Posted on: 23 January 2017
Your home's gutter system is extremely important to maintaining the structural integrity of your roof and preventing basement and foundation flooding. Over time, wear, weather and age can all begin to break down your gutters. Understanding what signs of wear to look out for can help you know when to replace your gutters before they completely fall apart and cause additional problems for your home.
Cracking and Creasing
Check the interior of your gutters to see if any cracks or creases have developed. While minuscule cracks and creases may not look like much, or even pose any problems to the operation of your gutters initially, they can worsen quickly, especially during periods of temperature fluctuation. Large cracks will cause widespread gutter failure, causing water to spray down the side of your house where it can cause a great deal of water damage.
Peeling Paint or Stain
Additionally, you should keep an eye on the paint or staining on the siding around your gutters. If they have begun to peel, warp, bubble, or change in shape in any way, there is probably a leak in your gutter system that is allowing water to escape. This can be caused by damage in your gutters, which can necessitate repairs, or it can be caused by a blockage in your gutters. Check to see if debris has built up around that area: if there is no blockage, there is likely a reason to contact a professional to have you gutters looked at and repaired.
Inspect the entire length of your gutter system, as well as the downspouts and other related areas. Make sure that the gutters are flush to the side of your roof or siding, and are not pulling or sagging away at all. If they are, you likely have to purchase and install new brackets. Further, sagging and pulling gutters are more likely to become damaged due to increased stress on the individual components, so if they've been sagging for a while it's likely that the gutters themselves are significantly damaged.
If you notice that there is a prevalence of puddles and wet areas along the side of your home after it rains, it is likely that there is some sort of drainage problem with your gutters. Clean your gutters out to help improve the drainage, but if this fails to stop the puddles from forming, you likely have a leak somewhere in your system. Use the puddles to pinpoint the troubled area in question.
For more information or a professional inspection, contact roofing companies in your area, like Roof Right.Share