Screwing Up The Gutter - Repair Or Replace?

Reblogger Tom Arstingstall
Contractor with Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 CSL#642819

An unprofessional "quick fix" isn't the answer in the long run.

Jay points out a gutter repair to show, what this may look like and the problems that may have been overlooked in the the repair.

Check out his post, and leave him a comment.

Thanks Jay.

Original content by Jay Markanich

As regards screwing up the gutter - repair or replace?

Homeowners must ask themselves this all the time!

First of all, this is not the first time the gutter on this vacant house has been "repaired."

How can you tell?

The soffit and fascia material has been caulked and painted, although not recently.

And the gutter has some kind of material, what I don't know, oozing out the seams.

But obviously it had come apart again.

So, this time they decided to screw it up!

Literally!

There are 12 sheet metal screws visible in this photo.

There are more on the other side of the corner, not seen from this side.  And from inside the attic there was more yet to see!  I think you spell it R-O-T...

The gutter is full of debris and it rained the previous night, so this corner is still dripping, which is probably the thing that precipitated this "repair."  I suspect that corner material was falling off too.

So, in order to "get the house ready for sale," they decided to screw the gutter up.

IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE!  LET ME TELL YOU, THAT ISN'T THE ONLY THING THEY DID TO THIS HOUSE!

My recommendation:  a brief swing around the house will probably reveal what things have been done to get the house ready for sale.  The "repair" above looks fairly recent, but may not be!  If this is a form of "maintenance," then likely there is other similarly unprofessional "maintenance" elsewhere!


 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia

www.jaymarinspect.com


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If you have a simple reapir then it is ok to fix.  If it is complecated I would sugeest anyone to just replace the gutter.  It will save you in the long run.  A family member kept trying to do quick fixes and caused more damage to the home.

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Jay sure had the perfect title for this post. They just screwed up the gutters. Thanks for sharing!
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Thanks for the reblog Tom!  I bet this isn't a Tromler Construction job!  What's the black and white photo from - Sea Hunt?

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