Gutters are an important part of a house. They direct water away from exterior walls, doors, windows, and the foundation, and prevent water from making its way indoors. While cleaning the gutters several times a year will increase their lifespan, most will have to be repaired or replaced at some point.
Look out for these five signs that the house requires gutter replacement in Orland Park.
Splits or Cracks
Small splits and cracks are not a big deal. However, they can eventually turn into more significant problems. If the crack remains, there is a risk of gutter damage, and damage to the fascia boards that lie behind the gutters.
Peeling Paint On or Around the Gutters
The paint on the gutters is supposed to withstand wear and tear throughout the seasons. Unless the gutters are very old, orange flecks and peeling paint in the beginning stages of rust are a sign that water is remaining in the gutters. It may be time for a gutter replacement, as water is unable to flow and there may be cracks and other damage present.
Signs of Mildew
If there is a buildup of mildew near the foundation, it could be an indication that the gutters are blocked or that there is a defect in the system.
Water Marks and Water Damage
Check the gutters annually on a day that is sunny and dry. Water marks or damage below the gutter indicate that overflowing water may be escaping the gutter. This kind of problem can damage the fascia board and soffit, and a gutter replacement will be necessary.
Gutters should never pull away from the house or sag. If they do, it is possibly an indication that they are full of water. A full gutter means the system is no longer appropriate for the home and should be replaced by a professional.