Did you know the number one reason for foundation damage is inadequate drainage? Without the proper water management systems in place, water can drain to the soil surrounding your home’s foundation, eventually causing the walls to leak, bow, and crack. If your gutters are failing, gutter replacement is necessary to protect your foundation.
Arguably the most critical aspect of your water management system is your gutter system—that includes:
- The gutters themselves, which capture roof water and keep it from falling to the ground surrounding your home’s foundation.
- The gutter drainage solutions, or downspouts and accessories, that carry the water your gutters capture and divert it away from your home.
- The gutter protection system, or gutter guards, that prevent clogging, extending the life of your gutters and keeping them working in peak condition.
If any of these vital components fail, your water management system can’t effectively prevent roof run-off from damaging your home and foundation. If you suspect your gutter system isn’t adequately draining water away from your home, call AquaGuard today. We provide free gutter inspections, during which we'll assess your water management system and help you determine the best solutions for your property.
In the meantime, let’s answer a few of the most commonly asked questions regarding gutter replacement.
How Often Should Gutters Be Replaced?
Because of the large variety of gutter types, sizes, materials, and installation methods, there’s no one answer for how often homeowners should replace their gutters. Typically, gutters can last up to two decades. However, that’s if they’re made of a quality material and have not been subjected to damage from fallen limbs, lack of maintenance, or improper installation.
The best way to know when it’s time to replace your gutters is by having a professional gutter replacement company inspect your current system. AquaGuard offers free inspections to homeowners in the greater Atlanta area, during which we will assess your gutters for signs of damage.
How Do I Know When I Need Gutter Replacement?
If your gutters overflow and puddles of water consistently surround your home when or after it rains, you should replace your gutters as soon as possible.
If you’re dealing with basement or crawl space flooding, it might be due to an exterior water management issue. When you call AquaGuard for a free foundation inspection, we’ll always assess your gutters to ensure they are functioning properly. Our primary concern is diagnosing and repairing the cause—not just the symptoms. It’s not uncommon for foundation and crawl space damage to be caused by water from failing gutter systems.
If the grass around your home is slowly turning into mud, there’s a good chance your gutters are either clogged and roof water is shooting over your gutters, or your gutters are not thoroughly capturing and diverting roof water away from your home. To protect your landscaping from further damage, and to prevent water from oversaturating the soil near your house, gutter replacement is necessary.
If your gutters are sagging or pulling away from the roof, they can’t capture water before it falls through the gaps. Whether it’s an inferior bracket system or rotting fascia board, a gutter replacement can solve the problem.
These cosmetic concerns can decrease your home’s value by hurting its curb appeal. Not only that, but rust can eventually lead to holes in your gutters. Especially if you’re putting your home on the market for resale, it’s time for gutter replacement. Buyers want to know that the house they’re purchasing has a high-quality, well-maintained gutter system that will protect the foundation from water damage. Peeling paint and rust are signs that your gutters have been subject to overflow and stagnant water.
Any openings in your gutter system are opportunities for water to escape and saturate the ground below. If your gutters are camouflaged with holes, cracks, or separation between pieces, it’s time for gutter replacement.
Water can become stagnant in gutters for several reasons. First, previous gutter installation contractors may have pitched them incorrectly. Your gutters must be installed at the proper angle for water to flow towards downspouts efficiently. Another reason standing water may occur is from clogs in the trough or downspouts. Either way, if your gutters accumulate standing water and overflow despite any cleaning efforts, it might be time for gutter replacement.
How Much Does Gutter Replacement Cost?
The cost of gutter replacement can vary greatly from home to home. For the most accurate gutter replacement cost estimate, call AquaGuard for a free inspection. We’ll assess your home’s needs and discuss the cost of installing new gutters. For more information about the variables of gutter pricing, visit our gutter installation cost page.
What Will My Gutters Be Replaced With?
At AquaGuard, we replace gutters with GutterShutter™—a complete gutter, gutter drainage, and gutter protection system that’s built to last. For more information about our complete gutter system, visit our GutterShutter™ page!
Gutter Replacement in the Greater Atlanta Area
If you’re looking for gutter replacement services in the greater Atlanta area, call AquaGuard today! We serve the following areas: Marietta, Atlanta, Decatur, Alpharetta, Rome, Athens, Newnan, Douglasville, and all surrounding areas.