Gutters are the glue that holds your home together. They protect against the number one threat to your home’s integrity: moisture.
Problem is, gutters often suffer from an out-of-sight-out-of-mind mentality that leaves them in disrepair—or worse—completely useless. When properly maintained, gutters can last a lifetime.
Often, homeowners don’t think about their gutters until it’s too late. Once signs of water damage are visible, gutter failure has begun. The solution may involve a quick repair or a total replacement of their system.
But how do you know what you’re up against? Here is our guide to help you understand the different types of gutter failures and when to prepare for a gutter repair or gutter replacement.
You need gutter repair when:
Damage is local
If it’s clear that damage is confined to a specific area, repair will probably suffice. Depending on the degree of damage, a single section may need to be replaced rather than the entire system.
A few hangers are loose
Weight from debris and ice can put stress on your gutters and cause them to pull off the hangers or cause the hangers to pull away from the fascia. Simply reattaching the gutters to the hanger or screwing the hangers back into place may fix the issue.
One joint or closure is leaking
If a joint (that hasn’t been repaired before) begins to leak, a simple seal and waterproof job may be the fix. If the leak has been repaired but it continues to leak, replacement of that section may be necessary.
Water is standing or gushing over
Standing and/or gushing water is a sign that your gutter is not moving water away from your home. This could be due to improper pitch caused by loose hangers or clogs from debris. Fully cleaning your gutter system and tightening hangers should do the trick. If it does not, replacement may be necessary.
You need gutter replacement when:
Separation happens often
If sections of your gutter are constantly separating at the seams, this could be a sign your system is old and corroded. Rather than spending the time or money to continue to repair a system with seams, many homeowners will upgrade to a seamless system.
Dents and holes are beyond repair
Whether due to storms or debris, dents can be so severe they stop the proper flow of water. If they are numerous or beyond repair, it may be time to replace your gutter system. Holes created by corrosion render your gutters essentially useless. If these holes cannot be repaired it is time for a new system.
Paint is peeling
Peeling paint on the side of your house may be caused by a problem with a section of your gutter. If peeling paint is visible in multiple areas on the exterior of your house, it may be worth replacing your system before the problem gets worse or returns.
Fasteners have fallen
When fasteners are consistently found on the ground near your gutters, your system is not doing its job. It may have been installed improperly or be the wrong size for your home. A professional will be able to tell why you always have a screw loose.
Still confused about whether gutter repair or replacement is right for your home? Call a professional.