Can your gutters still be repaired? Or, would it better to replace them? A lot of homeowners find themselves asking these questions whenever they notice their gutters leaking. Ultimately, it’ll depend on the extent of the damage.
When Repairs Are Enough
Repairs are usually enough to fix minor to moderate gutter damage, such as the following:
Minor to moderate cracks – A contractor can fix small cracks using sealant and a piece of flashing for larger cracks.
Damaged gutter sections – So long as the cracks are restricted to one or two gutter sections, it’s still possible to replace these.
Crooked gutters – Loose fasteners hangers are the most likely culprit here. To fix them, simply tighten the screws, or install a new fastener.
Keeping Track of Your Gutters’ Lifespan
Keep in mind that issues with your gutter system will become more frequent as it reaches the end of its estimated lifespan. Galvanized steel gutters have a lifespan of 20 years while aluminum gutters can last up to 40 years. You can keep track of your gutters’ lifespan by taking note of when it was first installed and having a record of subsequent repairs. However, only contractors can gauge your gutters’ remaining lifespan.
When Your Gutters Need to Be Replaced
However, if any of the aforementioned issues keep coming back, or the damage is too extensive, you’ll need a gutter replacement. We’ve listed below some of the signs:
Sagging gutters – If rainwater keeps overflowing out of your gutters despite the fasteners being screwed tightly, installation errors might be to blame here.
Recurring leaks – Rainwater might be leaking out of hidden gaps.
Regardless of whether you need your gutters repaired or a replacement installed, only hire experienced contractors.
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