When do you need to replace your gutters? Roofing contractors can give you specific advice, but in general it depends on the estimated lifespan of your gutter system. As your gutter system nears the end of its lifespan, warning signs will start to appear, such as:
- Rust – This is the first sign to watch out for. Rust is usually found on the bottom of aging gutters. Peeling paint is one possible reason your gutters are starting to rust. Paint protects metal from water, which, combined with oxygen, sets off the oxidation process that causes rust.
- Leaks – Over time, rust can create holes in your gutters and cause leaks. On rainy days, check if all of the rainwater is being diverted into your downspouts.
- Sagging – The nails and fasteners supporting your gutters might buckle under the combined weight of rainwater and accumulated debris, causing sections of your gutters to sag.
Gutter and Roof Damage
Your gutters’ primary function is to divert rainwater away from your roof and foundation, which is why gutter and roof damage usually go hand in hand. As such, if you suspect there are gutter leaks, it’s a good idea to have your roof inspected as well. Gutter leaks may have caused some minor roof damage that requires roof repair.
Tracking Your Gutters’ Lifespan
It’s important to keep track of your gutters’ estimated lifespan. Aluminum and galvanized steel gutters, two of the most common types of gutter systems, usually last 20 years, while more expensive options, like copper gutters, can last up to 50 years. However, the estimated lifespan may be reduced by infrequent maintenance, which is why regular gutter cleaning is a must if you want your gutters to last longer. For a more accurate estimate of your gutters’ remaining lifespan, you can have a professional contractor conduct an inspection.
Vertex Roofing Contractors Inc., a top-rated contractor on HomeAdvisor, offers a wide range of professional roofing services, including roof replacement services. To get a free estimate, call us at (703) 782-5531 or leave us a message here. We serve homeowners in Ashburn, Northern Virginia and the surrounding communities.