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What to Know About Gutter Repairs – Woodbridge, Va.

When it comes to the exterior of your home, there are a few things that are integral to making sure it’s well protected. 

The roof, the siding, the windows, the doors, and last but not least – the gutters – all work cohesively together to make sure your home is protected from the elements. Are there other elements of your home that are important? 

You bet, the foundation is vital so are aspects of a home such as HVAC units, wiring and plumbing that are important. However, one thing that can undermine the functionality of your home’s resistance to weather and issues is something we often overlook – our gutters!

In fact, improperly installed and/or broken gutters are one of the leading reasons why people experience leaks and foundational issues. That is why today we are going to cover the topic of “Gutter Repairs,” and everything you need to know. 

We will cover:

  • Signs you might need a gutter repair
  • Our gutter repair process
  • Gutter repair options
  • Gutter repair costs

Warning Signs You Might Need Gutter Repairs:

Typically, your gutters are not something you give much thought as it pertains to being a homeowner. This is both a good and bad thing. 

Since gutters are higher up, it’s hard to assess if they’re working properly and if they’re clean. Clogged gutters are the leading cause of gutter repairs, and typically, most gutters go unnoticed until there is a problem

Unlike our car that has icons on the dashboard that make us aware of potential issues, our gutters are not so communicative. That being said, there are signs that can be noticeable and can perhaps indicate your home is in need of gutter repairs: 

Signs you might need a gutter repair include:

  • Noticeable gaps between your gutters and fascia boards
  • Gutters sagging in the middle 
  • Water flies off your roof during rainstorms
  • Mismatched gutter elbows, downspouts, pieces. 
  • A tree branch or wind has visually damaged your gutters
  • The wind has displaced your seamless gutters completely (missing) 
  • Your fascia boards are rotting 

These signs above can indicate whether or not you need a gutter repair. 

When it comes to assessing whether or not your home is in need of a gutter repair, the best thing to do is simply call and have a gutter company (like Top Dog Home Pro) come out and assess the situation, but more on that later. 

(Always keep gutters clean)

Our Gutter Repair Process

So let’s hypothetically say you determine you need to have your gutters repaired, or at the very least have your gutters inspected by a professional gutter company. 

What you want to first do is get an honest opinion and transparent pricing from the company. Here is our stance on most gutter repairs:

  1. Typically, we assess the situation 
  2. We determine if a repair is possible, but also is the repair a long term solution
  3. If the repair is possible, we give a pricing estimate

Let’s take a deep look at point number two above. If a gutter repair is possible is not the determining factor in getting your gutters repaired. As we uncover the different gutter repair options below, keep in mind that the most important item to consider is will the gutter repair last. 

Something can always be repaired, but what if the repair lasts only a matter of weeks or months? In that case, it’s most likely better to consider replacing those gutters. 

However, if a gutter repair is necessary, typically the process involves sealing a leak, reinstalling a gutter section, correcting a small issue. On the other hand, if the gutters are falling off because the old gutter spikes are old, well in that case it’s worth exploring options. 

Gutter Repair Options

In all our years of experience, the best bet for a gutter repair is almost always a gutter replacement. Let us touch as to why. 

First, if your gutters are in need of repair, most of the time the problem has gone unnoticed for some time. Remember the signs of a repair from above? Usually, those signs mean the problem is pretty large, and the damage is often been done. 

Now don’t get us wrong, there are simple fixes like unclogging a gutter, adding some sealant, or correcting a drainage issue. However, in most cases, a rain gutter system that is in dire need of attention is simply corrected with replacing. 

Brand new, seamless gutters are relatively inexpensive when it is all said and done, and when the price of a repair starts to get over $400, it is typically worth simply replacing your gutters. 

New gutters come with a gutter warranty (when we install them) and they often have updated features like the screw-in hidden hangers. Most homes with older gutters have the classic, long gutter spikes that overtime become ineffective in keeping your gutters mounted to your home. 

Also to point out, when gutters are replaced with new 5-inch or 6-inch gutters, what typically occurs too is an inspection of the fascia boards and their condition. This is KEY to replacing gutters because we never put new gutters on damaged fascia boards! 

And as you will see in a few, gutters are not very expensive, however, the value they had is superior. 

>> Check out our New Gutter Warranty info here. 

Best way to find a gutter repair company near you:

The best way to find a gutter repair company “Near Me” is to simply choose one of the following options: 

  1. Search online for a “Gutter Repair Company Near Me,” followed by checking their reviews and website content
  2. Ask a friend who knows someone in the industry
  3. Log on to Facebook and look for a recommendation 

Gutter Repair Costs

As we mentioned earlier, gutter repair costs can vary!

Typically, for something small like finding a clog, we don’t charge necessarily if we find it. If we need to seal something or replace an elbow or miter, it could be $75 to $150. If the costs start to exceed over $400, then we typically recommend replacing gutters. 

Why?

New 6-inch gutters cost just $6.50 per linear foot. So if a home needs 100 feet of new gutters, that is just $650. If a repair is $450, the long term option is to go with new gutters. To learn more about gutter pricing, check out this video here and also these resources:

Final thoughts on gutter repairs:  

When in doubt… get it checked out! 

If you have a hunch that is something is wrong with your gutters, don’t wait around. Most gutter companies will give you a free estimate/look, and if they find something they will let you know. 

A gutter repair can be simple, or it might just be worth replacing your gutters! That being said, the last thing we will point out is that gutter guards are worth it.

