When was the last time you thought about your gutters?
Chances are, you don’t even notice they are there until there’s a major problem.
An underperforming or compromised gutter system can result in very costly damage to your home or commercial building. If your gutters don’t drain like they should, we can help before things get worse.
5 Common Signs of Gutter Repair or Replacement
Your gutters act as the gatekeeper to your roofline.
If your gutters aren’t doing their job, it puts your entire roof at risk of serious damage.
Watch for these common signs that it might be time for a repair or replacement of your gutter system.
Aging – As your roof ages, so do your gutters. Generally speaking, your gutters should outlive your roofing materials, but if they have already begun to rust prematurely, it’s time to replace them.
Poor Installation – A gutter system is only as good as the installers. They should be installed correctly to provide downward drainage and be secure enough to withstand all weather conditions. If your gutters are pulling away from the roof or sagging, these are all signs of poor installation and unfortunately, you’ll need to have your gutters re-installed.
Broken Seam and Fasteners – The seam is the most vulnerable part of your gutter system and they can be compromised over time or from strong storms. If your seams are broken, the gutter system can’t function as it should.
Gutter Blockage – Gutter blockage is a sign that your gutters should be serviced. Often this is due to a bent, broken, or dirty gutter system.
Cracks, Holes, or Rust Spots – Any type of breaking, cracking, pulling, holes or rust are signs of damage to your gutter system. This type of damage is typically caused by constant exposure to sun, wind, and rain. If caught early, you can replace a section of your gutter without having to replace the entire structure.
Benefits of Maintaining Your Gutter System
A well-maintained gutter system does more than provide drainage for your home. This is one of the most proactive prevention steps you can take to protect the roof, foundation, and exterior of your home or building.
Prevents Decay – Water brings moisture and moisture brings decay. Your home is lined with tar paper and plywood, neither of these is waterproof. Without proper gutters, water will seep into the exterior walls of your home and quite literally tear your home apart over time.
Prevent Mold – Anytime there is moisture, there is a risk of mold. As the outside of your home gathers moisture, that can create a breeding ground for mold on the inside.
Keep Your Home Foundations Strong – The foundation is the most vital part of your structure. The job of the gutters is to divert water away from the foundation. Without effective gutters, water can seep into the foundation, soften the soil, and cause your home to shift and crack.
Protects Your Siding – The gutter protects the siding of your home by directing the water into a proper drainage system. Wet siding will rot or rust over time.
Create a Neater Look – Gutters simply add a beautiful finishing touch to your home. Rusty, broken, or failing gutters give your home a disheveled look. Instead, a polished gutter system gives your home tremendous curb appeal.
Types of Gutters We Repair, Replace & Install
Gutters come in a dozen different profiles, materials, and styles.
There are two main types of gutter systems we recommend. Each one has its own advantages and applications.
Half-Round Gutters – Half-round gutters look like a tube that has been cut in half. These gutters typically complement older, historic homes. They provide a very smooth interior surface and improved durability because the smooth surface doesn’t have as many creases for water to collect. Half-round gutters tend to be easier to keep clean and have less maintenance than other profiles.
Quarter-Round Gutters – This is a low-cost, lightweight alternative to the half-round gutter. This profile is popular in newer home markets for its high water carrying capacity and low maintenance. Quarter rounds still provide a smooth shape that blends well with a variety of home styles. The higher front is ideal for concealing roof ends and creating a seamless finish.
FAQs About Gutters