The smell of fall is in the air — crisp, cooler weather, pumpkin spice and ripe apples. Fall is also the time when many families decide to kick off a few home improvement projects as the hot summer sun is finally ready to give it a rest. Keeping up with home maintenance projects such as cleaning your gutters, chopping back weeds and touching up your porch paint are easy projects that you can tackle in a weekend. However, did you know that the gutters you’re getting ready to clean out may be damaged enough that they need to be replaced, and that replacing them can save you from some pretty hefty repair bills in the future?
Dangers of Damaged Gutters
Sure, damaged gutters don’t look good and they probably aren’t pushing the water as far away from your home as you really want them to, but are they actually dangerous? The answer might surprise you. Gutters do more than just channel water down the side of your home in a structured way. They also keep your foundation or basement dry, keep your home from leaking and even protect your landscaping and grass from erosion. The power of water is pretty awesome in the truest sense of the word, and mass quantities of water can wreak havoc in your home faster than you realize.
Signs of Damaged Gutters
Sure, part of your home maintenance task each fall is to clean the gutters, but how can you tell the difference between normal wear and tear and gutters that truly need to be replaced? Here’s a quick-hit list that might help you decide to take the step to replace your gutters.
Replace your gutters when:
- They are visibly damaged, rusted or sagging
- There are significant gaps between the gutters and the side of your home or they are pulling away from the walls
- There is standing water in the gutters
- Your landscaping has visible erosion, or there are water channels forming under your downspouts
- You find mold or excess water in your basement or crawl space
- You see peeling paint on your home or find nails on the ground below your gutters
Extending the Life of Your Gutters
Once your gutters have been replaced, there are some steps that you can take to extend the life of your new gutters, such as:
- Cleaning gutters in the spring and fall
- Re-securing any fasteners that fall loose and resealing end caps as needed
- Adding leaf guards or caps
- Checking adjustment to the home due to settling
Even if you don’t currently have a painting project going on, The Painting Company can take a look at aging gutters and let you know if its time for replacements, and then take care of the problem quickly and efficiently for you! Call or go online today to schedule your free in-home estimate.