Gutters are the unsung heroes of your home’s drainage system.
In fact, just an inch of rain equals 1,900 gallons of water on your roof. That much water can do big damage to your roof and foundation if your gutter isn’t up to snuff.
Read on to learn six signs that indicate that you need new gutters for your home.
1. Separated Gutters
Your gutter system should be one continuous channel.
If you have several gutter sections that have gaps between them, then water isn’t being channeled correctly.
This is a surefire sign it’s time for replacement gutters.
2. Cracks and Holes
Cracks or holes in your gutters are also a problem.
A couple of cracks might be fixed without needing a full replacement gutter. But if there are cracks or holes in many parts of your gutters, new gutters are probably your best bet.
A professional roofing company can advise you on a partial or full gutter replacement.
3. Saggy Gutters
Take a walk around your house and check out the gutters.
Are they in one long streamlined line?
If you see gutters that sag in the middle along the conduit, you need new gutters right away.
Your home may have saggy gutters due to broken fasteners, clogs of debris like leaves, or rusted fascia.
You can prevent saggy gutters by clearing out leaves and debris regularly. Get in the habit of fixing small cracks right away. Clean your gutters at least twice a year.
Keep in mind, saggy gutters don’t get better on their own. Your roof and drainage system is at risk if you let saggy gutters stay that way.
4. Gutters Pulling Away from Roof
There should never be a big space between your roofline and your gutters.
If this happens, you’ll need to put in some more fasteners.
But if more space happens again and again, then it could be a sign that the fascia boards have some rot.
Replacement guttering will fix the fascia problem and keep your new gutters as close to the roof as it should be.
5. Water and Mildew Around Your Foundation
As you know, your gutter system is meant to channel water away from your foundation.
This protects your home from water damage and leaks.
If you find puddles of water, algae, or mildew growing around your foundation, take action. This likely means that your gutter system isn’t working correctly.
Inspect your gutter to see if you find the problem. Then get new gutters before you have to deal with expensive foundation repairs.
6. Finding Nails on the Ground
Another sign that you may need new gutters is if you find nails or screws on the ground around your house.
Sometimes the screws and nails that fasten the gutter to the fascia can come loose. If it’s just one every so often, you can easily replace it.
But if you are constantly finding nails on the ground, your gutters may be worn out and need replacement.
Is It Time for New Gutters?
If you notice any of these six signs, then it’s definitely time for new gutters.
At Woodberg Roofing and Restoration, we offer a 100% workmanship warranty.
Contact us today for a free estimate on new gutters or a new roof.