Rain gutters are a critical part of your home. They direct rain water away from your windows, exterior walls, foundation, and doors, preventing water from getting into your home. Although proper maintenance and cleaning will extend the useful life of your gutters, there will come a time when you will need to have them repaired or replaced. A few signs should tell you when it’s time to replace your gutters.
Cracks or Splits
When it comes to gutters, a small crack is not something you can simply overlook. Even before you know it, small cracks can quickly turn into big ones. Unrepaired cracks will not only damage the gutters further but also damage the fascia boards, shingles and ultimately the foundation.
Pools of Water around Your Foundation
Gutters are meant to keep water flowing away from your foundation. However, if you notice mildew or pools of water near the foundation, it could be an indication that the gutters are not working as intended. To avoid costly, time-consuming repairs and infrastructural damage, consider replacing your gutters.
Check your gutters often for sagging or pulling away from the house. This can indicate that the gutters are full of water and are forced to pull away from the house due to weight. A full gutter means the system is not draining properly and should be repaired or replaced.
Rust Or Paint Peeling
Peeling paint is often an indicator that water is present on a continuous basis. If you have old metallic gutters or if the brackets holding the gutter or downspout are made of metal, you may notice signs of rust. This could indicate cracks, damage or that the gutter is not removing water. Rust will travel with rain and snow, down to the outside of your home. Over time, you may notice permanent rust streaks. Replacing your old gutters with new, custom designed options before the rust staining could save you plenty of cash in the long run. It’s advisable to check your gutters regularly and replace them if you notice any signs of irreparable damage.
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