How to Tell When You Need New Gutters
Rain Gutters don’t Last Forever
The latest technology makes some good gutters. But even so, they won’t last forever. Seamless steel or aluminum will provide your home protection for about two decades (barring hail, tree, or kids toys damaging them); copper is purported to hold strong for up to 100 years.
Because gutters do such an important job of protecting the foundation of your home, it’s important to make sure that they’re doing what they need to be doing. In other words, do you know when it’s time to have your gutters replaced? Here are 7 signs that you need to give us a call.
7 Signs You Need Your Gutters Replaced
Visible Cracks – When you look at your gutters do you notice cracks, holes, or separations? These generally show up where there is a seam of some sort (going around a corner, near the downspout, etc.). A small drip from a crack is only going to get worse, and remember: not all cracks are visible. The next time it rains, look at your gutters and try to spot leaks.
Separating Joints – If you have sectional gutters, you have multiple weak points. Over time the gutters will separate at the sections and start to leak. A close inspection will reveal if your gutters are separating; if they are, they’re done for. You can’t push them back together and applying more sealant is only a temporary fix.
Sagging Gutters – Just like parts of the human body, gutters start to sag as they age. There can be many different reasons for the sagging. Improper support is a big one (not enough fasteners were used). Improper cleaning is another (do you get the leaves out each year?). Regardless of why, as the gutters sag they lose strength. Once they have started sagging, the damage is set in motion and the entire thing should be replaced.
Puddles of Water – Your gutters have one job: transfer water away from the house so that you don’t end up with a flooded basement or structural issues. Puddles of water far from the house at the end of the downspout are to be expected. But are you noticing water puddling up near the foundation, or otherwise where it shouldn’t be, then it’s time to inspect the gutters to ensure they are doing what they’re supposed to be doing.
Broken Fasteners – Gutters are held to the home with fastening clips that go over the top of them. Are they breaking? You can replace just the fastener, but it is often a sign of more problems that should be addressed. Along those lines if you notice that the screws or nails holding the fasteners in place are falling out, you may have rot issues behind the gutters.
Rotting Wood – One of the best indications that your gutters aren’t doing their job is by looking at something other than the gutters themselves. Do you have wood siding, or wood around your windows? When wood remains wet for too long, it rots. Improper drainage from your gutters will cause the wood to rot and start to deteriorate your home. If you notice rot, then the gutters are likely the culprit.
Peeling Paint – Along those same lines, excess water causes paint to start peeling. If you notice that the paint on your home has started to peel, then likely improper drainage from your gutters (or cracks, splits, and other leaks) is the root cause.
Seamless Gutters in Billings, Montana
Beartooth Metal Roofing provides seamless gutters to the Billings area. Are you in Red Lodge? We will come put gutters on your home. Nye, Montana? We service the Nye area as well. Roundup, Pryor, Forsyth, Roberts, and all of the other small towns nearby?
Give us a call at 406-839-0084 and we will make sure that your home is protected from water with high quality seamless gutters.