Your gutters are essential in protecting various parts of your home against water damage, including your siding, roof, basement, foundation and landscaping. To ensure this component lasts long, you need to hire an experienced contractor for its installation and maintenance. Reputable providers of exterior services would know which tools and materials to use for the longevity of your gutter system.  

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Here are reasons why the gutter screws your contractor uses is a huge deal. 

Why the Gutter Screws Your Contractor Uses Matter

When incompatible metals come in contact with each other, corrosion can occur, which can reduce the lifespan of your gutters. Even the smallest of screws, when not compatible with the kind of gutters you have, could compromise its performance and longevity. 

Moreover, galvanic corrosion refers to an electrochemical process where a metal corrodes to another when both metals are in electrical contact. The easiest way to avoid this type of corrosion is to choose metals with nearly the same electropotentials. When materials are closely matched, there is less potential difference and galvanic current. Experienced gutter and new roof contractors would choose the same metal for all construction to match potentials. 

Other Ways to Avoid Galvanic Corrosion in Your Gutters

“Time of Wetness” (TOW) refers to the proportion of total time surfaces stay wet. Atmospheric corrosion happens when the metal surfaces are constantly exposed to acid-laden moisture from fog, dew or rain. To avoid rusting in your gutters, make sure to have them cleaned regularly. Gutters are more likely to have standing water when clogged with debris, such as leaves, branches, and seeds. These items also tend to hold on to moisture, contributing to corrosion. Luckily, you can prevent your gutters from getting clogged by investing in a quality gutter protection system or gutter guards. 

Choose a reliable installer for your new gutters like Meredith Home Improvements. You can also count on us if you need a roof repairing or replacement service. Give us a call at (412) 831-9991 or fill out our contact form to get a free estimate.