Your home’s gutters provide an indispensable service for the protection of your property. Without them, rainfall would pool on your roof or collect along your foundation. If the former, you can expect the development of problematic leaks. Water along your foundation can cause major problems, including cracks and the destabilization of your home.
You can avoid both these consequences with regular maintenance of your gutters. If your system has become heavily damaged or otherwise compromised, make sure you schedule installation for new gutters. Pay attention to the following signs, and call a trusted contractor for service.
Cracks and Damage
When you clean your gutters, make sure to check for cracks, splits, or other signs of damage. The presence of cracks means that your gutter cannot adequately transport water. Cracks will also worsen over time to create major leaks. If you notice larger cracks, make sure to call for service.
Rust and Peeling Paint
These signs indicate old age and your gutters’ vulnerability to environmental damage. Galvanized gutters will lose their protective coatings over the years, while painted gutters will begin to peel. Both of these showcase gutters with inadequate protection from the elements. As the gutters deteriorate further, you will find yourself confronted with the immediate necessity of replacement.
Gutters that have collected too much debris will occasionally sag or become entirely separated from the house. This indicates gutters that have served for as long as they can. Sagging gutters simply cannot collect water, so you will also likely find evidence of pools or mildew along your foundation.