How often should my gutters be replaced?

29 Jan 2020

Replacing Gutters Can Prevent Damage to Your Home

Replacing gutters may be the last thing you think of when upgrading your home. We have outlined some things to consider when you’re thinking of gutter replacement.

Replacing gutters is a big decision.

Home gutters were built to last and are likely to last for many years depending on the material used to make them. However, with time your gutters will start to deteriorate and eventually you will end up fixing or replacing gutters.

Given the benefits you get from your gutters, such as preventing rainwater from damaging your foundation, it is important to ensure that your gutters are in the best shape. Your home’s value depends on the ability to understand how and when you should replace or fix your gutters. Here are a few factors the professionals at Clarke & Rush use to determine when to replace your gutters. 

Type of Gutter Material 

Depending on the material used, your gutters can last anywhere between a few years to more than 20 years. For example, galvanized steel and copper made gutters tend to last longer than other varieties. 

The type of material used will determine how soon defects such as rust, leakages, and detachments from the roof start to happen. It should also tell you how soon you are expected to replace them. 

Gutter Maintenance 

How often you maintain your gutters will determine how often you will replace them. Proper maintenance will keep your gutters going for longer. Maintenance includes cleaning and fixing any detached areas. 

Carrying out regular inspection and following through with proper maintenance will increase the lifespan of your gutters. Your roofing expert will help you with all your home Sacramento gutter installation and maintenance issues.

Weather Conditions

People living in stormy areas tend to replace their gutters more often than those living in more temperate climates. The wind might detach the gutter from the fascia. Such repeated incidences will lead to gutter wear. Increased gutter wear means that you will have to replace them more often. 

Wear and Tear 

If your gutters are visibly sagging or detached from the roof then it might be time to call a  roofing expert for gutter replacement. You also need to replace your gutters if you notice numerous cracks, holes or rust spots and if your gutter is pulling away from your roof. 

The best time to carry out an inspection is during the rainy season. Carefully walk around your house and inspect your gutters. You are more likely to notice effects then. 

Damage to Your House 

Your gutters are supposed to keep water away from your house. Your gutters will need replacing if you start noticing things like water in your basement, eroded landscaping around your house, and peeling paint from your walls. This will mean that your gutters are not effective. It is also important to ensure that your downspouts are properly attached to the gutters. Make sure they extend at least 10 feet from your foundation. 

Level of Damage 

The level of damage on your gutters will determine whether you need to replace them or simply repair them. Minor problems such as missing downspouts and lose gutters are easily fixable. Problems such as holes will require a replacement. Make sure to involve a qualified roofing expert to help replace your gutters. 

Proper maintenance of your home makes economic sense and helps retain the value of your home. Now that you know how often you should be replacing your gutters, you can decide whether it’s time. Contact Clarke & Rush for professional roofing and gutter maintenance to keep your home in its best condition.

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