How Often Should You Replace Gutters?
Galvanized steel or aluminum gutters have an average life expectancy of 20 years, while copper gutters can last as long as 50 years. Inspecting and cleaning your gutters at least twice a year will allow you to identify small issues before they turn into major problems.
Can Gutters be Replaced in Pieces?
Even though most gutter systems have been designed in pieces, it is often necessary to remove more than the affected piece alone. The work necessary to remove just a single piece of guttering would involve taking down large sections of gutting around the house, which is why we recommend hiring a professional.
Is it Better to Repair or Replace Gutters?
When it comes to fixings gutters, you may be able to pursue repairs successfully if:
- Localized sections of damage are present: Locate any signs of damage on your gutter that is confined to only one or two areas, then opt to replace only those areas rather than ripping out all of the gutters. In these cases, you will only need to repair a couple tears or breaks, which can be washed with alcohol and coated with sealant.
- A couple of loose hangers: If you need to screw in a few hangers, you can do so with a drill. If the hangers are dented or bent substantially, it is important for you to replace the hangers with new models.
- Minor fissures on copper gutters: If you have copper gutters, you know how expensive copper is, so the best option is to try to make any small repairs before paying for your whole gutter system to be replaced.
- There are only a few fissures: In these cases, you will simply need to repair a couple tears or breaks, which can be washed thoroughly with alcohol and coated with sealant. If you have larger cracks or fissures to repair, you might need to purchase a metal flashing, which can either be nailed or glued before it is sealed.
- One joint or closure has been leaking: In order to solve this issue, make sure that the joint or sections are tightly attached. Under these conditions, you might need to use sealant to waterproof the joint.
Otherwise, if damage is more extensive, you’ll most likely want to replace the entire gutter system.
How Much Does Replacing Gutters Cost?
According to homeadvisor.com, gutter installation costs between $590 and $1,556 for about 200 feet, or $1,072 on average. If you would like a more accurate cost evaluation, you can call us and we’ll give you a proper estimate for your home.