometimes, because of settling of the house,
they may need to be raised or lowered.