Gutter. The word itself probably has you thinking of gunk, dirt and other icky things that land within them.
Yet the fact that gutters are full of those dirty/icky things is a blessing:
Your home’s gutters collect rainwater and direct it away from your home’s foundation, protecting it from harm and potential damage.
Yet, due to the weather extremes southeastern Michigan experiences over the course of a year, your home’s gutters can become damaged, which can lead to a variety of problems.
That said, here are 5 reasons why – and when – you should consider replacing your gutters:
- Physical damage. This is one of the most common reasons that homeowners replace their gutters. Falling trees, strong winds, heavy rain or snow, all can lead to gutter damage. This damage then can mean cracked or broken gutters, making them unable to direct water away from your home. Left untreated, physical damage can see water seeping into your home’s foundation, causing structural damage.
- Loose fasteners. Gutter fasteners are the screws, nails or brackets that hold the gutters in place. They can become loose over time, causing your gutter to pull or sag away from the house. Loose fasteners also could mean water could leak from the gutter, leading to landscape or basement flooding. You should inspect your gutters regularly and replace any missing or loose fasteners as soon as possible.
- Sagging gutters. Gutters that sag are a definite sign that your gutter system is failing. A saggy gutter see water accumulate inside, potentially damaging the gutter or your home’s foundation. Excess debris – such as twigs or leaves – can add weight to the gutter. You should seriously consider replacing gutters if you notice that they’re sagging or uneven.
- Landscape and basement flooding. The primary reason a gutter exists is to direct water away from your home’s foundation. If gutters become clogged or damaged, water can overflow and possibly pool around your home, possibly resulting in basement or landscape flooding. These repairs can be extremely costly – particularly basement repairs. Growing mold also could become a health hazard. Seriously think about replacing your gutters if you notice water pooling around the outside of your home or inside your basement.
- Fallen nails and screws. Nails/screws that fall from your gutters could cause serious damage to your home’s exterior. They can scratch and dent siding, doors and/or windows. They also can become a safety issue to people walking outside and near your home’s walls. If you notice fallen nails/screws, it’s a great idea to get your gutters inspected, if not fully replaced
How often should you replace your home’s gutters?
Consider replacing your gutters every 20 years or if you see significant damage to them. You also may want to think about replacing them if you live in an area with harsh weather conditions, such as heavy snow or rain. (Hello, Southeastern Michigan!)
Perform regular clearing out and maintenance on your gutters, and trim trees near your home. Doing so can prolong your gutter’s lifespan.
Rock Solid Exteriors has been helping your neighbors inspect, repair and/or replace their gutters for 10 years.
Replacing your gutters can add years to your home’s longevity. Learn more about our gutter services.