You must have asked yourself this question several times if you are a homeowner. It is of course, a good question – a sure sign that after all, one cares about his or her roof and its features. But like you are about to find out, there is no sure or rather certain answer to the question. Several factors must be taken into account before one can consider replacing his or her gutters and downspouts. Such factors include:
Ages affects nearly all products. Gutters are no exception. Depending on the material used to make your gutter, expect to replace your gutters after some time. Take steel gutters for instance. They are the most economical but certainly not the most durable. You may have to replace them after 10 years. That is because they can easily attract rust and become weak. The same can be said about aluminum. Whatever you go for, be ready to consider replacement after some time. Then note that gutters beyond the age of 30 should be replaced regardless of the material they are made of.
Not all gutter replacement and installation companies offer impeccable services. Always go for the most reputable ones in your area. Anything short of this may mean you will have your gutters installed by half-baked experts. You may therefore have to replace them after just a few years.
Wear and tear
Gutters are pretty much like roofs. They succumb to the wear and tear factor after some time. They can also get damaged by several factors such as inclement weather conditions, debris, perching birds and so on. The best you can do is to hire an expert to assess how bad your gutters have been damaged by these factors. The expert can then let you know whether you need to have the gutters repaired or you simply need to invest in new ones.