Fascia, Soffit, and Gutter Repairs
The most common problem with gutters is keeping them clean and free of leaves and debris. However, sometimes the problems require repair. Frequently gutter end caps, mitered corners, or other parts of seamed gutter sections will leak. Sometimes a gutter is hanging off or the leaders and sections of the leader assembly will become loose, dislodged, or completely fall off, requiring them to be re-hung, repaired or replaced altogether.
Repairs are often needed to keep your gutters in proper working order. Don’t let gutter repairs go unresolved since degraded or missing guttering can cause serious damage by allowing water to get into your basement and crawl spaces. Water will ruin fascia boards and siding and can cause foundation problems.
SPOTLESS GUTTER CLEANING AND REPAIR, Inc. can help with the following common gutter repairs:
1. RE-HANGING AND RE-NAILING GUTTERS:
We repair loose gutters that have become overloaded by debris or nails working loose from the fascia board.
Gutter re-attachment can be as minor as replacing gutter nails and substituting hangers. However, the fascia may be rotting causing the gutter nails or hangers to be loose. In this case we will need to remove the guttering, install new fascia, cap the fascia with aluminum and reinstall the gutter.
2: REPAIRING OR REPLACING DAMAGED DOWNSPOUTS:
Sometimes downspouts have been loosened or blown down from high winds and storm damage. Downspouts are the vertical pipes that join to the horizontal gutter running to the ground. Downspouts collect the draining water and direct it away from the foundation. Downspouts may break loose or disconnect from the gutter outlet or between sections. When damaged they should be repaired quickly to avoid extensive damage to the foundation. We will repair, refasten and anchor them as necessary. We can also install ELBOWS at the bottom of the downspout and install an EXTENSION to the bottom elbow. Extended spouts allow for better drainage and will channel the water off your roof and away from your home, preventing water from pooling near the base of your home.
3. ADD AND REPLACE EXTRA PARTS WHERE NEEDED:
Our gutter repair experts can replace damaged elbows and cross sections of leaders and can add LEADER EXTENSIONS to ensure water moves away from foundation areas. We can replace the LEADER HEAD, which is the box-like head of the downspout connected to the gutter. Our repair technicians can also install extra parts including end caps, outlets and straps or they can add more support to the entire gutter system ensuring that the gutters and leaders are properly anchored. We are able to install or replace the L shaped heavy duty piece of metal called a DRIP EDGE that goes up under the shingles and down into the gutter to prevent squirrels and other animals from getting into the attic.
4. IMPROPERLY PITCHED GUTTERS:
Standing water or water pooling in gutters is usually the result of improperly installed gutters that don’t pitch enough so that the water flows towards the downspouts. It can also be the result of sagging gutters.
Our repair technicians will check the slope and adjust and re-pitch the gutters properly because improper drainage due to poor pitch is one of the biggest causes of roof drainage problems.
5. SEAL LEAKING SEAMS:
Re-sealing gutter seams is one of the most common gutter repairs. Leaking seams can occur when the caulking deteriorates because of UV sunlight damage, from excess debris in the gutters or from ice buildup or ice dams. We will clean and sand the area and apply gutter sealant. You may also experience leaks around the downspouts and/or the joints of sectional guttering. This is generally caused by poorly fitted connections. Our crew will reconnect if possible and caulk with a high grade of silicone caulk.
6. FASCIA BOARD AND SOFFIT REPAIR AND REPLACEMENT:
An improperly functioning gutter and leader system can contribute to water and ice backing up against fascias, causing damage to the fascia boards and soffits. Fascia board is a flat board that is nailed to the end of the rafters, above the roof edge. The fascia encloses the roof overhang under the eave that runs along the roof edge. The gutters are attached to the fascia board.
From the ground up it may appear that the fascia boards and soffits just need a new coat of paint but sometimes the weight of the gutters or debris can cause the nails to eventually pull out. The gutter can tilt and cause an open space between itself and the fascia board. Water then goes down the fascia board and spreads along the soffit. Water will not only damage the fascia board it can also fall along the foundation or spread into the ceiling. Upon close inspection of the wood it will become obvious that it’s beyond repair and needs to be replaced.
Our gutter repair experts will pry off the fascia board along the eave and clean out any debris behind it. They will remove the flashing and replace any under-soffit plywood. Any rotting, spongy, brittle or crumbling boards are removed. New flashing, fascia boards and soffit vents are then installed.
Soffit vents are the rectangular vents on the underside of the soffit. They’re usually made of vinyl or aluminum and they are covered with a nylon mesh or netting to prevent bees, etc. from taking up residence in your attic. Neglected soffits can be a haven for small animals, insects, and rot that can create problems in the overall structure of the house.
We offer a variety of soffit types including plywood, vinyl, or aluminum or we can match the old soffit with tongue-and-groove beaded board. SPOTLESS GUTTER CLEANING AND REPAIR, Inc. can replace existing materials to protect your home from the elements or we can transform your home with new fascias and soffits to improve its appearance and value.
7. PROVIDE REPAIRS TO YOUR RIDGECAPS AND FLASHINGS.
8. REPAIR OR REPLACE SECTIONS OF COPPER GUTTERS.
Most gutter repairs are resolved without a problem if the damage is localized and spotted early. There are numerous factors involved in determining the price of repairs. SPOTLESS GUTTER CLEANING AND REPAIR, Inc. has experienced and trained crews who can provide most types of gutter repair services. Whether you have a small hole in your vinyl, aluminum, or copper drainage element that needs to be patched or if your downspout or gutter is clogged, broken or disconnected, call SPOTLESS GUTTER CLEANING AND REPAIR, Inc. If you have a hanging gutter or your repair consists of reinstalling hooks or hangers, re-riveting and caulking seams, or if you have significant damage that needs to be replaced CALL US.
If you notice ANY problems with your gutters it is important to call promptly so that we can assess the damage quickly to avoid significant and costly damage. Taking the time to maintain your gutters can double the life of your drainage system. Most importantly, due to the location of gutters, extreme caution must be taken when carrying out repairs so call us and leave all your gutter repair and gutter cleaning needs to the PROFESSIONALS.