You may not realize this, but your gutters play an integral role in keeping your house safe from water damage. It may not be the most expensive part of a roofing system, but an effectively installed gutter system can prevent a costly roof repair and even protect the structural integrity of your building by keeping excess water away from your home’s foundation.
Most gutter systems, including galvanized steel and aluminum, have a life expectancy of about 20 years and copper gutter systems can last up to 50 years if taken care of properly. But this does not mean that they do not need to be replaced and, chances are, you will have to replace your gutters at least once in your lifetime.
In today’s post, gutter and roof repair experts 3JM Exteriors, Inc. shares a few signs that should tell you when your gutters need to be replaced.
When To Repair vs. When To Repair
Your gutters and downspouts are the unsung heroes of any building. They work together with your roofing system to prevent a whole slew of water-related damage which are only unsightly, but can also bring down the curb appeal and value of your home.
Since most gutters come in sections, damage often occurs around the seams where two sections meet. Since these are the most vulnerable parts of your gutter system, it is not uncommon for cracks or leaks to develop around this area. Fortunately, a quick call to your local roof repair company and the damaged section can easily be repaired without having to replace the entire system.
However, even the highest quality gutter systems cannot be expected to last forever. If the damage to your gutters is too extensive and several cracks and holes are present, or perhaps they are too compromised that nails and fasteners can no longer hold them in place then it is best to consider replacing them completely.
If you need your gutters cleaned, repaired or replaced then you’ve come to the right place! Let roof and gutter pros 3JM Exteriors, Inc. get the job done for you. For all your gutter-related needs, feel free to give us a call at (630) 985-6494 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free inspection. We serve areas in Illinois including Barrington, Northbrook and Woodridge, IL.