#1: A Lot of Cracks, Holes, or Rust Spots
A few of these can be fixed using some sealant and maybe a little flashing. But if you see more than half a dozen sections where this is apparent, then you may want to opt for all new gutters.
#2: Numerous Broken Fasteners
These are the pieces of metal that hold your gutter to your roof and keep it level. If you can repair a few fasteners, great: but if these problems persist, the gutters themselves may be the issue.
#3: Nails or Screws on the Ground
Sometimes, the nails or screws that fasten the gutter to the fascia can work themselves loose. Replacing them isn’t difficult; but again, repeated instances of this may indicate gutter wear.
#4: Detached Gutters
Guttering systems only function if they are fastened together in a continuous channel. If they begin separating from one another frequently, it may be time for a gutter replacement.
#5: Gutters Pulling Away From the Roof
You can hammer in the fasteners time and again, but if spaces continue to appear between your roofline and your gutters, the fascia boards may be rotting. A gutter replacement will fix the fascia problems along with giving you new gutters.
#6: Sagging or Improperly-Pitched Gutters
If a proper pitch is not maintained along with your gutter system, the water will pool in certain sections and possibly spillover. Consider replacing your gutters if you are unable to fix this problem.
#7: Flaking Exterior Paint
When gutters pull away from your roof, the water can seep down over the rear edge and onto your siding or trim. Peeling paint means this has been happening for a while and you should probably replace your gutters.
#8: Dirt Channels or Pooling Water
After a rain event, you may notice evidence that water is spilling over your gutters. Try to correct the problem, but consider a gutter replacement if the water doesn’t go away.
#9: Worn Landscaping
You work hard to make your landscaping look good. If you must repeatedly invest time and money to repair water damage from malfunctioning gutters, bite the bullet and arrange for a gutter replacement.
#10: Flooded Cellars
Water constantly pouring near your foundation can leak into your basements, where it can do some costly damage. While repairing your basement, you should go ahead and replace your gutters as well.
You certainly don’t want to rely on a dysfunctional guttering system. But you don’t also want to rip down a perfectly good set of gutters just because you may see a blemish or two. Connect with our team at JT & Sons and we can work with you to determine if it’s time to replace your gutters or not.