Repair Your Conservatory Gutters

If you have a conservatory, also known as a sunroom, it is helpful to learn how to repair them in case you have problems. Below is information on how to fix holes, repair sagging gutters, and remove rust from gutters.

Fix Holes

If you have a hole in your gutter, you may be able to fix it yourself.  Purchase some roofing cement, and a metal repair patch that is larger than the hole. The patch should be the same material your gutter is made of. For example, if it is aluminum, you will use aluminum flashing. You may be able to find these things in a home improvement store. If not, contact a roofing contractor to help you find them.

Before you get started, clean any debris that may be in the gutter. To do this, you can use a gutter scoop or a putty knife. Use a soft bristle wire blush to clean around the hole.

Follow the directions on the roofing cement and metal repair patch to learn how to patch the hole. In most cases, you will lay the repair patch over the hole, and then brush cement on top of it to secure it. Make sure the patch is several inches larger than the hole before you start cementing.

Repair Sagging Gutter

The gutter on your sunroom is held in place by ferules, which are large spikes. Over time, the ferules become loose, and may fall out. To fix this problem, you need to replace the missing ferrules with something else. Long gutter screws work well. If you purchase these, make sure they are at least seven inches long. Remove the old ferules if they are still there. Insert the spike in teh hole, and then insert the new screws in the hole on top of the spike. use a power drill to drill them in.

If you have more than one missing ferrule, fix one before you go to the next, and continue until you have replaced all of them.

Repair Rusted Gutters

If you have rusted gutters, it is important to fix the problem immediately. Another option is to replace the gutters with something that does not rust, such as vinyl or aluminum. If you do not want to do this, you can fix the problem yourself.

Use a stiff wire brush and wipe over the rust area to remove it. Purchase a primer and a paint that matches your gutters. When purchasing the paint, make sure it is rust inhibiting to keep the gutters from rusting again.

First, apply the sealant. It usually comes with a brush and you simply brush it over the area. Wait a few hours for it to completely dry, and then apply the paint. If you want to paint a second coat, wait until the first one completely dries, which may take a few hours.

If you live in a cold climate, you may consider putting a heat trace cable along the gutter to prevent problems from freezing water. For larger problems with your gutter, contact professionals, such as Alaska Streamline Gutters