Most homeowners underestimate the importance of rain gutters. These vital accessories to your roof protect your home from water and rain damage. Additionally, a well-designed drainage system will add years to the overall life of your roof.
If you limit your gutter maintenance to the occasional clean-out, then you may have a need for gutter repair or replacement. Like any part of your home, gutters have a limited lifespan. Once they begin to fail, your entire home, from roof to foundation, can suffer the consequences.
Signs Your Gutters Need Replacement
Several signs indicate that your rain gutters have reached the end of their life. First of all, if they sag or hang loosely from your house, it becomes impossible for them to function properly. Gutters that sag will create an opportunity to water to overflow. As water collects around your house, it forms pools that will eventually seep into your foundation.
Additionally, look for signs of rust or peeling paint around your gutters. These general signs of wear suggest that it’s time for replacement.
How Rain Gutters Protect Your Home
Without gutters, rain would do considerable damage to your home. Gutters draw and collect water from your roof. If water collects on your roof, it will degrade your shingles, promote the growth of mold, and eventually lead to rot. The transfer of water away from your house serves as the second primary function of gutters.
Water that collects too close to your house threatens your foundation. As the water destabilizes the earth, your foundation will crack. Water can also seep underneath to form slab leaks, a damaging scenario in which water invades your ground floor or basement.
If non-functioning gutters have already caused damage to your home, call Score Construction at (347) 441-4646. We exist to serve the needs of our clients in the Brooklyn and Queens area.