Your gutters serve an important function in your home; they keep water from seeping through the foundation. Homeowners are always encouraged to inspect the gutters annually and clean them to insure water is flowing away from the home.
Properly installed gutters can last 20 years, but when they wear out, it’s a big problem that must be fixed immediately or you run the risk of a wet basement, rotting wood, washed away landscaping, or even insects that are attracted to the moisture.
How do you know it’s time to replace your gutters?
Here are problems to avoid:
- Cracks and joint leakage
- Buckling or separation
- Discolored siding
- Gutter overflow
If your gutters are sagging, you’re at risk for a total gutter collapse, so take steps immediately to fix the problem.
Gutter Replacement Tips
A leaking gutter occurs most often at a joint, when two sections begin to work their way apart. Corrosion or just general wear and tear can occur over time, causing a weak spot that will lose water.
If a gutter is overflowing, that’s an indicator that you have a clog or a debris build up of leaves or other natural materials causing water to pour over the top of your gutter. If you see watermarks behind your gutters or mildew on the foundation of your home, it is probably time to replace or repair your gutters.
Whatever you do, don’t ignore these issues, or the damage to your home could be considerable.
Adding new gutters to your home is a delicate task; professionals know the right hanging angles and can work safely in the highest elevations. When it’s time to replace your gutters you can buy the traditional pieced gutter systems that join together across your roofline. The problem with seamed gutters is something you’ve already experienced – they leak, which creates a time consuming patch and repair process that could go on for years.
Instead consider seamless gutters. Seamless gutters are aesthetically pleasing, because they lack traditional gutter seams. Gutter replacement companies like Columbus Window & Siding Co. offers top of the line aluminum gutters in many colors. We can manufacturer the length of gutter to fit the exact specifications of your home, whether its 4 feet – or 40. We match the seamless gutter to the precise roofline length and professionally install so it hangs properly with no leaking. Typically, homeowners elect to replace siding at the same time as their gutters, creating an aesthetically pleasing effect by matching gutter colors to the walls of their home.
Replacement gutters typically come in vinyl, aluminum, or stainless steel.
There are benefits and drawbacks to each:
- Aluminum gutters are economical and weather resistant. They are typically the best and most long lasting gutter for the money.
- Stainless steel gutters are less common, in part because they are expensive and they are vulnerable to rust. They are fairly labor intensive and require yearly maintenance.
- Vinyl gutters are popular gutters because they are often the cheapest to purchase. They are temperamental to install, so we always recommend a professional. They do come in a variety of colors that are fade-resistant.
Now is the perfect time to talk about replacement gutters before the spring rains wreck havoc on your home’s foundation. We’re booking for the spring so contact us today to find out how we can protect your number one investment – your property.