When Should Gutters Be Replaced?

October 30, 2020 10:17 am

While it may be simple enough to repair and maintain guttering over time, a gutter replacement should only ever be advised in extreme circumstances. This is because it’s generally only ever going to be a one-off project, which means you have to make sure it needs to take place. Otherwise, simple gutter repairs are generally recommended!

In this guide, we’re going to take a look at a handful of occasions where gutter replacements are advisable. These are very rare scenarios, on the whole, so it’s well worth keeping an eye out for when the worst is likely to happen. Should you ever need to replace a gutter or gutters outright, do keep in mind that an expert will always be on hand to help make the replacement and switch for you.

Rust and Mould Have Taken Over

Over time, nature’s wear and tear can ravage a gutter. Two of the biggest problems gutters have to deal with are rust and mould. Rust, of course, can develop through rain and water eroding your metal guttering, which means it’s eventually going to flake and splinter away. This means it’s only going to get worse over time. You’ll generally spot mould in the upper rooms of your home if there are external guttering issues, meaning it’s probably time to get a gutter replacement.

Water is Spilling Out

While not always a scenario for a gutter replacement outright, if you’re finding that water is spitting or pouring out of the guttering’s sprouts in irregular ways, it may be that you need to fix the guttering more securely to your property. However, this can sometimes be the sign of a bigger issue.

In any case, it’s always worthwhile to consider gutter repairs first, as an expert may be able to simply fix the sloping without needing to install an entirely new gutter.

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Big Cracks and Splits

There is only so much that regular gutter repairs can do, so if you’re starting to notice big cracks or fracturing starting to emerge, it’s time to take action. However, if these cracks are left to persist for too long, you’re going to need to consider a complete replacement.

After all, a cracking gutter that’s just getting worse is going to either need some seriously strong bonding, or it’s going to need swapping out altogether. The option that’s easiest for you may well vary but consider all avenues!

How Often Can I Replace a Gutter?

Generally, with good care and maintenance, you will find that a great quality gutter system should last for at least 20 years. However, the best systems could last for double this time.

Gutters do more for our homes and buildings than we probably imagine. That’s why it’s so important to look after them. 

If you require gutter maintenance or soffit & fascia repairs, our team at Gutter Maintenance can help. Give us a call 01869 277100 or please feel free to fill in the enquiry form on our contact page today.

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