How Long Do Gutters Last?

Old gutters

Leaking roof, rotting fascia, and sagging gutters: what do these all have in common? They are all showing signs of regular wear from age. Just like your roof has a typical lifespan, so does your gutter system!

How long do gutters last?

According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, aluminum and galvanized steel gutters have an average lifespan of 20 years. Comparatively, copper ones last an average of 50 years. However, you may need to replace your system sooner. In some instances, they’ll get damaged. Other times, they are too small for the amount of water runoff you get from your roof.

If your system is hitting that 20-year mark, it’s probably time to have someone inspect it. The technician can then determine whether you need a gutter repair or replacement.

What if I don’t know the age of my gutters?

That’s okay! Below are some key indicators to determine the age of your gutters. Additionally, these indicators also can help you determine if it’s time for a replacement.

Signs of aging gutters:

1. Cracks & Leaks

Leaking gutter with cracks

Cracks and leaks are some of the clearest signs of wear and age in a gutter system. Some cracks are large enough to notice even without rain. Of course, it’s also a good idea to take a look at your system while it’s raining. Some cracks aren’t noticeable until you see water leaking out.

For this reason, we install aluminum seamless gutters. This way, we help prevent leaks and cracks from forming over time in your system. No gutter joints means no seam stress, leading to fewer leaks in your gutters. Learn more about what type of gutters we install here.

2. Wood Rot

Fascia damage

If you have old, rotting fascia, chances are your gutters are also old. In some instances, fascia rot is simply due to age. Other times, when gutters are old or malfunctioning, water can pool in the gutters and start flowing between the system and the fascia.

This can quickly lead to wood rot and creates the opportunity for interior leaks in your home.

3. Peeling Siding

Peeling siding wood rot

Does your siding have mold buildup or peeling paint from water runoff? If so, this is often a sign that your gutters are not properly diverting water. There may be a nearby leak in your system from age. Alternatively, the gutters might pool water and overflow during storms.

4. Pooling Water & Mildew

Mildew and moss in gutters

Let’s say there is mold or water pooling near your home’s foundation. In this instance, your downspouts may not properly divert water from your foundation.

Above all, downspouts should lead your water away from your home’s foundation. Otherwise, your gutters will release all of their water right by your foundation. This obviously defeats one of the main purposes of having a gutter system in the first place. And, as a result, can lead to foundation damage and basement leaks.

We know we’ve already talked a lot. With that in mind (and so as not to bore you), here is a list of a few more things to watch out for.

Other signs of age:

5. Sagging gutters
6. Pooling water in gutters
7. Rust spots
8. Broken fasteners

If you notice any of these issues with your home, it may be time for an upgrade. We offer free estimates for cleanings, leaf filters, and partial and full gutter replacements. As a local, family-owned business, we are here to help! We want home maintenance to be straightforward and easy.

If you are interested in an estimate or have questions about your gutter system, give us a call at 919-444-5042 or request a free estimate here. And be on the lookout for our next post where we will talk about how to extend the life of your gutter system!