Have you been taking your gutters for granted? Many people have a lot more on their mind than the state of this vital part of the home’s infrastructure. It’s easy for the condition of your gutters to deteriorate without being notice.
If you’re not sure if your gutters are in good shape, take a moment to go outside and do a visual inspection. To do this, you want to look at your gutters as if you’ve never seen them before. You’re looking for any signs of damage, wear, or other concerns that may merit gutter replacement. Here are three specific examples.
Sign You Need New Gutters #1: Cracks and Holes
The purpose of a gutter is to carry the accumulated water that falls on your roof during a rainstorm safely away from your home. You don’t want lots of water splashing up against your home’s foundation, as this can, over the course of time, cause a lot of damage.
If your gutter has cracks, holes, or other damage that lets the water spill out all over the place, rather than through the intended exit via the downspout, it needs to be replaced.
Sign You Need New Gutters #2: You’re Tired of Dealing with Peeling
If you have a problem with the paint on your house peeling off, faulty gutters may be to blame. The issue here is leaking gutters route excess moisture down the exterior surface of your home. That water gets underneath the paint. As we all know, water changes size with temperature, expanding when the weather is hot and contracting when it’s cold. This ever changing motion is not good for paint. Cracks, bubbles, flakes, and peeling are the common signs it’s time to inspect, repair or replace the gutters.
Sign You Need New Gutters #3: Mildew Madness
One of the reasons gutters carry water away from the house is to reduce the risk of mold and mildew growth. If you’re seeing patches of mildew form on your foundation or on the exterior walls of your home, it’s time to talk to your Raynham building contractor about replacing the gutters.