Most homeowners don’t think much about their gutters until a problem arises. Though many issues can be fixed by simply cleaning or repairing your current drainage channels, they will eventually need to be replaced. Here are some factors that may lead you to invest in new gutter installation.
How to Tell When It’s Time to Replace Your Gutters
1. Visible Cracks
A visual inspection from below should quickly expose cracks in your gutters and downspouts. Do this shortly after a rainstorm while water is still funneling through. If you notice drips coming from the bottom, there may be tiny fractures that aren’t obvious. Cracks are especially common near corners and seams, so look there carefully.
Over time, the weight of water and debris in your gutters can weigh them down. This is especially problematic around seams since the gutters may get pushed down. These systems are designed to slant slightly to direct water toward downspouts, so if you notice any sagging, water will simply collect in that area and spill over the sides instead.
This can lead to siding and foundation damage. Weighed-down gutters can also pull at the eaves. Therefore, to avoid more severe and expensive problems, arrange for an inspection immediately. Professionals will determine whether a replacement system is necessary.
Gutters are usually coated to resist water intrusion. However, this can wear off over time. In addition, if gutters aren't cleaned often enough, leading to clogs and puddles of stagnant water lingering in the drainage channels, it can accelerate water damage. This can cause the metal of the gutters to oxidize, which means that it will eventually form holes. Therefore, consider taking preventive measures.
If you’re ready to schedule gutter installation, contact Refuge Roofing & Siding in Oak Grove, MN. With more than 15 years of experience, the residential roofing contractor offers an array of exterior maintenance, repair, and installation services. Visit the website to see a full list of offerings. To request a gutter installation estimate, call (763) 234-6418.