Your home’s gutter system is very important for keeping proper drainage of water off your roof. Without damage from trees or debris, your gutters can last a while. Sometimes it can be very obvious when they are in need of changing can be very obvious, other times not. You don’t want to take down a good and functioning set of gutters if you don’t need to. Here are some signs to help you decide if it’s time for a change.
Your gutter system only works when all the pieces are fastened together. If the gutters are separated, then they aren’t working as they should.
Cracks, holes and rust spots
Small cracks may seem insignificant, but small cracks turn into bigger ones. You don’t want to wait till there’s water leaking into your walls before replacing your gutter. The small cracks allow water to further damage the gutters due to poor drainage. A few cracks and rusts can be fixed but if you see about 6 or more then it’s time for a replacement.
Broken or loose fasteners
If your gutters look like they’re pulling away from your roof-line, it’s time for a replacement. Gutters should not sag or pull away from the roof. A sagging gutter causes spillovers. This can be due to broken or loose fasteners or rotting in the fascia board.
Peeling exterior paint
If your gutter isn’t draining properly, water can seep down your siding and trim. If you notice paint peeling, this means your gutters haven’t been draining properly for a long time. In addition, peeling paint may be an indication of a water damage issue behind your walls.
A poorly functioning gutter can lead to water pouring near your foundation and can leak into your basement. The damage can be costly if allowed to get extensive.
One or a combination of these signs can be an indication that your gutters need to be changed. If they do need to be changed, we can help!! Get a free estimate today!