3 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Gutters

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Rain gutters are essential to protecting your home from mold, mildew, and other water damage. While they can add a nice decorative element to your house, their primary purpose is to direct rainwater away from your siding and foundation.

Gutters are typically installed under the edge of your roof to capture rainwater as it streams down your roof. The gutters then direct the rainwater towards downspouts, which then dispense the water into drainage systems that relocate the water away from your home’s foundation.

In the south, rain gutters are essential to housing structures due to the significant rainfall and humidity that hit the southern regions throughout the year. If your gutters aren’t working properly, it can cause flooding in your home, trenches to form around your home’s foundation, and mold to build, among other things.

Here are 3 signs your gutters are working properly and may need to be replaced:

1. You notice a lot of build-up in your gutters. You should clean out your gutters a minimum of once a year, but ideally, you should clean them twice a year – once in the spring and once in the fall. If you notice a build-up of rust, standing water in your gutters, and/or other signs of wear and tear, you may need to replace your gutters to keep them working efficiently.

2. Your gutters are leaking. Well-installed gutters shouldn’t leak at all. Leaks can occur because of rust, holes, or other damage to the gutter system. Leaks can also lead to further gutter damage, so if you notice a leaking spot it’s important to get it checked out by a professional as soon as possible.

3. There’s visible damage to your gutter system. If gutters aren’t regularly maintained or aren’t installed properly, they start to show signs of visible damage. From dents to sagging sections, a gutter replacement will help restore the functionality of your gutter system.

Gutters may seem like they play a small role in the safety and functionality of your home, but their part is much bigger – especially if you live in areas that have high quantities of rainfall or humidity. If you notice any signs of damage to your gutter system, Hewatt Roofing can help! We offer roofing customers reliable gutter system products and installation, protected by a warranty for craftsmanship and materials. Give us a call today!

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