Many homeowners neglect their guttering systems only to realise later that they're the primary cause of issues such as mould and water damage. While you may not be thinking about replacing your gutters until they are old, issues like fallen tree limbs or other damage could prompt you to buy new gutters. If you're unsure whether you need a gutter replacement, here are some signs to watch out for.
Leaks and Discolouration
It would be best if you inspected your gutters for holes or cracks. A minor leak is not enough reason to replace the whole gutter system. Determine whether the leak can be repaired. For example, try applying cement to seal a small hole in the gutters. However, for large cracks, a sealant is a temporary fix. You will eventually need to install new gutters.
Another thing you need to check is whether there is discolouration or peeling paint. Inspect the exterior under the gutter system for discolouration, rot or peeling on the fascia board or other surfaces under the gutters. If there are damages of more than a few feet of the gutter system, you need new gutters.
Peeling paint is an indication of a severe problem with your gutters. Steel gutters are coated to prevent water or moisture that could lead to rusting. When the paint on the gutters starts to peel off, it's a sign of moisture damage. If the damage persists, you'll have to get a gutter replacement.
Pooling Water and Mildew or Staining in Your Attic
Pooling water around the foundations can lead to cracks and mould in the basement. This may be caused by dysfunctional gutters. Your roofing expert will try adjusting the downspouts to ensure water is drained away from your home. If the problem persists, the gutters need to be replaced with new ones.
Mildew and staining in your attic are another sign you need to replace your gutters. If you don't notice any pooling of water, go to your attic and inspect the wood. If you spot water stains or mould growth, it means your gutters aren't draining water properly. Your roofer may have to replace mouldy or rotting wood and install new gutters.
Gutters are crucial for draining water away from your home. Defective gutters can result in water damage, mildew and roof damage. The tell-tale signs that you need to replace your gutters include leaks, discolouration, peeling paint, pooling water and mildew growth. Contact your roofer any time you notice any of these signs or suspect that your gutters are dysfunctional.
For further details on whether you need gutter replacement, reach out to a local roofer.