Most people know a home’s gutters play an essential role in the overall well-being of a roof, but they underestimate how important they are to the rest of the house.
It’s crucial to regularly inspect your gutters for issues which may require gutter replacement. Gutters, like your roof, have a limited lifespan and it pays to know when repair work is no longer enough to eliminate problems.
The following are signs of when it’s time to replace gutters.
Cracked, Rusted, and Broken Shutters
Cracked and broken gutters no longer serve their purpose, especially if breaks and cracks are large in size and number. While small cracks may be repaired, extensive cracking is the sign a gutter replacement is in order.
Pools of Water Near Your Home & Foundation
One of the many ways gutters help protect your home is by channeling water away from its foundation. If you notice pools and puddles of water near the house and its foundation, it’s a sign your gutters aren’t functioning correctly.
Mold and Mildew Around the Edge of the Foundation
Mildew and algae growth near the foundation are both signs of improperly functioning gutters. Mildew and mold can easily find their way into your basement while creating an unhealthy, often smelly environment.
Have you noticed peeling paint on your home’s siding or trim? It not only doesn’t look good but often is a sign of gutters which have pulled away from your roof. Peeling paint usually means your gutters have been pulling away for some time.
Always check the section of gutter near the area where you notice peeling paint. Or, check your painted gutters for signs of peeling.
Rot in Windows Sills, Door Jambs, etc.
Rain and excess moisture on your home’s exterior can cause exterior wood elements such as window sills and door jambs to rot. Malfunctioning sills and door jambs do a poor job of keeping out the weather from your home.
The bottom line is malfunctioning gutters can cause severe damage to your home. If you notice any of the signs above, it may be past time to replace your gutters. Call Victors Roofing if you think your roof’s gutter system needs replacing. You can count on Victors Roofing for the best gutter expertise.