Your home’s gutters are the first line of defense against water damage, especially during periods of heavy rain or a sudden winter thaw. They channel water away from your home where it might otherwise cause damage to its foundation and roof. Gutters may age differently depending on their make, and with the help of a gutter installation professional, you can learn to spot the signs that indicate it is time for a replacement.
1. Holes and Cracks
Some types of gutter building material can erode faster than others. For example, wood gutters may not last as long as those made of steel or aluminum. When sizable cracks or holes form in your home’s gutters, this can cause water to pool near your home’s foundation. Your gutter technician can help you decide the extent of the damage.
Gutters may detach from your home over time and when they separate from each other, this interrupts the flow of the water and causes leaks. Ask your gutter installation technician to inspect the fasteners that keep the channels locked together, as they may have eroded to the point where they can no longer be repaired.
When gutters work as they should, water flows through them freely so it is carried away from your home. When water pools in any section of the gutters, this could be a sign that the system is malfunctioning or needs replacing. Allowing water to pool in any area could contribute to rotting or cracking.
4. Serious Dents
Untrimmed tree branches can dent your gutter’s channels during windstorms, causing dents that result in overflow onto the ground. While smaller dents may not pose an issue, larger ones can seriously interrupt the proper flow of water, especially in seamless gutters.
You may be able to temporarily repair your gutters in the face of a sudden issue. However, having them inspected and replaced by a professional can protect your home against long-term water damage.