Gutters are an often forgotten component of your home roofing system. You will quickly be reminded of them if they start leaking or overflowing. So, when exactly is the best time to replace gutters? What are some signs that it’s time for you to invest in new gutters? Let’s take a look at a few warning signs that it’s time to replace your gutters.
First, let’s correct one common myth. Your gutters may not need to be replaced every time shingles are redone. This is something you will commonly hear from certain roofing contractors. The reason they recommend this is they do not have to take special precautions around your gutters. Choosing a reputable contractor will ensure you are not paying for something you may not need. Make sure to contact us to get an honest answer about your job.
How Long Do Gutters Last?
We need to answer this question first. According to the National Association of Homebuilders Study of Life Expectancy of Home Components, “Gutters have a life expectancy of more than 50 years if made of copper and for 20 years if made of aluminum. Copper downspouts last 100 years or more, while aluminum ones will last 30 years.”
Gutters and Downspouts Life in Years
Copper Gutters 50+
Aluminum Gutters 20
Galvanized Steel Gutters 20
Downspouts (Aluminum) 30
Downspouts (Copper) 100
These estimates do not, however, take into account unusual weather disasters or unexpected damage from ladders. So, how exactly can you tell when it’s time to replace your gutters?
At least once per year, you should take a close look at your gutters. If you are not comfortable on a ladder, hire a professional to do this for you. This is an excellent time to clear your gutters of any debris from trees and remove any accumulated grit that has washed off your asphalt shingles with age. Keep an eye out for the following indicators.
Signs You Need to Replace Your Gutters Now
1. Cracks, holes, or gutter sections separating
If you see any of these, then your system is leaking and not moving water as it should. Those leaks are causing water to escape and fall near your foundation, and that’s a big problem.
2. Accumulation of water near the foundation of the house
If water is accumulating near your home’s foundation, you are asking for problems to occur. From wet basements to cracking foundations, this is something you need to avoid.
3. Gutters are beginning to separate from the house or fasteners are broken
As gutters pull away from your home, they are less effective at catching rain runoff.
4. Sagging gutters
Gutters that are sagging lead to standing water issues. In the winter, this is a leading contributor to ice dams. Ensuring your guttering system is in top form is a must when it comes to properly maintaining your home. Bealing Roofing & Exteriors, Inc. has the expertise and know-how to make sure your gutters and entire roofing system are working efficiently. Give us a call and see how we can help.