3 Signs You Need New Gutters

Year after year, your gutters and downspouts are always on call to channel damaging water away from the home. Though yours may have contributed decades of faithful, mostly trouble-free service, every installation has an expiration date. If you’re not certain whether or time the time for replacement has come, look out for these telltale signs of failure and call the professionals Detail Rain Gutters.

1. Cracked gutters

Cracked gutters are about as pointless as a bucket with a hole on the bottom. To inspect your gutters and downspouts, be aware that while larger cracks are plainly visible on dry, clear days—at least with the aid of binoculars—smaller cracks may only reveal themselves in a storm. No matter their size, cracks defeat the purpose of a drainage system and warrant serious appraisal. Individual cracks may be repaired, but extensive cracking is a reason to consider replacement.

2. Gutter seams

Cracked gutters are about as pointless as a bucket with a hole on the bottom. To inspect your gutters and downspouts, be aware that while larger cracks are plainly visible on dry, clear days—at least with the aid of binoculars—smaller cracks may only reveal themselves in a storm. No matter their size, cracks defeat the purpose of a drainage system and warrant serious appraisal. Individual cracks may be repaired, but extensive cracking is a reason to consider replacement.

3. Paint damaged

Believe it or not, malfunctioning gutters can ruin a perfectly good paint job. Check your exterior siding for any paint that has bubbled up or peeled away due to excess moisture. Wherever you find a section of compromised paint, be sure to check the condition of the nearest gutter. If even your painted gutters are peeling, then you very likely have a leak. In cases where peeling paint extends beyond one or a couple of areas, think seriously about gutter replacement, not repair.

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