Here at Woodstock Roofing, we don’t just fit new roofs and repair old ones: we’re also happy to repair or replace your gutter, depending on your needs. Your guttering is just as important as your roof itself: it controls the flow of rainwater and reduces the risk of your home becoming water-damaged. But how can you tell whether you should have your gutters repaired or replaced? In this blog entry, we’ll look at some common guttering problems and help you decide if you should deal with them by repairing your existing gutters or replacing them with new ones.
Your gutter needs to be level in order to channel rainwater effectively. If it starts to lean forward or sag in places, you should address the problem immediately. Your gutter is likely to sag or lean if it isn't properly secured to your house, or if it has become loose over time. Luckily, this issue can usually be addressed without replacing it: it simply needs to be re-secured by a professional roofing contractor. However, your gutter can also start to sag if the material from which it is made has become damaged or worn. In this case, you may wish to consider replacing your gutter altogether. There’s very little point maintaining a gutter which is made from a compromised material.
A steel gutter may begin to rust over time, which can compromise its integrity and reduce its effectiveness. If the rust is limited to a small section of your gutter, the problem can be repaired. A roofing contractor can replace the rusted section but leave the rest of the gutter intact. However, if your entire gutter has started to rust, you will need to have it replaced.
If your gutter is leaking, it may be because individual sections have become detached, thereby creating gaps through which water can escape. If this is the case, this should be relatively easy to repair. However, your gutter may also start to leak if has been compromised by rust or other forms of damage (as mentioned in points 1 and 2). If this is the case, replacement may be necessary.
Regardless of whether your gutter needs replacing or simply repairing, we can help. Contact us today if you are experiencing problems with your gutter.