Your home’s gutters are not there just to look good and prevent you from getting wet. Not only do they keep you dry, but they also prevent damage to other parts of your home. Neglecting gutter repair or replacement can cause costly damage that you may not be prepared to handle.
Knowing the warning signs that tell you it’s time to replace your gutters is very important.
How to Know That its Time to Replace Your Gutters
If you want to protect your family, home, and your home’s value, pay attention to these warning signs.
If you notice cracks or areas where your gutters are separating, that is a definite sign that repair is necessary to prevent further damage. Further inspection may lead to indicators that the cracks are causing other damage to your gutters that tell you that they need to be replaced before the next rainy season.
2: Bowing Seams:
Most companies are moving to a seamless gutter system. That is because, with a seamed, multipiece system, your gutters have more chances to separate and also cause clogs where debris gets stuck. Replacing with longer pieces with fewer seams means fewer leaks and less debris getting caught.
3: Peeling Paint:
Peeling paint is a common indicator that the materials used are aging and have been compromised. It usually accompanies other issues, such as bowing and rot. If the paint is peeling, ensure that you get a professional opinion on the state of your gutters.
Depending on the materials used, you might see rot beginning to form. This rot can be where water is escaping to where the gutters are connected or to areas your gutter should be preventing water from reaching.
5: Finding Hardware on Ground
If you are seeing screws, nails, or brackets beneath where your gutters are fastened, the wear and tear from weather may have caused them to come loose. Maintenance or complete replacement may be necessary.
6: Damaged Landscape:
When water is not falling or being drained where you intend it to, it can damage gardens and other landscaping. Over time, it can erode and potentially destroy or rearrange the entire landscape.
Especially with newer homes, the direction water goes is considered when construction is happening. If your gutters are not operating as intended, you may see pooling or flooding in areas that you don’t like. If this is happening, consult with a professional for options.
8: Water Marks or Staining
Watermarks of staining on your walls or wood indicate that water is not being routed away from your home properly. Your gutters are likely the culprit and should be repaired or replaced if necessary.
Now, you don’t want to replace something simply because it’s old, but after 20 years, your gutters have exceeded their life expectancy. It might be a good choice to seek a professional’s opinion on options that might be good for your home.
Time For a Professional Inspection
Chances are, you have seen 1 or all these warning signs and have been concerned but didn’t know where to start. Contact a professional so that they can point you in the right direction. Your home is where you and your family live and you want to protect them and your home’s value. Do so today by considering the impact replacing your gutters might have.