As rain and snow start to fall with greater frequency and intensity, your gutter systems will be more important than ever. Though they are often overlooked by homeowners, your gutters are a vital protective element for various parts of your home. While you may not be able to notice the effect they have on your home when they are functioning properly, you will certainly notice several signs of damage once they start to wear down. As leading providers of high-quality gutter systems and complete installation services, the team at Tristar Gutters knows how detrimental damaged gutters can be for any home. That is why our team has compiled a list of 5 signs that it is time to replace your gutter system to help you prevent costly damage to your home.
Signs that Your Gutter System Needs to be Replaced
To determine if your gutters need to be replaced, inspect your home and your gutter system to look for the following:
1. Pooling Water Near Your Foundation
Consider walking around the outside of your home after a storm or after it has been raining for a few days to see if there are any pools of water near the foundation. Pooling water near the foundation can mean that there is a significant leak or a point of overflow in your gutters.
2. Discolouration, Peeling, or Rot
When inspecting your gutters, be sure to look directly under the entire run of the gutter system. If there is any discolouration, peeling, or rot on the surfaces beneath the gutters, you will most likely need new gutters.
3. Sagging and Uneven Gutters
Take a thorough look at your gutters from all sides of the house. If it appears that a section is sagging or pulling away at the edge of the roof, you will need to investigate further by climbing a ladder and taking a closer look at the damage. If there is obvious irreparable damage, it may be time to contact a professional.
4. Moisture or Mildew in the Basement
If you have recently found signs of moisture or mildew in the basement, water has likely spilled from the gutters and seeped through the exterior foundation. To determine the source, follow the path of moisture or mildew. This issue can be caused by your gutters or your downspouts, so it is important to inspect both elements.
5. Holes, Dents, and Other Damage
If you live in an area with harsh winds, heavy snow, or frequent rain, your gutter systems will endure a lot of abuse over time. Should holes, dents, or other prominent signs of damage form, you may need to replace sections of your gutters or have a professional install a new system.
To learn more about our gutter installation services or for assistance choosing the right system for your home, get in touch with the experts at Tristar Gutters. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our products or services.