Gutters are an essential part of any home. They ensure water properly drains off of your roof, helping to protect the roof, siding, landscaping, and foundation from water damage. On average, gutters need to be replaced every 20 years. However, they can last longer if you care for them properly.
Signs Your Gutters Need to Be Replaced
Signs of gutter damage vary based on the material the gutters are made from. Vinyl gutters often develop cracks as they age. Water leaks through these cracks, and while small cracks may be able to be repaired, extensive cracks definitely indicate the need for gutter replacement.
Aluminum and steel gutters tend to separate at the seams. Open seams not only leak, but also hold onto debris and lead to frequent clogs. Leaf guards can keep debris out of the gutters in the short-term, but ultimately, gutters with open seams will need to be replaced.
You should also keep an eye on your siding and landscaping. If you see a lot of streaks and algae running down your siding, this is a sign your gutters are leaking and may need to be replaced. Similarly, big pits in your garden beds mean the gutters are leaking.
How to Maintain Your Gutters
Gutters deteriorate a lot faster if you allow them to become clogged with debris. The debris weighs them down and puts stress on the material. It also holds moisture against the gutter, which accelerates the rate of corrosion.
The key to maintaining your gutters and extending their life is to keep them clear. Have a gutter specialist install gutter guards to keep leaves and debris out of your gutters. You should also call a specialist if you notice your gutters are clogged, or if you notice any small holes, cracks, or seam separations. If you have these problems addressed early, you may be able to repair them and extend the life of your gutters.
Pay attention to the pitch of your gutters, too. They should be pitched slightly towards the downspout. If you think your gutters may be improperly pitched, a gutter specialist can address the problem before it leads to clogs and the need for gutter replacement.
The better you care for your gutters, the longer they’ll last. If you are looking for a gutter specialist in Central Ohio, contact Allstate Exteriors. We offer a full range of gutter inspection, repair, and replacement services, and we also install Leaf Relief Gutter Guards.