Gutters are just as exposed to the elements as the roof and siding. That said, there will come a time when you have to get new gutters for your home. As one of the leading roofing and siding contractors in the area, we’re here to talk about the best times to have your gutters replaced.
When the Paint Is Already Peeling
Today’s gutters are almost always covered in factory-applied finishes designed to last a very long time. If that permanent coating is already showing signs of peeling or cracking, there’s a good chance that the gutter itself is nearing the end of its expected service life and moisture has already penetrated the protected coating.
When Rust Is A Major Issue
When moisture has already penetrated the metal components of your gutter system, corrosion and rust formation usually follows. An exterior, window, and door contractor will recommend getting new gutters because the old rusted parts may already be structurally weak. A weak gutter system is likely to collapse or fall off if it’s full of water, so it has to be replaced ASAP.
When Cracking Is An Issue
Some gutters crack due to impact damage caused by falling debris. Others crack because of thermal expansion. Regardless of what’s causing it, a cracked gutter will cause water runoff to leak and increase the risk of moisture damage to other areas. This means you need to replace your gutters well before the next big rain comes.
Bad Water Flow
This one’s especially true for older gutter systems. According to exterior and door replacement experts, an old gutter might do a poor job of channeling water because of bends or warps along the trough. In some cases, the poor water flow is caused by improper sizing especially if you’re unsure about the old gutter being installed properly. If that’s the case, you need to get a new gutter system that can efficiently carry water runoff away from your home.
Protect your home with a new gutter system installed by our team. Polk Contracting, Inc. is the leading home exterior contractor in Abingdon and Bel Air, MD. You can call us at (410) 835-4586 or fill out this contact form to request a quote. We proudly serve homeowners in all of Harford, Cecil and Baltimore Counties.