Gutters are a crucial part of every home’s amenities. Ignore something as seemingly simple as that and a multimillion dollar home can fall into a shabby state of deterioration within months.
The good thing about gutter systems is that they can and do last for a very long time, the average gutter system lasts an average of 15 years with decent maintenance. But when they start failing in the functions, leaking water everywhere and generally draining water towards the house as against away from the home, you should consider a replacement.
However, when gutters develop problems like this, most people still opt for repairs instead of replacement. The following are factors that will help you decide if replacement is in order instead of repairs.
Look for Breaks in the System
The first thing to look for in a gutter is to see if there are cracks in the gutter system. Breaks and cracks in the gutter system mean that the leakages will probably get worse even when you try to seal them.
Start with the joints and mitered corners first to see if there are significant cracks. If these are present, it’s only a matter of time before the entire gutter starts leaking water all over the place.
Whenever this happens, it is best to have the entire system replaced instead of repaired. This is because repairs are largely temporary. The cracks are likely to open up again after a while as a result of constant exposure to water.
Now, when this happens, it won’t affect just the roof, it will affect the soffit, fascia, the walls and other parts of the house. Usually, the result is significant water damage which can cost a small fortune to fix. Avoid this completely by having the entire system replaced for far less in the first place.
What’s the Sloping of the Gutter System
Look at the sloping of the gutter system. An ideal system should have a sloping that’s just right and draining into the downspout. If it’s straight or bent, it won’t drain properly and will retain water and ice.
Left like this for long, the hinges fastening the gutter will weaken resulting in the gutter either falling off completely or splitting at its weakest point. So, check to see if the sloping is accurate and the downspout still drains waste properly and away from the home.
Signs of Water Damage Close the Gutter System
Most times, it is very easy to spot possible severe water damage in the future by simply looking at the areas close to the roof and gutters. If there are obvious signs of this, then you should go ahead with a replacement as against repairs.
If you cannot afford an instant replacement, look for a gutter expert that will carry out the repairs and then plan towards replacing it within 3-6 months depending on the season in question.
This is important because prolonged exposure of the water to your property is likely to result in water damage, which can be rather costly to fix and repair.
The Installations Were Poorly Done
Firstly, always hire an expert, like Aerotech, to do your gutter installation. More people are attempting do-it-yourself gutter installations. There’s nothing really wrong with this. It’s just that many of them make mistakes that can damage their properties and homes.
So, look for signs of improper gutter system installations. An improperly installed gutter will either need to be taken down and reinstalled or completely replaced if the bad installation has caused major damages.
Now that you know when to replace your gutter system, go check out your gutters and see if you could change them. Good luck.
Oscar King, a family man and homeowner is always looking for ways to spruce up his home. If you would like to learn more about Oscar, you can check out his google+ profile.