Replace vs Repair: When Is It Time to Replace Gutters?

Are you wondering whether or not your gutters can be repaired or if they must be replaced completely? Many people assume that their gutters are repairable when in fact, their gutters should be replaced.

Additionally, some of the less honest companies may advise you that you should replace when you can get away with a few repairs.

We’re going to discuss when you should replace gutters or repair them. Keep reading for more information!

Examine Your Gutters in the Rain

The point of having gutters installed on your home is to help the water drain away from it. If your gutters are on the older side, take a few minutes to watch for leaks when it is raining.

Leaks are always possible, but the bigger the leak, the bigger the problem. Small gutter leaks may be patched but if you notice the water is gushing from places it shouldn’t, it could be time to replace your gutters.

Also, note that the leak may not come from cracks in the material but from the gutters actually separating into pieces. This problem may be ‘repaired’ but often means that a completely new gutter system is needed.

Nails or Screws on the Ground

Sure, you know how to use a hammer or a drill so replacing a missing screw or nail isn’t difficult. Unfortunately, if you are constantly finding these pieces on the ground, your gutters have probably seen better days.

Aside from the fact that this problem is an annoyance, it can also be dangerous to anyone who might step outside barefoot!

Peeling House Paint

Your home’s exterior paint might not be peeling because it is old. It may be peeling because water is seeping between the gutter system and roof. This happens often when gutters sag and pull away from the home.

You may also see water stains and mold growth if your gutters aren’t functioning properly.

If this problem is localized to one area of your home, a repair may suffice. However, if you are noticing peeling exterior paint in several areas, the system likely need to be completely replaced.

Landscaping that Erodes

Over time, it is normal to see some erosion to your landscaping. What is not normal is to see the majority of it disappear during a single rainy season.

Constantly having to replace mulch, soil, or replant flowers doesn’t have anything to do with your ability to garden. It could have everything to do with too much water being dumped from a malfunctioning gutter system.

To Replace Gutters or Repair Them?

When attempting to figure out whether to replace gutters or repair them, the biggest factor to keep in mind is whether the problem is localized or general.

If the problems listed here are only observed in one or two small areas of the gutter system, there is a decent chance that repairs are possible. However, if you notice that several or large sections of your gutters are having issues, it is time to replace the system.

Should you like an honest evaluation of your gutters and whether they need to be repaired or replaced, contact us!

 

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