Your home's gutters see a massive amount of stress and wear and tear through their normal operation: constant water and debris flowing through them can take a toll on the structural integrity of your entire gutter and downspout system. Fortunately, there are a number of things that you can do to help improve the lifespan of your gutters to reduce repair and replacement costs over the long-run and ensure that your roof has a proper drainage system operating at all times.
The most important thing that you can do to keep your gutters in good condition is to clean them out regularly. Debris which is allowed to accumulate in your gutters can cause damage and wear in two main ways: first, by blocking the flow of water and even holding on to absorbed moisture, increasing the risk of rust developing in your gutters.
Secondly, it increases the amount of weight that pulls on your gutters' supports, making separation from the roof a more likely possibility. While having a regular cleaning schedule can prevent both problems from occurring, in order to be proactive about keeping your gutters clean you may want to consider installing gutter guards to keep debris out, and trimming back the trees over your roof to reduce the overall amount of debris which ends up falling onto the roof and into your gutters.
While the paint on your gutters may seem like an aesthetic concern, it actually performs an essential protective function. Paint will keep moisture away from the metal of your gutters, which in turn ensures that rust and corrosion do not have the opportunity to set in and structurally degrade your gutter system. Keep an eye on your gutters and repaint them as needed following the winter and spring seasons, where they will see the most use and wear.
Replace Individual Sections
Finally, if you do end up seeing rust and damage occurring in a specific part of your gutter system, the most important thing that you can do is contact a contractor immediately to have that specific section repaired or replaced.
This ensures that rust is not able to spread to other sections, that damaged sections are not able to pull on and degrade the rest of your gutters, and that any leaks are fixed before they can cause water damage in your yard or the interior of your home. Replacing early can help keep replacements both minor in scale and few and far between.
For more information, contact your local professional gutter service.