Rust is a corrosive problem that eats away at metals. When it starts to affect your gutters, rust can compromise how effectively your gutters drain rainwater, potentially causing a multitude of moisture problems such as overflows and eroded soil. So how do you repair rusted or corroded gutters?
If the Damage Is Minor
If the rust on your gutters is minor, you can start fixing it by clearing out all the debris in the area. Make sure it is meticulously washed with detergent and then completely dried. Minor damage should be easy enough to scrub away using a wire brush or dampened aluminum foil. Once the rust patches have been removed, coat the affected areas with a metal primer to hinder further rusting.
If the Damage Is More Serious
If the rust is so severe that it bores holes through the metal, it will require more attention. Firstly, you need to clean and dry the hole, then apply roofing cement or liquid rubber around the rusted corners of the hole. You may opt to hold a metal flashing in place until the cement has dried. The repair should be as thin as possible, so there are no humps that will prevent runoff from flowing smoothly.
Choose a Professional Solution
If large sections of your gutter system are affected by rust due to old age or maintenance neglect, it may be time to replace them altogether. Making frequent repairs on your gutters can be stressful, not to mention dangerous — from climbing up and down a tall ladder to carrying a variety of tools. With a professional, you can have peace of mind that the replacement job will be up to standard and finished on time.
Let our gutter specialists at Patriot Roofing LLC inspect your gutter system and perform the necessary repair or replacement to bring it back to top shape. Just give us a call at (405) 217-0473 or complete our convenient online form to get started.