When your home’s gutters don’t work correctly, it can cause serious problems. Worn-out or improperly installed gutters can cause anything from cosmetic concerns like water staining to pervasive rot that can threaten the structural integrity of your home. This is why it’s important to replace your gutters when they are no longer working as they should.
When your gutters fail to channel the water away from your home, you may also end up with mold, a plague that can harm the health of you and your loved ones. This is especially true if you live with an elderly person, a young child, or someone with respiratory problems such as asthma.
Well-functioning gutters are important. If you’re able to tell that your gutters aren’t working properly, you could save yourself thousands of dollars by replacing them before your home is damaged by excess moisture.
Here are three signs it may be time to replace your gutters:
1. You Can See Cracks
A small crack is not necessarily a small problem. Your gutters are, by nature, one of the most exposed parts of your home. After a few heavy rains, even a small crack can quickly open up into a big one, and before you know it, the gutter may split altogether. Gaps in your gutters can cause leaks, which can cause excess moisture inside your house and can cause rot. Catch cracks in your gutters early and consider replacing them before they wear out and cause damage to other parts of your home.
2. The Paint is Peeling Around Your Gutters
Peeling paint is a telltale sign that your gutters aren’t working right. Paint is the “canary in the coal mine” when it comes to water damage: when it begins to peel off, it is likely that excess water is the cause. Have a professional come to your home and assess the situation. If you stop the water damage before it gets farther than the paint, you can avoid the severe blow to your wallet that may come with rotting walls.
3. You Can See Water Damage Under Your Gutters
If you see water marks under your gutters, you know you need to replace them. Your gutters should be keeping the water out and away from your home, and if they aren’t doing this, it can cause damage. If you see signs of water damage, you don’t have any time left – you need to fix this problem before your house sustains even more damage!
So, your last set of gutters didn’t exactly last. Maybe they were poorly installed, or made from shoddy materials, or poorly put together. When you look for new gutters, call Zephyr Thomas. Our seamless gutters, available in five and six-inch sizes, in a variety of colors, are built to last. You can rest assured that the professional installing them has the experience and expertise necessary to ensure that your home is protected from excess moisture and the water damage that can come from it.
When you choose Zephyr Thomas, you can also decide between Leaf Relief and LeaFree gutter protection. These two designs work in different ways to prevent leaves from weighing your gutters down and the leaks and damage that can result. If you live in a wooded area or have trees that shed their leaves on or near your house, talk with one of our professional gutter representatives about which option is right for you.