Knowing when to replace your eavestrough | gutter isn’t always as obvious as missing pieces and crushed channels – small leaks and holes can develop over several months, and often go unnoticed. But if you know the tell-tale signs of decaying eavestrough, you’ll save some time and money being able to identify and replace the problematic eaves yourself.
Pooling water around the foundation of your home, usually leading to a wet basement, is always a bad sign, and often indicates a dangerous, leaky eavestrough or split downspout. For whatever reason, the eavestrough is no longer serving its intended purpose and will need replacement. This is especially true if you notice a hole or a gouge in the gutter channel. If the pool is under a sagging, overflowing eavestrough, replacing only the hangers might be necessary. This would be a good time to update your spike and ferrule hangers to hidden screw mounted hangers.
Finding streaking on your siding should also raise a red flag. If the streaking looks rusty, it’s because over time, rust has eaten a hole in your eavestrough and is now spilling liters of water onto your siding and around your foundation. To prevent having to replace rusted galvanized eavestrough in the future, remember to give your metal gutters a coat of rust-proof paint every year or two; this will keep them rust-free and add several years to its life. Aluminum gutters, however, never rust. And at $5 to $9 per linear foot installed, they’re still relatively inexpensive – two reasons why aluminum has the edge in popularity,
Updating your home’s exterior with fresh siding or masonry often warrants a complete soffit and eavestrough system replacement. Next to the upgrades, your old eavestrough will look worn and out of place. On top of that, updating your old siding typically changes the color scheme of the home’s exterior and eavestrough, soffit and fasciaare usually part of the exterior’s aesthetics. If you’re budgeting for an exterior renovation, remember to account for a new eavestroughing system as well.