How Do I Know I Need New Gutters?

Gutters are a vital part of your roofing system. Like your roofing, your gutters should have regular maintenance and timely repairs as needed. However, sometimes repairs simply won’t be enough, and a replacement will be necessary. How does one know it’s time for new gutters? Read on to find out.

Clogs

Do your gutters appear to be clogged more than normal? If so, it’s a sign that water isn’t able to properly flow through them as needed. The job of your gutters is to usher water away from your roof and foundation. If they’re clogged, that water must go somewhere, and it will often go where it shouldn’t. If your gutters become clogged with debris or leaves for a long time, don’t be surprised if your roof also has water damage.

Water Damage

According to Bob Vila, if you properly maintain your gutter system, it can last around 25 years. However, poor maintenance can lead to water damage, which will affect your gutters, roofing, and siding. The first signs of water damage you may notice are on your siding material. Common issues you might see are peeling paint, dark stains, or developing mold. Mold is a problem whether it’s inside or outside your home as it can create respiratory issues and decrease your home value.

Cracks

A small crack in your gutter may not cause alarm, but it can lead to a larger issue. When your gutters develop cracks, that gives water a way to leak out in areas that it shouldn’t. As a result, water can leak down on your siding and windows, or even drain down to your foundation.

Loose Seams

Gutters go around your entire house and are held together by horizontal seams. If these seams show vulnerabilities such as cracks or loosening, then it’s time to replace them. Otherwise, water will continue to leak out.

Now that you understand the reasons for getting new gutters, you should check the current ones for signs of vulnerabilities. Waiting to replace your gutters can result in damage to your roofing and home foundation. For new gutters that protect your roofing, contact ROOFWORKS today for more information.

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