Damaged gutters can lead to bigger problems such as water damage to your home.
Gutters play an important role in protecting the home from damage. When gutters are damaged, they are unable to perform the function of redirecting rainwater and melted snow away from the house. This results in bigger problems including ice damming, water damage, and the deterioration of interior walls.
The Lifespan of Gutters
Weather conditions and regular maintenance are key factors that determine the lifespan of a gutter system. According to the National Association of Home Builders, the average lifespan of aluminium or galvanized steel gutter systems is around twenty years. Copper gutters normally last up to fifty years. It is essential to follow a twice-a-year cleanup of the roof gutters to ensure they are working properly and identify problems before they turn into major issues.
When to Replace the Gutters
1. Water is leaking inside the basement. Basement leaks may be a result of damaged gutters.
2. Mold begins forming in the basement. Moisture inside the basement may be caused by leaking gutters, which ultimately results in the formation of mold.
3. Foundation problems begin developing. When water leaks from the gutters, it seeps into the foundation and causes cracks.
4. Stagnant water is in the guttering system. This is a good indicator of a non-functional gutter system.
5. Sagging gutters have moved away from the house or are hanging or leaning along the front or seamed gutters are coming apart. In case the damage is too much, it may not be possible to repair the gutters.
6. The gutters are twisted, dented or cracked; these are impossible to repair.
7. When water is not properly drained by the gutter system, it is important to make the following checks:
- Listen intently on how water flows in the gutter when it is raining. If the water sounds as if it is hitting the ground, the water is coming out of the sides of the gutter. This indicates that the gutter is blocked or not aligned properly.
- Water puddles around the house following rainfall or the formation of molds along the front or foundation of the house.
8. You find rust stains are in the house, corroded wood, or peeling paint in areas around the gutter. These are mainly due to the overflowing or back splashing of water against the house’s exterior. This indicates clogged, unbalanced, or damaged gutters.
9. The gutters are rusted.
10. Spaces have developed in between the gutters or gutter connections and the fascia board where the guttering system is fastened.
11. There are broken fasteners or nails on the ground due to a loose gutter.
12. Water channels develop of water channels along the lawn or landscaping, which gives an indication of a damaged or improperly functioning gutter.
Plan Gutter Maintenance
The best times of the year to have roof gutters fixed are during the fall and spring. Professionals from a St. Louis guttering company can check and make an assessment on the repairs required for the guttering system. They can also clean the gutter and downspouts to prevent blockages in the gutter system. Call Scott-Lee Guttering Company at (314) 756-9440 for all your guttering maintenance and installation needs.