A little rain won’t hurt, right? Well, it can actually cause problems for your home if you’re not prepared. Although some leaks and problems that are related to rain and water can be easily remedied, there are also water damages that can easily cause problems for the rest of the home’s structure. Water damage can also slowly chip away at the integrity of your roof’s supporting structure and rot away wooden beams that are holding everything in place.
What’s a great way of ensuring that water won’t get toward these nooks and crannies? Well, gutters and drainage systems that are placed on overhangs and rooftops can effectively redirect water.
Although gutters aren’t necessarily the shining star of any residential home, they’re still one of the most important parts of any household. Even the ancient Europeans knew this and started channeling water toward the right places while keeping much of their structures dry. The same premise can be said when it comes to gutters: they keep most of your structures dry and redirect water toward drains and areas that won’t cause any harm to your structures.
But when will you need new gutters? What are the signs that you should watch out? We’ll be identifying some tell-tale signs that will save you a lot of heart-ache and possibly thousands of dollars worth of repair.
Here’s what you’ll need to know:
They’re Cracking Up
Well, these gutters aren’t cracking up because you told a joke, though. Jokes aside, cracking is one of the most apparent signs that you should start replacing our gutters. Water that is leaking from these cracks can cause a variety of problems on your home’s sidings and can pond on nooks and crannies in hard-to-reach areas. During the winter season, this can pose another threat to residents as this can turn into ice stalactites.
If you’re not sure what you should be looking for in your gutter systems or you don’t have the right safety equipment to make replacements by yourself, you can always commission the services of an experienced and licensed general contractor that’s well-versed in gutter replacements. Time is of the essence when it comes to replacing gutters, and having professionals do the installation and replacement process can save you time, money, and energy.
There’s Stress on the Seams
Nobody wants to look stressed out, right? Well, if your seams look a bit stressed out from all the wear and tear, you might want to replace them, too. This is usually caused by debris accumulating on your gutters. This is often vulnerable when two horizontal sections meet. To avoid damage to your gutters, you might want to cut down branches and foliage that might be in close proximity to your gutters. Some homeowners use seamless gutters to stop the accumulation of leaves and other debris.
Ever seen old pain on a warped and rotting wooden wall? You’ll probably see much of the paint peel away. Just like the last two symptoms of deterioration, peeling is usually caused by the structure being passed its lifespan. While repairs might work, you’re better off resetting the age of your gutters with a total replacement.
There’s a lot of ways of knowing that your gutter system is already passed its lifespan. But no matter what the damage to your gutter might look like, it’s important to remember that safety should always be your first priority. If you’re in doubt that your gutters might not last a few more years (or months), then you should start replacing it. You might want to do it with the help of a professional contractor that’s well-versed with replacements: time is of the essence.