Have spring rains proven that your gutters are no longer serving their purpose? The thought of replacing your gutters might have you wondering whether you can install new gutters yourself.
Installing gutters isn’t a DIY project. Here’s why:
Gutters have to be the right size
Did you know gutters come in all different sizes, and even in different shapes? The size and pitch of your roof, the layout of your home and how much rain tends to fall on your house all impact what size gutters you need. The best way to make sure your gutters are properly sized for your home is to hire a professional who is trained and knowledgeable in sizing and installing gutters.
Gutters have to be the right pitch
It’s not just about size; gutters also have to be properly pitched. If your gutters don’t follow the right slope, water will pool instead of flowing smoothly to the downspouts. A gutter professional will ensure that your gutters are pitched to keep the water flowing.
Gutters require the right amount of downspouts
Those properly sized and sloped gutters need to let the water out somewhere. Downspouts evacuate the water from your gutters. Without the right amount, right size and right placement of downspouts, gutters will overflow or pool water.
Improperly placed downspouts can cause damage
Speaking of downspouts, downspouts that deposit water too close to your home can cause damage to your foundation. At the very least, downspouts require splash pads to catch the water and funnel it away from your home’s foundation. Depending on the drainage around your home, you might also need extenders or drains for your downspouts to keep your home safe. A professional gutter installer can advise you on what’s best for your home.
Improperly installed gutters can damage your roof
How much do you know about gutters and roofing? Your gutters work in conjunction with your roof. Sometimes hanging gutters can reveal roof problems. Or, if gutters aren’t installed properly along your roof, they can put pressure on your roof, cause flooding against your roof or cause other types of gutter issues. A professional gutter installer knows how to place gutters without causing harm to the roof.
Gutter installation can be dangerous
There’s a reason people hate to clean out or maintain their gutters: Getting up on a latter to do work along your roof-line can be dangerous! A misplaced ladder or an accidental fall could result in serious injury or worse. Personal safety is one of the main reasons to trust your gutter installation to a professional.
You won’t save as much as you think
It might seem like a money saver to install gutters by yourself, but it won’t save you as much money as you think. You’ll have to buy plenty of gutters, fasteners, and brackets, and you’ll have to figure out how to transport long sections of gutters from the home improvement store. Not to mention that any gutters you by from the home improvement store will be lower quality seemed gutters.
Is it clear that your gutters are ready for replacement? Call The Gutterman of TN! We can find the right gutters for your home and install gutters the right way to keep your home safe from damaging water runoff.
Gutters will last for decades if they’re well cared for, and when your gutters are performing well, it’s easy to forget about them. However, eventually, your gutters will break down, putting your home at risk for serious water damage. To prevent this, it’s important to keep tabs on the health of your gutter. Chances are your gutters will let you know when they need to be replaced with the following signs.
Cracks in your gutters are a sure sign that it’s time to consider gutter replacement. They allow water to flow down and out of the gutters, depositing water next to your home’s foundation or allowing water to run down the sides of your home. The best way to spot cracks in your gutters is to inspect your gutters on a rainy day. Take a walk around your home in the rain to look for water running through cracks, holes or separations in your gutter system.
As gutters age, they can begin to pull away from the sides of your home. Not only do sagging gutters look unsightly, but they allow water to run off of the roof between the gutter and the roofline, potentially damaging your home. If your gutters are sagging, it’s time to consider new gutters to protect your home from water damage and improve your home’s curb appeal.
Peeling Paint or Rust Stains
If your gutters aren’t containing water runoff from your roof, the sides of your home might be letting you know. Look for peeling paint, warped siding or rust stains down the sides of your home. Just fixing the damaged siding won’t save your home; the only way to fix the problem is with new gutters.
Just like the sides of your home’s siding might be showing signs that your gutters are due to be replaced, your home’s woodwork might reveal that gutters are letting water damage your home. Check the wooden fascia under your roofs overhang, as well as wooden frames around doors or windows for signs of rot. Your gutters should keep water away from the sides and structure of your home to protect the wood.
Mildew or Mold
Take a walk around the outside of your home. Do you notice mildew or mold stains around the foundation of your home, on the siding or underneath the roof overhangs? That means water’s accessing your home, and your gutters aren’t doing their job.
Damp or Flooded Basement
The primary function of your gutters is to deposit water away from the foundation of your home to prevent foundation damage. If your basement gets moist, floods, when it rains, smells like mildew or shows signs of mold on the walls, your gutters are allowing water to enter your home at its base. Replace the gutters before water does serious damage to your foundation.
Take a walk around your home this spring. Do you see signs that your gutters are failing? It might be time to replace your gutters. Call The Gutterman of TN to have your gutters inspected and hear your options for replacing your failing gutter system.
Gutters can last for decades, which means that most often, the homeowners who replace them aren’t the same homeowners who installed them. And because homeowners often don’t know when their gutters were installed, or what sort of abuse they’ve endured over the years, it can be difficult to know when to replace them. There are some signs your gutters, or your home might be sent to let you know when it’s time for a gutter replacement.
Cracked or Separating Gutters
Cracks in the gutters, or separation at gutter seams, are an obvious sign that gutters are failing and need to be replaced. When gutters are cracked, water leaks easily through them and gathers around your home, where it can cause damage. While there are ways to repair cracked gutters, it most often isn’t worth the time, energy or money. If your gutters are cracked or pulling apart at the seams, it’s likely time to replace your gutters.
Peeling Paint or Rotting Wood
Your gutters are one of your home’s primary defense mechanisms from water damage. If you notice water damage on the exterior of your home, it can almost always be traced back to failing gutters. Paint peeling from your home’s siding or woodwork, or rotting on your home’s fascia, is a good indication that your gutters are due for replacement.
Cold winters and debris gathering in the gutters put stress on your gutter system. Over time, that stress causes your gutter supports to fail. Your gutters will begin to pull away from your roofline. If gutters aren’t flush with the roofline, they’ll no longer be in a position to collect rainwater as it pours down your roof. If your gutters are sagging away from the roofline, it might be a sign that your gutters are due to be replaced.
Mold, Mildew or Moisture in Your Basement
Believe it or not, failing or faulty gutter systems are often to blame for moisture in your basement. That’s because it’s the job of your gutters to gather water from your roof and deposit it safely away from your home and your home’s foundation. Replacing your gutters can reduce moisture and flooding in your basement and save your home from serious water and foundation damage.
If your landscape is washing away, you need to look upward toward your gutters. If gutters are failing, they will overflow or fail to hold water, which can send rainwater cascading down onto your landscaping, washing it away. Don’t ignore water-damaged landscaping; inspect the gutters above to make sure that your gutters aren’t in need of replacement.
If your gutters are telling you that they need to be replaced, call The Gutterman of TN! The Gutterman can outfit your home with replacement gutters that will keep your home safe from water damage for decades to come.