Making Sure Your Gutters Can Handle Spring Rain
If you have experienced foundation problems or suffered the drenching effects of rain running off your roof overhang as you leave and enter your home, you understand the need of quality gutters. Simply defined, a gutter is a long narrow tube that is used to reroute the rain water falls on your roof to the ground and away from your foundation. That may sound pretty good, but not all gutters are created equal. Poor quality gutters may pop apart and require a lot of maintenance and cleaning to keep them operable.
What Gutters Do
Your home’s gutters are an integral component of its drainage system. Because they are an exterior feature, they are continually exposed to sun, wind, rain, snow, and ice damage. The wear and tear on your gutters can be both extensive and invisible. People forget to clean and maintain their gutters every spring unless they see leaks, separations, or other damage. Premium rain gutters can help to prevent many of the damage-causing problems.
Signs It’s Time to Replace Gutters
According to Leaf Guard, gutters don’t last forever, even when they are well-cared for. The average life for gutters is between 10 and 15 years, but if you see severe wear and tear, holes, sagging, missing or bent fasteners or if they are starting to pull away from your house, you should consider replacing your gutters right away. You should also check your roof to see if the faulty gutters have caused any damage to the fascia board, decking or rafters. Many people are unaware of the damage that can occur to their roof when gutters are not doing their job. If you do find damage, have it repaired immediately before it gets worse. Too often water leaks and overflows have caused serious damage before the homeowner finds out.
Kinds of Gutters
According to Bob Vila, you can find gutters made from aluminum, copper, galvanized steel, zinc, and vinyl, however aluminum is the most popular and offers a number of advantages over the other types. Aluminum will never rust or deteriorate, it’s lightweight, and comes in a wide range of colors. Installation of gutters under your shingles can void your roof warranty. It’s important to know how they will be installed, and what protections they offer against clogging up with leaves and other debris. A new one-piece gutter system prevents debris entering from behind due to a protective baffle.
If you have noticed any problems with your gutters, replace them before your foundation or roof is seriously damaged.