Homeownership rate in the United States was at 64.4% in the second quarter of 2018. That’s a steady increase from the 63.6% rate back in January 2017.
This increase in home sales came with a higher demand for roof installation. But new homeowners aren’t the only ones who sought and are seeking new roofs. Those hit by the weather disasters of 2018 also demanded roofing-related services.
If you’re in the same situation, you’re likely wondering if replacing your roof also means getting a new gutter system.
After all, a new roof for homes within the Bay Area can already cost an average of $9,409. Add new gutters or repairs to that, and your costs can go up hundreds, if not thousands of dollars more.
This depends on several factors, which we’ll discuss in more detail below. So, keep reading before you shell out more cash than necessary!
The Age Of Your Roof And Gutters
You’ve seen all the signs your roof needs replacement, from massive leaks to missing shingles. Does this mean your gutter is failing you too?
Not always, because it’s still possible that only your roof is in disrepair. Your gutters may still be in good condition, in which case, it’s best to leave it alone. You can have a new roof put in place without having to change your gutters at the same time.
That said, it also depends on the age and current state of both structures.
Let’s say you have an aging roof, which is one of the top reasons to invest in roof replacement. Depending on the construction materials, roofing systems can last from 20 to 50 years. Asphalt shingled roofs have a 20-year lifespan, while tiled roofs can last twice as long.
Gutter lifespans also average 20 to 40+ years, depending on materials. Those made from galvanized steel can last up to two decades, while aluminum can last up to 40 years or longer.
If your gutters are as old as your aged roof, then it’s a good idea to replace both. Two separate projects may likely cost you more. But if you only had the gutters replaced a few years ago and it’s working fine, there’s no reason to touch it.
When You Need A Replacement Roof And Gutter Repairs
Annual roof maintenance, including debris removal and early leak repairs, preserves your roof. Gutter maintenance, especially clearing accumulated debris, prevents your gutter from failing early. Forget to do these, and you’ll end up with a prematurely-damaged roof and gutter.
If you’ve already established you need to replace your roof, check your gutter for signs of damage. If you spot the following when replacing the roof and gutter repairs.
Uneven Or Sagging Gutters
Sagging gutters won’t let water drain through the downspouts. The water will instead form a pool in the middle, placing even more stress on the gutter. Over time, the gutter will pull away from your house, and may even collapse.
Pooled Water Around Your Home’s Foundation
An inefficient gutter can send water straight down to your home, causing it to pool around the base. This water can seep into your home and down to the basement. It can also lead to foundation damages, such as cracks on the concrete.
Rust On The Gutter
A properly-working gutter system sends water through the downspouts right away. But if there’s an issue, such as clogging, this will cause water formation within the gutters. The longer the water is there, the higher the risk of rusting.
If you see rust, then that’s a sign your gutter isn’t draining water right. Have it repaired soon, or you can end up Googling “gutter replacement near me”.
Mold And Mildew On Your Exterior Walls
Patches of green, brown, or black on your exterior walls can signal a faulty gutter system. Again, an overflowing gutter can send water down to your home’s exterior surfaces. When this happens, molds and mildew can start to form on your exterior walls.
This won’t only affect your home’s curb value and appeal. These microorganisms can also eat away at your walls. Mold exposure can also be a health concern, especially in those with allergies or asthma.
So, before molds and mildew can cause even bigger problems, get your gutters repaired. It’s possible the damage affects only a part or a section of the system. In this case, prompt repairs can prevent the entire gutter from collapsing.
Fallen Components Of The Gutter
After heavy rains or strong winds, check the gutter and the area under it. If you see metal pieces hanging or on the ground, they’re likely hangers and end caps from the gutter. The bad weather may have detached them from their original locations.
Either way, you should get on the phone with your local roofer to inspect your gutter. These may be small pieces of hardware, but they all keep the gutter attached to your house. One missing hanger can be all it takes to make a section of the gutter give in.
Getting Pros To Inspect Your Roof And Gutter
The best way to determine whether you need repairs, a replacement or both is to contact a licensed roofer. These professionals can perform a more thorough inspection of your roof and gutter. They know exactly how to tell a roof and a gutter that only need repairs from those already up for replacement.
If you’re unsure of your roof’s and gutter’s age, licensed roofing contractors are the best people to ask. After their inspection, they’ll tell you if it’s a good idea to get both replaced or if you can leave the gutter alone.
Find Out If You Need Roof And Gutter Repairs
Granted, replacing a roof and gutter repairs don’t always go hand in hand. But it’s still a good idea to call in the experts to inspect your gutter. This way, you can have them serviced if they need servicing the same time you get your new roof.
What’s important is to not delay needed roof and gutter repairs or replacements. Connect with us now so we can help you determine what’s best for your home.