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5 Signs You Need To Replace Your Gutters

5 Signs You Need To Replace Your Gutters
Do you suspect your home’s gutter system requires replacement? These five signs will show you if it’s time to replace the gutters or repair them.

Traditional gutters for a home usually last around 25 years. Some, especially those made of copper, can last close to 50 years. If your gutter system is aging, you should consider replacing it, especially if you’ve had to seek gutter repairs recently. Look for these five signs you need to replace your gutters.

Rust Spots and Peeling Paint

If your gutters have peeling paint and rust spots, you’re most likely dealing with moisture damage. Old gutter systems develop this issue after years of wear and tear, but if new gutters have this problem, you have a problem on your hands. That issue indicates that excess water is pooling, and your gutters aren’t disposing of the moisture quickly or properly.

Lingering rainwater or snow can cause visible damage to your gutters. If you spot rust spots and peeling paint, it’s time to replace your gutters. Updated gutters keep the system from crumbling and upgrade the curb appeal.

Water Damage

How can a homeowner know their gutter system has water damage? You’ll often notice discoloration around the gutter’s soffits, downspouts, gutters, and fascia. Mildew may grow, and dark blotches may appear on your home’s exterior. This visual is a sign it’s time to replace your gutters.

If you notice water damage, you’ll likely have leaking in your home’s siding, drywall, and framing. Interior water damage is arguably worse than leaking gutters. This problem is incredibly costly and can cause health issues, not to mention the roof and attic damage you could encounter. What a nightmare for homeowners!


Gutters should transport moisture without losing a drop. Cracks in your gutters are a problem. They allow water to drip and leak onto your siding and landscaping.

You may be able to fix the crack if it’s relatively small with a gutter seam sealant from a hardware store, but that won’t repair more expansive gutter cracks. You’ll need a full gutter replacement to address significant gutter cracks.

Pooling Water

The main function of gutters is to prevent excess moisture from pooling around your home’s foundation. If they can’t prevent water from collecting, it’s time to replace them. Gutter clogs or leaks are likely culprits if you have pooling water. The water overflow will splash out over the troughs and onto the side of your house.

Do a quick inspection to see if you notice any clogs. You’ll need to contact a professional if you don’t see any. A gutter technician will search for issues and administer replacements where necessary.

Broken Seams and Sagging Troughs

Sagging gutters are a threat to your home. The weight applies pressure to the fascia boards and roof. This sagging will eventually allow the gutters to separate from your house, pulling materials down with them.

You may be able to fix the sagging by tightening the fasteners. A fastener is a hanger that attaches the downspouts and troughs to the house. These fasteners will break or loosen over time, leading to sagging troughs. If you don’t notice any loose fasteners but the issue persists, then it’s time to replace your gutter system as a whole.

Turn to A-Rite Construction and Roofing if you notice any of the above signs so that we can provide you with exceptional gutter replacement services. We’re also experienced home-siding contractors and can inspect your siding while we’re fixing the gutters. Working with us is a great way to ensure all your home’s exterior is properly working.

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