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Gutter Care

Although aluminum gutters are strong, normal care must be taken when placing a ladder against them to gain access to the roof. Place the ladder on the gable end of your roof or straddle either side of your gutter's fastener.

With proper care and maintenance your system will maintain its beauty and performance for many years. Premature failure of gutter systems is most often caused by the accumulation of debris in the gutter trough. Many leaves and particles accumulate, causing poor or no water flow to the downspouts. Hence, the weight of the debris and water leads to failure, sag, and overflow of the system. Many times tennis balls, cola cans, newspapers, or many other objects will block the downspout. If you have trees you may want to install gutter protection. These product works on existing gutter systems or on new gutter systems.

For surface soil, stains, streaks, or striping resulting from air pollution, acid rain, industrial fallout, tree sap, insecticides, or chimney fumes -- the use of ordinary non-abrasive household detergent is recommended. The solution should be applied to the soiled surface by means of a soft rag, sponge, or soft bristle brush with a gentle rubbing action - do not rub vigorously so as to create glossy areas over the satin finish of your gutter or accessory products. Soft bristle brushes equipped with long extension handles may be used to reach some of the higher areas. It is important that immediately following all washing operations, the entire surface be thoroughly rinsed with fresh water from a garden hose.