Many homeowners don't spend much time thinking about their gutters. But, properly functioning gutters is essential for maintaining your roof and foundation, so it is important to pay attention to them. While most gutter systems can last for many years, the time will come when they eventually need to be replaced. If you notice any of the following, you most likely need to have new gutters installed:
Numerous Holes, Cracks, or Rust Spots
Over time, cracks, holes, or rust can develop in your gutter system since it is continuously exposed to the elements. If you notice one or two issues, you can usually repair them with sealant or the use of flashing. But when numerous trouble spots arise, it often means that the material that makes up your gutters is beginning to wear out and break down.
Gutters are Separating
A gutter system can only work properly when each section is firmly fastened together without any cracks or holes. When sections of your gutters begin separating from each other, water will not be able to flow properly to the downspouts and be diverted away from your home. If you have separated gutters, you may want to consider upgrading to seamless gutters, which only have joints at the corners.
When gutters are installed, they are aligned in a specific way that ensures that water that comes from the room flows towards the downspout. Gutters that are sagging will interrupt the flow of water, and the water will then begin to pool in that section, and may eventually pool over. Another concern with sagging gutters is the fact that pooling water can be a prime spot for mosquitoes to breed. When your sagging gutters can't be repaired, you will need to replace them.
Exterior Paint is Peeling
As gutters age, they can begin to pull away from the roof line. When this happens, water can begin to seep over the back edge of the gutter and drip onto your trim and siding; if the paint on your siding or trim is continually exposed to water from leaking gutters, it will begin to peel. Don't simply repaint areas where there is peeling exterior paint-- make sure you get to the root of the problem and have your gutters inspected to see if you need to have them replaced.
If you're suddenly having issues with your basement flooding, take a look at your gutters. If the gutters are not properly moving the water to the downspout and diverting the water away from your foundation, your basement flooding may be caused by water overflowing from the gutters and flooding the areas around the foundation of your home.
Contact a company like Innovations Siding & Windows for more information and assistance.