The gutters on your home are channels that are installed right at or just below the roofline around the edges of your house where the roof slopes down. Typically, they’re made of a material like vinyl, copper, stainless steel, or aluminum. When it rains, the gutters transport water down into the downspouts. The downspout is a pipe that runs vertically along the side of your home and is connected at the top to your gutter channel. The opposite end bends downward and sits a few inches above the ground. So, when you replace your gutters, should you replace the downspouts at the same time? Read on to find out more.
Gutter and Downspout Basics
In general, you should have one downspout for about every 20 feet of guttering. You may need more if you live in an area with frequent rain or snow. The number of downspouts needed may also depend on the overall size of your drainage area as well as the design of your complete gutter system. Badly designed gutters and downspouts will make water pool around the base of your home. It could also cause water to back up into your gutters. If you get new gutters, always make sure the downspouts fit snugly and closely or else you should replace them as well.
To keep your home dry, have your gutters and downspouts inspected and thoroughly cleaned at least twice per year. This way, you can easily spot leaks and any other issues before they get out of hand. You can caulk or seal any leaks and cracks in gutters as long as they are not too large. For downspout issues, you can install a splash block or an extension to help with drainage problems. Try gutter covers that will help to prevent excess debris from clogging the system without preventing the water from properly flowing.
When to Replace
While you don’t absolutely have to replace your gutters and downspouts at the same time, you should do so if there are certain problems. For example, if the water is leaking down the back or front of your gutters, there could be a serious issue with the system as well as the downspouts. If debris is clogging the entrance of the downspout, it could extend the material and cause it to bow or crack. This may also affect your gutters, so check their condition in case you need to replace both at the same time. Look for other issues such as water pouring from the gutters or severe damage that’s visible to the naked eye. These are indications that both the gutters and downspouts should be repaired or replaced simultaneously.
For your roofing and gutter inspection or repair needs, contact Biltmore Roofing in Lawrenceville, GA at 770-285-8126 to schedule an appointment.