There are a number of signs that suggest you may need gutter replacement. Mildew is a symptom of wet leaves and debris in your gutters. If your gutters are starting to change color, then the likely hood is the presence of leaf debris and mildew. Leaks from the roofing system may also indicate a problem with your gutters and downspouts. This is typically easily repaired by a licensed contractor.
If your gutters are peeling paint or otherwise peeling due to age, then you may need gutter replacement. Older gutters installation has a tendency to weaken over time. The metal on the top of the gutters are often weakened too. The only way to rectify this is by a professional roofer who specializes in gutter repair. When you’re choosing a roofer, make sure he or she has the proper accreditation and insurance.
Any cracks or openings in the gutter may be signs of a more extensive problem with the foundation. A crack in your foundation may be due to settling, cracks in the floor or foundation walls, or foundation damage. The weight of all the leaves, snow, rain, etc. may cause the foundation to sink, which can cause leaks and structural damage.
You may also notice some yellowish or greenish mold growing around the base of your gutters. This is often caused by water damage and mildew. You may also notice small yellow spots on the fascia near the gutter base. These spots are caused by mildew and are also caused by water damage.
A gutter replacement is easier and less expensive when performed by a professional installer. A gutter installation is done by attaching the new downspout to the gutter and bottom of the existing fascia board. Your new downspout and board come equipped with the special adapters that match the type of fascia that you have. Professional installers make sure that all connections are properly secured so that water will not flow under the new system. Once everything is connected and sealed, your new system will be installed fast and efficiently.
Installing the new downspouts and cleaning them is not the only additional considerations for DIY gutter systems. Additional precautions should be taken to prevent sewer and water damage. Before installing the downspout, check for any water under the fascia boards. You may want to consider using a video to inspect the installation since it is less invasive than a manual inspection.