After installing their gutters, many homeowners forget about the gutter system. However, homeowners need to make sure that gutters are properly maintained and regularly replaced to prevent damage to the roof, outside walls, and even the foundation. Here’s how to know when gutters need to be replaced.
On a dry, clear day, it may be possible to see large cracks in the gutter. In addition to these visible signs of damage, there are often smaller, more insidious cracks that may not be noticeable until it begins to rain. Both types of cracks are equally dangerous, as they can compromise the drainage system. Although it’s possible to repair individual cracks, homeowners should fully replace the gutters if there are extensive cracks and leaks.
Rot Found on Wood Trim
Many homeowners may notice rot on external wooden features of their home without realizing it is a sign of failing gutters. This rot can be a result of malfunctioning gutters that allow rainwater to leak across the siding of a home. This seemingly unrelated problem may signify that gutter replacement is overdue.
Similarly, peeling paint around the exterior of a home may seem like an isolated problem. In reality, when paint peels beneath the gutters, it may be a result of water cascading down the side of the home due to a faulty gutter system. Small flecks of orange rust may also reveal water damage that could be addressed by replacing the gutters. As this is a sign that water is remaining on the roof for too long, ignoring it may require roof replacement down the road.
One of the most obvious signs that gutters need to be replaced is when they begin to sag or pull away from the home. This is often caused by drainage issues that make the gutters too full of water and debris, thereby buckling under the pressure. Sagging gutters can lead to significant roof damage that requires repairs. After checking the system for blockage, homeowners with this problem should have their gutters replaced as well.
Gutters are one of the most important lines of defense that a home has against water damage, so it’s crucial to keep them well maintained and up-to-date. If you live in the Greater Boston Area and would like more information about how we can install gutters for your home, call Action Roofing at (978) 726-9709 today to request your free quote. Our team is licensed, insured, professionally trained, and we offer year-round availability.