From windows to doors to siding, eventually, all components of your home will need to be replaced. But, while certain parts of your home—like your siding, for example—are pretty difficult to ignore when they need replacing, other components—like your gutters—may not be so obvious. As a homeowner, it’s important to do your due diligence when it comes to maintaining your home, and part of that is having an idea of how long different products will last. So, how often should you have your home’s gutters replaced? Truthfully, it depends on several factors. Let’s take a closer look at the average life expectancy of rain gutters, factors that affect their longevity, and some signs that they should be replaced.
Average Life Expectancy of a Home’s Gutters
As a general rule, gutter systems typically last for about 20 years on a home. However, the performance and life expectancy of your gutters depend on a number of factors, including the climate in which they are installed. Those in harsh climates, such as ours in Central Wisconsin, may find that their gutters need to be replaced more frequently.
Another factor that can impact the life expectancy of your home’s gutters is the material that they are made from. Additionally, seamless gutters tend to last longer than traditional sectioned gutters because they are stronger and don’t have weak points through which water can leak.
Signs Your Gutters Need to Be Replaced
While the average gutter system can last for about 20 years under normal conditions, each system is different. That’s why homeowners should be aware of the signs that gutters need replacing, so that whether that happens before or after the 20-year mark, they can be replaced swiftly before any damage can occur. Some indications that your gutters may need to be replaced include:
- Cracks or splits in the gutters
- Pools of water around your home’s foundation after it rains
- Mildew growth on your foundation
- Watermarks beneath the gutters
- Gutters that are sagging or pulling away from your home
- Paint that is peeling
If you’re unsure if any of these are occurring at your home, it’s best to play it safe and call out a reputable gutter company that can evaluate your rain gutters and let you know if they need to be replaced.
Need Your Gutters Replaced?
If your home’s gutters are showing any of the above indications that they need to be replaced, turn to the experts at Larson Home Services. We install seamless gutters that are exceptionally strong and durable, and they’ll provide years of dependable performance at your home. Plus, thanks to our expert craftsmanship and high standards for quality, your new gutters will be installed flawlessly from start to finish.
If you’re ready to have your home’s old, ineffective gutter system replaced, contact Larson Home Services today to speak with a member of our team about scheduling your initial consultation. We can’t wait to hear from you!