How Long Do Gutter Lifespan: Maintenance, Factors, and Replacement

All residential and commercial buildings have gutters. The drainage system allows rainwater to drain off the roof and provides the necessary protection against water damage. In addition, they help keep the house’s walls dry and prevent the formation of puddles around the house and near the entrance.

As a functional part of the home, gutter systems require regular maintenance. The quality of maintenance significantly affects the service life of gutter systems. Weather conditions, type of materials, and installation quality will also determine the gutters’ lifespan.

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In this article, we will analyze factors that affect the service life of drainage systems. You will learn what gutter systems are the most reliable and who to contact for new downpipe installation.

How Does Regular Cleaning Affect Gutters?

All gutters should be cleaned at least twice a year. Leaves, branches, and small debris brought to the roof by the wind block the gutters. In winter, ice can form inside the gutters and prevent water from passing through the drainage system. Sometimes clusters of insects and pests such as small birds or mice can be found in gutters too. Regular cleaning will remove all excess from the gutters, which will allow them to work efficiently.

How can weather affect gutters?

Unfortunately, the weather is not something we can control. There are natural disasters and extreme weather conditions that put the integrity of your home at risk.

Your drainage system can be damaged in a storm or strong winds. For example, when the wind brings heavy branches or other objects onto your roof, gutters can break off. Luckily, such extreme conditions are rare and we cannot predict or prevent them. Weather damage can significantly reduce the life of gutters or even destroy them.

How do the type and quality of the material affect the gutters’ service life?

The service life of gutters directly depends on the material. Most often, plastic, steel, and aluminum gutters are used in residential buildings. However, they differ in terms of service life.

Plastic gutters are the most economical gutter option. Plastic gutters are easy to install, do not rust, and are easy to clean. However, this material is less durable than others.

  • Usually, the manufacturer of plastic gutters gives a 8-10 years guarantee. Although correct installation, regular cleaning, and maintenance can help them to last up to 12 years.
  • Steel gutters are more expensive than plastic ones. In addition, they are more challenging to mount, and if the protective layer is damaged, they are susceptible to corrosion. However, steel gutters come in different colors; they are more resistant to external influences. The manufacturer’s warranty for steel gutters ranges from 20 to 25 years. Although, if professionally installed, the service life can be more than 50 years.
Steel guttersIf cleaned regularly, steel gutters are one of the most reliable and popular options
  • Aluminum seamless gutters are the pinnacle of our company’s product range. They are resistant to corrosion and environmental influences, easy to clean, and do not form debris. These gutters are more expensive than plastic and metal ones, but if durability is a priority, aluminum gutters are a much more reliable option. Aluminum seamless gutters are custom-made, flexible, and light, making for a lifespan of up to 70 years and simplifying your cleaning and maintenance options.

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Who should I contact to install new gutters in Spokane?

If you are looking for a reliable contractor to install your new gutters in Spokane, contact Advance Roofing. Our experts will draw up a plan, provide you with an estimate and get to work quickly and efficiently. We can also help you choose gutters that suit your needs and complement the house’s exterior.

We have built our business on excellent customer service and the trust of our Spokane customers over the years. As a result, we take a responsible approach to each order and choose individual solutions.

Contact us for expert advice or place an order for new gutters by calling (509) 201-4190.