If you find a rust spot on your gutter and ignore it, you’ll soon be calling Alpine Gutters & Downspouts in Denver for repairs, even a replacement. Rust is nobody’s friend, so it’s important to protect your home from the damage that rust can inflict on your gutter. Without early intervention, deterioration happens quickly, creating holes and jeopardizing how your system functions. Today, we provide a few steps that you can take to address rust problems before they turn into major repairs.
The DIY Fix for Rust
If the rust spot on your gutter is minor, use a wire brush to scrub away the loose rust and then apply a metal primer to protect the area from moisture and the elements. If the damage is more severe, and rust corrosion has set in, you may need to replace sections using metal flashing, secured with a liquid rubber or roofing cement. This can be a difficult job to do and takes some patience, but it can help extend the life of your gutters. Also, consider calling a professional if there is severe rust corrosion. They’ll be able to determine if it’s better to replace the system entirely.
If you do plan to do it yourself, always ensure you start with a fresh, clean palette. You will need to clean out all of the debris, wash and dry the gutters completely. Next, paint the rusty area with rust converter paint, this coating will help neutralize the rust and stop it from spreading. It also acts as a primer and a barrier coating for the next step.
When the paint has dried, spread plastic paint cement inside the gutters over the primed rusted spots. Now, when this layer dries completely, cut to size, and press into the cement a sheet of heavy aluminum foil. Smooth it ever so carefully to ensure no air bubbles are trapped underneath. Spread another thin coating of plastic roof cement on top of the foil and smooth out. Remember to make the repair as smooth and thin as possible. That is the key to keeping water flowing smoothly through your gutters.
Upkeep is Vital for Gutters
Maintenance and monthly checks of your gutter system is key and should be performed by checking the inside and outside for a rust spot on your gutter. The system should last a good 20 years, but it all really depends on material quality, weather and upkeep. Here are some tell-tale signs that will let you know it is time to replace your gutters:
- The rust is affecting an area larger than three inches, but once the rust has spread this far, it’s hard to justify saving it.
- The rust is caked on.
- Rust has created holes, separations or cracks in the gutter. Smaller holes, you may be able to patch, but anything exceeding three inches should be replaced.
So remember, if you find a rust spot on your gutter, attack the issue immediately. Otherwise, and in a very short amount of time, that small rust spot will take over and eat up your system. When in doubt, call Alpine Gutters & Downspouts for professional gutter maintenance, repairs and replacements. We know gutters inside and out.