Most gutters are made of either aluminum or galvanized steel. Gutters made from these materials typically have a lifespan of around twenty years. Gutters made from copper can last up to fifty years. No matter what kind of gutters you have, however, they won’t last forever and will eventually need to be replaced. Gutters can become damaged due to weather or falling debris and may not reach their intended lifespan.
But what are the signs that your gutters are ready to be replaced?
Your Gutters Are Pulling Away from Your Roof
You may be able to repair gutters that are pulling away from your roof by hammering the fasteners back in. However, that may just be a temporary fix. If your gutters continue to pull away and you find yourself having to keep hammering them back in, then you may need to replace your gutters. This is because the fascia boards may be rotting. A gutter replacement would not only include new gutters but would also replace the fascia boards.
Your Gutters Have Many Holes, Rust Spots, or Cracks
You can repair cracks and holes in your gutters with sealant. If there are a lot of holes, rust spots, or cracks, or a combination of all three, that’s a sign that it’s time to replace your gutters. If the problem affects multiple sections of your gutters, then that’s a widespread issue that won’t be easily fixed by spot repairs.
Your Gutters Are Separating
Gutters work by collecting rainfall that drips off of your roof and sending it along the gutters to the downspout. This only works properly if all of the sections of your gutters are correctly connected to one another. If your gutters are separating from each other, that can increase the risk of water damage to your home. If you have fixed separated gutters, but the problem keeps occurring, it may be time to replace your gutters completely.
Your Gutters Are Sagging
If you see that your gutters are sagging in places, it may be time to replace them. If sagging gutters are left unreplaced, then the water will pool in that one particular section. It may overflow and then spill over too close to your house, risking water damage.
Your Gutters Have Broken Fasteners
The fasteners are what keep your gutters attached to your roof so they can do their job of guiding water away from your home. If the fasteners are broken, then your gutters may be pulling away from the house. It’s possible to repair or replace just the fasteners, but if the problem keeps happening, then the fasteners may not be the issue. In this case, the gutters themselves may need to be replaced.
You Find Screws or Nails on the Ground
If you’re finding screws or nails on the ground beneath your gutters, this could be a sign it’s time to replace them. The screws and nails are part of the fasteners that keep your gutters attached to your roof. If they’re falling out, then it’s possible to replace them, but repeated occurrences of the problem can be a sign of wear and tear for the gutters as a whole.
The Paint on Your House Is Peeling
Even if you see no obvious problems with your gutters, if the paint on the exterior of your house is chipping or peeling, that is a sign your gutters may not be working properly. Chipping or peeling paint is a sign of water damage, which means that your gutters aren’t keeping water away from your house as they should.
Your Landscaping Is Eroding
If your landscaping is eroding, then your gutters could be the culprit. If water is spilling over the edges of your gutters, the water could erode away your landscaping. Replacing your gutters could fix the problem and prevent any further damage.
Water Pools Around Your House
If you notice evidence that water is pooling around your house, your gutters aren’t directing it away from your house. If water is pooling near your home, it could cause water damage or even flood your basement. Replacing your gutters could remove the risk of costly water damage to your home.
Your Basement Is Flooding
If your basement floods when it rains, then water is getting into your house. This may be because the gutters aren’t directing the water away from your home as they should. Replacing your gutters could not only fix the problem but also prevent costly repairs because of flood damage.
Get New Gutters For Your Home
Is it time for new gutters for your home? Contact us to schedule a gutter, soffit, and fascia repair or replacement. Have your home outfitted with top-of-the-line materials capable of standing up to the harsh Florida weather.