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Denver Roofers Explain How to Tell If Your Home Needs New Gutters

April 25, 2018

Though your roof protects your house from the elements, it’s not the only thing that keeps water from doing damage to the interior of your home. In fact, your gutters are instrumental in preventing leaks and water damage throughout your house. However, like your roof, your gutters will eventually need to be replaced by your trusted Denver roof repair team. If you’re like most homeowners, spotting the signs that it’s time to replace your gutters can be a real challenge. Here are a few of the most common signs it’s time to replace your gutters.

Gutters are pulling away from the siding

When in good condition, your gutters should sit flush with the side of your home. This allows the water and runoff from your roof to flow into the gutters rather than down the side of your house. Gutters often start to pull away or sag if they’re full of water and not draining properly. Luckily, this problem is easy to spot; walk around the perimeter of your home and inspect the gutters every few months. If you notice that the gutters are starting to bend or pull away from the siding, it may be time to replace them with a new system.

There are cracks in the metal

Gutters work to keep your home leak-free by sending water from the roof to a designated drainage area. If the gutters are cracked or damaged anywhere along the system, water will start to drip down the siding. This increases your risk of water damage and leaks inside your home. If you notice cracks or damage to the gutters anywhere in the metal, it’s time to schedule a replacement. Older systems often rust out and lead to weak spots that split under strain. Newer units are designed to withstand the demands of Colorado winters and will give you years of reliable drainage without forcing you to worry about the safety of your home.

Puddles form around your foundation

When gutters are working properly, the foundation around your home and the surrounding landscaping should be relatively dry. If puddles are collecting around the foundation or runoff is causing your landscaping to become overwatered, it may be time to replace your gutters. Installing a new system will help curb the amount of runoff that makes it to your foundation. Over time, this will greatly reduce the number of repairs and the severity of foundation damage and issues that your home experiences.

Paint is peeling up on your siding

When moisture falls from your gutters and soaks into the siding of your home, it can cause the paint to start to bubble up or peel away from the surface. Use a ladder to inspect the paint behind and beneath the gutter system at least once in the spring and again in the fall. If you notice any bubbles in the paint or see areas where the color is flaking away, you may need to schedule a gutter replacement.

If you’re worried about your home’s gutters, schedule an inspection with the experts at Big Creek Roofers. Our friendly team will inspect your entire roof and gutter system to assess it for damage. Contact us today to schedule a free inspection and estimate.