Gutters are stronger than they might appear. According to the National Association of Homebuilders, steel and aluminum gutters can last up to 20 years, and copper gutters can last up to 50. However, things like fallen tree limbs, ladders, and lack of maintenance and cleaning can cause gutters to become damaged. In addition, many homeowners who have gutters that were installed by previous owners do not know how old their gutters are. Here are some telltale signs that it is time to consider replacing your gutters.
If your gutters have a small number of cracks, holes, or rust spots, they can probably be repaired with sealant or flashing. However, if there are a half dozen or more damaged areas, it might be better to invest in new gutters.
Fasteners are pieces of metal that hold gutters to the roof and keep them level. If you have several broken fasteners, it could be a sign of a problem with the gutters themselves.
If your gutters are separating from the roof, you can hammer the fasteners back in. If this happens over and over, the fascia boards could be rotting. You should replace your gutters and fascia boards.
Nails or screws that hold the gutters to the fascia can sometimes work themselves loose. If this happens repeatedly, it could be a sign that the gutters are worn.
If the gutters are pulling away from the roof, water can seep over the edge onto the siding or trim and cause paint to peel. This is a sign of an ongoing problem that requires gutter replacement.
Gutters only work right if they are connected in a continuous channel. If your gutters are separating, it might be time to replace them.
A proper pitch is necessary to prevent water from pooling in your gutters and spilling over. If you cannot fix the pitch, it might be time to replace your gutters.
After it rains, you might see water spilling over your gutters. If you cannot correct the problem, you should replace the gutters.
Gutters that are not functioning properly can cause water damage to landscaping. If water has caused problems repeatedly with your lawn or bushes, consider replacing your gutters.
Water pouring down from gutters toward the foundation can flood your basement. You should repair the damage to the foundation and replace your gutters.
If you have noticed any of these problems with your gutters, it is a good idea to have them replaced before the situation gets worse. Contact Connecticut Gutter & Exteriors today to request an estimate for new gutters for your home.