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5 Signs That You Need to Replace Your Gutters

14 December 2018

Know The Warning Signs

Your gutter’s number 1 job is to channel rainwater away from your home as quickly as possible. If it is time to clean, repair or replace your gutters, now is the time, you don’t want to wait. Damage caused by faulty gutters include: roof, siding, window, landscape and foundation. These types of problems associated with poorly function gutters can lead expensive repair work. Avoid damage caused by gutter problems by knowing the warning signs to replace them.

  1. Cracks

If you notice small cracks in your gutters, rainwater is leaking. It can damage the fascia board behind the gutters, the roof above, siding and the foundation below. Small cracks can quickly become large and an even bigger issue fast.

 

A crack developed into a hole and this result increases the potential for exterior property damage and surface erosion.
This is the view from the underside of a gutter. A crack developed into a hole, and this result increased the potential for exterior property damage and surface erosion.

 

  1. Peeling Paint

Peeling paint/rust on your gutters or siding is a good indicator that there is an issue. This warning sign could mean water is not draining properly, there are cracks, or other damage is present.

 

Continuous exposure to rainwater has caused the paint on the siding of this home to peel.
Continuous exposure to rainwater has caused the paint on the siding of this home to peel.

 

  1. Hardware is Falling Apart

Are you noticing nails on the ground? This can be a sign that the gutter is not properly secured to your home anymore; it can be caused from clogs and the gutter is unable to handle the additional weight, or they were installed with nails, which can pull away from wood. If the gutters begin to pull away from your home, this creates space for rainwater to flow behind the fascia board and cause damage to your home.

 

If you are noticing nails on the ground, it could be a sign that your gutters are becoming loose.
If you are noticing nails on the ground, it could be a sign that your gutters are becoming loose.

 

  1. Sagging Gutters

This is one of the easiest warning signs to spot. Gutters should never sag or pull away from your home. This is a good indication that the gutter is handling additional weight, causing them to pull away from the home.

 

This gutter has pulled away from the home and is sagging in areas, causing damage to the fascia board behind and other additional damage.
This gutter has pulled away from the home and is sagging in areas, causing damage to the fascia board behind and other additional damage.

 

  1. Tiger Striping

If you notice ugly vertical striping on the outside of the gutter, this is a good sign that rainwater is overflowing the front of your gutter and ending up on the ground below.

 

When stripes develop on the front of the gutter, this is called tiger striping. It is evidence that rainwater if flowing over the front of the gutter.
When stripes develop on the front of the gutter, this is called tiger striping. It is evidence that rainwater if flowing over the front of the gutter.

 

If you are noticing any of the above warning signs that you need to replace your gutters, contact LeafGuard® of Oklahoma today. We will have one of our LeafGuard® experts make a special trip to your home and provide a free inspection and suggest the right solution for you and your home.