When was the last time you thought about your gutters? To be fair, most homeowners take this exterior feature for granted. Trusting that they’ll continue to do their job, protecting housing from moisture for decades—or more. Unfortunately, the time will come when you’ll need new gutters. Usually, there are plenty of warning signs; you just need to know how to recognize them!
If your gutters start to separate at the seam(s) or crack, then it’s time to take a closer look. At this point, they’re no longer draining water to the right places—which renders them pretty much useless. While smaller cracks or splits may be repaired, it’s usually difficult to spot them at this stage. Even if you regularly maintain your home’s exterior, these separations may be all but invisible to the naked eye. Honestly, the easiest way to spot them is to look for leaks rather than the cracks themselves. You just don’t want to let the problem go unfixed for too long, allowing water to seep through your home’s exterior.
Where there’s a leak, paint problems will follow. Specifically, issues like bubbling or peeling pop anywhere there’s excess moisture. Even on a relatively new paint job, these signs of wear and tear can appear quickly. Fortunately, they make finding poor gutter conditions easier than ever. When you notice a spot on your home’s exterior with peeling paint or suspicious bubbles, check the closest gutters and/or downspouts. It might be a small leak that’s easily repaired. But once this problem starts to spread, appearing in multiple places, it’s time to think about installing some new gutters.
Mold, Mildew, & More
By the time rot, mold, and more start to crop up, we’ve got a serious situation on our hands. Your gutters don’t have to be deteriorating for mold and mildew to grow, but they do have to allow moisture in unwanted places. When you think about it, there’s a reason gutters and downspouts direct water away from your home’s foundation. Once it gets inside, it can remain trapped in your basement, causing unhealthy spores to spread. Apart from being smelly and damp, these growths present a health hazard—especially for your friends and family with allergies, asthma, or other chronic respiratory conditions.
They also contribute to rot, which threatens the very integrity of your home! All because your trusty gutters weren’t replaced in a timely manner. Although gutters are a low-maintenance feature of your home’s exterior, don’t forget about them! Ask the experts at Schaefer Exteriors to take a look if you’re unsure of their current condition. We can give you an honest appraisal, followed by an efficient installation or repair—depending on what the situation calls for. Either way, remember small leaks turn into big problems over time. Learn more about your options for new gutters now!