How to Know When It’s Time to Replace Your Gutters

How long do gutters last? It’s not uncommon for homeowners to ask this question whenever they schedule repairs. There are several signs that will tell you when it’s time for a replacement.

The Average Gutter Lifespan

The average lifespan for a standard aluminum or galvanized steel gutter system is roughly 20 years. Copper gutters, on the other hand, can last for twice as long, with some reaching 50 years. Once your gutters have lasted that long, some of the following signs may start to appear.


Rust is a common problem for steel gutters. It usually appears on the bottom of the gutters. Peeling paint usually precedes rust.

Sagging Gutters

After a long time, gutter fasteners and nails may start to buckle under the combined weight of rainwater and gutters. This may cause some parts of your gutters to sag.


Rainwater may spill from sagging parts of or holes in your gutters. Rust is a common culprit of leaks. During rainy days, see if rainwater flows all the way down the downspouts. Holes in gutters also let in sunlight.

Extending Your Gutter’s Lifespan

If your gutter system is well past beyond its estimated lifespan and is exhibiting any of the aforementioned signs, it may be time to get a replacement. Keep in mind that a lot of gutters don’t last as long as their estimated lifespan due to irregular or improper maintenance.

Installation errors can also shorten your gutters lifespan, which is why you should only hire certified contractors to do a gutter system installation.

Looking for a certified contractor in your area?

Rapid Roofing offers gutter installation services and assistance with storm damage insurance claim processing. To get a free estimate, call us at (734) 234-1174 or (269) 222-7171.