Gutters are truly the unsung heroes of your home. They keep rain away from your home and help keep moisture problems to a minimum. Often, we don’t pay attention to them because they blend seamlessly into a home’s facade and yet they are the most crucial to maintain. By keeping your gutters in top shape, they can provide valuable service for many years to come.
However, like any good soldier in the front lines of defense, they eventually need to be retired. So, how do you know if you need to replace your gutters?
CRACKS AND SEAMS – Cracks completely defeat the point of a drainage system. Gutters are supposed to move water away from your home’s structure but cracks in gutters allow the water to spill into unwanted areas. Unless the crack is huge where it is plainly visible to the human eye, you may not be able to tell where they are unless it storms. Individual cracks can be repaired but consistent cracking is a definite sign a replacement is needed. If you live in a climate where water freezes and thaws, the expanding ice can cause cracks to get worse.
Another problem is split seams or seam stress. This refers to the area in which two pieces of gutter meet up. If pieces are no longer meeting up, you can usually mend this quickly but it can be a hassle to constantly maintain. Many homeowners prefer to use seamless gutters and avoid the problem altogether.
PAINT PEELING – If your siding has areas where paint is peeling or bubbling up due to moisture, your best bet is to look at the closest section of gutter because it is likely leaking. Galvanized steel gutters are coated to protect them from rusting and if the gutters themselves have sections of peeling, you have a good indication of moisture damage. If the peeling is in a small area, you might be able to simply repair it but if it is a large section or spread over several sections, you need to think about a complete gutter replacement.
RUST AND ROT – This makes things easier to diagnose because it’s easy to spot. Not every type of gutter rusts but orange coloring around them is a great indicator that you need to replace them. Water damage to your home is another good sign that your gutters are malfunctioning. Rotting wood like window sills, drywall and door jambs are also signs of poor drainage. There’s a pretty good chance your gutters are not doing their job.
MILDEW – The purpose of gutters is to draw moisture away from your home and prevent it from infiltrating your structure. If you notice mildew on the exterior of your home’s foundation or in basements where it’s formerly dry and mildew-free, it is highly likely that you have damaged gutters. Pools of water, water stains, rotting fascia are also signs.
SAGGING – Gutters sag when they become too heavy or too full of water to stay in their proper position. Sagging gutters can’t properly function and are due for an replacement.
Be aware of the signs necessary to keeping your gutters in great shape. Gutters help keep your home from terrible issues in the future and help your foundation stay sound. Regular maintenance is vital in keeping them functioning properly and lasting for years. Be sure to clean out your gutters annually or install a leaf-guard system to keep them from getting clogged up when you need them most. You can do it yourself or hire a company to maintain your home’s gutter system.
If you do notice major repairs are needed or your gutters need to be replaced, contact us to get them replaced. Cousins Construction contractors are trained in gutter installation and can help you choose the best rain system for your home’s exterior. There are many types of gutters available today but our pros know which systems will work best on your structure. Give us a call today to find out how we can help you with your new Gutter Installation!