Most roofs are pitched or sloped for one simple reason, gravity. Gravity funnels moisture and other debris off your roof to go where it should be, namely not on your roof anymore. Most properties would be a disaster if all roof debris were allowed to fall wherever it pleased, but luckily that’s why we have gutters.
Your roof’s gutters catch and funnel water and debris to specific locations to keep your property neat and tidy, so their importance as a part of your roofing system can’t be denied. So, when do you know your gutters have seen better days, and need to be replaced? Let’s review the signs that you need new gutters.
When Do You Need New Gutters?
Let’s review some of the more common symptoms of old or worn-out gutters, what they mean, and why you need new gutters to fix it.
Pools of Water Around the Property
If you walk around your property one day and notice strange pools of water where they shouldn’t be, it’s likely the gutters. You may not always be able to catch leaky gutters in action, but they leave evidence when they’ve seen better days. These pools of water can cause mold, mildew, and even erode your foundation in the worst cases.
Sagging or Pulling Away from the Home
If you notice that your gutters have started to sag or pull away from your home, they have likely outlived their useful life. This is also an issue that homeowners can spot from the ground.
Every crack, nick, and other damage can put your gutters in danger. Even the tiniest cracks will balloon as the gutter ages, leaving you with water and debris going where it shouldn’t be going. If you can walk your roof, try to inspect your gutters for this type of damage at least twice a year.
Peeling Paint and Rust
In most cases paint is baked on to gutters, so peeling paint and rust aren’t normal wear-and-tear, they’re a sign that your gutters are retaining moisture. Peeling paint is a great indicator that your gutters have served their useful life.
If you notice any of these issues, new gutters are likely in your future. Call your local roofing and gutter company to have them inspect your gutters and confirm if repair or replacement is your best course of action. When your gutters are strong, your roof and whole property will be happy and healthy.