Over the last few decades, the way that gutters and downspouts have been manufactured and installed has changed quite a bit. Gutters are designed to last as long as possible, and also to divert some of the damaging elements of mother nature away from your home. However, after years of abuse, many gutters require maintenance or an upgrade.
Especially in New Jersey, the wear and tear on your gutters from the elements can be detrimental. The temperature fluctuations in NJ are widespread, with many days below freezing in winter and even more over 100 degrees in the summer. If you live in Southern NJ or nearer to the ocean, then you know the extra damage that can occur from residing closer to the Atlantic.
Gutters FACT:Gutters were invented long ago. Between 3000 and 1500 BC, the region now called Pakistan was also the site of the earliest gutter systems on record. The Harappan people utilized water-borne toilets connected by drains and covered them with burnt clay bricks to divert water away from vulnerable structures.
How do I know when I need new gutters?
Most gutter systems will last between 20 to 30 years if properly installed, maintained, and using quality material. However, its not uncommon for gutters to fail or show signs of poor condition earlier then that if any of those are untrue. Here’s a few things to look for when inspecting your gutters:
- Signs of rust
- Splits in the gutters or downspouts
- Sagging and unevenness
- Overflow (most noticeable during a storm or winter) or “tiger striping”
The most important thing when evaluating your gutters is that once you find a problem to also find a solution. Sometimes, maintenance may do the trick. But if the issues cannot be fixed easily then its time to get some professional advice.
Most important with gutters in New Jersey, is taking care of any problems quickly before they become larger issues. The longer time goes on, the more damage can occur within the homes foundation, structure, or roofing. And not to mention, an even bigger headache!