It’s easy to forget about the gutters around your home. However, they are an essential part of keeping your home dry and your roof free from damage. Knowing how to maintain gutters and when they need to be replaced can ensure that your house stays free from leaks or other roof-based problems.

Issues With Old or Damaged Gutters

The main job of a gutter is to strategically funnel and move water away from your roof and property. This ensures no standing water on the roof, which can eventually rot your roof or cause other damage. Pooled water in clogged gutters can also promote mold growth in your home or be an ideal home for insects such as mosquitos. Over time, gutters can begin to develop various issues. 

Signs You Need to Repair or Replace Gutters

If you notice that gutters are sagging away from the roof, there are a few possible culprits. The hardware holding your gutter in place can often rust or even break with age. This will cause them to sag and no longer work correctly. Additionally, when they become clogged or aren’t cleaned frequently, the weight can make them sag.

Another sign that repair or new gutter installation is necessary is seeing the gutter separating from the roof. Doing a quick walk around your house should show if there is an area where the gutter has become detached. Partially detached gutters can pose hazards as they are more likely to fall.

Finally, leaks can be an issue for older gutters. This is because rust can corrode the metal over time, leading to holes. This can be diagnosed by running water, from a hose, through your gutter. If you spot any areas where water is pouring, then it’s likely you have a hole. Your roofing contractor should be able to repair small leaks with caulk, but larger ones will likely require a gutter replacement. 

Maintaining New Gutters

After gutter installation, you may worry about needing future replacements. One of the best ways to ensure a long life for your gutters is routine cleaning. When leaves or other debris end up in gutters, they can lead to clogs or excess weight, damaging the drain system. Talk with your roofing contractor about scheduling regular gutter cleaning or whether installing gutter guards to keep out excess debris is suitable for your home.