If you live in an older home and find your gutters are deteriorating, you might be wondering how long gutters endure. The answer is dependent on the materials used and how well they are cared for.

How Long Do Aluminum Gutters Last?

Today, the majority of gutters are composed of aluminum. Seamless gutters have a number of advantages over other gutter styles, including fewer leaks, increased durability, and lower maintenance. Aluminum gutters have a 20-year life expectancy. Aluminum downspouts can last up to 30 years since they are subjected to less wear and tear than gutters.

How to Extend the Life of Your Aluminum Gutters

Aluminum gutters already have a lengthy life expectancy, but these tips will help them last even longer:

  • Clean the gutters twice a year, once in the fall after all the leaves are off the trees and again in the spring.
  • When cleaning gutters, don't lean a ladder against them.
  • When power washing the house, stay away from abrasive chemicals like bleach, which can eat away at the gutters.
  • Every five years, apply sealant to the corners.
  • Hire a reliable, certified gutter company to perform maintenance and repair for you.

Knowing When It’s Time for Aluminum Gutter Replacement

You may not know how old your gutters are if you live in an older home. Because gutters wear out so slowly, it can be difficult to identify when they need to be replaced. However, it's critical to replace your gutters before they totally deteriorate to avoid roof damage, water leaks, fascia rot, and other issues. Keep an eye out for the following signs:

  • Broken fasteners
  • Mold or water stains on the siding
  • Pooling water near your home after a downpour
  • Water channels or completely washed-out sections of landscaping
  • Sections coming loose
  • Gaps between gutter connections and fascia boards
  • Nails lying on the ground that came loose from the gutters
  • Widespread visible rust
  • Holes or cracks in the gutters

Aluminum gutters have many advantages over other gutter systems:

  • Under regular use, aluminum is a very robust material that will not rust or corrode.
  • Aluminum can be painted in a variety of colors, making it possible to match the roof's other architectural elements.
  • Because aluminum gutters are so light, they don't require any additional support.
  • Aluminum gutters are very affordable.

The Components Of An Aluminum Gutter/Downspout System

1. Gutters

Aluminum gutters are low-maintenance and one of the easiest gutter systems to install due to the variety of accessories available. Guttering made of aluminum is a fantastic product. They don't rust, come in a variety of colors, and are simple to shape. Rain gutters made of aluminum have been around for over 30 years. Aluminum gutters have the added benefit of being lightweight and relatively simple to deal with. They are all weather resistant and keep their integrity in chilly climes.

2. Downspouts

A downspout is a conduit that collects rainwater from a roof or gutter and transports it to the ground or a drain. Leaderpipe, Downpipe, and Drainspout are all terms for the same thing. Downspout diameters are determined by the amount of roof surface they drain.

3. Elbows

Elbows are fittings that attach to the downspout. One end of the gutter elbow is crimped so that it can fit inside another elbow or downspout. Elbows are used at the bottom of the downspout at ground level to direct drainage in a particular direction. Two elbows coming from the gutter are used to span the length of the eave so the downspout can be directly mounted to the wall of the structure.

A&B Elbows

  • An “A” style elbow refers to an elbow that, when attached to a downspout, angles the downspout frontwards and backwards.
  • A “B” style elbow refers to an elbow that, when attached to a downspout, angles the downspout from right to left or from left to right (sideways).

Offset Elbows

An offset is a special-made section of downspout used to elbow the downspout over a brick ledge, porch edge or a brick band on the wall of a house.

  • “A” Offset Elbow refers to an elbow that, when attached to a downspout, angles the downspout frontwards and backwards.
  • “B” Offset Elbow refers to an elbow that, when attached to a downspout, angles the downspout from right to left or from left to right (sideways).

Now that you know about how long gutters last, you may realize it’s time for a replacement! For more help deciding, or to schedule services in the Memphis area, contact us today!

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