With regular maintenance, your home's gutters can last a lifetime. However, even the most well-maintained gutters can be damaged from bad weather and even roofing issues. If you have gutters that aren't in their best shape, they can't do their job well, which is to keep water run-off from damaging your home's siding and its foundation. Luckily, one call to your local roofing company is all it takes to get new gutters ready to protect your home. Keep reading to learn more about the best time to replace your home's gutters.
Do It before the Wet Season
Your home's gutter system is responsible for moving water away from your home's roof. If you had problems with sagging gutters during the last wet season, which is often during the spring, don't expect the problem to go away on its own. Replace your gutters before the wet season arrives. Most roofers like to replace gutters during the summer months because the weather tends to be drier and more stable.
When You Get a New Roof
Has your roof reached the end of its lifespan? If roof replacement is something you're considering, check on the condition of your gutters. If your gutters are showing signs of wear and tear, now is the perfect time to replace them. When the roof is being replaced, it's easier for roofers to install the new gutter system.
When You Decide to Sell Your Home
You already know that curb appeal matter when selling your home. So, don't overlook your home's gutters. Do they have noticeable damage such as hail marks? Are they discolored or cracked? Are there sections pulling away from the house? These are examples of damage that needs fixed before you put your house on the market. Buyers prefer homes that have their major systems in good condition. The gutters are often overlooked, but they're very important to your roofing structure, your home's drainage, and to your home's overall appearance.
Do You Have Moldy Gutters?
It's not unusual for gutters to get moldy. If the gutters aren't cleaned regularly, it doesn't take much time for mold growth to happen. Before you replace your gutters, try cleaning them using a power washer. Most of the time the power washer cleans away small amounts of mold. However, if you've cleaned your gutters and the mold's still there, call your local roofing company to ask about replacement services.
If your home has metal gutters, check them regularly for signs of rust. Metal gutters corrode as they age, causing small pinhole leaks as well as large holes. Depending on the extent of the damage and the kind of gutter system you have, you may only have to replace one section.
No matter what kind of material your gutters are made from it's important to clean and inspect them regularly, at least once a season. If you notice water puddles around your home after a rain, check the gutters to make sure there isn't an obstruction and that they're still intact. To learn more about gutter replacement, contact Findlay Roofing at (770) 516-5806.