Your gutters are crucial to your home’s structure. Day after day, they work tirelessly to keep water off your roof and out of your house. You must inspect them monthly to ensure they are doing their job effectively. However, even well-maintained gutters may not pass the test of time and may start to show signs of wear and damage. Here are some signs you need to look out for to know when it is time to replace your gutters.
- Cracking or Holes – Cracked gutters are essentially useless. They can no longer do their job effectively and will let water run everywhere. When inspecting your gutters, look for any cracks or holes that may be leaking water.
- Peeling Paint –Ineffective gutters let water run along the sides of your house, which can lead to a damaged paint job. Excessive moisture can cause your home’s exterior paint to peel and fade.
- Damaged Gutter Seams – The seams of your gutters are often the weakest point. This is often where leaks and separation occur. Sometimes, gutter seams can be mended; however, the best option is usually to replace the system to prevent more damage from occurring.
- Rot and Mildew –When your gutters are ineffective and water is not being channeled away from the home as needed, it is common for rot or mildew to form along the exterior of your home. Typically, wood trim and fixtures will rot due to excessive moisture. Mildew spots may also be seen along the exterior of your home.
Gutter maintenance is essential for extending the life of your gutters. The best things you can do for your gutters are to inspect them regularly, thoroughly clean them a few times a year, and invest in gutter guards. If you have questions about your gutters, give us a call.