How much time do you spend thinking about your home’s rain gutter system? Chances are you don’t spend a good deal of time thinking about them. That is, of course, until it’s time to drag out the ladder and clean them. What most homeowners don’t realize is that neglected gutters are too often the cause of a number of problems that affect a home’s siding, roof, and foundation.
The last thing you want is for water or moisture to get inside your home and damage its interior structure, which is why keeping up with gutter maintenance is crucial. In this post from The Window Store, we’ll share a few signs your gutters need help and talk about solutions for your home.
Why Gutter Function is Important
The primary role of your gutter canal system is to direct water from your roof and move it downward, channeling it out and away from your home. When water fails to move properly from your roof, it can end up causing roof damage and leaking into your attic or ceiling, damaging the structures underneath.
The wood components can become warped or rot, and mildew or mold can begin to proliferate, creating potential health problems and unpleasant musty smells in your home. This type of damage also makes it easier for animals and pests to get into your home.
In addition to roof damage, water from poorly functioning gutters can splash on your home’s exterior siding and create unsightly staining. But one of the most costly forms of gutter damage occurs when water pools near the house, causing foundational damage and even basement flooding.
These are the most common gutter problems to look out for:
1. Downspout Function Problems
When downspouts are poorly positioned, broken, or missing, they cannot move water away from your home in the way they are meant to. The last thing you want is water pooling near the base of your home. Broken and missing downspouts need to be replaced immediately.
2. Damaged Seams
A gutter system’s seams are its weakest points. Over time, these sections can become damaged or disconnected, creating leaks and allowing water to splash against the house or down near the foundation.
3. Slope Problems
When the slope or pitch of your gutter canals isn’t installed correctly or has shifted, water may not move away from the home as it’s meant to. We can install new gutters and adjust the pitch so water ends up away from your property where it can cause damage.
Connect With Our Gutter Replacement Contractors
To determine if your gutter system needs to be repaired or replaced, take a walk around your home’s exterior. If water is pooling near the base or there are stains on your home’s siding, it’s a good idea to have your gutters inspected by a team of professional gutter installation contractors.
Connect with a member of our team by calling 612.353.5780 to schedule a gutter inspection for your home. Or you can visit us online to fill out this form to get a free quote on gutter replacement today.