While they might not be the flashiest element of your home, gutters play a critical role in keeping the structure protected. They ensure that water does not pour off the roof and erode the foundation of your home. They also tie into your home’s aesthetic. However, gutters degrade over time, and you will eventually need to invest in a gutter replacement for your Chelsea, MA, home. Not sure if your gutters are ready for replacement? Here are five signs to watch for.
Rust and Holes
One of the most obvious signs that your gutters are in need of replacement is the development of rust and holes in the gutters and downspouts. If there are holes in the gutters, they’re not doing their job of channeling water very well.
Gutters are made from separate pieces of metal and connected to one another in a series. Over time, stress, heat, and damage can cause these pieces to separate from one another. When they do, water can spill out through the resulting crack.
Pulling Away from the Roof
Properly functioning gutters should be flush against the fascia board on your roof. If they are not, then water can spill down between the gutter and your roof. It leads to rot of the fascia board, and can even affect the roof itself. It also allows water to contact the side of the home, which can cause damage to your paint.
When properly installed, gutters should form a straight horizontal line. It allows them to channel water from the roof to the corners, where it is sent down the downspout and then away from your home. If you notice that your gutters are sagging, it means that water can pool in the sagging portion, and it is not properly draining.
Erosion around Your Foundation
In some cases, you may not notice any damage to the gutters on your home themselves, but if you see signs of erosion around your home’s foundation caused by water, you can bet that there is an issue with your gutters.
As you can see, there are many signs that you need to invest in a gutter replacement. We invite you to contact Carroll Sons Roofing today to learn more about our gutter replacement options. We can even help if moisture has started to damage your roof. Call us at 617-625-8334.