You’re watching a rain storm wet the street outside your home. You can hear the rain splattering against your home’s roof. Then, you get a sinking feeling that this storm may contain hail.
You glance over at your driveway and remember you parked your car in the garage like a smart person.
You remember that you left Shelby, your dog, out in the backyard. So, you retreat from your front window and go let the dog back in before she gets too wet.
The next morning, you take Shelby out for a walk, and as you leave your driveway and turn onto the sidewalk, you look over at your home, a beautiful house you’ve lived in for years and made so many memories in. You can’t help but think of your last family member’s birthday you celebrated in the front living room, a memory you’ll never forget, because the birthday girl got cake spread on her nose as a joke. Kids are silly, aren’t they?
As you come back to the present, you notice something odd with your gutters. You’re not quite sure why, but they look… crooked. You stop walking. Shelby does her business in the yard (yours and not the neighbors, so you’ll have to clean it up later), and you study the gutter where it connects to the downspout. The connection looks broken. It’s sagging.
You follow the downspout to the ground with your eyes, and you notice a pool of water puddled there on the ground. It’s obvious something is wrong with your gutters. You make a mental note to call someone about your gutter to get them repaired, but you have to finish your walk with Shelby first.
5 Signs You Need Gutter Repairs
At Sorensen Roofing & Exteriors, we’re here to help you know when to get your gutters repaired so that you don’t have puddles of water flooding your front yard. It can be easy to put off gutter repairs for your home, but did you know water can slowly deteriorate your home’s foundation, if left puddled against it for too long? That’s right, water can cost you more than a quick gutter repair visit from your local gutter contractor.
In an effort to help you see the hard-to-notice signs that you need gutter repairs, Sorensen Roofing & Exteriors will share with you the 5 signs you need gutter repair services for your home:
#1. Splits or Cracks
Yes, gutters can split or crack over time. The materials you use for your gutters are susceptible to wear and tear over the years. If you clean your own gutters, take the time to look for any splits or cracks. If you find some, it’s time to get your local gutter repair specialist on the phone. The longer you let splits and cracks exist, the bigger they will get.
#2. Paint Peeling
Do you notice the paint on your gutters peeling? It may not be a big deal to you that your gutter paint is… aging. In fact, you may not even notice the slow transition from new coat of paint to worn gutter material. However, paint peeling from your gutter is a sign that you’re about to have a gutter problem. Many gutters are coated or sealed to prevent rusting. If your gutter paint is peeling, you may be able to catch gutter repair issues before they even start.
You’ve seen rust before, right? It’s that copper orange color that spread across certain materials exposed to water and air. As mentioned above, if your gutters lose their paint or sealant, they will start to rust. They catch and redirect water every single time it rains. If you notice rust-orange spots in or on your gutters, it’s time to get them repaired or replaced.
#4. Foundation Mildew or Mold
Do you have mildew or mold around the exterior of your foundation or even in your basement? This could be due to your gutters improperly redirecting water away from your home. Pooling or puddled water around your foundation can lead to foundational problems and mold issues. Water finds a way through your foundation and into your basement, which creates moisture, a great environment for mildew and mold to spawn. If you notice mildew or mold, get it removed. And then take a look at how your gutters are functioning.
If you look at your gutters, does one portion sag more than the others? This can be a sign that your gutters need repairing or replacing. It’s no surprise that we expect our gutters to last forever, but they rarely last more than 10 years, if they are maintained and repaired properly over time. However, crooked, sagged, or even bent gutters will not function properly, which leads to many of the problems mentioned already in this list.
When to Call for Gutter Inspection and Repairs
If you notice any of the 5 list items above, you should call your local gutter repair contractor. While you may be able to fix the problem yourself, don’t you have more important things to do? If you enjoy DIY projects, make sure and do your research on the type of material, gage of material, and other accessories you’ll need to repair your gutters.
If you’re like most homeowners in Colorado, you don’t want to fix your own gutters. You’d rather be out riding your bicycle, walking Shelby, or eating delicious food. So, it’s time you trust your local gutter repair contractor.
Let Sorensen Roofing & Exteriors take care of your gutters so you can get back to doing what you enjoy the most: walking your dog, getting outside, and eating great food. Our team of experienced, dedicated team members are here to serve you and your gutter repair needs.
Plan ahead. Call Sorensen Roofing & Exteriors today. Let our team help you get back to doing what you enjoy the most.