It is the reality of every homeowner to keep their house well maintained and functioning properly. Your house's roof gutter system, for example, is an important feature of your home. You need to make sure they are working well because your gutters protect your house from rainwater. Well maintained roof gutters should last many years. But, if and when they break, you will have to decide whether to repair or replace them. Roof gutters can be relatively easy and cheap to repair, but very costly to replace. And, you do not want to end up spending a lot of money if you do not have to, which is why you should be able to tell if you need to repair or replace your gutters. Below are some tips to follow and some signs to watch out for, so you can make an educated decision for yourself.
Inspect The Gutters on a Good Weather Day
Take advantage of nice day with blues skies and no rain, to walk around your house and take a good look at your gutters. You want to be on the lookout for loose fasteners, sagging or splitting gutters, and any signs of rust. Check to make sure that all your downspouts are attached properly. If you notice paint peeling on the house, or any visible holes, these are all signs that your gutters need some attention.
Now Inspect The Gutters During a Rainfall
If you notice any of the signs mentioned above, before you make a decision to repair or replace, next watch your gutters while it is raining. You need to see how they function during a rainfall. Is the water running smoothly out of the downspouts? If not, look for areas where water could be leaking out of the bottoms of the gutters or overflowing to the tops. Also be on the lookout for areas where the rain is moving directly from the roof of your house to the ground.
Repair or Replace The Gutters
After you have thoroughly examined your rain gutters, you can decide if you can simply repair the gutters or replace them entirely. If you noticed minor issues like sagging gutters, or loose fasteners, those can be tackled easily and repaired for little cost. You can reattach the sagging gutters and tighten all fasteners. However, if you have a split gutter or gutter with holes, these cannot be repaired. Likewise, if you noticed any rust, you are going to have to replace the gutters, instead of repairing them. Rust indicates that your gutters will soon have holes in them, even if you don’t see any yet. You can contact a reputable professional to replace the system, because a professional will have the training to do the job without damaging the house.
Keep Your Gutters Well Maintained
After you get your rain gutter system to function properly, make sure to keep then well maintained. A Denver seamless gutter system can last 20 odd years with regular maintenance. They will need to be cleaned twice a year, preferably in fall and spring. Remove all debris that you find, such as leaves, twigs, and branches. Debris can clog your gutter system or cause them to pull away from your house. Catch the small problems early so that they don’t turn into big issues, this will prolong the life of your system.
About Colorado Seamless Gutters
Colorado Seamless Gutters is a leading seamless gutter company in Denver for over 30 years, installing new gutter systems and repairing gutters for proper functionality. Give us a call today for a free consultation and quote, to see what we can do for your home.