A home’s gutter system is often forgotten about until there is a massive problem that needs to be resolved. Unfortunately, many homeowners forget about their gutter system until it is too late, but doing so can be exceptionally expensive and cause a lot of damage to your home.

This is why it is important to invest in preventative maintenance. By taking care of your gutters with preventative maintenance, they can last up to 50 years. That is money well spent!

But, how will you know if you are in the market for a gutter replacement? Here are some red flags to watch for.

  1. They look loose
    Over time, your gutter systems may lose their rigidity and this will cause them to begin to detach from your home. If you are notice the gutters are starting to detach, are sagging, or bowed, then chances are you need to invest in at least a partial replacement.
  2. They are dry
    Think of it this way, a dry gutter is not an efficient gutter. Gutters are meant to lead water away from the home, and if they are dry after a rainstorm, they might have holes and cracks preventing water to be diverted appropriately.
  3. Your shingles are peeling
    Unfortunately, a faulty gutter system requires at least some roof repairs in the process. If you notice your shingles are peeling near the gutter, this could be a sign the gutter is not installed properly and water is entering your home. While you may not need a full roof replacement, if you notice peeling, it most likely means repairs will be needed in the very near future.
  4. You notice pools of standing water
    A good gutter will lead water away from your home, so if you see standing water at the base of the gutter drain, repair is needed. Standing water near a home’s foundation can be dangerous, as it will slowly seep into your foundation and cause structural damage. At this point, repair is needed and can be expensive.

Think of it this way — your home’s structure depends on properly installed and maintained gutters. If you notice any or all of these red flags, please do not hesitate to call our gutter professionals at G & K Roofing and Remodeling, Inc.