Kalamazoo Roofing: Article About Repair Or Replace Gutters
When gutters start to crack or rust, it may be difficult to determine whether it's worthwhile to repair the damage or if they should be entirely replaced. To get the best answer to that, the gutter should first be checked out by a Kalamazoo roofing professional. A roofing expert should conduct a thorough inspection of the gutters as well as the rest of the roof and attic for damage.
The first question to ask is how much it would cost to repair the damage as opposed to getting new gutters installed. If the problem rests with a defective gutter connector, it may be worth having someone repair the connector and extend the useful life of the gutter for many years. However, if the damage is extensive or the gutters are close to the end of their useful life, it may be a good idea to replace them regardless of cost.
The useful lifespan of gutters primarily depends on the material. For aluminum gutters, homeowners should expect them to last 20 to 25 years if properly maintained and weather conditions aren't too harsh.
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Those who have copper gutters or other metallic material on their gutters may be able to use them for up to 70 years.
In some cases, gutters will come with a warranty that will cover some or all of the work needed to repair them. Homeowners who have a warranty may be best served by having the gutter repaired or even replaced depending on what the warranty covers and the condition of the gutter.
Have the gutters been repaired in the recent past or repaired multiple times over the past few years? If the repair work is more than just an annual reset or something simple, it may be a sign that the gutters are ready to be replaced. Instead of paying hundreds of dollars per repair job, it may be easier to pay several hundred dollars for brand new gutters.
Even if a homeowner believes that the gutters are in good condition, there is no harm in having an annual inspection to verify that. Catching a small rust problem can stop it from eating away at much of the gutter. Finding a small debris clog can stop it from causing water to back up and cause additional damage. Most inspections and minor repairs can be completed in a few minutes while replacement work may be completed in just a few hours.