Gutters serve a vital function in the longevity and health of a home, carrying water away from the structure and helping ensure the safety of both the structure itself and all who live within it. But no gutter lasts forever, and homeowners should understand approximately how long their investment will last. To that end, below is an overview of this subject, as well as some signs it's time for a gutter replacement.

Projected Life Span

How long a gutter lasts depends on the material it is made of. Aluminum gutters are especially resilient and can function dependably for anywhere from 20 to 40 years. Vinyl gutters last for about 25 years, while steel models have a life span of around 20 years. Copper lasts the longest, with an average life expectancy of 40 years or longer.

gutter replacementWith that said, how long a gutter endures is also influenced by the routine upkeep and maintenance a homeowner employs. Regular cleanings are a must. Also, leaf guards can help extend the life a gutter; these wire mesh inserts sit inside the gutter and serve as a sort of filtration system, catching debris and allowing water to more easily pass through the unit.

When It's Time for Gutter Replacement

As a gutter wears down and becomes less efficient, it will give off some telltale signs that a replacement is in order. If you see water standing in the gutters, the unit is clearly not functional and should be replaced sooner rather than later. Moisture, leaks, or water in your basement or in the foundation of the house could also signal a gutter problem. If you see mold growing around the structure's foundation or around the gutters themselves, the unit may not be working optimally and a gutter replacement might be on the horizon.


At Gutters Unlimited, we have more than 25 years' experience serving customers throughout Comal County, Texas. We provide gutter replacements, gutter and downspout repairs, and leaf guard installation. Call (830) 907-3511, visit us online, or contact us on Facebook to schedule an estimate today.