How long can your gutters last? Homeowners often ask themselves this question while cleaning their gutters. AnyWeather Roofing, a GAF® Master Elite™ contractor, lists below the signs that can tell you when you need a replacement.
When Repairs Are Enough
Repairs would normally be enough to fix minor to moderate gutter damage, like the following:
Minor to moderate cracks – Small cracks can be easily fixed using sealant. However, you’ll need to attach a small piece of flashing to seal bigger cracks.
Extensive damage restricted to one or two gutter sections – If there are quite a few cracks but they’re mostly restricted to one or two sections, you can simply replace the damaged sections.
Loose hangers or fasteners – If your gutters appear to be crooked, check the fasteners. Tightening the screws should do the trick. If this doesn’t work, you can also replace the hangers.
When You Need a Replacement
If any of the aforementioned issues keep coming back, it’d be more cost-effective to replace your gutters. Listed below are the signs that tell you when a gutter replacement is needed:
Sagging gutters – If parts of your gutters are sagging even though the fasteners are tightly screwed, your gutters may have the wrong pitch.
Recurring overflows – You should clean your gutters regularly to prevent clogs and overflows. But if water keeps leaking out despite your gutters being free of any debris, your gutters may have holes in them.
Keeping Track of Your Gutter’s Lifespan
Apart from keeping an eye out for the said warning signs, take note of the date of your gutter’s installation Each type of gutter system has an estimated lifespan. For example, aluminum or galvanized gutter system, a popular gutter type, can last up to 20 years.
Extending Your Gutter’s Lifespan
Keep in mind that without proper care and maintenance, your gutter system is unlikely to reach its estimated lifespan. As such, roof repair and maintenance work is a must. Just make sure the contractor doing maintenance work is qualified for the job.
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