Are your gutters starting to look a little leaky? Have you noticed separation from your roof? If this is the case, your gutters likely need a repair or replacement, but this doesn’t have to be a hassle. Gutter replacements protect your business from water damage, they can also provide an aesthetic upgrade! Taking a few moments to do a little research can save you time and money by protecting your business!
The First Line of Defense
Your gutters look sharp, but that’s not the only thing they’re good for. Every time it rains, snows, or hails, your gutters work hard to divert water from your roof to a safe place far away from the foundation of your business. Walls and foundations are particularly susceptible to standing water damage as they are generally shielded from wind and sunlight that would dry up collected precipitation. Additionally, there is usually a drop in elevation where your foundation meets the ground, creating the perfect environment for water to stay and wreak havoc.
If water is not removed in a timely fashion, your foundation will begin to weaken, especially once the weather cools and the freeze-thaw cycle begins. This cycle is due to one of water’s unique properties, it expands as it cools. This cool property is not so hot for the health of your foundation as it creates large cracks from miniscule imperfections in your foundation. Thankfully, your gutters work hard to prevent this from happening in the first place by keeping water away from the exterior of your business.
When Are Your Gutters Due a Replacement?
Determining when your gutters need a repair is easy but making the call on a replacement may be a bit more difficult. Often, many gutter issues can be fixed by a simple repair that will extend the lifespan of your gutter system, but if there is extensive damage due to weather, clogs, or the effects of age, your gutter system may have to be replaced. Consulting with a professional gutter service is the best way to determine the correct solution for your business as they can give you repair, and replacement options tailored to your situation.
Gutter Maintenance and Replacement
All gutter systems will eventually need to be replaced, but some gutter systems last longer than others depending on several factors including gutter material, repairs, and maintenance. Taking initiative to regularly maintain your gutters (removing leaves, ensuring there are no leaks), and performing repairs, when necessary, can go a long way in increasing the longevity of your gutter system. Additionally, some gutter materials last longer than others, the typical aluminum gutter systems have a lifespan of around 20 years, but copper gutters can last up to 50 years without replacement!
If your gutters need a repair or a replacement, the best time to act is now. Quick action can prevent foundation and exterior wall damage, keeping your business safe and beautiful for longer. Getting your gutters replaced doesn’t have to be a hassle with an experienced gutter service professional by your side, and your gutter system can be up and running in no time! If you need an experienced gutter service for your commercial property, contact GutterPros for a free consultation!