Living in Charlotte, NC one thing is for sure – it’s going to rain and it’s going to rain a lot. Your roof and siding aren’t the only barriers protecting your home from water intrusion; your gutters do a lot too! Installing and maintaining your home gutter and downspout system ensures that rain and moisture are collected and diverted away from the exterior walls and foundation of your property. Although most gutter systems are designed using materials that are meant to last – gutter and downspout effectiveness can be deteriorated by damage from the elements or pests and may need to be replaced.
As a homeowner, it’s important to get your gutter systems inspected regularly to ensure that your home stays protected. Listed below are warning signs that you may need to replace your gutter system on your home. If you’re experiencing any of the following, give the experts at Signature Exteriors of Charlotte a call and we’ll be happy to provide a free estimate for gutter replacement.
- Cracks, Holes or Rust Spots
Larger cracks, holes and weakened areas in your gutter system defeat the purpose of the drainage system. Although larger cracks may be quite visible to you as the homeowner, smaller damages and holes may only reveal themselves during a large storm. These damaged areas can be, temporarily, repaired using sealant but extensive cracking is a good reason to consider gutter replacement.
- Peeling Paint
Faulty gutter systems can ruin the exterior paint on your home. Peeling paint can be caused by excess or trapped moisture in the area. If you’re noticing paint peeling around your property, check out the closest gutter and inspect it for cracks or separation at the seams. If you’re noticing paint damage in more than one area, it may be time to consider replacing the gutters.
- Pitch Problems
In order for gutter systems to be effective, they need to be installed with the correct pitch. From a distance, you may think your gutters run parallel to your roofline but in reality, they’re installed with a slight slope to the water can flow towards the downspouts. If you’re noticing that water is overflowing from your gutters and not draining to your downspouts well – it may be time to call an expert that can perform an inspection to ensure your gutters have the appropriate pitch.