Your home's gutter system acts as the primary drainage method for water off of your roof and helps to prevent a whole host of water problems, including basement flooding, foundation damage, and landscape erosion. However, due to their constant exposure to heavy rainfall and the elements, your gutters can begin to degrade over time. Understanding the warning signs associated with aging gutters can help you figure out when to replace them before they stop working entirely.
The first and most obvious reason why you should consider replacing your gutters is if there are any signs of physical damage to the gutters themselves. This can take a whole host of different forms, from your gutters physically pulling away from the side of your home to cracks between the sections of your gutters themselves. All forms of physical damage greatly increase the risk of a leak developing and water flowing down the side of your home, which can cause damage to your siding and can even seep into your basement.
Another clear sign that your gutters are in need of replacement is if you notice water is pooling around the base of your home. This is caused by overflow and can point to structural damage or clogs within your existing gutter system. This can cause all sorts of problems. The most devastating issue being basement flooding. However, pooling water can also wreak havoc on your landscape by causing erosion, and it can turn areas around your home into a swampy soup that provides the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes and other pests.
Mold and Rust Growth
Finally, another good sign that you need to talk to a roofing professional to have your gutters replaced is if you notice that mold has started growing on your home's siding or if rust spots have appeared on your gutters (or on your siding, if you have metal siding). These problems tend to go hand in hand. Rust points to excessive age and water exposure and will eventually eat away at your gutters and cause water to leak down your siding. Water exposure on your siding can lead to mold growth, which can eventually find its way past the siding and into your home. Additionally rust spots on metal siding can eat away at the siding and require an even more complicated and expensive replacement process.
For more information, talk to companies like Hogan Roofing.