Common Gutter Problems & When to Replace Gutters

It’s well into spring—in fact, summer is just around the corner. Ideally, you should have already replaced your gutters, but better late than never! If you’re experiencing common gutter problems many homeowners face, it may be time for replacement.

But how do you know if your issue merits gutter replacement? The best solution, of course, is talking to gutter installers, but there are some things you can be on the lookout for on your own. Generally, you may need new gutters if your current ones:

  • Have a buildup of rust or mildew
  • Are loose or hanging
  • Often get clogged or overflow
  • Are peeling or flaking
  • Fill with ice in the winter and cause damage to fasteners, downspouts, and more
  • Are leaking
  • Require more frequent—and increasingly expensive—repairs

Fixing Common Gutter Problems

While gutters are very reliable, there will probably come a time when they need to be repaired or replaced. Even the highest quality gutters won’t last forever, so don’t be discouraged if you’re experiencing problems—most can be fixed very easily by experienced gutter professionals! Some of the most common gutter repair projects include:

  • Rehanging and re-nailing loosened gutters
  • Sealing leaking gutter seams
  • Adjusting improperly pitched gutters
  • Repairing or replacing damaged, loose, or disconnected downspouts
  • Repairing or replacing fascia boards and soffits
  • Repairing or replacing ridge caps and flashing

Although it may seem daunting—financially and otherwise—to repair or replace gutters, it offers great long-term benefits. When you need to replace your gutters and you repair them instead, hoping to squeeze another couple years out of them, you’re actually doing more harm than good.

Browse our website or contact Shanco Companies today to learn more about common gutter problems, when to replace gutters, and the gutters we offer.

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