Your home would not remain dry and protected for long without the help of properly fitted gutters. When your gutters are faulty, it can cause a variety of issues, that is why it’s so important to maintain them and see to any repairs when needed. Here are some benefits to replacing your gutters and the signs that an upgrade is due.
Benefits to replacing your gutters
There are several benefits to replacing your gutters, including:
Provides the ultimate protection for your home
The number one reason to replace your gutters when needed is that it provides the ultimate protection to your biggest asset – your home! Gutters that are not doing their job properly can cause a lot of damage to your home. Water damage is one of the major ones. If water has the opportunity to pool on your roof, it can seep into the roof cavity and the interior of your home. As the roof is up high, and if you are like most others, you don’t go into the cavity to look at it regularly, this can go unnoticed for some time. Often water damage from inferior guttering only gets noticed when the issue has become widespread. This is bad for two reasons. One is that water and moisture in warm and dark environments aka a roof can be prone to mould growth. Mould can be extremely hazardous to your health. The other one is that it can be expensive and time-consuming to fix. If water pools at the foundation of your home for some time can cause structural issues, and this is never a good thing.
Failing gutters can be dangerous for people who walk under them. Additionally, if there are strong winds they may rip off and hit someone or something. When water cannot run off as it should, it will spill onto the ground below it. This can make the surface slippery, and it can cause accidents.
Boost the appeal and value of your home
If your guttering system has seen better days, it can detract from the overall appeal of your property and its value. If you ever intend on selling and you have left your gutters unseen for too long, this can be a major drawback to potential buyers, especially if the gutters have caused damage to the home.
Fewer repairs need to be made
Sometimes there comes a point where your gutters can only be repaired so many times before an entire replacement is in order. Getting a whole replacement means that you don’t have to tend to repairs all the time. Getting up and down on a ladder to do this often is not fun. Many repairs can add up, and they can end up costing you more than a replacement in the long run.
How do I know if my gutters need an upgrade?
There are some tell-tale signs that your guttering may need upgrading, below are some of them:
Signs of wear
When gutters are old and seen better days they will typically show obvious signs of wear and tear. Some things to look out for are holes, cracks, rust, bowing, bending and parts of guttering that have broken off. If your gutters have extensive signs of any of these, this is an indication that they need an upgrade sooner rather than later before they have the chance to cause damage to your home.
Flattened grass or landscaping
When your gutters are not working sufficiently, water will catapult to the ground below them, and as a result, it can flatten the grass or landscaping. If rain has been set in for a while this can damage your greenery beyond repair, so if you notice this has happened at your place, it is time to book a gutter inspection. They may simply be clogged or need replacing.
When your gutters aren’t functioning properly, water will run onto your fascia. If the fascias are showing signs of decay, you should take this as an urgent sign to get your gutters looked at. Both your gutters and your fascia protect your home so if either of these is compromised in any way, your home is at risk.
Water pooling in the gutters
Gutters will often pool water in them when they are clogged with debris and leaf litter however, if you’ve cleaned your gutters out and they are still storing water, a replacement may be on the cards. Pooling water in your gutters is a problem because it prevents water from running away from the home, and it provides a water source for pests such as rodents and mosquitos.
Pests calling your place home
As mentioned, pests need a source of water and what a better place than up high on your roof away from potential threats. No one wants unwelcomed pests calling their place home. If your gutters are malfunctioning and pests have appeared, a gutter inspection is recommended as you may need a replacement.
A.I Gutter and Roofing can take care of all your gutter and roofing needs, including repairs, inspections, replacements and more. If you think your gutters may need replacing, contact your local Gold Coast Gutter Installation professional team today. We service all of the Gold Coast and the surrounding areas and can organise an obligation-free quote for you.