If you understand all the ways gutters protect your home then you are rightfully concerned when you start seeing problems. Once you do, you’ve got a big decision to make.
Are you going to try to repair the gutters, or are you going to have them replaced?
To make this decision, there are five questions you should ask yourself.
What kind of damage is it?
A little rust can often be repaired. A loose hanger can usually be screwed back in.
A dented or buckling gutter that just got hit by a tree limb is usually done for. Gutters need to create an obstruction-free channel for water to flow through if they’re going to do the job they’re meant to do.
Is the damage localized, or is it widespread?
If you’ve only got a little damage in one spot, a repair is fine. Even if you have to make some replacements you might find you only need to put in one section of gutter.
If the entire guttering system is starting to fail you probably need to buckle up for a replacement.
Are the leaks large or small?
A small leak can usually be dealt with. Huge leaks can’t be sealed over though, which means at least that section of gutter will need to be replaced.
How’s it hangin’?
Sagging gutters are a big problem. As mentioned, sometimes hangers do get a little loose. You can go out and determine for yourself if that’s the issue. It’s an easy fix.
Sometimes sagging gutters are indicative of a much bigger problem, which might mean it’s better to replace the entire system.
What kind of gutters do you have?
Cheap DIY vinyl gutters from a big box store are rarely worth repairing. Super-expensive copper gutters are almost always worth repairing, because they’re so expensive to replace.
Meanwhile, seamless aluminum gutters usually last for over twenty years and rarely need repairs. If yours do, however, we offer that service. If necessary, it’s also easy to custom-create a new section of gutter to place on your house.
Still not sure?
Call us! We’ll be happy to take a look and give you our honest assessment. We’ll give you a free estimate so you know what you’re in for, too.
Remember, any money you put into either repairing or replacing your gutters is money well spent. It’s cheaper than repairing your foundation or dealing with mold.