When to Replace Your Gutters
Posted on June 20, 2019
During storm season, rain gutters are your home’s defense, channeling runoff water so it doesn’t damage your fascia boards, siding, foundation, landscaping, and more. Conventional gutters need to be cleaned of debris and require some minor repairs over time, but at some point, every homeowner needs to get a new system entirely. Read on to discover when to replace your gutters.
Cracks, Holes, and Rust
Large cracks and holes are obvious, but smaller ones may remain inconspicuous except during a storm. When it’s raining, check along your gutters to see if there are any leaks. You could seal them with roofing cement, but multiple cracks and holes may be a sign that you need a replacement.
Aging metal exposed to water will rust. You can prevent further corrosion with a rust-inhibiting paint, but if your gutters are deteriorating throughout, your rain carrying system may need an upgrade.
If your gutters are frequently clogged, water will spill over onto the fascia board. Fascia boards hold the gutters and protect your roofing system, so if your gutters aren’t doing their job, they could rot. A clog-free gutter system like LEAFAWAY® can prevent blockages and save you from cleaning your gutters every few months.
If you are finding broken fasteners, screws, or nails on the ground around your home, it may mean your gutters are coming loose from the fascia boards. You could buy new fasteners and reattach sections, but you should consider a replacement if the fascia board is rotting.
Leaking or separated gutter seams can be caused by bad joints, clogs, or simple aging. If your gutter joints are coming apart, consider upgrading to seamless gutters for a more efficient, uniform, and stable system.
An Overloaded System
If you hear water pouring over your gutters during a storm, they may be too small for your home or misaligned and not draining properly. Water running down the exterior walls of your home or puddling near the foundation could cost much more than a gutter replacement if the moisture rots exterior wood, floods the basement, or erodes landscaping.
As a Maple Grove roofing contractor, Spotless & Seamless Exteriors (SSE) also offers LEAFAWAY® gutter protection systems to homeowners throughout the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro. LEAFAWAY® provides seamless gutters Twin Cities homeowners trust to withstand the toughest weather conditions. These seamless gutters feature a one-piece design that deflects runoff debris while allowing rain to flow into the trough.
Available in a wide variety of beautiful colors, LEAFAWAY® gutters are custom-manufactured to fit your home perfectly. With this revolutionary product, you won’t ever have to clean your gutters again. No more worrying about gutter blockages. LEAFAWAY® keeps leaves, pinecones and needles, and twigs out. This, in turn, protects soffit and fascia boards, prevents ice damming, and maintains maximum water capacity throughout your home’s rain carrying system. SSE can also install a Superspout™ that provides 50 percent more drainage than conventional downspouts.
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