When to Replace Your Gutters

Nobody wants a leaky roof, a flooded basement, or mold growing on the sides of their house. These issues can all stem from a faulty gutter system—which is why it’s vital to keep your gutters in good repair and, when necessary, replace them.

How Often Should I Replace My Gutters?

Gutters are designed to withstand constant exposure to wind, rain, snow, and hail, which means they’re fairly durable. Their lifespan depends on several factors, such as the climate you live in and the gutter material; however, if taken care of, gutters will last 20 years on average.

A major factor in the lifespan of your gutters is whether or not they’re seamless. Traditional gutters are made of several pieces joined together, creating seams. Seamless gutters, meanwhile, are cut to size to create one solid system. Seamless gutters are more durable than traditional gutters (easily lasting 20 years even with low maintenance) but must be entirely replaced if they develop problems. Traditional gutters, meanwhile, can be removed in sections, which makes them easier and less expensive to replace.

6 Signs Your Gutters Need Replacing

No matter how well you take care of your gutters, they’ll eventually wear out. It’s also possible for them to suffer unexpected damage and need to be replaced early. No matter where your gutters are in their life, here are six signs they need replacement:

1. Cracks and Gaps

With too much wear, gutters will develop cracks. They can also start splitting at the seams where two pieces meet, leaving gaps. Either will mean water drips against your house instead of draining away from it. At this point, you need new gutters.

2. Rusting

If left unchecked, rust will eat holes through your gutters. Not only will this allow water through, but the rust itself can also stain your house’s siding. If you notice rust on your gutters, it’s time to replace them.

3. Peeling Paint or Rot

If your gutters aren’t functioning properly, they can send water running down the sides of your house. This can cause the paint to bubble and peel or encourage rot in wooden home elements, such as window trim. If you’re noticing these issues without an obvious cause, it may be because of your gutters.

4. Sagging

When gutters are holding too much water or debris, or their fasteners grow too old, they begin to sag. While this can mean that your gutters simply need cleaning, it can also be a sign that they need to be replaced.

5. Standing Water or Flooding

If you’re noticing pools of water in your yard or your basement is flooding, it means your gutters aren’t draining water properly. If there’s no visible blockage anywhere, it means there’s gutter damage in your system and your gutters need to be replaced.

6. Fallen Parts

Are you finding screws or nails near your house with no clear source? It could be a sign that your gutters are beginning to pull away from your house.

Where to Check for Gutter Problems

While you should routinely give your gutters a thorough inspection, there are some areas that are more easily damaged and should be examined more often. As mentioned above, the seams where two gutter pieces meet are prone to splitting apart over time. This makes them consistent weak points in your gutter system, unless you opt for seamless gutters. The fasteners are also under constant strain from keeping your gutters connected to your house and should be examined carefully for signs of wear.

Gutter Replacement at Woodland HomeWorks

If your gutters need replacement or repair, contact Woodland HomeWorks. We’ve served in the roofing and gutter repair industry for over twenty years, offering quality service backed by our craftsmanship guarantee. Contact us today and receive a free estimate on your new gutters.