Five Signs You Need New Gutters

Nov 01, 2023

Most properly installed gutter systems should last a homeowner about 20 years. This can vary by location as Alabama’s weather can play a part in the condition of your gutters. Keep in mind most homeowners’ insurance companies do not cover gutter replacement for general wear and tear. To get your insurance company involved it would be from damage, usually from hail damage or a tree falling on it.

It’s also important to know that many newer homes have the wrong size gutters installed on them. These steep roofs often have only 5” gutters installed instead of 6” gutters. It doesn’t sound like a big difference, but it almost always leads to a system failure.

If you think your home’s gutters are the wrong size or on the clock, reach out to one of our Exterior Specialists for a free inspection and consultation. In the meantime, here five signs you need new gutters.

  1. Cracks or Splits: If you notice cracks or splits in your gutters, it is a clear indication that they are no longer effectively channeling water away from your home. Over time, these cracks can worsen, leading to leaks and potential water damage to your property’s foundation.
  2. Peeling Paint or Rust: Peeling paint or rust on your gutters suggests that water is not properly draining or is accumulating in certain areas. Rust can weaken the structure of the gutter, making it more prone to leaks and breakage. If left unaddressed, this can result in more extensive and costly damage.
  3. Sagging or Pulling Away from the House: Gutters that are pulling away from the house or sagging indicate that they are not securely attached and may not be effectively draining water. This can lead to water pooling around the foundation, potentially causing structural damage to your home.
  4. Frequent Clogs and Blockages: If your gutters are frequently clogged with debris, such as leaves, twigs, or other materials, it may be a sign that they are not functioning as they should. Constant blockages can lead to water overflow, which can damage the roof, siding, and even the foundation of your home.
  5. Visible Water Damage: If you observe water stains, mold, or mildew around the exterior of your home, it may be an indication that your gutters are not effectively directing water away from the property. This can lead to costly water damage and compromise the integrity of your home’s structure.

If you notice any of these signs, it’s important to consult a professional to assess the condition of your gutters and determine whether repair or replacement is necessary to avoid further damage to your property.

Skyline Exteriors also recommends gutter guards on new or existing gutters. We take pride in using Leaf Solutions and Spectra brand products that are made in the USA. Their reputation for durability and their high-quality product last in the intense Alabama weather.

Benefits of this system include:

Reduce gutter maintenance
By preventing debris, leaves, twigs, and other materials from clogging your gutters, gutter guards save you from the hassle of frequent gutter cleaning and maintenance.

Prevent gutter damage
Our gutter guards extend the lifespan of your gutters by minimizing the risk of corrosion and damage caused by accumulated debris.

Strengthen your gutter system
Gutter protection fortifies gutter systems against harsh weather conditions, including heavy rainfall, hail, and snow.


If you have any questions about a new gutter system or gutter guard, please contact Skyline Exteriors today!

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