The question we usually get from homeowners is this: How often should I replace my gutters? Gutters play an important role in your building. They should be properly maintained for the lifetime of your home. Gutter systems may be easily ignored but once damages have been made, repair and replacement costs would make you regret why you haven’t check your gutters regularly in the first place.
Gutters are narrow ducts which collect rainwater from the roof of a building and redirect it away from the walls and foundations. They may not be the most expensive investment you make in your home, but they can prevent a good number of other problems from arising.
Good quality gutters last for more than 20 years but weather conditions on your area is also to be considered. There are also gutters, such as copper gutters, that can last twice as long. If you live in a location where frequent rainwater or snowfall is experienced, these conditions may deteriorate the basic life of your gutter.
Once gutters are broken and water leaks on your walls, mold disaster may be seen on your foundations. Damp areas encourage mold growth and these are unappealing as well as unhealthy. Wet rot on wooden finishes is also unattractive to look on your walls. Peeling of paint can also be a problem. Paint jobs are costly, time consuming and inconvenient. You might also not want to experience the smelly, unhealthy and unsightly mildew on your basements. If these are already present on your homes, replacement of gutters is necessary.
A regular check on your gutters by a team who specializes in roofing services is advised especially if you see loose sections, rust and cracks, and bent or floppy forms while cleaning your gutter. These deformations may call for a repair of or a replacement in your gutters. These are warning signs that your gutters are not in their perfect usable condition and worn past its usefulness. Before it incurs expensive damage and repair, have it replaced as soon as possible.
Timing is also important. You might also want to prepare your roof before the wet season especially if you experience harsh weather conditions in your community. Roofers would encourage you to have it done on summer months. A gutter in perfect condition is basically a good investment for your home.
Yes. Once you replace your gutters, you must maintain them regularly so they can last for more than 20 years. Clean them every spring and fall. Remove any branches and leaves that get stuck. And also make sure to inspect them regularly at least twice a year to ensure that there are no missing pieces or stuck debris.
Still wondering how often you should replace your gutters? Give us a call at (336) 944-0900. We provide free inspection of gutters and roofing systems. Call right now and experience the peace of mind that our roofing and gutter inspection can bring.