When something around the house is damaged or worn out, you have two options: you can repair it or replace it. This also applies to gutters. If your gutters are damaged, it may be possible to repair them for less money than it would cost to replace them, but in some cases the damage may be so serious that it makes more sense to spend the extra money and get a whole new gutter system. Here are some guidelines to help you decide if you should repair or replace your gutters.
When You Can Have Your Gutters Repaired
• If the damage to your gutters is limited to one or two sections, it probably makes sense to simply repair those parts, rather than to replace the entire gutters. This can make the job much easier and save you money.
• If your gutters only have a few holes or cracks, they can probably be repaired. The small openings can be cleaned with alcohol and covered with a sealant so water can be carried to the downspouts and away from the house. If there are larger holes or cracks, a small piece of metal flashing can be glued or riveted before it is sealed.
• If a small number of hangers are loose, they may be able to be screwed in, or you may need to make new holes in the gutters and/or fascia. If the hangers are bent, they may need to be replaced.
• If only one joint or seam is leaking, this can be repaired. An elbow joint or two sections of gutter can be securely reattached to let water flow correctly. Sealant may also be necessary.
• If you have copper gutters with minor problems, it makes sense to repair them since copper gutters are more expensive than other types.
When You Should Replace Your Gutters
• If there are a lot of small cracks, holes, or rust spots, it probably makes sense to replace the gutters.
• If the gutters became dented or buckled from a fallen tree limb or a ladder, the only way to correct the problem is to replace the damaged section. If you have seamless gutters, it is better to replace the entire section.
• If the gutter sections will not stay together, the gutters should be replaced. You can have seamless gutters installed so you will not have that problem in the future.
• If you have tried to refasten the hangers but they won’t stay in, there could be a problem with the fascia boards, such as rot or deterioration. They can be repaired or replaced when the gutters are replaced.
• If your gutters are sagging or pitched incorrectly, this is a serious issue that cannot be fixed easily. It is better to install new gutters with the correct pitch.
• If the gutters are not clogged but they are still overflowing and causing damage to your basement or landscaping, there is probably a serious problem that requires gutter replacement.
Schedule a Gutter Inspection
Connecticut Gutter & Exteriors has installed, repaired, and replaced gutters for homeowners all across Connecticut. We can inspect your gutters and advise you on whether the damage can be repaired or you should replace the gutters. Contact us today to schedule a gutter inspection.