Gutters are an essential part of any home’s exterior, protecting the property from being damaged by excess water, and helping to keep the surrounding area looking great. But just how do you know when your gutters need to be replaced?
We’ve got the answers right here. We’re going to take a look at the most common signs that your gutters are either failing, or have failed, and what you need to do about it. We’ll also take a look at a trusted local resource that can help you with your exterior remodeling needs.
How Do I Know If My Gutters Need To Be Replaced?
One of the biggest and most obvious signs that your gutters are having issues is that they are leaking. If you notice water dripping from your gutters, it’s a solid sign that they aren’t working correctly. Leaking gutters can cause damage to a home’s siding, foundation, and landscaping, so it’s important to address it quickly. If the gutters are leaking water and some of it is getting behind your siding it can create a massive rot and mold problem down the road.
Another sign that your gutters may need to be replaced is if they are constantly overflowing during heavy rains. This issue is common and can be caused by any number of reasons, like poor gutter sizing, lack of sufficient downspout placement, and simply clogging. Overflowing gutters can present the same risks as a leaking gutter, but on a much more serious level, as there is a far greater quantity of water at an overflow point.
Older gutter styles are often far less efficient at routing water away from the home, and if your gutters are more than a few decades old, it may be worth it to investigate upgrading them. Wooden gutters are one of the most common old styles of gutters, for example, and they require high levels of maintenance, and are far less durable than modern options, making them more expensive to maintain than modern versions as well.
Sagging & Pulling Away
If you notice that your gutters have started sagging or pulling away from your house, that is a definite sign that you need to replace them. This commonly occurs due to a lack of proper maintenance or gutter hangers that have loosened or broken over the years. Sagging and pulling away can lead to catastrophic gutter failure, which can lead to water damage and flooding in the home.
Storm damage, like high winds, heavy rain, or impacts from hail can all cause damage to your gutters, and even newer gutters that have been damaged by a storm should be replaced. If you aren’t sure if a recent storm damaged your gutters, you can always call a local expert like CoMo Premium Exteriors for an inspection.
The Critical Importance Of Keeping Your Gutters In Good Shape
Keeping your gutters in good shape is one of the best things you can do to help protect the investment you have in your home. Your roof protects your home from elements like rain, but that rain has to go somewhere, and gutters are responsible for rerouting that water to someplace less problematic.
Failing gutters can lead to:
- Roof damage
- Siding damage
- Landscaping damage
- Basement flooding
- Foundation damage
- Increased pests
Let CoMo Premium Exteriors Provide A Gutter Solution For Your Home
If you think your gutters might be at the end of their useful life, or simply aren’t sure, reach out to CoMo today to talk with a local expert. We’re driven to find solutions that delight our customers, and we’ll do our best to work within your budget. Let us help you protect your home from water damage.