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:
- Typically, we assess the situation
- We determine if a repair is possible, but also is the repair a long term solution
- 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:
- Search online for a “Gutter Repair Company Near Me,” followed by checking their reviews and website content
- Ask a friend who knows someone in the industry
- 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.
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!