While gutters are designed to last 15-20 years, the need to replace them will depend a lot on how well they were maintained as well as the weather conditions they were subjected to. So how do you know when your gutters just need some repairs or need to be completely replaced?
4 Signs You Need Gutter Replacement
Visible Damage To Your Gutters
If not properly cleaned and maintained on a regular basis, gutters are likely to show signs of damage. This includes cracks, splits, rust, corrosion and even holes. Gutters are also more likely to become damaged if they aren’t installed properly or low-quality materials are used.
If your gutters become damaged, it’s inevitable that water will begin to leak or overflow on your roof or down the side of your house, potentially causing long-term issues.
If only small sections of your gutters have damage, you may only need to repair a specific area. However, if the damage is more widespread, replacing your gutters will be more cost-effective.
Your Gutters Are Sagging or Warped
An effective guttering system relies on being installed at the proper angle to drain water away. Over time as materials fray or supporting brackets break, gutters can become warped or sag away from the roof.
When this happens, gutters aren’t able to efficiently direct water as they should. This can result in water and debris pooling in your gutters, increasing the risk of corrosion or roof leaks.
If you see that your gutters are beginning to sag and warp, it’s time to talk to a roof plumber asap.
Leaks In Your Roof or Ceiling
Knowing the source of a leak in your home can be a real mystery at times. But if you notice signs of water damage or leaks in your roof and ceiling, there’s a good chance it’s caused by problems with your gutters.
Cracks, peeling paint and water streaks in your ceiling or near your gutters is a strong indication you have a leak problem and may need gutter replacement.
Your Gutters Are Overflowing
Overflowing gutters are usually a sign of severe blocking or damaged gutters and it can become a serious problem both for your roof and the structural integrity of your home.
Most often, it will lead to water seeping into your roof, fascia, walls, as well as cracks in the concrete and foundation around your house.
The overall cost of fixing the damage caused by overflowing gutters can be significant, it’s often better simply to replace your gutters.
What Is Involved In Gutter Replacement?
While gutter repairs can help in the short term, if you’ve got serious problems with your gutters it’s often far more cost-effective to replace your system outright with one that requires less maintenance.
At O’Brien Plumbing & Roofing Port Macquarie, our roofing and guttering experts will ensure that all facets of your new guttering system is installed correctly and professionally. In the process of replacing your gutters, our team will safely remove damaged gutters, fascia and downpipes as well as install new guttering at the correct slopes.
When it comes to gutters, it’s always best to get the help of a professional installer. We supply and install a wide range of different types of gutters including stainless steel and aluminium guttering and only use quality brands like Colorbond.
Get In Touch With Us For Expert & Affordable Gutter Replacement
If you think your guttering has seen better days and would like more information on gutter repairs and replacement, get in touch with our friendly team today.
At O’Brien Plumbing & Roofing Port Macquarie, our team of fully qualified and licensed roofing contractors are happy to help. Talk to your local experts in roofing services.
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