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Reasons to Consider a Gutter Replacement

by Lily Carroll

The gutters may not be the first or most interesting thing you notice when looking at your home's facade. However, this component is crucial to maintain the integrity of the building and to protect it from water damage. If your gutters are compromised, they might need to be replaced. Consider the following reasons for investing in gutter replacement.

Overflowing Rainwater

If rainwater cascades over the guttering when it rains, you might need to replace it, but it depends. Overflows can result from blocked gutters full of leaves and debris, which a clean-out can fix. However, at other times, the gutters may just not be broad and deep enough. The right capacity depends on the roof size and how much water it channels to the gutters, as well as the local rainfall. Your contractor will consider these factors when working out appropriate gutter sizes. They'll also think about shape — square channels hold more water than rounded ones of similar dimensions. 

You should never ignore flooding gutters than allow rainwater to run down external walls. This can cause dampness and mould and also affect the foundations. Your garden will suffer as well.

Wear and Tear

Even though gutters are usually tough when new, after many years of exposure to the elements, they can just wear out. Wobbly, saggy gutters can result from rusty, loose screws that roofers can easily replace and reconnect. However, if large sections of the guttering are rusty or wearing thin, you might be better off replacing all of it rather than only the affected areas. The reason for this is that repeated repairs can be costly, and with worn guttering, you'll inevitably have to replace it in the not-too-distant future. Thus, all the piecemeal repairs go to waste, in a sense.

Damage to the Fascia and Wall Cladding

Sometimes, everything appears to be working smoothly, and you don't notice water ending up anywhere it shouldn't. Regardless, signs of moisture damage may be present along the fascia and the cladding of your home in the form of damp, dark patches. Water, in this case, could be draining on the inner side of the gutters. Your contractor can investigate whether the issue is minor or whether you need a gutter replacement. With new guttering, you know you won't have to deal with frequent repairs, especially since modern technology makes metal components extremely resilient with layers of protective alloys using zinc, aluminium and paint.