For homeowners with properties that are slightly older, there are home-related issues that will pop up from time to time, requiring maintenance. A good example of this is gutter replacement in Raleigh, NC where many years of wear and tear, and continual exposure to the elements mean that gutters may no longer be functioning optimally.
Luckily, before gutters need to be completely replaced, there are three clear warning signs that let homeowners know that there is work to be done. A home may need gutter repair or replacement if there are signs of water damage around the gutters, if gutters are sagging or pulling away from the framework, or if they have cracks, splits and peeling paint.
Signs of water damage on or around the gutters
This is a common issue due to moisture accumulation. Homeowners should check the gutters at least once a year on a clear, sunny day. Look for water damage or mildew below the gutter as this is a sign that water is escaping from the gutter. This check is important as water damage can break down soffit and fascia boards.
Because the purpose of gutters is to keep flowing water away from the foundations of a home, it is also important to check a home’s foundation for water regularly. If there are pools of water or signs of mildew forming near the foundation, it may be a sign the gutters are not working as they should. This may be due to a blocked gutter that is quick and easy to fix, but it may also be a sign of something more serious such as a defect in the gutter system. Any sign of water accumulation around the foundations needs to be acted on immediately as water can easily cause damage to foundations, and the result is expensive, time-consuming repairs.
Gutters that are sagging or pulling away from the house
This is a clear sign that gutter repairs or gutter replacement is needed. This is because, without taking out a ladder to inspect the gutters, it is immediately apparent that there is something wrong. It should never be the case that gutters are sagging or pulling away from the home. A Raleigh gutter services expert is needed in these situations as they will be able to assess the extent of the damage and if the gutter will need to be replaced or repaired.
There are different reasons for sagging gutters, one of which is that they are full of water and are pulling away from the house due to their weight. This may be a sign that the gutter system is not correctly installed or is not draining properly because there is debris causing a blockage.
Cracks, splits and peeling paint require immediate attention
It can be easy to overlook a small crack or dismiss it as unimportant. But small cracks can quickly develop into larger ones. Any cracks or splits that are not attended to immediately will not only damage gutters further, but can lead to damage of fascia boards, the foundation below, and shingles around the gutter.
Peeling paint or flecks of orange rust on an older home are also signs that water is not flowing correctly through the gutter system, as there is water present continually. This should also be cause for concern as it may require gutter replacement, especially if it is an older home.
As specialists in gutter services, Luna Restoration offers commercial gutters, residential gutters, and seamless gutters depending on what their clients need. They are leading providers of gutter services including gutter repair and gutter replacement in Raleigh, NC.