>> Just check out our review here of the Raindrop Gutter Guard system and learn about the lifetime, the no-clog warranty they come with!

rain gutters

Traditionally speaking, we don’t give much thought to things that keep the interior of our home warm, cozy and dry.

Those exterior “Things” like our home’s roof, the windows, the doors, and even the rain gutters all serve an important role in making sure your interior is protected from the exterior elements.

Not only is the outside of your home vital for curb appeal, but also your gutters, roof, and siding all:

  1. Help with managing storms (Rain, snow)
  2. Protecting your home against strong winds
  3. Saving on energy costs and more!

All this to say, that out of all the exterior components of a home we think of, very rarely do rain gutters pop into our heads… unless something comes up…!

That is why today we will be covering the following so you can understand everything you need to know about rain gutters:

  1. What rain gutters are & what they do
  2. How much new rain gutters cost
  3. Where to find rain gutters

What are rain gutters?

Simply put, rain gutters are long, narrow, shallow troughs that are mounted on the edges of a home where the fasica boards meet the roof. Rain gutters are designed to collect the rainwater off the roof of a home, to then gather water and transport it down the downspouts into designated run-off areas.

Chances are you know what we are talking about, gutters come in many colors, sizes and styles, however most of the time we recognize rain gutters as the white things near the edge of our roof on our home.

We also recognize when a gutter is broke or missing based on seeing:

  1. Water flying off our roof during a storm
  2. Obvious missing gutter sections
  3. A visible gap between our rain gutters and where they are mounted on our home

Properly working gutters are vital for helping with storm water management. Improperly managed rain water, aka underperforming rain gutters can lead to:

  • Erosion issues
  • Flooding of basements
  • Leaks inside of your home
  • Foundation issues
  • Landscaping problems
  • And even mosquitos!

All that to say your rain gutters matter. So if they’re not cared for, cleaned, nor do they have gutter guards – they may flounder and break.

In the case of needing new gutters, or simply wanting to add curb appeal with even a new color of rain gutters, we will now help you estimate and budge for them!

How much do new rain gutters cost?

The first question most homeowners ask when the time comes for new gutters is the price question, “How much do new rain gutters cost?”

That is what we are going to answer below!

Most rain gutters are made from aluminum. While there are vinyl gutters (which are cheap), copper, and steel – almost all gutters are made from aluminum.

Aluminum rain gutters are:

  • Durable
  • Customizable, cut to fit
  • Cost-effective and affordable
  • Seamless (so they don’t leak)
  • Sizes come in 5″ or 6″

So now you know some of the quick benefits, how much do aluminum rain gutters cost per linear foot?

Depending on the size, rain gutters can range from on average $5 to $10 per linear foot. However, we tell customers that they should be paying somewhere around $6 per foot (factors like aluminum prices and location may mean more or less depending on where you live).

Put another way, new 6″ aluminum rain gutters usually cost:

  • Townhome = Around $1,000
  • Single Family Home = Around $1,500 (give or take)
  • Larger Homes or homes with large proches = $2,000+

However, once again, it’s all based on linear feet!

Use a Gutter Calculator

Don’t want to guess? Here is what you can do to accurately price out new rain gutters and gutter guards:

  1. Use this instant, online, Gutter Calculator Tool (don’t worry it’s our sister companies tool)
  2. Gather your measurements for your gutters. You can use Google Maps and its measuring tool to get a close estimate. For downspouts, every floor is typically 10′ of rain gutter downspout. So, two floors would be ~ 20′ give or take.
  3. Input your measurements, get an instant estimate for new rain gutters!

How to find a rain gutter company near you:

You know what rain gutters do. You know how much they cost. Now, how do you find the best rain gutter company near you?

Well, chances are, if you live in Northern, VA and the surrounding areas, you’re on the best gutter company website right now :). While we are not kidding, what we will say if you don’t want to go to Home Depot and buy your own gutters, this is not something that is a DIY project.

We repeat, custom seamless rain gutters are never DIY. In the case you don’t live near Northern, VA but you found this article, the best way to find a gutter company near you is to:

  1. Ask friends and family
  2. Request a recommendation on Facebook
  3. Go to Google Maps and search, “Rain Gutter Company Near Me”
  4. Or simply search for rain gutters by me.

Just be sure, when looking for a gutter company, you take into consideration reviews, they’re quoting system, and their professionalism:

On another note, never underestimate the power of a great YouTube channel and rain gutter testimonial:

Lastly, be sure to select a rain gutter company that has a gutter warranty!

For example, here at Top Dog Home Pro of Virginia, we offer a lifetime warranty for our products and labor that you can read here: Full Gutter Warranty Info.

Final note on Rain Gutters –

What most of us do in life is we wait until the problem emerges that then requires our full, undivided attention. This is only human nature, and it’s the same for rain gutters/home improvements.

Typically, we don’t really pay attention to our rain gutters until we notice them overflowing or falling off our home’s fascia boards.

So as we part, here are some great tips to help you stay on top of keeping your rain gutters in tip-top shape!

  1. Always clean your gutters if you don’t have gutter guards, ideally after all leaves are done falling in the fall
  2. Check your gutters in the spring to make sure they’re clear before the heavy rain season. Also, be sure to make sure birds are not nesting in your gutters (they mess things up fast!)
  3. Lastly, highly consider getting gutter guards such as Raindrop Gutter Guards, that are self-cleaning and long-lasting!