DIY Gutter Patch: How To Fix A Corroded Gutter To Prevent Further Damage
Gutters are in place to catch rainwater and debris that slides down off the roof and transfers it away from the house. This keeps it from damaging the siding of your house as well as the foundation. However, when puddles of water stand in the gutters, it can cause steel and aluminum to deteriorate. This can often result in minor to major leaks. It is crucial that you fix a rotted section of your gutters as soon as possible. This will not only extend the life of your gutters and keep them functioning until you can afford or find the time to replace the entire section or system, but it will also help keep the corrosion from spreading and causing more damage to your gutters. Here is a step-by-step process of how to patch a corroded gutter yourself:
- First, you need to thoroughly wash and completely dry the damaged area of the gutter. It is important that all dirt and grime is removed before moving further with the repair. Otherwise, the patch may not take, so do not overlook the importance of this first step.
- Next, you need to completely sand the corroded area. You should sand it all the way down to the bare metal for optimal results.
- Now, you need to cut a piece of galvanized metal, copper flashing or aluminum that is a few inches longer than the damaged area. This will serve as your patch.
- Place the recently-cut patch on top of the corroded area and bend it so that it fully conforms to the shape of the gutter. Once you are satisfied with its fit, use a pencil to mark the patch's location.
- Remove the patch and use a piece of wood or a putty knife to spread a generous layer of roofing cement where the patch will go.
- Line up the patch with the pencil marks and firmly press it down.
- Apply a thick second coat of roofing cement over and beyond the patch. This is to help secure it in place.
It is important to keep in mind that this should only be considered a temporary fix to a corroded or damaged gutter. For your entire gutter system to be as effective as possible, it all needs to be in good shape. At your earliest convenience, you need to consult with a contractor like M C M Home Exteriors Roofing regarding a professional and long-term fix or the installation of a brand new gutter system to ensure its efficiency.