Do I Need New Gutters? A Guide to Gutter Replacement

It’s advised that you need new gutters roughly every 20 years, but that can be hard to keep track of if you’ve not been in your home longer than that, and other wear and tear could decrease the lifespan of your gutters. There are some simple signs you can look out for to tell whether you need new gutters which can guide you on when it’s time to organise a gutter replacement.

Cracks in Your Gutters

The idea of guttering is that it funnels any water away from your house and down the drain, which means you don’t have to worry about water damage to your property. Any cracks in your gutters, even if they’re only noticeable when it’s raining, seriously undermine the strength of your guttering. If you have cracks in your gutters, you should have your gutters replaced as soon as possible to prevent water damage to your home.

Unexpected Damp in Your Basement

Many people don’t realise that a damp basement can actually be a sign that you need new gutters. If your guttering isn’t draining the water away properly, or the downspout is too close to the foundations of your property, it can cause water to leak into your basement leading to mould and mildew. If your basement is becoming damp, you should consider gutter replacement with the advice of a professional.

Sagging Gutters

If your guttering is broken, water won’t flow properly and can, therefore, pool in the gutters. The weight of this water can cause sagging gutters, or even cause gutters to pull away from the house. This is a sure sign that you may need new gutters depending on how simple the repair would be. This warning sign tells you something is going wrong with your guttering and you should seek professional advice.

We specialise in both gutter replacement and repair at AJ Scutchings and Sons, so we can help advise you on whether you need new gutters or if we can fix the problem on your existing guttering. If you’re noticing any of the problems above or are concerned about your guttering for any other reason, get in touch with our experts using our contact form or give us a call on
07778 188 952.