Gutters are an interesting exterior feature in the sense that while they have an incredibly important function, they are often still overlooked. When people are looking at performing basic home exterior and yard maintenance in the spring, they often think of landscaping before they think about their roof or gutters — often times leading the decline in the quality of the gutters.
At Nice Shingles Roofing & Exteriors, we see plenty of issues with gutters when we perform roof inspections, replacements, or repairs. Because of this, we thought that we might provide you with some information as to how you can fix common gutter issues so that you don’t have to schedule both roof and gutter repairs this spring.
One of the easiest ways to break your gutters beyond repair is to never clean them! Dirty gutters can cause important drainage pathways to become clogged and can also affect the overall lifetime of the gutter system. Leaves, branches, and any other materials that fall into your gutters can cause a buildup of water, defeating the purpose of your gutter system in the first place.
Luckily, the remedy to this common gutter issues is rather simple — clean them! As long as you are comfortable on a ladder and the distance from the roof to the ground is not too great, cleaning gutters can be extremely easy. If your home is simply too tall for your ladder or if you are uncomfortable with heights, cleaning your gutters can be as easy as making a call to a local gutter cleaning or roofing business.
One of the most unsightly damages that can occur on the exterior of your home is to have sagging gutters. Sagging gutters can be caused by many things, but the two most common are weathering and equipment failure.
Over time, gutters can lose some of their structural integrity from weathering. Heating, cooling, and exposure to the elements can all cause getters to sag or droop after time. Additionally, hangers can fail — causing the gutter to droop under its own weight.
Fixing sagging gutters can be relatively easy, with the installation of extra hangers most often being a viable solution. However, if the gutter has experienced too much damage, you might need to have them replaced.
Leaks & Holes
Gutters, much like roofs, can become damaged and leaky. And much like roofs, their whole existence is to prevent leaks or exposure to water. Leaks and other damages to gutters are most often caused by weathering and the general age of the gutter system. That being said, it is not uncommon for severe weather events to damage newer gutters too.
While there are many products out there that market themselves as “leak patches” or “leak sealants,” it is our professional opinion as gutter installation specialists that the best remedy for a leaky gutter is to have a professional make the repair. All too often people fix the leak on their own — only to have it fail the very next rainfall.
The whole purpose of a gutter system is to collect the water that is falling on the roof and to move the water away from the house — so if you have pooling around the downspout, you could be pushing water towards your basement. Luckily, there is an easy way to fix downspout pooling, and gravity will do most of the work for you.
To fix downspout pooling, simply move the elbow joint that directs water away from your home higher off of the ground and attach a longer downspout hose to the end of it. Doing so will move the water away from your home at a faster speed — keeping water from pooling near your foundation.
Let Nice Shingles Roofing & Exteriors Help
The best way to fix gutters (in our very biased opinion) is to pick up the phone and contact us at Nice Shingles Roofing & Exterior. Our team has been working with gutter repairs, gutter replacement, and first time gutter installation for years — meaning that we know a thing or two about fixing a gutter the right way the first time.
For more information on our gutter repair services, or even to request a free project quote, get in touch with us today!