Gutters are a vital component of your home’s drainage system and curb appeal. These often-ignored features are incredibly handy, but only if they are functioning properly. When is the best time to replace gutters? Is it time to get seamless gutters for your home? Here are seven signs you need new gutters.
1 – Water Leaks from Your Gutters When It Rains
The primary responsibility for your gutters is to direct water off your roof and away from your home’s foundation. If water is leaking from the gutter seams, the system is not operating effectively. These leaks are only going to get worse with time. If you upgrade to new seamless gutters, you can eliminate the leaks and get a streamlined look for your home.
2 – Your Gutters Are Split or Cracking
Splits and cracks are clear signs of old gutters. They have passed their operational prime, and they’re no longer serving their purpose. If the paint on the gutters is chipping, you may be able to temporarily fix the problem by repainting. That will not correct the foundational problems with the gutters though, only the appearance.
3 – Water Pools around Your Home’s Foundation
Downspouts point water away from your foundation, which protects the structural integrity of your home. If water pools up around the foundation, it creates hydrostatic pressure. This can shift the home’s foundation over time, causing cracks, structural issues, and costly damages. A simple solution like replacing your gutters could save you thousands of dollars in repairs. Learn more: How Guttering Protects Your Foundation
4 – The Gutters Sag
Do your gutters look like they’re hanging away from the roofing? Do they droop down in the middle, rather than gradually sloping to the downspouts? Sagging gutters cannot direct water properly. That is why it’s best to get professional gutter installation. It ensures that the gutters are graded correctly to direct water away. The sag in the gutters will get worse with every rainfall, and they could eventually rip away other parts of the home.
5 – Your Gutters Don’t Connect with One Another
If you have multiple sections of gutters, the drainage system isn’t working to its full potential. We see this a lot with homes that have done incremental home repairs. Perhaps you got one set of gutters several years before the other and the gutter installers didn’t connect the sections. Whatever the case may be, your gutters are working at a disadvantage. We can install seamless gutters and downspouts to create a cohesive drainage network around the roof.
6 – Old Gutters Are Destroying Your Home’s Curb Appeal
Your gutters are just as important as your roofing, siding and windows. They impact your curb appeal and the overall value of your home. If your gutters are falling apart, cracked, or rusted, your home may look in disrepair. It doesn’t matter how clean it is inside. Passersby and potential buyers will make assumptions by the first impression. New gutters will make your home look properly cared for, and it will improve your experience in future storms.
7 – Rain Pours over the Gutters instead of Going through Them
Does the rain seem to miss your gutters entirely? This could be a sign that you need gutter cleaning. The leaves and debris in the gutters are blocking the rain from draining down the downspouts. If your gutters are already clean, they may not be installed properly. The water is coming off the roof and missing the gutters because they are not set up at the right height. In most cases, it’s easier to replace the gutters than try to repair this issue.
If you’re unsure whether you need new gutters, we would be happy to inspect your gutters for you. McLean Roofing and Siding offers seamless gutters and downspouts, along with a slew of other roofing and siding services. Our gutter company has proudly been in business for over 50 years. Enjoy fair, honest pricing and the amazing customer service you deserve. To schedule a gutter consultation, contact us at (248) 524-1111.