Nowadays, gutter systems that are made of galvanized steel and aluminum gutters have a lifespan of about 20 years while the ones made from copper can last 50 years or more. While this sounds like a dream come true, there might be a time when you think that your gutters are in need of a replacement. Before you jump the gun, however, there are ways to determine if this is really the case.
In this post, John Henderson Construction, LLC, one of the area’s premier window replacement companies, discusses the ways you can determine if your gutters are in need of a replacement.
Examine The Gutters
To properly determine if your gutters are in need of replacement, take a walk around your house on a normal day and examine your gutters from the ground. Check for rust as well as sagging, splitting, holes and loose fasteners. If your gutters aren’t showing any of these problems, then it’s possible that you may not need replacements just yet. However, the examination isn’t over.
Examine The Gutters In The Rain
If you want to know if your gutters are actually working properly, gutter companies recommend that examine the system while it’s raining. Make sure the water is flowing properly out of the downspouts and check for places where the water might be leaking at the bottom of the system or overflowing from the top. If your gutters are showing any performance issues, you might need to install additional gutters or replace them with new and larger ones.
Repair or Replace
Once you’ve examined your gutters, you now have to determine if you can simply repair them or if you’ll have to replace them entirely. Minor problems like loose gutters or downspouts can be easily tackled and repaired by even a DIYer. However, if your gutters have rusty areas or have been so thoroughly damaged that their nails and fasteners can no longer hold them properly, you’ll have to replace the entire system.
To get the assistance of one of the area’s leading siding replacement companies, don’t hesitate to turn to John Henderson Construction, LLC. We are your number one provider of gutter maintenance and roofing services. Give us a call at (401) 622-0076 or (860) 910-1811. You can also fill out our contact form to request a free estimate.