Fort Myers Gutter Repair
Lee County Florida Gutter Repair
There are some tell-tale signs that your rain gutters aren’t working properly: leaking gutters, sagging or hanging gutters, poor drainage, and rusty gutters, just to name a few. These problems can start off small and grow into larger problems over time. Keeping your gutters in tip-top shape ensures continued, effective protection of your home’s siding, flower beds, and foundation.
Rusty Rain Gutters
If your gutters are rusting, it’s likely you have galvanized steel rain gutters. One of the many benefits to seamless aluminum gutters is that they do not rust. Rusty gutters are not just unsightly, they aren’t capturing and displacing rain water properly, and trying to repair galvanized steel gutters is often a losing battle.
Don’t believe those who tell you it can be fixed by primer and paint, because those leaks will return. Once gutters have begun to rust you cannot stop the rust from returning. Even sealing the leaks is a short-term fix, and you will probably have to reseal your gutters every few months. The best move for your pocketbook and your home is to replace rusty gutters with seamless aluminum gutters.
Leaking Rain Gutters
If your gutters are seamless aluminum, it’s possible that they simply need a little TLC in the form of cleaning and resealing. It’s important that all debris is removed from the gutters, which can sometimes be as simple as a rinse or as involved as removing the downspouts. Gulf Coast Exteriors has tested all the major sealing product types on the market, and we have found that our special sealant works the best in the multitude of conditions your home and gutters will endure. With a bit of care from Gulf Coast Exteriors & Gutters, your rain gutters will have as tight a seal as they did when they were first installed.
Overflowing & Clogged Gutters
If you see your gutters overflowing during a rain, it’s likely that your gutters are clogged. The list of debris that can clog gutters is lengthy: leaves, limbs, shingles, toys, nests, and rodents, just to name a few. Whatever is small enough to fit inside your rain gutters can eventually clog them up. Cleaning out the gutters by removing the debris can sometimes solve the issue of overflowing rain gutters.
However, be aware that gutters will often need to be resealed after debris has been removed, so don’t be surprised if you spot some leaks afterward. The best way to prevent clogs in the future is by installing gutter covers over your existing gutter system.
Improperly installed gutters can also be the cause of overflowing rain gutters. Too few, too small, or poorly placed downspouts can cause gutter systems to back up and overflow. The location, quantity, and size of downspouts are extremely important factors. Every time water turns a corner it slows down and backs up. If your gutter system doesn’t factor in these elements you could be seeing rainwater overflow from your gutter system.
Loose, Falling Down, and Sagging Gutters
If rain gutters are loose, sagging, or falling down, it may be from one of the following causes. One reason gutters sag is when gutter spikes start to come loose. As the seasons change, the movements of the gutters caused by changing weather hollows out the holes where gutter spikes have been inserted. As the spike’s grip on the fascia begins to loosen so will your rain gutter installation.
Hidden hanger brackets are another means for attaching gutters to the home, which is Gulf Coast Exteriors preferred method. However, even gutter hangers can have a loosening problem if the screws used to anchor into the fascia header, the wood behind the fascia, are not long enough. Gulf Coast Exteriors uses larger screws than the industry standard in order to ensure secure rain gutter installation, and we also space our gutter hangers every 2 feet to provide sufficient support during heavy rains. Too much space between gutter hangers is yet another cause of falling gutters.
The number one reason for falling downspouts is improperly securing the downspout straps into the mortar of the brick. In order to keep a downspout in place, it must be secured to the side of the home with the use of straps. It is important to secure straps to the brick, not the mortar between bricks, because it creates a more secure, enduring hold. Mortar deteriorates over time causing downspouts to come loose, which can create leaks and even fall down.
Get a Gutter Repair Estimate Today!
Gulf Coast Exteriors & Gutters understands that rain gutter systems need care just like any other kind of investment. We will help you identify problems and correct them. Call us today or use the online form to request a FREE estimate. Serving Lee County, Fort Myers and Cape Coral, Florida.