Your gutters are an important aspect to your home. They are a vital function in managing rainfall runoff around your home. Gutters protect your siding and foundation from potential water damage. So it is important that you have your gutters serviced regularly. However, in some situations, gutter replacement is the best option:
Cracks and Chipped Paint
If your gutters are cracked or chipped, you should consider changing your gutters. Cracks in your gutters will lead to a variety of problems, including water leaks. If your gutters are painted, look for indications of flaking paint, as this indicates that water leaks are deteriorating the layer of paint on your gutters. Damage from hail is also a typical cause of cracking. Look for rust in the seams of your gutters. If you spot rust on the outside of your gutters, you can be pretty sure rust can be found on the inside.
Brown Spots on the Exterior
Browning of your home’s siding near your gutters is a sign your gutters aren’t doing their job. When it rains, water is not being properly diverted to the downspouts, and your gutter is either overflowing or leaking onto the siding.
If sections of your gutter lines are pulling away from each other at the fastening points, repair or replacement is required. In some cases, refastening can fix this problem, however other instances, the problem lies in the installation and measurements, indicating the problem will come back regardless of how many times the sections are refastened together.