Wooden gutters provide a natural and rustic aesthetic to your home. However, they are susceptible to rot, mold growth, and pest infestations, all of which can destroy the structural integrity of your gutters and cause all sorts of drainage problems around your home. Thankfully, there are a number of things that you can do to ensure that your wooden gutters stay in the best possible shape.
Clean Them Out
While this seems like it should go without saying, it is essential that you clean out wooden gutters more often than you would clean out their metal counterparts. This is because a buildup of leaves and other organic matter allows water to sit in the gutters, increasing the chances of rot developing, and provide the ideal breeding ground for pests, which can burrow into the wood of your gutters. Clean out your gutters as least once a month to ensure that they are in their best condition.
Cracks can develop in your wooden gutters for a number of reasons, such as temperature fluctuations or physical trauma, and can allow water to leak out of your gutters, which can cause drainage problems around your home. Thankfully, cracks are fairly easy to fix. Visually inspect your gutters every time that you clean them out, and fill cracks in with wood caulk. Wood caulk can be found at most hardware stores and is applied out of a squeezable tube. Apply the caulk along the crack, and smooth the caulking out with your thumb.
Seal the Inside
While you can paint wooden gutters to match the aesthetic of your home, you should only paint the outside of the gutter. On the inside, you should seal the wood to protect it against rot and damage using something called shingle oil. It can be found at most hardware stores and is usually applied out of a spray can. Simply spray down the interior of your cleaned out gutters with the oil until the surface has been completely coated. Alternatively, shingle oil does come in cans, which is simply applied using a paintbrush much like wood stain would be.
Paint the Outside
Once the inside has been sealed, you can move on to protecting the outside. In order to ensure that it does not become susceptible to rot or water damage, the best option is to use a waterproof wooden paint on your gutters. This will allow you to customize the appearance of your gutters while protecting them at the same time.
For more information on caring for your wooden gutters, contact a roofing contractor.
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