As a house owner it is best to deal with potential issues before they get out of hand. The key to this is regular maintenance and this goes for everything from water systems to gutter systems. If you want to contact a company who specializes in gutter and fascia maintenance, then click here. In this article I will tell you how to deal with dry rot in the fascia boards and how to repaint metal gutters in order to prolong their life.
Dealing with Dry Rot in Fascia Boards
Using a thin screwdriver, check for soft spots in the fascia boards by gently probing the surfaces with the screwdriver. If you come across a soft spot, it can be dealt with in one out of two ways. You can carve out the dry rot and fill it with a plastic putty or you can remove the entire damaged fascia board and replace it with a new board. Whichever way you choose to go, keep in mind that you might have to remove a section of the gutter system as you are having the work done. If you are choosing to replace part of the fascia board, make sure to use a well seasoned piece of timber with the same dimensions as the board that you are replacing. Before painting the new board to match the existing fascia, apply a wood preservative for best results
If you have metal gutters, try to repaint them every few years or so as it will make them last much longer. This is particularly important if you live on the coast and they are exposed to salty air. Before you start with the painting, you will need to prepare the metal by giving it a good clean. Clean out gutter troughs and wire brush (or sand down) any rusty or corroded areas. Sand down the outside of the gutter in places where the old paint is chipping or peeling and then seal any leaks. Use a rust-preventative primer with a zinc base on the outside of the gutter before using an exterior paint that goes well with the colour of your house. On the inside, simply use an asphalt-aluminium gutter paint.
When you become a house owner, you soon realize that regular maintenance is the way forward in order to avoid having to spend large amount of money when things eventually goes wrong. This is surely the case for your gutters and downspouts. By checking them, cleaning then and dealing with any minor repairs, you can save yourself both time and money by preventing any future leaks and the nightmare that it can bring. Whether you choose to use a professional for the job or try to tackle it yourself, in this article I will tell you a bit about patching leaks and dealing with both smaller and larger holes in your gutters and downspouts. If you choose to use a professional and want the best gutter repair Liverpool has to offer, then Gutter Guys are my contractor of choice.
Patching Cracks and Smaller Holes
Most broken seals and smaller rust holes can be patched up with a small dab of plastic cement or even ‘butyl gutter’ and lap seal. If you were to notice a leak at a joint, the best way forward is to add a coat of silicon sealant around the outside seam of the gutter in question. If you need to patch a smaller hole (smaller than ¼ of an inch), clean the area with a brush and roughen it up a wire brush or by using coarse sandpaper. Wipe away any loose grit and apply a thin layer of plastic cement or if you so prefer – ‘butyl gutter’ and lap seal. The cement should cover an area of about 6 inches in all directions of the hole.
Repairing Gutters/ Patching Larger Holes
If the holes are larger than ¼ of an inch, I would classify them as larger and you would have to cut out and apply a small pieces of either canvas or aluminium in order to repair them. You start in the same way as for smaller holes – by cleaning and roughen the area around the hole before applying a thick layer of plastic cement. Cut out a patch of your preferred material (canvas, aluminium or fibreglass mat) and make sure it covers at least ½ an inch in all directions around the hole. Press the patch into the cement and apply a second layer over the patch. If you come across a section of gutters that is extensively damaged, it might be easier to have it replaced rather than repairing it. You can however use a larger patch to repair the damage in the same way you would a larger hole – by cutting a patch out from your chosen material and cement it into place.
Gutter Painting Gloss
As always – if you are unsure on how to deal with these types of issues or if you simply are not keen to deal with it yourself – contact a local professional and I can guarantee you – they would be more than happy to assist you. Good luck!