Gutters are essential in protecting your home from water damage. They safely direct water away from the house, saving you from spending significant repair costs. However, like most building materials, gutters deteriorate as they age. According to the National Association of Home Builders, aluminum gutters can last for around 20 years while copper has an estimated lifespan of 50 years.
Your local metal roofing contractor will help you determine if it’s time to get new gutters.
Using binoculars, check your gutters and downspouts for visible cracks. Both small and big cracks can make your drainage system useless. While individual cracks may be repaired, extensive cracking may require a complete replacement.
Damaged gutters can allow rainwater or snowmelt to overflow to your home’s exterior. Over time, this can cause rot in the wooden components of your home, such as the siding, windows and doors. An inefficient drainage system can also result in water-damaged drywall.
Overflowing gutters will cause water to pool back onto your roof, which can harm the shingles. Damaged gutters increase the risk of roof sag, cracks and leaks. When you wait too long to replace your deteriorating gutters, you can also end up spending on a new roof. Whether it’s time to get a new metal roof or gutters, you can count on Hinkle Roofing.
Excess moisture can cause the paint on your exterior to bubble and peel. If a part of your siding is peeling, check the nearest gutter for damage. Consider a gutter replacement if multiple areas of your exterior have peeling paint.
Mold and Mildew
Mildew and mold can grow in your basement or underground spaces due to damaged gutters. If even after multiple repairs, this problem persists, it’s best to have your gutters replaced.
Hinkle Roofing is the area’s most trusted residential roofing company. Our experienced team specializes in professional gutter installation and repair. Call us at (205) 324-8545 or complete our contact form to schedule an in-home consultation.