Gutters: Should You Repair or Replace Them?

Gutters: Should You Repair or Replace Them?

Many people often overlook gutters in a home which is why they may not realize when it’s time to repair or replace them. Determining which steps to take with your gutters is essential to your home maintenance. Let’s go through this guide to learn about gutters: should you repair or replace them?

Repair If…

Harsh weather, poor installation, and lack of maintenance are all ways that your gutters can get damaged. If your gutters have minor damages, you can save money by simply repairing them. Here are some signs to look out for to determine if you’re able to restore them:

  • Loose hangers
  • Minor leakage
  • Small cracks

There are many routes you can take when it comes to repairing your gutters. If you have loose hangers, all you need to do is determine which hangers are loose, and if they’re not bent or damaged, you can tighten them against the fascia. If the hangers are damaged, you’ll need to visit your local hardware store to find replacements. You don’t want to reuse broken attachments with your gutters; it’ll just cause more damage and cost more money down the road.

Check all areas on your gutter before starting the repair process. That way, you can catch any arising problems and repair them immediately to prevent further damage. To fix minor leaks in your gutters, you’ll need roofing cement, silicone caulk, and tools. Make sure to fill each hole with roofing cement and apply silicone caulk to the connecting joints.

To fix small cracks in your gutters, you’ll need a water-proof and flexible sealant to keep them from forming larger cracks. What’s great about this sealant is you can use it for doors, windows, and other areas in your home that require bonding.

Replace If…

If you need to replace your gutters, keep an eye out for these signs:

  • Larger, irreparable cracks
  • Damaged siding on the home
  • Gutters detaching from the home

If you notice significant damage to the siding of your home, there are plenty of causes, one of which is gutter damage. Replacing your gutter on your own is not recommended. To ensure the project is done safely and efficiently, seek a professional gutter installation contractor who can help you get the job done.

Now that you know if you should repair or replace them, you’ll need to take care of your gutters to keep them up and running! Whether you decide to repair your gutters or replace them, the best way to maintain their use is to assess and clean them regularly.

Gutter Repair and Splash Guard Install | Frederick, Maryland

Splash over can occur in areas where upper level downspouts drain into lower level roofs. This issue can be reduced or eliminated by either extending the upper level downspout directly into the lower gutter, Or by installing a splash guard. Here, our service technician installed a splash guard on the lower level gutter, directly under the upper level downspout. This splash guard will greatly reduce, or even eliminate the splash over that was occurring in this area.

Fixing Loose Gutters with Hidden Hangers

Older gutters, installed with gutter spikes, are likely to pull loose from the fascia board over time. We were able to re-secure the existing gutter using premium grade hidden hangers, saving this Montgomery County resident the cost of a new gutter. 

Hidden hangers are used in new gutter installations, but can also be used in existing gutters between the existing spikes. Because these hidden hangers are screwed into the fascia boards, they offer much better protection against loose gutters!

The Difference Between Seamless and Regular Gutters

The Difference Between Seamless and Regular Gutters

Gutter professionals don’t craft each gutter the same way. While some pieces may differ in color and appearance, there is an even more fundamental variation in gutter structure. This distinguishing factor is the presence of gutter seams. Seams are the connecting areas between two pieces. For example, your jeans have seams where threads sewn through two parts of a pant leg hold the entire clothing item together. A similar concept exists with some gutters. Here’s the difference between seamless and regular gutters.

Critters That May Be Living in Your Gutters

Critters That May Be Living in Your Gutters

The exterior of your home or apartment likely has a gutter system to funnel water away from the foundation. While this is an incredibly efficient system, there are ways that it can go wrong—namely, with animal gutter invaders. Here are the most common critters that may be living in your gutters.