10 Signs You Need to Replace Your Gutters
1. Gaps Between Your Roof Line and Gutter
If you notice gaps or seams between your roof line and gutter, the screws that attach your gutter may be coming loose. A good way to check for this is to stand under your gutter during the day and look up. If you can see sunlight peeking through the gap, then it’s time to replace your gutters.
2. Cracks or Leaks
If you notice any cracks, leaks, fractures, or any other type of damage spots, it’s important to take care of them. Until you have your gutters replaced, you can temporarily fix most small cracks with a waterproof sealant to give your gutters a few extra weeks of life.
3. Standing Water
If your gutters contain any standing water, it can be indicative of problems further down the gutter line such as clogs, dents or other blockages. It may be time to replace your gutter system.
4. Sagging Gutters
If your gutters sag on your home, it’s a critical problem that requires your gutters to be replaced. Without proper drainage, your gutters will not protect your home’s foundation from water damages. Sagging gutters may be caused by external storm damage or simple wear and tear on the gutter system itself.
5. Peeling Paint
Peeling paint is a sign of water damage, and whether it’s on the exterior of your home or on your gutters, it’s important to take care of the problem now before your foundation begins to experience problems.
6. Rust or Erosion
If you notice signs of rust or erosion on your gutter system, your gutter may need to be replaced soon. Rust can turn into cracks and causing leaking, roof damage or even cause your gutters to sag as the material is not durable enough to hold the gutter up.
7. Signs Of Water Damage
Any type of water damage or signs of water on the exterior of your home, such as near entrances, on walls or dirt erosion around your foundation can be warning signs of further problems. It’s important to have your gutter checked out and possible replaced.
8. Mold or Mildew
If you notice any mold or mildew on or in your gutter system, it could be signs of long standing moisture. It’s important to keep you gutters waterproofed and dry to prevent sagging and cracking.
9. Washed Out Soil
If the soil in your yard is beginning to wash away, your gutter system may be showing its age. It’s important to keep your gutter new and properly designed for your home as washed out soil and dirt erosion can help water seep into the foundation.
10. Foundation Issues
If you notice any foundation issues such as cracked walls, sloped floors or creaking, it’s important to check out your gutter system for weak spots. Your gutter is your foundation’s line of defense. Keeping an updated gutter system will help you avoid structural issues later down the road.