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Spring is the best time to see if you need new gutters while summer is the most ideal time to install new gutters. But if you notice a leak in your gutters, you need to replace them immediately. The longer you put off replacing aging gutters, the higher the risk your roof will suffer moisture damage. 

Aside from leaks, what are the signs you need to replace your gutters? 

  • Dents – Dents aren’t usually a cause for immediate concern. However, you will need to replace dented gutters soon because it’s only a matter of time until they develop leaks. 
  • Rust – Rust (which usually forms at the bottom of aging gutters) eats away at metal until it creates holes in your gutters. Galvanized steel gutters develop rust when their protective zinc coating is scratched or damaged. 

How to Prevent Gutter Rust 

  • Install aluminum gutters – Aluminum is lightweight, durable, and resistant to rust, making it ideal for gutters. Thanks to a good balance between cost and performance, aluminum gutters are one of the most popular types of gutters. Aside from aluminum gutters, zinc or copper gutters are also smart choices. When it comes to durability, nothing comes close to them. The only downside is they’re a bit on the pricey side. But if you’re looking for extremely durable gutters, they’re worth the investment. To learn more about your gutter options, consult one of your local contractors. 
  • Routinely clean your gutters – Routine gutter maintenance is a must if you want to keep your gutters in good condition. Leaves and debris in your gutters prevent water from flowing to the drains. If the gutter clogs aren’t removed, standing water will cause gutter overflow and rust. 

Why Install Gutter Guards 

Don’t have the time for chores like gutter cleaning? We recommend installing gutters guards, which prevent leaves and debris from entering and clogging your gutters. Keep in mind gutter guards can only reduce, not eliminate, your gutter’s maintenance needs. That’s why you need to do gutter guard cleaning from time to time. That is except if you installed Gutter Helmet®, the only gutter guards on the market with a Never Clean Your Gutters Again® guarantee. 

One more thing: to make sure your gutter system and guards are installed correctly, make sure to hire an experienced contractor. 

Gutter Helmet Systems of Alabama offers a wide range of professional exterior services, including gutter guard cleaning and installation services. To get a free quote, call us at (866) 598-7525 or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Chelsea as well as the surrounding Alabama communities. 

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