When Do You Need Gutter Replacement or Repair?
But sectional gutters, inferior equipment, improper installation, and disrepair drastically decrease the lifespan of your system.
Be proactive and watch for signs of gutter failure. Any of these indicate it may be time to repair or replace gutters.
Indicators of New Gutter Installation
- Detached or Fallen Gutter
Weight and time pull a gutter away from the roof, or in extreme cases, cause it to fall off altogether. Sometimes they can be reattached but often require gutter replacement.
- Rotten Wood
If window sills, doors, door frames, trim, siding, or other wood show damage – where the gutter should protect the home – have the system inspected.
- Warped, Bent, or Mispitched Gutters
These are some of the hardest to spot issues. They indicate a need to rehang or replace your system.
- No Gutters
Most homes don’t have gutters because it isn’t building code in Texas. This risks damage to both the interior and exterior of your home, the foundation, yard, and landscaping.
When Gutter Replacement or Repair is Needed
These items are noticeable and indicate your gutter system is not working properly. Repair or gutter replacement is most likely the solution.
- Foundation Cracks
Water pouring from the wrong places can create cracks in the foundation. It is important to address this before damage grows.
- Cracks in Gutter
Any crack in the material is cause for substantial concern. In a seamless gutter system, they occur when metal ages and grows brittle.
- Sagging or Falling Gutters
Gutters sag and begin to fall from weight or failing attachments. Often, they can be secured if caught early.
- Rust or Corrosion
Rust and corrosion occur when the water-resistant lining fails. A significant sign of trouble, this can also intensify other problems.
- Mildew, Mold, or Moss
Moisture encourages mold, mildew, and moss growth. There are many reasons why this is happening; however, if mold occurs on walls (inside or out) or on the ground protected by gutters, there could be a leak or other system issues.
- Disconnected Downspouts
Downspouts come free due to clogs, loose fittings, or improperly sized gutters. Schedule gutter repair, and when our technician reattaches them, they will check for other issues.
- Water Inside the Home
Water that is dripping or pooling inside the house is usually a sign of problems with the roof or gutter, especially when under or around doors or windows.
- Leaks, Drips, or Overflow
Often caused by clogs, these can avoided by regular gutter cleaning.
Perform Regular Gutter Inspections
These signs are harder to spot – but easier to fix. They are usually your first indication of a gutter problem.
- Streaks on Siding
Streaking on your home’s siding is unattractive and can be caused by leaks, overflow, or detaching gutters.
Your gutter should channel water away from the home. Puddles within inches of the foundation can indicate improper drainage and lead to cracks.
- Peeling Paint
Paint peels with age and other issues, but it is also a sign of failing gutters.
- Consistent Clogs
Clogs are best limited by regular cleaning. Consistent clogs may indicate loose attachments. Gutter guards protect the system from damage, debris, and rust while extending the life of your gutters.
- Roof or Fascia Damage
Damage to the roof or fascia above or behind the gutters can indicate unseen clogging or leaks.
- Tiger Striping
Tiger striping is streaking on the exterior of the gutter itself from dirty water flowing over the lip. This signifies clogs or improperly sized gutters. Our licensed AqueDUCT® Screen Hanger System resists water and dirt build up that causes tiger striping.
- Loose Attachments
Loose nails and screws cause clogs and can allow the gutter to fall or sag. Gutter Tex uses rivets in gutter replacement to lessen these incidents.
- Compressed, Eroded, or Streaked Soil
This is usually a sign that groundwater isn’t being properly directed away from your home.
If you see any of these warning signs or would like to request repair or gutter replacement, contact Gutter Tex today.