Most gutters are made from strong, durable material such as aluminum, but this doesn't mean they last forever. Over time - usually an average of about 20 years - your gutters will deteriorate and begin to have problems such as leaking.
Here's what to look out for when trying to determine whether you need to replace your gutters.
Here's the scenario: you notice a gap where your gutter has pulled away from the roof, so you take your trusty hammer and hammer in some fasteners to reattach it. Before you know it, you notice another area that has separated from the roofline, and you have to repeat the process all over again.
Gutters that continue to pull away from the roofline are a warning sign that your fascia board is likely rotten and it's time for new gutters. The fascia is a long board that runs along the lower edge of the roof and carries the guttering. It plays an essential role in collecting surface water and carrying it into the gutters.
In some instances, you can repair rotten fascia boards, but more often than not, they're an indication that it's time for new gutters.
When it rains and you notice that water pools and spills over the top of your gutters, this may be a warning sign that you need to have them replaced. First, it's important to make sure you don't have any clogs since clogs cause pooling as well.
If you have no clogs and still notice that the water isn't flowing freely through your gutters but is pooling and spilling over the edge, it's likely time for new gutters. When gutters age and erode, they aren't as efficient and water begins to pool.
Leaks and Flooding
You can often fix minor gutter leaks. However, pay attention if you notice serious leaks that seem to recur. Leaking gutters are a sign of deterioration, and the resulting water that leaks out can cause damage. For example, a leaking gutter that is constantly pouring near the foundation of your property can leak into the basement and cause a flood.
Check around the foundation of your home and take note of serious leaks. Take a look in your basement for water that has leaked in. You'll want to replace your gutters before the leaking causes serious water damage.
A good visual inspection can often yield clues as to the health of your gutters. When gutters are old and need replacing, you'll notice a few characteristics, such as cracks along the gutter, rust spots running up and down and various holes spread throughout.
You may also notice that your gutters slope down. If you notice these signs, it's likely that you'll also find that you have problems like leaks and water pooling. Together these signs mean that it's time to replace your gutters.
Repair Versus Replacing
If your gutters are straight, the fasteners are holding up well and your gutters appear to be in generally good condition, but you experience minor issues, then chances are you can repair the problem. However, if your gutters are having multiple problems or problems that frequently recur, it's best to go ahead and replace them.
Choosing New Gutters
When choosing new gutters you'll need to consider a number of factors, such as gutter material, regional rainfall, the color of your roof and the guidelines of your homeowners association. When it comes to material, you can't go wrong with steel or aluminum since they're very durable.
When you're ready to replace your gutters, contact NuImage Installs with your questions and to get a quote.