As a feature of your house that you probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking about, replacing your gutters may not be at the top of your to-do list. However, if your home is a few decades old and you haven’t given your gutters some consideration lately, you could set yourself up for a costly repair and a major headache. As your gutters and rainware experts in the Milwaukee and Whitefish Bay area, Community Roofing and Restoration has the know-how, experience, and talent needed to provide the best gutters service, as well as the valuable advice you need. Read on to learn how to know when it’s time to replace your gutters.
Take a look at the exterior of your house. Do you have issues with strangely persistent peeling paint or mold and mildew? Do you have some paint discoloration from water trailing down the surface of your siding? Does your brick look worn or dirty from water exposure? Do you have cracks in the foundation of your house or water in the basement? All of these things could be a sign that your gutters need fixing or replacing.
Besides the obvious problems caused by leaky gutters, there are seasonal problems that are somewhat unique to our climate. Snow and ice can build up within the gutters, causing damage to the gutters themselves and eventually leaks that can further damage the gutters and the home as well. While ice build-up in gutters is not frequently caused by the gutters themselves, but rather due to bad or insufficient insulation in the home, once the damage to the gutters is done, they must be replaced.
Clogged downspouts and debris in gutters can cause them to sag or pull away from the home. If downspouts aren’t pitched correctly, they may collect standing water that attracts insects and mold. Our summer mosquito outbreaks owe a large amount of their intensity to the standing water in gutters, a fertile pool to raise a new generation of mosquitoes.
Clogged downspouts aren’t always an easy fix. Years of harsh Wisconsin winters, a roof tear-off and replacement or two, and just wear and tear can cause gutters to become misshapen and less effective. In the end, the only option that will guarantee continued performance from your gutters, along with protection for your home itself, is a replacement.
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Interested in new gutters for your home? Our experts are available to give you a free estimate, as well as answer any questions or concerns you may have. Give us a call at 414-332-1139 or fill out our contact form today to schedule your free visit!