How to Determine If You Need New Gutters For Your Home In Denver
Have you recently bought a new house with old gutters or have lived in your home for awhile and noticed that your gutters are leaking?
For many home buyers, a new gutter system is low on the list of 'must-haves,' and this feature often gets ignored for a period, or at least until you've settled in.
Unfortunately, forgetting to install new gutters could be a detriment to your home and property value. We're going to talk about what signs indicate that new gutters are needed--keep reading for more information!
1. Standing Water
Walk outside after it rains. Do you have a small moat around your home?
Standing water is one of the easiest ways to detect whether you need to install a new gutter system or if your old one is failing. It could also mean that your gutters are in need of cleaning.
Regardless of the 'why,' this is an issue that needs to be taken care of quickly as it can affect your home's foundation!
2. Mosquito and Pests
Because a gutter system helps eliminate stagnant, standing water, it is also safe to say that gutters help with mosquito and pest control.
An increase in these annoying insects and other small pests may mean that your gutters are failing, or in the case of a new home, that they are much needed. Also remember that if mosquitos are breeding in standing water, it is also a haven for illness-causing bacteria.
3. Peeling Paint
Unfortunately, gutters are not a one-time installation. Over the years, the paint will begin to peel. Most people consider this unsightly, but not a major issue.
However, peeling paint can be a hint that new gutters are needed. Additionally, if you begin to see pieces of orange debris, there could be rust build-up in your gutters.
4. New Gutters Don't Sag
Aside from the fact that sagging gutters are unpleasant to look at, they can also damage your home. A gutter system may pull away from your home or sag due to excess weight of debris or standing water.
Gutters that sag could be old, or they may be the wrong kind for the climate. As there are several types and styles of gutters, it is worth consulting with a professional.
5. Cracking Materials
The idea behind a gutter system is to allow water to drain away from your house and basement. If the gutter material is cracked and leaking, it is not performing as needed.
Small cracks in the material can happen, but if you notice that there are large amounts of water leaking, it could be time to replace the gutter system.
Opting for a New Gutter System
If you have noticed these signs for a while and they seem to worsen with time, your home may require new gutters. However, there is a chance the system can be saved by a professional if it is not completely beyond repair.
Should you be interested in adding a gutter system to your home, replacing the current one, or making repairs, contact us!
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