The storm conditions in the Chicagoland Northwest Suburbs are brutal on gutters. Heavy snows, ice and freeze-thaw cycles exert immense destructive force on every seam, joint and corner of our poor gutter systems here in Lake County. Here are a few common gutter problems we repair.
Gutter Repairs in Lake County:
Top Six Gutter Problems
- Ice damage to gutters
- Gutters torn off by heavy snow and ice
- Leaking seams in gutters and downspouts
- Storm damaged gutters
- Tree damaged gutters
- Localized deterioration
It is sometimes quite affordable (and smart) to repair the gutters you have instead of replacing them. For example, most aluminum gutters last 15-25 years. If you know for a fact that your gutters are not that old (under 10 years) and the repair is only needed in a sole isolated area, it might probably make sense to repair rather than replace.
When Not to Repair Gutters:
If your gutter system is over fifteen years old and you are getting a new roof, it is advisable to get new gutters as the roof is being replaced. Put simply, the time to integrate the two systems (roof and gutters) is when a new roof is happening. Dealing with flashing problems, inadequate pitch, bad downspout locations, ugly color or other significant gutter problems is a real headache unless tackled at the time the roof is being replaced.