There are many ways to you can tell how and when you need new gutters. Many of these signs will be visible, but you will also need to break out that ladder and take a close look to tell when you need new gutters.
Sectional gutters and seamless gutters do have a lifespan, just like many other components of your home. If you bought a home and have no idea how old your sectional gutters or seamless gutters are, you can use some of these steps to determine the 5 signs you need new gutters.
Do you need new gutters?
One of the best ways you can tell if you need new gutters is to take a look at the surface of your gutters. You may need to use a ladder for this step in the process.
First of all, are there any visible cracks on the surface of your seamless gutters or sectional gutters? Cracks will lead to water leakage, which will lead to water damage on your home. Small cracks in a gutter can also lead to larger cracks rapidly.
Another easy way to tell if you need new gutters is to check out the surface of your gutters. Have they been painted? Is the paint peeling? Peeling paint is a sign that your gutters are leaking water, causing the paint around them to peel.
Peeling paint on trim near or below the gutter will also be a sign of water leakage. Water is the enemy to your home. The main purpose of gutters it to direct water away from the surface and foundation of your home.
If you can see water damage or water marks located directly below your sectional gutters or seamless gutters you may have a problem. As water pours over the surface of your home it is absorbed.
As the sun dries out the water you can see water marks and other damage left behind.
Clogs and Blockages
While you are up on that ladder take a peek inside of your gutters. Do you see clogging in spots. Most drains will clog at some time, so this is not an overall cleaning issue.
Look for specific spots where leaves and debris seem to continually get caught. This can be an issue of a crack collecting the debris and then clogging your sectional gutters.
Clogged gutters can also an indication that your gutters were not installed properly. If your gutters were not installed at the proper slope, then water and debris such as leave will not be able to follow the laws of gravity and will therefore clog your gutter.
Pulling Away From Your Home
If your seamless gutters or sectional gutters are pulling away form your home, then it is an indicator that it is time for new gutters.
Clogged gutters can become heavy when laden down with water and debris. This will cause your gutters to pull away from their structural support that holds them to the edge of your roof and home.