One of the essential parts of your home is your gutters. The main function of gutters is to direct water away from your home’s exterior, windows, doors, and foundation. Most importantly, they make sure that water does not make its way inside your home. One way to extend your gutters’ lifespan is to clean your gutters several times a year. However, there are times your gutter system will need to be repaired or replaced. Here are five signs you need new gutters.
1. Cracks or splits
Small cracks in your gutters may not seem like a big issue, but left unchecked, they will turn into a major problem. If you ignore cracks causing small drips to escape your guttering system, you will soon see much bigger problems develop. These small leaks will allow water to damage fascia boards behind your gutters as well as the shingles above the gutter, and allow water to pool at your foundation. Are you noticing leaks? It’s best to address them sooner than later.
2. Peeling paint
The paint on your gutters is designed to hold up to the elements throughout the seasons. If you are starting to see peeling paint or even orange flecks (indicating rust), you likely have water laying in your gutters. Many factors can cause this, but predominately, this is a sign of poorly maintained gutters. As leaves from trees and grit from your shingles enter your guttering system, they can “dam up,” causing water to pool. If cleaning gutters is not a task you routinely undertake, your gutters will suffer.
3. Mildew and water at your foundation
Gutters are designed to move water away from your home. If you are seeing mildew forming on your foundation walls or water pooling in specific areas next to your foundation, then something is not working properly with your guttering system. This could be a clog or something more significant going wrong. Water can quickly cause substantial and costly damage to your foundation. You will want to address this as soon as possible.
4. Water damage at gutters
Check your gutters at least once a year. Take a good look at the fascia behind the gutters. Spot any water damage? Push on the exposed fascia. Notice any soft spots? If so, there is water escaping your gutters and causing the fascia boards to rot.
5. Sagging gutters
This is one of the easiest issues to spot. Gutters should never sag or pull away from your home. Sagging gutters can be an indicator of a number of issues. Gutters full of water are extremely heavy and can pull away from the fascia board. After the winter season, the constant thaw and freeze of ice can lead to a heavy load in your gutters as well. If your gutters are sagging, you definitely want to get this checked out soon.