Though a well-installed gutter system can last for years, it will inevitably need repairs or a full replacement at some point. Whether you have copper gutters, aluminum gutters, or a seamless gutter system, it is important to know how to spot signs of damage. Taking note of this damage can help you determine if a simple repair will suffice or if it is time for a full replacement. As leading providers of commercial and residential gutter systems, the team at Tristar Gutters knows how difficult it can be to determine the severity of some types of damage. That is why we have provided some information on various issues to help you determine if you should repair or replace your gutters.
When to Repair
Small repairs may be required for your gutter system even if you perform regular maintenance. If you notice any of the following issues, contact a professional to see if they can repair it:
Small cracks or holes can likely be repaired without many issues so long as they are not large enough to cause leaks. While a few cracks are acceptable, multiple cracks in the same area are usually a sign that the gutter system is near the end of its lifespan.
Leaves, pine needles, and other objects can cause clogs within your gutter system. If a clog is spotted early on, it can typically be removed without any lasting damage. Regular cleaning and maintenance are the best ways to prevent clogs from occurring.
Loose or Fallen Screws
Sectioned and seamless gutters can start to move away from the edge of your roof or any connected downspouts if screws start to come loose or fall out. In most cases, these screws can simply be replaced without issue. If most screws are starting to come loose however, a full replacement may be the better choice.
When to Replace
If your gutters are starting to show any of the following signs of damage, it is likely time for a replacement:
Visibly Rotten Sections
Rust and corrosion are clear signs of decay within your gutter system. If you start to notice multiple instances of rot in your gutter system, it is time to replace it.
Sagging and Lack of Stability
Sagging, bending, and a lack of stability are all signs of significant damage and age. Though minor bends can be fixed, it is often better to fully replace the system.
Spillage and Stains on Your Siding
If your siding is starting to become discoloured or the paint is starting to peel, this is likely due to your gutter system overflowing. If this issue is not caused by a clog, it may be time for a full replacement.
To learn more about gutter replacement and repairs, get in touch with the experts at Tristar Gutters. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our products and services.