Gutters perform a vital and indispensable function for your home. Without them, your home becomes vulnerable to damage from rainfall. Gutters made from aluminum or steel should last around 20 years. If you have copper gutters, you can expect them to hold up for 40 years or more. Despite this durability, gutters will eventually need replacement. You could also need new gutters if your old ones sustain damage from a ladder or tree. To know whether your gutters need replacement, stay attentive to the following signs.
Damage to the Gutters
Gutters that have become damaged, or those that have sustained normal wear and tear for years, may need replacement. Rust spots, cracks, or holes that appear frequently across multiple sections indicate a need for replacement. You should also stay attentive to broken fasteners or screws and nails scattered about the ground beneath your gutters.
Sagging or Separated Gutters
In order for your gutters to function properly, they should be well connected both to each other and your roof. If you see separation between sections of your gutters, they simply won’t work. Sagging gutters can get caused from excess debris, and can fail to convey water to your downspouts. If your gutters have become separated from your roof, then they will not catch water from your roof’s drainage system. Any of these symptoms should result in a call for service, and the possible replacement of the gutter system.
Damage to Your Home
Gutters that do not function properly will eventually lead to damage to your home. Typically, the first sign is peeling paint around the gutters themselves. This indicates a gutter that has been separated from the roof for awhile, and suggests a need for replacement. Foundation cracks could appear to indicate that water has not been properly conveyed away from your home. Since this is the primary function of a gutter system, those that fail to accomplish it should get replaced.
If you notice these problems, or worry that your gutters have simply gotten old, call At the Top Restoration at 615-824-1500. We are your source for new gutters in Nashville, TN.