Most homeowners don’t spend much time thinking about their rain gutter system until it’s time for them to be cleaned or repaired. But even if you don’t notice them most days, they’re one of a home’s hardest-working components. Rain gutters have been used since antiquity to protect roofs and buildings by directing water away from them. Without rain gutters, all of the water that flows onto a home would flow over its walls, causing foundation damage and seeping into its interior.
To keep your gutters functioning at their top capacity, it’s important to keep up with repairs when they’re needed. Eventually, your gutter system may be ready for replacement. In this post from J&J Roofing in Roseville, we’ll help you understand when your gutters need to be replaced and break down some options for your home.
Maintaining Your Gutters
The best way to keep your gutters in good shape and make them last longer is by following a regular maintenance schedule. Be sure to clean your gutters regularly and keep them free of debris that can lead to clogs and cause roof damage. It’s also important to repair any gutter damage right away.
When repaired and maintained regularly, your gutter system could last for decades. Seamless gutters are some of the longest-lasting gutters because they require far less maintenance and lack joints and breaks that can become easily damaged.
Here are a few signs it’s time for gutter replacement:
● Sagging gutters: Gutter clogs, debris, and damage can all lead to gutter sagging or pulling. Sagging gutters can eventually end up failing completely.
● Flooded basement: Ineffective gutters allow water to pool near your home, damaging the foundation and landscape. If your basement is flooding regularly, take a look at your gutters first.
● Peeled paint: Paint peeling on the side of your home is often related to moisture damage. If there is paint peeling from your home’s siding, take a look at your gutters to determine if they need to be replaced.
● Significant gutter damage: If your gutters have holes, cracks, or other significant damage, this allows water to get through and damage your home’s exterior. Damaged gutter seams are also a red flag.
Choosing Gutters that Last for Your Home
When it’s time for your gutters to be replaced, a professional gutter installation contractor can make the best recommendation for new gutters. Seamless gutters are far less likely to leak than sectional gutters. Gutter guards can prevent obstructions caused by leaves and debris.
To get an online consultation from J&J Roofing, learn about gutter guard installation, or schedule your gutter inspection replacement, give us a call at 586-445-6455. You can also connect with us online to discuss gutter solutions for your home.