Tiger stripes are a common problem for homeowners with aluminum gutters that are no longer properly vented. These darker, matted areas are caused by moisture buildup, which can lead to roof leaks and gutter collapses if not properly addressed. To prevent tiger stripes from forming and make your home look its best, it’s important to clean your gutters on a regular basis.
It’s true that most people don’t know that there is an alternative to cleaning aluminum gutters Chicago. All you have to do is add gutter guards to your home and keep debris from accumulating in your gutters in the first place. It’s so much easier than performing this chore whenever you scoop out debris from inside your gutters two or three times a year.
Make sure to choose a non-abrasive household detergent and pressure washer cleaner, when cleaning tiger stripes off your gutters. There are also numerous products available at home improvement and hardware stores that are specifically designed to clean gutters.
If you have tiger stripes, we know that the stains can be tough to remove. We typically recommend using a stronger cleaning solution with this type of stain. If there is a lot of build-up or staining that has not been addressed for some time, it may take multiple applications to completely clean your tile.
Tiger stripes, however annoying they may be, should not cause you to use a cleaner with solvents, ammonia or paint removers. These substances can damage or wear away the finish on aluminum gutters.
Metal brushes, harsh chemicals, and excessive scrubbing can damage your gutters’ finish. You should clean your gutters with a soft brush like a rag or cloth and avoid vigorous rubbing that might leave glossy spots on the surface.
If you’re going to clean your gutters from the ground, use a long-handled brush like the one we have in this kit. Be sure to check for streaks and tiger stripes on the inside edge of your gutters too. If you’re going to use a ladder, make sure to stabilize it by placing bricks under each leg of it before climbing. Never exceed your reach while trying to clean your gutters.
You work hard to keep the outside of your home in the best shape. Therefore, to maintain the resale value of your home and ensure that it looks attractive to potential buyers, there is no reason not to keep unsightly tiger stripes from marring its appearance.