Signs You Need Gutter Replacement
The Pacific Northwest is infamous for rain, rain, and even more rain. As a homeowner, you know the importance of taking care of your property’s gutter system, as that’s what protects your roof and the foundation of your home from the effects of the weather. You may clean them on a regular basis, clearing out leaves and any other clogs. If you do all that and still struggle you might ask yourself – do I need a gutter replacement? If any of the signs below sound familiar to you, it may be time to replace your gutters.
Gaps, Cracks, and Holes
Gutters need to be connected in a continuous channel in order to function. While some cracks and holes can be fixed with sealant, if there are multiple gaps throughout the sections your gutters are no likely no longer functioning properly. If so, these leaky gutters may be causing water damage and need to be replaced.
You don’t need a professional’s eye to detect this warning sign – in fact, you don’t even need a ladder. All you have to do is circle your property and look for any sections of gutters that are sagging away from the exterior of your home. This usually happens when they fill with water due to clogs and debris, and while it’s possible to repair a sagging gutter it can be so costly that in many cases it’s more cost-effective to just install new gutters.
Most modern gutters are made of materials that resist or are immune to rust like aluminum or vinyl. However, depending on the material your gutters are made of, they may rust over time, especially in areas so prone to rainfall like Portland OR and Vancouver WA. If you have an older home or older gutters, your gutters may be made of a less rust-resistant material but even aluminum can oxidize after many years. Over time, the material of your gutters will corrode, and if left unchecked the rusted metal could crack or shatter entirely.
Mold and Water Damage
Your gutters are there to work with the slope of your roof in catching rainwater and safely channeling it away from your home. If it’s unable to do that for some reason, you’ll eventually see the effects in and around your house. This mainly comes in the form of water damage and mold on the exterior of your property, both major indicators of excessive moisture. Putting it simply, if the outside of your home is starting to discolor, it’s time for a gutter replacement. And Happy Gutters is here to help.
Gutter Replacements From Happy Gutters
At Happy Gutters, we’re proud to call ourselves the “Rockstars” of gutter contracting in the Portland OR and Vancouver WA area. You need gutters that work for your home as hard as you do, and if your current system isn’t pulling its weight, it’s time to upgrade. While some homeowners are reluctant to spend the money to replace their gutters, in the long term, the cost of gutter replacement will be lower than the potential cost of years of cleaning or repairing your gutters. Not to mention the damage that excess water can cause to homes in the Pacific NW. Don’t get soaked, call Happy Gutters to get a free quote for gutter replacement – you’ll be glad you did.