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Gutter Replacement: 4 Things You Need to Consider

January 11 2019

Gutter Replacement: 4 Things You Need to Consider

January 11 2019

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Although gutters are designed and manufactured to be durable, long-lasting and able to stand up against the elements, eventually they will need to be replaced. Like most things, gutters and spouting have a lifespan and despite their tough construction, at a certain point, a gutter replacement will be necessary. Failing to replace your gutters when the time comes could end up costing you much more than the price of the gutter replacement in the long run.

When you find problems in your guttering, it’s important to take action immediately. Issues with gutters can escalate quickly and what seems like a small problem now can develop into a more serious issue if you fail to solve in time.

Regular maintenance and inspections can help to prevent problems from occurring, and when they do occur, repairing them as quickly as possible will help you to extend the lifespan of your gutters.

However, when the time comes that a gutter replacement is the only option left, you need to be sure that you take time to consider all of your options.

Continue reading to learn more about some of the things you need to consider when a gutter replacement is necessary.

1. Gutter Size

Choosing the right size for your new gutters is a critical decision to ensure that they will work as efficiently as possible. If you live in an area that experiences heavy rainfall at any time of the year, like Auckland, the size of your gutters is even more important.

Gutters come in a range of different sizes and styles to choose from, each with their own benefits.

If you’re in doubt as to what size gutter you need installed, speak to a reputable gutter installation company and they will steer you in the right direction.

Our team of experienced and knowledgeable gutter and spouting installers can provide both standard and custom-made designs to suit your needs. Our most popular gutter styles are The Box Gutter, The Quarter Round and The Old Gothic, thanks to their ability to withstand the local Auckland climate.

2. Choosing the Right Material and Colour

Gutters come in a range of colours and materials, with something to suit every kind of home. When it’s time for a gutter replacement, it’s important to take some time to consider the style and aesthetic of your home to ensure you find something that will not only function well but will complement your home’s existing decor. The right gutters can become a feature element that really adds to the overall finish of your home. When choosing materials, ColorCote® spouting is a great option that comes in over 40 different colours so you can match the rest of your house.

If you’re looking for a truly unique and classy finish, copper gutters can provide you with something really different and peace of mind thanks to our 20-year warranty against corrosion.  With copper you can rest assured knowing that you won’t need a gutter replacement again in a hurry.

Aluminium, titanium zinc and stainless steel are other popular materials, each with their pros and cons, that can add an attractive and elegant finish to the exterior of your home.

3. Selecting a Style

Once you have decided on a colour and a material, you will need to consider the style of gutter that you want. Box Gutters are designed to handle very heavy rainfall and with their higher face, they make any roofing look complete by hiding the end of your roofing sheet. 

Quarter Round spouting gives homes a classic finish with simple lines and a choice of internal or external brackets depending on your needs. Half Round and Old Gothic spouting styles are considered by many to the most visually appealing and really improve the curb appeal of your home.

4. Fascia Condition

Finally, when you are replacing your gutters, you need to consider the condition of the fascia board. There’s not much point in fixing your brand new gutters to a rotting fascia board and have it all fall down in a few months time. 

You may take this opportunity to re-paint your fascia, carry out any necessary repairs or install new fascia boards to make sure that your gutter replacement goes smoothly. Once complete, you’re left with a good, clean finish and a gutter system that you can depend on for many years to come.

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