Although time-consuming, keeping your home looking nice year round is a priority. Landscaping, cleaning the siding and degreasing the driveways are all tasks that keep your house looking great and they protect your biggest investment: your home. So, what should you do if you notice your gutters aren't looking as good as they used to? Maybe they need a gutter washing?
Maybe they're starting to look a little dull. Is there something you can do to bring them back to life? Will you have to replace them?
Well, there certainly are several things you can do to help make your gutters look better. As a matter of fact, replacing your gutters should only be done if they are severely damaged or due for a replacement. Gutter cleaning and gutter washing just may give you a few more years on those gutters and downspouts. Here are some of the options you have to make your gutters look good again.
Time for a Thorough Gutter Washing
Gutters are usually made of aluminum or galvanized steel. Additionally, they can also get some type of treatment or cover to help protect them from corrosion. Even if your metal gutter is working properly, sometimes their finish starts looking dull, or tartar builds up on it. This makes them look like a bit of an eyesore in your otherwise well-kept house.
In this case, the best thing to do is to hire a professional to complete gutter washing. This consists of brushing the whole gutter with a soft bristle brush. This way any buildup is physically removed from the metal, and it looks good as new.
If your gutters are vinyl and they started looking dull due to the UV rays, then you only option may be painting them. But depending on the condition of the vinyl, this may not work so well. The good thing is that vinyl gutters are the least expensive and the easiest to install.
Crank up the Pressure
You can use a pressure washer to perform gutter deep cleaning. This is a great way to invest in your home because it's quick and inexpensive. However, make sure you do this if you know for certain your properly installed gutter lines can withstand the procedure. Gutter washing can damage lesser quality gutters.
Pressure washers can be incredibly powerful and with the wrong settings, are capable of damaging your gutters, roof, and siding. So make sure an experienced gutter washing expert does the job and that they thoroughly inspect the gutters' installation before starting.
Use a Gutter Cleaning Product
If your gutters aren't in terrible shape, this might be a good option for you. Gutter cleaners are fairly inexpensive and they're easy to apply. Some bottles are even designed to be applied with a hose.
The way they work is that they have a chemical that softens up the build up on the metal finish so it can be wiped away easily. The pressure of a garden hose is usually enough to get this done. If more power is needed, you can also use a gutter cleaning wand.
Using these products is a great way to prevent your gutters from getting dirty. So if your gutters are looking good at the moment, you should use this method to keep them this way. Although many of the products you see at your local hardware store advertise that they can get rid of even the toughest gunk, this might not always be the case.
Have your gutters cleaned
You can certainly climb a ladder and scrape out the gunk with your hands or you could call a gutter cleaning company. They usually do a much better job than most homeowners and they can repair damages while they are there.
If you haven’t seen any major problems with gutter cleaning such as buildup, leaks or any other problem, stop them before they start with preventative maintenance. Call a professional if you don’t want the trouble and the mess, or do it yourself but get it done.