If you have broken gutters, you're inviting water into your home. Gutters are an essential guard against damage from rain and snow. If yours are intact and trouble-free, they’ll ably protect your roof, walls, interiors, and wallet, but problems indicate you'll soon need a gutter replacement. Here’s what you need to know about spotting trouble.
When Should I Get New Gutters?
1. Water Damage
If you notice water-damaged walls or ceilings under your eaves or see streams of water overflowing your gutters during a rainstorm, you may need to have your gutters replaced. Gutters, which carry rainwater away from your roof and foundation, must stay free of leaves, dirt, and debris. Inspect gutters on a sunny day for any blockages. If your gutters continue to leak or overflow after you’ve cleaned and unclogged them, you may need gutter replacement. Consult with a qualified roofing contractor to confirm any suspicions.
2. Broken Gutters
Cracks, holes, splits, and rust are cause for replacement. Small bits of damage may be immediately concerning, but age and storms will eventually tear your gutter system apart. Sagging or poorly installed gutters exacerbate the troubles and affect gutters, shingles, and exterior walls. Have professionals inspect your roof to determine if you need gutter replacement .
The growth of mildew around your drainpipes is another sign of gutter damage. Mildew forms when moisture is trapped in places where the sun can't dry it. Left unchecked, mildew can destroy your drainage system. Check your drainpipes after heavy storms for any signs of mildew and remove it by scouring affected surfaces with a mixture of water and bleach.
If you're looking for an experienced roofing contractor, DME Exteriors in Breckenridge, MN, offers dependable and affordable roofing services to clients in and around Fargo backed by an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau®. Whether you need gutter replacement or interior remodeling, they're dedicated to exceeding customer expectations for every job. Visit their website to learn more about their services, or call (612) 710-3833 to schedule a free consultation today.