Is it time for new gutters? 8 signs to look for
When the spring rains start to pound, it’s only natural to look up and wonder how your gutters are faring. How do you know when it’s time to replace them? Here are 8 signs you need new gutters.
- Cracks or splits
Although small cracks don’t seem like a big deal, they will eventually get bigger and allow water to seep into the fascia boards, shingles and foundation, rotting the wood and causing serious damage.
- Peeling paint
Failing gutters will wreck a good paint job every time, so check the painted surfaces of your gutters for signs of bubbling or peeling paint. Check the sections of gutter nearest the signs of damage — if there’s damage to the gutters, you might need to replace them.
In gutters without Gutter Helmet, some clogging is natural. Sometimes, though, clogging indicates that is a crack in the gutter is allowing debris to build up and block the flow of water, or that the gutters haven’t been installed correctly. If you’re always cleaning out clogged gutters, take a closer look.
- Watermarks or water damage under the home; wet basement
When water leaks out of your gutters, it lands on the ground next to your house. Overflowing water can seep through your foundation and into your basement, and we don’t have to tell you why that’s a bad thing. If you notice water on the ground outside your house or dampness in your basement, your gutters might be the culprit.
- Gutters are separating from the house
If your gutters are pulling away from your roof, you might have to replace at least the affected sections and possibly the entire gutter system.
- Mildew, rust or organic growth
When rainwater sits in a damaged gutter, it encourages plants and bugs to take up residence there. If you see mildew on walls or around windows, doors or trim, check your gutters carefully. Rust on the grass or concrete under your gutters indicates corrosion. If any of these things are visible, get your gutters inspected.
- Rotted shingles
When blockages cause rainwater to back up in your gutters, it can seep upwards into the shingles and cause the outside edge of your roof to rot. If you see shingles curling or disintegrating, this is probably why.
- Broken fasteners, missing nails or screws
If one of the pieces of metal that attaches your gutter to the roof breaks, it can probably be replaced. If it happens repeatedly, you have a problem. And if you’re finding nails or screws on the ground, that means your gutters aren’t holding to the fascia the way they should be.
If you’re unsure about the quality of your gutters or if you spot any of these warning signs, give Nyhof Custom Gutters a call. We’ll inspect your gutters and give you a trustworthy assessment of what your issues are and what you should do about them.