Rain Gutter Reseals and Repairs
My gutter leaks – what can I do?
On every mitered corner, expansion joint and end cap a sealant is required to contain water within your
gutter systems only allowing it to flow through outlets and down pipes safely channeling it away from your home. Professionally installed specialized sealants will ensure your Rain Gutters are leak free for their life term.
Seal failures occur over time for a variety of reasons i.e. Contamination of the original metal surface, oxidization, excessive debris, continuous pooling of water, expansion of water through freezing, movement of fascia board, expansion and contraction of the aluminum, inadequate caulking, improper installation etc. If left unrepaired leaking
rain gutters can prematurely rot roof systems, stain building exteriors, erode landscaping, damage concrete, stone or
ash fault drive or walkways. Worse yet – The constant dripping
gutter system can keep you awake at
Homeowners and handymen typically try a variety of methods to seal a leaking corner.
Silicone, gutter caulking, super sealants or roofing tar. They’ll take care to clean the surface and
apply the new sealant over the old one. For one to three months it may appear the problem is
solved – Slowly the leaks reappear. A common misconception is “we didn’t use enough
caulking”. The pile of gutter caulking grows while the results remain the same.
We remove all the old caulking. Applying good gutter caulking over bad WILL NOT WORK. Most caulking forms a durable skin cure within 30 minutes of the original installation and is virtually impossible to bond to. Once the old caulking is removed we grind the surface with a wire brush to remove oxidization and expose fresh aluminum. Next we clean the surface with a specialized solvent to remove surface contaminants. We then apply the new sealant. We use a one part high quality blend of synthetic rubber and resin. It exhibits excellent elastomeric properties, while maintaining superior adhesion to aluminum under ponded water conditions. Our method of caulking ensures no air pockets during installation that potentially become future channels for leaking water. We also ensure an adequate volume of caulking to allow for a full cure and the aluminums expansion and contraction.
Clients would be unaware of this growing pile of
gutter debris until the foundations or basements would start to leak from the clogged drain tile. This problem would result in extensive parameter drainage excavations and was extremely expensive to repair.
The Impossible Seal:
If we cannot remove all the old caulking we’ll install a new Box Mitre. This is done by cutting out the entire corner and installing a new aluminum one to match the existing profile and color. We mechanically fasten it in place and install new caulking on fresh aluminum to form a
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