How to Fix Sagging Gutters

When you go to clean out your gutter (because we know you’ll take our advice and do so) you might notice that certain areas are sagging away from your roof. This can cause damage to your roof, fascia, and the gutters themselves, not to mention prevent the gutters from doing their job, so it’s important to remedy this problem. If you have sagging gutters, try these methods to fix them straight away — pun sort of intended.

How to Fix Sagging Gutters:

Fix the Spikes

If your gutters are held up with spikes:

  • First, try to hammer them back in to straighten them.
  • If that doesn’t work, check your fascia to ensure the spikes are in line with the nails that attach your fascia to the rafter end. If they’re not, remove the spike, drill a new hole into the edge of the gutter, place a new spike and ferrule, and hammer the spike in.
  • If you do this and the spike still won’t hold, you may have rotted wood as a result of water damage, so you’ll need to call a carpenter to help you repair the rafter.

Fix the Brackets

If your gutters are held up with brackets:

  • Check the bracket to see if it’s bent or loose.
  • If it’s bent, simply bend it back into shape to ensure it fits your gutter. You may also have to reattach it.
  • If it’s loose, you should reattach that section of the gutter with a spike. If the brackets are nailed to your fascia, you’ll need to unclip them to remove the gutters before adding the spikes.

The main cause of sagging gutters is pooling water that has nowhere to go because leaves and debris clog the gutters and downspouts. Keystone Gutter Helmet’s gutter protection system prevents debris from getting into your gutters in the first place. For more information or to get a free quote, call us at 610-372-4383.