Home maintenance is a never-ending task, and simply completing seasonal chores isn’t enough. For example, you should clean your gutters every fall, but there will come a point when you must consider getting new gutters.
Watch for these five signs it’s time to replace your gutters.
Visible Damage to Gutters and Downspouts
Cracks, splits, peeling paint, or flecks of orange on your gutters are all visible signs of wear you shouldn’t ignore. Minor cracks in your gutters might not seem like a big deal, but they can soon turn into bigger ones. Small cracks will allow water to penetrate the fascia boards behind the gutters, the shingles above the gutter, and the foundation below. In winter, these cracks can turn into splits due to the expansion and contraction freezing temperatures cause.
Likewise, the paint on your gutters should withstand typical wear and tear throughout the seasons. Unless water is continuously seeping out, the paint should stay put. Therefore, when you notice areas of peeling paint or orange flecks, this indicates that water is present continuously and is causing damage or corrosion.
Pools of Water or Signs of Mildew Around Your Home’s Foundation
Gutters should keep water flowing away from your house. If you notice pools of water or mildew near the foundation, this indicates that the gutters may not be doing their job. Replace your gutters to avoid significant damage to your home’s foundation.
Sagging or Pulling
Gutters should never sag or pull away from the house. This could indicate that they are full of water and the weight is causing them to pull away or droop. This could also mean the gutters are not pitched properly or that a long run of gutter may need more downspouts.
Water Damage or Water Marks Beneath the Gutters
Check your gutters on a dry, sunny day for evidence of water damage. Water marks or water damage beneath the gutters indicates that escaping water is affecting the fascia board behind the gutters and even the house itself. This is an important sign that it’s time to replace your gutters.
You’re Replacing Your Roof
Although whether to replace your gutters when you replace your roof isn’t always cut-and-dried, some situations demand it. Certain types of roofing systems have integrated gutter systems; if you replace such a roof, you must also replace the gutters.
Regardless, if your roof is aging out of its usefulness, it’s a fair bet the gutters are, too. Consult your professional roofing contractor for advice on whether you should combine a roof replacement project with gutter replacement for the best and longest-lasting result.
Gutters play a crucial role in protecting your home from water damage, which can be costly and time consuming to repair. New gutters can help prevent water damage and prolong the lifespan of your roof and foundation. Keep an eye out for these signs you should replace your gutters, and act fast if you notice the system is failing. Your home and wallet will thank you in the long run.