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Common Signs of Gutter Damage: Repair Vs. Replace

By March 17, 2015No Comments

If you’re thinking about getting gutter protection in Albert Lea MN, and the surrounding area, then you’re on the right track toward stress-free home improvement. You see, the question of repairs versus replacement is a tricky one when it comes to gutters, especially when you’re working with a budget. There are certain instances when one is optimal over the other, and we’ll help you sort out which is which.

A Little Touch-Up Will Do

  • Consistent Singular Clogs: This usually occurs when there is a small crack or dent along the length of the gutter that snags debris as it flows along. Usually, at this point, the damage isn’t too big that it can’t be patched or hammered out. Repairs are a good option then as it doesn’t take much effort, depending on the extent of damage.
  • Stuck-Out Nails: The supports that hold the gutter in place will weaken over time. Further, it’s quite common that the nails that hold them in place are the first to detach from where they are fastened. A quick fix can be done by hammering them back in, but it also pays to observe whether it is actually still being held snuggly by the surface it is hammered into.

Go for a New One

  • The Obvious Signs: If your gutter is hanging off the side of your house, becomes torn in half at some point, has large cracks and holes along its length, or any other major  visible signs of damage, then your butter may be beyond repair. At this point, the only effective thing you can do is to replace your gutter with a new one.
  • Water Damage: On the other hand, if there is a lot of water damage on other parts of your house near the gutter but there’s no visible damage on the gutter itself, a little investigating is in order. If all other potential problem points are addressed and the damage still persists, a replacement might be your best bet.

A Better Alternative

Whether you go for a repair or replacement, a standard gutter will be subject to all kinds of damage here and there down the road. A third option is to install gutter covers like Gutter Helmet in Rochester MN, and the surrounding area. These cover your gutter system completely and rely on capillary action to funnel only water into your gutter, while debris and other damaging materials flow off your roof. All you need to do is rake them up off the ground.  This is much better, easier, and safer than (1) having to climb up to your gutter to clean it and (2) spending on frequent gutter maintenance.

At Home Solutions Midwest, we have been helping homeowners find convenient and suitable solutions to their home improvement problems for over 35 years. We carry Gutter Helmet®, a simple yet innovative gutter protection system that ensures your gutter stays in the best shape for many years. Give us a call today, and we’ll help you figure out whether your gutter needs repairing or replacing.