Your gutters are an integral part of your roofing system and should not be neglected. Gutters protect against leaking, mold, and even foundation problems.
But how do you know if you should repair or replace your gutters?
Let’s take a look at what you need to look at.
Signs You Need Gutter Repair
In some cases, you can get away with repairing your gutters, rather than replacing them. If you can catch these issues before they get worse, you’ll be able to save money that you would otherwise have to spend on repairs.
When examining your gutters, look for signs of flaking or peeling. If you see any of this on your gutters you’ll want to call in for repairs to make sure it doesn’t evolve into a bigger problem.
If you spot any holes in your gutters, this is another problem you want to get repaired. Holes can be caused by falling tree branches and other debris. Also, keep an eye out for standing water in your gutters. All of these point to the need for repairs.
If you’re diligent about checking on your gutters, you’ll catch these problems in time to repair them before any further damage can occur.
Signs You Need Gutter Replacement
Sometimes your gutters are beyond the point of repair and need a replacement. If some of the above issues went unnoticed, you may be in need of new gutters.
Some signs that this is the case include leaks from your gutters or downspouts. This means that your system is not functioning the way it should be. Also, look for problems fastening your gutter hangers and any evidence of dents.
If you find yourself attempting to repair your gutters, but find that you keep running into more issues, this is another sure sign you need a replacement.
Repair or Replace? Either Way Gutter Care is Essential
Whether you repair or replace your gutters, once the problem is corrected it’s important to take good care of your gutters.
Your gutters protect your home from water damage, protect the foundation of your home from things like mold and leaks. They also protect the landscaping around your home from erosion.
Take care of them by being proactive and checking for signs of damage before they turn into a bigger problem. If you notice water that’s backed up or any signs of wear, take the steps to get them repaired before they require a replacement.
However, in some cases, a replacement is the only way to get your gutters to function as usual. One rule of thumb is to consider the age of your gutters. Most gutters have a lifespan of 20 years. If you’ve never replaced them before and your house is older than 20 years, it’s time to call the professionals and update your gutter system.
If you’re unsure about what to do, don’t wing it. Contact us with any questions about your gutter repair needs.