As we approach the summer, many of us get complacent that we will see a reduced level of rainfall. Essentially meaning that our gutters are not an immediate concern, and may not be until we start to hit mid-autumn. However, here in the UK, we know how unpredictable the weather can be, from 25 degrees and dry in March, to thunderstorms and torrential downpours in August. So when should you consider replacing your gutters?
When To Replace
The answer to when should you replace your gutters is simple. As soon as they have started to deteriorate. This could be where they have pulled away from the wall, where they have started to bow in the middle, when cracks are forming and especially when you are getting leaks down the side of your house.
There is no right or wrong season to get your guttering replaced, however, roofers would prefer to be doing the work when it’s nice and dry! It’s as simple as getting your replacement booked in once you notice an issue.
What To Look Out For
There are a number of things you can look out for to indicate that your guttering may be coming to the end of its life.
Leaks – We know that it might not sound ideal to be looking for leaks during a downpour, but if you have a leak, you will notice the rainwater more concentrated in that one spot. However, we aren’t saying give us a call at the first sign of a leak. Find someone who is able to climb a tall enough ladder, safely, and get them to have a peak in your gutter (while it’s dry is safer). This way you can double-check whether it’s actually an issue, or whether your guttering just needs a good cleanout from debris and moss. You will be surprised that even with no trees around the number of leaves you might find in your gutter.
Bowing – If you happen to look up at your guttering and notice that it is no longer straight, but actually happens to have a nice bow this could be a sign of an ageing gutter. The dip will collect rainwater which can lead to leaks, cracks, overflowing and even the collection of moss and debris. In some cases, there is a simple fix to add an additional bracket to straighten out the piece of gutter. However, if the gutter has started to perish, this may only be a holding place fix before other issues arise.
Pulling away from the wall – If your guttering has started to pull away from the wall, you might actually find that there is more of an issue with the brackets than the guttering itself. Whether the wall where the brackets were attached has started to deteriorate, or the brackets themselves may have broken. If either of these is the case, you may also want to consider what the cause may be. In some instances, this is as simple as heavy storms taking their toll and forcing the guttering away, pulling the bracket with it. Make sure you check your guttering too.
Cracks – If you have plastic guttering, cracks will inevitably happen as the plastic starts to deteriorate. While this may take over 30 years to happen, we find it’s uncommon that guttering is changed much more often than that anyway. Some cracks are obvious at a glance, with others only noticeable when they are leaking. Make sure to check guttering for leaks as soon as a rainstorm finishes. Sadly these cracks cannot be repaired and will require replacing.
So when do we recommend you replace your guttering in Nottingham? As soon as any of the issues we have mentioned start to arise. Leaving issues to worsen can lead to other problems around the home, including areas of brick that require repointing. So get in touch today to discuss your gutters.