The good folks at Global Gutter Systems tell us that something many homeowners overlook is their guttering system, but that knowing how to spot the signs that something is wrong is extremely important. After all, it could mean the difference between a repair and a costly replacement of the entire system. A rain gutter installation can be quite expensive, especially if your system is made from a metal like copper. So, how do you know if your gutters need to be replaced? What are the signs to look for?
Spotting Gutter Problems
Most of us do not give our gutters a second thought. In fact, most of us don’t even notice them unless they are leaking or have a plant growing from them! It is not surprising really. A good gutter system will be doing its job quietly and keeping rainwater from the roof from damaging the foundations or the walls of the home. But when this system fails, it can cause untold problems. So, it is vital that you spot the signs of any problems as early as possible.
It is a good idea to get into the habit of checking the gutters regularly. In extreme temperatures, certain gutter systems, such as those made from vinyl, can become brittle. This means that if anything is placed onto them (such as a ladder), cracks can occur. Cracks can lead to splits, which in turn can cause the entire piece of guttering to need replacing. If you see water dripping from the gutter, it could be a sign of cracks. It is best to have these cracks repaired as soon as possible.
If your gutters appear to be sagging, it may be that the brackets have come loose. Sometimes, the brackets are spaced too far away from one another, and the weight of the gutter in between starts to pull the gutter away from the wall. A buildup of dirt and debris can cause the gutters to become heavy.
Overflowing water is a sure sign that there is a blockage in the gutter. This could be a buildup of leaves and moss, all of which are stopping the gutter system from doing its job. The water starts to build up behind the blockage; after a while, it will overflow because it has nowhere else to go. If you leave this to continue, the weight of the water and the debris can cause the gutters to sag or even come away from the house completely.
Can You Repair or Does it Need to be Replaced?
Whether or not you will get away with a repair will depend on the damage. If the gutters have snapped or had large cracks in them, it may be prudent to replace rather than repair them. Small cracks may be repaired with a sealant that will prevent any leakage from occurring.
It is best to speak to a professional gutter installation team regarding the damage to your system as it may be that there is damage you are not aware of. The professionals can spot the signs of wear and tear that may deem a replacement necessary. They will also be able to take care of any repairs quickly and effortlessly, having the experience, knowledge, and tools to do the job perfectly.
Sometimes it is more cost-effective to replace your gutter system rather than doing a patch job that will only resolve the issue for a short period of time. However, those in the know will provide their expertise regarding your system and will advise you on the best course of action.