Gutters ensure that rainwater is directed away from your home. Without gutters, water will penetrate your home’s foundation and walls, causing them to lose stability.
If your home has wood framework, the additional water penetration will cause the wood to rot quickly.
But what if your gutters aren’t doing what they should?
The 5 telltale signs that it’s time to install new gutters.
Regardless of their size, cracks in your gutters can ultimately defeat their purpose. Remember that larger cracks are visible when the gutters are dry, while smaller cracks can only be spotted when it rains.
Cracked gutters allow water to flow where it wants instead of where you want it to. This can lead to water gathering around your homes foundation, washing out garden beds, or damage to the exterior of your home. Some cracks can be repaired, but for extensive cracks or holes you will need to replace your gutters.
2 Dealing with Peeling
Believe it or not, defective gutters can ruin a perfectly good paint job. Check your homes exterior for paint that is blistering or peeling due to excessive moisture. Wherever the paint is compromised, also check the condition of the nearest gutter. If even your painted gutters are peeling, you most likely have a leak. In cases where the peeling paint extends beyond one or more areas, you should seriously invest in a new gutter rather than repairing it.
3 Water accumulates in gutters
Your gutters are created to channel water around the roofline and away from the house. However, when water builds up in your gutters, they aren’t working properly. After a rain, you may notice water sitting in your gutters. This stagnant water attracts bugs and pests.
4 Mould build up
If you have mould or moisture problems in your home, a damaged gutter may be the cause. Similarly, if you find rotted wood frames or weatherboards, then leaking gutters could be the cause, sending water directly onto these wood surfaces.
A quick fix is to make sure your downspouts end at least 2 feet from your home. If this is already the case, you should inspect your gutters for damage and possibly consider a new gutter.
5 Sagging gutter sections
Most gutter systems are made up of individual sections, and over time the seams or joins can become loose-fitting due to wear and tear or because they have not been properly cleaned of debris. Mending the seams of your gutters is not always the answer, or if done improperly, can add to the problems. However, if the seams of your gutters are still coming loose, it’s time to replace them.
How often should gutters and downspouts be replaced?
Most gutter systems in Australian homes have an expected lifespan of about 20 years. With such a long lifespan, it stands to reason that we often forget to maintain and replace our gutters and downspouts before they begin to fail.
At least twice a year, you should walk around your home and inspect your gutters. While you’re at it, look for rust, sagging, cracks and holes.
Take the time to inspect your gutters when it rains and check to make sure water is draining evenly from the downspouts.
Should I replace or repair my gutters and downspouts?
Some minor problems with gutters and downspouts can be fixed with simple repairs. Loose or bent gutters may require a minor do-it-yourself repair; however, they will need to be replaced if they are not strong enough to be held in place by nails and fasteners. Gutters with holes, cracks, or rusted areas need to be replaced by an experienced professional, and the new gutters will last much longer than those that have needed repair in the past.
Once you’ve replaced your gutters and downspouts, you’ll need to clean them regularly to prolong their life. Clean out any clogged areas and run a hose through the system twice a year to make sure the problem doesn’t get worse in the future.
How often do gutters need cleaning?
You need to clean your gutters between two and four times a year for most of the homes. The best time to clean your gutters depends on several factors, most notably the trees in your neighbourhood.
If you have some large trees near your roof, you will probably need to clean your gutters three or four times a year, especially if you have eucalyptus or pine trees that shed leaves year-round. If there is only one large tree or the trees are not too close to your roof, you might only have to clean your gutters twice a year.
Should I purchase larger gutters or gutter guards?
Did you know that “oversized” gutters are available for homeowners?
What are they, and why need them? Do you live in an area where it rains a lot?
In the southern half of the continent – particularly the southern parts of Western Australia and South Australia, as well as throughout Victoria and Tasmania – most rainfall occurs in the cooler months of April through November.
Should we use oversized gutters ?
Yes, the areas where it rains heavily, like mentioned above, need oversized gutters. It also depends on many other factors that determine whether you need larger gutters or not.
See our gutter range on our guttering page The half round gutter is perfect for coping with extra rainfall. It is also self cleaning so this lessens the chance of gutters from being clogged. It is our most popular gutter installation choice.
Size of your roof gutter
The size of your roof is the most basic piece of information. So it stands to reason that a larger roof would benefit from “oversized gutters”. If you want to optimize the square footage of your roof to decide the best gutter size, you only have to take some simple measurements.
The pitch of your roof
Although the size of your roof is important, you should also consider the pitch of your roof. The steeper the slope, the water will run off fastly, and the larger gutter will be needed.
Metal roofs also drain water much faster than asphalt roofs, so we always recommend larger gutters to handle the faster water drainage. The style of the gutter can also determine the size. – See out guttering page to check out the half round gutter. It copes with large water volumes and is self cleaning
Will your gutters need to be removed during a roof replacement?
Do most people get new gutters when they get a new roof or vice versa?
Most customers replace their gutters when they replace their roofs. However, if your gutters are relatively new or the material is still intact, they probably won’t be replaced when you replace your roof. Instead of removing them, your roofer should take all necessary precautions to protect your gutters during the roof replacement process. This means covering them, not leaning ladders on them, and doing everything else he can to avoid damaging them during the job.
Are you ready to hire a local expert to take care of your gutters?
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