Gutters and downspouts on your home provide a simple but important function—they channel water away from your home, which helps prevent moisture from damaging your home. How do you know when it’s time for new gutters or just a gutter repair?
We’ve put together a list of four signs that can alert you to issues with your gutter and downspouts. As a homeowner, you can inspect your gutters, landscape, and roof from the ground to see if your home shows any structural damage or other signs that it needs new gutters. Review this list and let us know if you need a quote on installation or gutter service.
1. Damaged Gutters, Soffits, and Landscaping
Damage to your gutters, home, and landscape provides some of the easiest ways to indicate that it is time to replace your existing gutters. Are they bent, loose, damaged, or have rust spots? Do you have leaky gutters when it rains? If yes, it is time for new ones.
You will want to walk around your home and look for signs of water damage along with the soffit, fascia boards, and roof. Look for dirty streaks on the rain gutters, soffit, and siding. The streaks show you where the gutters are overflowing when it rains. During a rainstorm, you may hear water splashing on the ground outside, which can also point to overflowing gutters. Pay attention to those signs.
2. Warning Water Signs of Needing New Gutters
Some signs of gutter failure are not as obvious. If water has been standing in them due to debris buildup or blockages, it can weigh heavily on parts of your home’s roof structure. Ice can have similar effects on the shingles adjacent to them. Ice can remain in and on the gutters and also get under the shingles, working its way under the roofing material. Eventually, it can cause water and foundation damage to the interior of your home.
Finally, take a good look at your landscaping, plants, and foundation. Are there signs of water running or streaming where it shouldn’t? Is the mulch or dirt washed away in certain areas? Does your home’s foundation seem damp or have a small crack? Has water been getting into a crawl space? These can be telltale signs that the gutters aren’t doing their job. If they are overflowing when it rains, they can not only wash away mulch but also damage plants and shrubs and their root structures. If you see any signs of water where it shouldn’t be, contact us to make sure you don’t have faulty gutters.
3. Unattractive Exterior & Roof Appearance
Curb appeal plays a role in the pride you feel about your home, and the gutters are an integral part of your home’s appearance. If the paint is peeling, it’s definitely time for new gutters. Weeds growing out of them also indicate a need for regular maintenance, if not replacement. The advantages of gutters include the fact that low-maintenance aluminum gutters will never need to be painted. They remain like new with little care for many years. They are also seamless, providing the clean, attractive appearance every homeowner loves.
Finally, consider the age and appearance of your roof. Are the shingles losing their textured appearance and looking aged? Most asphalt shingle roofs need to be replaced after 15-20 years, even if the shingles are rated for 25-35 years. The good news is that gutter installation is a simple process and easy to complete during roof replacement. And we have gutter guards for every budget, including advanced gutter covers that have a no-clog warranty.
4. Frequent Gutter Cleaning & Repairs
If you are finding that your gutters require repairs or cleaning on a more frequent basis, an upgraded gutter replacement and gutter cover installation can ensure easy maintenance for years to come. If you find that gutters are coming loose every winter, it could be an indication that ice is forming in the gutters and causing a problem. Our experts can take a look at how your gutters are attached and provide expertise on how to resolve costly problems stemming from your gutter system.
5. Ants & Mosquitoes
Have you noticed an increase in mosquitoes or ants around your home? This may be an indication that there is standing water. It only takes a few days for insects to breed. Additionally, in the Georgia climate, the temperatures are ideal for their life cycles to take place in stagnant rainwater. Taking care of your gutters and replacing them when needed will immediately solve the problem of standing water in your gutters. It won’t eliminate all of the mosquitos, but it will ensure that they do not cause an increasing mosquito population!
Importance of Regular Maintenance
To avoid the costly expense of gutter installation, it is essential to keep up with your gutter cleaning and repair schedule. During routine cleanings, a professional crew will make sure that your gutters are working properly and will correct any potential problems.
With a lack of proper maintenance and cleanings, damaged gutters can cause destruction to your house, costing you unnecessary time and money. When gutters are not draining correctly, displaced water can harm your beautiful home with exterior and interior water damage, including exterior paint damage, foundation degradation, and more. A new gutter system is not necessary if you take proper care of your gutters. This proactive approach will save you money in the long run.
How Long Do Gutters Last?
If you are taking care of your gutters correctly, your gutter system can last for decades to come. However, without routine cleanings and repairs, this life cycle can be shortened drastically. Help your gutters live a long life with Advanced Pressure & Gutter.
Do You Just Need a Gutter Repair?
If you have any of these five signs, you may need new gutters. If you aren’t sure, we can take a look at your gutter system to determine whether a gutter repair will do the trick or if you need gutter installation. If your gutters are leaky, overflowing, saggings, rusted, or loose, a quick service from a professional gutter repair team could fix the problem. If not, Advanced can assess your house and install new high quality seamless aluminum gutters.
Contact Advanced Pressure and Gutter Today
When homeowners in the Atlanta area need gutter cleaning or a full replacement of gutters, they contact Advanced Pressure for a free estimate. We offer aluminum seamless gutters that look great and function well for decades. And you can eliminate the need for frequent gutter maintenance by choosing gutter guards that keep debris out but let the rainwater pass through to keep your home dry. We have several cover options to suit your budget.
Finally, remember that we do pressure washing, too, so your home can be sparkling clean as well as have excellent protection from the ravages of nature.
From gutter cleaning, gutter installation, painting, to drainage solutions, trust Advanced Pressure and Gutter with your house maintenance needs. For more than 30 years, the Advanced team has serviced the Atlanta area with high quality, professional services. Contact us today with any gutter service questions or concerns!