Over time, your guttering may need replacing. Usually it’s just a section of guttering that has been damaged, so it’s not always necessary to replace all of your roof gutters. With this in mind it should be a fairly rare job when it comes to home maintenance, but an important one nonetheless.
Gutter maintenance can be one of those jobs that gets overlooked as we tend not to notice signs of wear or damage, at least until there’s heavy rain or cracks and damage actually starts appearing. Cast iron or aluminium gutters can last over 20 years with little care and attention, so it’s easy to forget they need maintenance at all, but it’s still essential to make these checks. Plastic gutters on the other hand, are likely to need replacing if they’re around 20 years old. If you’re unsure, here are some things to look out for when deciding on gutter replacement.
Before repairing any guttering, take all safety measures into account. Any job that involves working at height presents risk, even if repairing the guttering on a building like a bungalow.
First time? - experience is advisable when undertaking any such jobs, so consider contacting a professional to work on it before replacing any guttering.
Secure ladders - if you are confident to fix guttering, ladders should be firmly placed so as not to slip, and ensure you have at least one other person working with you.
Weather safety – if weather conditions are harsh, from rain or strong winds, consider working on gutters on a different day. You should also avoid working when it’s cold enough for ice patches to form, or during falling snow.
If you’ve found this advice useful, take a look at the second part covering how to remove and replace guttering, or read more about home improvements on Trade Corner.