Your gutters are a crucial part of your home’s defense system, but it can be an easy thing to forget until something goes wrong, or it’s time to clean them out. Use this go-to guide to troubleshoot and decide if it’s time to replace or just repair your gutters.
Your gutters are sagging.
Gutters sag when they are weighed down by debris and leaves. Not only does sagging look bad but it can also cause damage to your home- damage that can be pricey to fix.
For example, when a gutter becomes too heavy it can pull away from the home, taking the fascia with it. If it completely detaches from your home it can pose a hazard to both people and your property.
While adding a brace or hanger under the problem area may fix the sag itself. Its not the most effective or safest way to fix the issue, especially long term. The best, lasting fix is to replace that section of gutter.
Your gutters are leaking.
The true purpose of gutters and downspouts is to carry water away from your home so it doesn’t pool and compromise your home’s foundation.
If your gutters are leaking, this means the water is not being taken away as it should be, and can quickly cause an issue. This can allow water to seep into your basement and in some cases, cause cracking and bowing.
Gutter leaks are often caused by damage to the gutter itself, such as a limb hitting the gutter, or holes created by rust. These types of issues, would require the gutter to be replaced.
On the other hand, sometimes a leaking gutter can simply be fixed with some sealant or other minor adjustments. If you are not able to easily identify the cause of your leaking gutters, it may be best to ask for a professional’s opinion.
Your gutters are clogged.
Debris buildup can trigger big-time trouble in your gutters and roof. It allows water to back up so it overflows the gutters and pools on the roof.
If your home doesn’t have gutter guards, clean them at least twice each year to keep water flowing away from the home. You should also clear them anytime you see visible signs of a blockage, such as a plant growing from the gutter.
Should you repair or replace your gutters?
Usually small areas of damage are fairly straightforward repairs and, if you’re a handy person, you may be able to do it yourself. For example, sometimes a small hole, as mentioned before, can be plugged by simply applying an exterior sealant.
However, if the damage is widespread, or if you don’t feel comfortable making gutter repairs yourself, its best to call a professional.
If you decide it’s time to call a pro, our expert team will conduct an inspection and let you know what your options are to repair or replace gutters!