Manufacturers design gutters to protect your home from the effects of precipitation. Yet a defective gutter system does neither you nor your home any favors. Cracks, rust, structural problems, water pooling, and more can signal issues and lead to significant damage. Learn what your gutter system is deteriorating and when to employ professional gutter replacement services if you notice one or more of these signs.
Fairfax, VA, residents should seek gutter replacement specialists at HB Home Services. Our home services experts ensure your home can withstand severe weather conditions and keep your family comfortable. We’re proud to install RainPro gutters, which offer optimized design, strength, water flow, color choices, and fit for your home. For a free estimate on your next gutter system, contact us today at (703) 764-0498.
Below, we discuss 4 symptoms of a gutter system in need of replacement:
1. Cracks & Breaks
Even small cracks in your gutters can become significant issues, as they will grow over time and jeopardize the entire system. Gutter cracks put fascia boards, roof shingles, and even home foundations at risk of water damage. A home improvement specialist can determine if the damage warrants a gutter system replacement.
The seams that hold gutter portions together should be sturdy and airtight. But a compromised seam can lead to just as much damage as a crack. Although anomalous breaks can be addressed on a case-by-case basis, consistent ones may necessitate replacing your whole gutter system.
2. Rust & Peeling Paint
Rust is a glaring sign of an aging gutter system. It tends to weaken gutter material by creating holes and general deterioration. As with cracks and breaks, you may repair rust spots here and there. However, frequent occurrences are a sign you need a gutter replacement.
The same point applies to paint. Gutter paint is made to withstand water, snow, debris, and wear and tear. However, it may break down when exposed to standing water for a prolonged period. If water is trapped in your gutters by a blockage or structural issue, you’ll likely see gutter paint start to peel or flake. This symptom often points to a bigger problem; thus, a simple repainting won’t correct the issue.
3. Structural Problems
Standing water can undermine the structural integrity of your gutter system. For instance, water weight can cause your gutters to sag or divert from your home. Replacement is a better option because of the tediousness and high cost of repairing this issue. Indeed, a new system may address the root cause of this problem—whether an inefficient model for your home or a widespread blockage.
Nails, screws, and fasteners keep gutters in place, hugging your roof and fascia. Although it’s normal for the occasional piece to fall off, you shouldn’t see this metal hardware littering your home’s perimeter. If you frequently spot metal pieces on the ground, speak to a professional about your gutter system.
4. Water Damage & Pooling
Continual gutter maintenance can help you prevent drainage problems and premature aging. Clean, clear gutters and downspouts should have no issue directing water away from your home. On the other hand, you can identify a dysfunctional gutter system from the visible water damage beneath it. Leaking or overflowing water can damage your soffit and fascia board.
Moreover, water may pool near the foundation of your home—one of the main problems gutter systems should prevent. Water pooling is a clear indication of a prolonged issue, perhaps a clog or another error in the system. Mildew may also grow on the foundations due to spillage, which spells trouble for your home’s structural integrity.
Expert Gutter Replacement Services for your Fairfax, VA, Home
Summer is relatively dry and sunny, making it a great time for gutter replacements! Schedule a replacement service before fall brings leaves and rain. HB Home Services offers skilled gutter replacement services to homeowners in the Fairfax, VA, area. Ensure your gutter system is ready to protect your home from the elements. For a free project estimate, contact us online or at (703) 764-0498.