Birds and rodents can do a lot of damage to your roof, and if they keep nesting in and breaking the gutters that you have, it's time to get the gutters replaced. If these pests keep breaking the seals of the gutters or tearing them away from the side of the roof because they are too heavy, this can be damaging to the roof and the home.
The gutters could be leaving holes where they were attached, allowing water and insects to get into the wood of the roof and the frame. This is why you can't hesitate to get the gutters replaced. Talk with the gutter professionals about these different things when getting an estimate for the work.
Gutter Material Options
There are a variety of material options to consider when choosing new gutters, but vinyl and copper are top choices recommended by contractors. Both of these gutter material options are:
- Easy to install
The copper will be the more expensive option of the two, but worth the investment. New high-quality gutters will keep water away from the bottom of your roof and last for years.
Add Gutter Covers
The screen covers that go over the open areas of the gutters keep out leaves, acorns, pine cones, fallen and blowing debris, and more. The screen covers also keep small pests out of the gutters, which prevents their weight from tearing the gutters away from the bottom of the roof. Get a quote to have this cost added to the new gutter installation.
Set Up Birds of Prey
If birds, squirrels, and chipmunks looking for food and nesting in your gutters is a big problem, put up large fake birds of prey on the roof. A large fake owl or hawk could be enough to keep these pests away from the roof of your home and the gutters and can also keep other birds of prey away.
When the old gutters are removed, the gutter professionals will be able to evaluate if the old gutters did damage to the flashing at the edge of the roof or any other areas. If there is damage, you will want to have this damage repaired right away. Talk with the gutter installation professionals about getting the new gutters installed, and ask them to make sure that the gutters are draining in the correct locations around the exterior of your home and that the water is getting carried far enough away.