We all spend a lot of time inside our homes during the winter months and while we are in our house, we expect to be warm and dry. This doesn’t seem to be too much to ask, however, did you know that you may not be warm and dry if you neglect to take care of your home? Home maintenance is often something that people think about, but put off for several months at a time.
There are many ways that cold air and water can end up inside of your home, but your gutters are one of the top ways that water can begin to get in through your ceiling and down your walls. The water will continue to cause significant damage and eventually your walls or ceiling could collapse.
Here are 4 reasons you should replace your gutters before winter arrives:
- Your gutters are cracked or split: Small cracks in your gutters can turn into larger cracks quite quickly from the snow and ice during the winter. Water can get through those cracks and cause the boards behind the gutters, the shingles near the gutter, and the foundation on your home to deteriorate.
- Peeling paint or rust stains on your gutters: Rust stains or peeling paint means that your gutters are holding water permanently and that they are not draining properly. This standing water can wreak havoc on your home in many different ways.
- Lots of water around your foundation: When you see lots of water around your foundation, it is a sign that your gutters are not draining correctly. Your gutters may simply be clogged or there could be a defect or damage somewhere. This sitting water can damage your foundation, causing it to crack and eventually crumble. This damage can be quite costly to repair too.
- Your gutters are pulling away from your home or sagging: This is the easiest way to see if your gutters need to be replaced, because you do not need to climb a ladder to inspect anything. The reason that your gutters are pulling away from your home is that they are full of water and that water is weighing them down. This weight can also begin to pull the boards that the gutters are attached to away from your home, which will then pull off shingles and parts of your roof. The damage possibilities are endless.
No one wants to mess with outdoor home maintenance during the winter months, so we recommend that you take the time to check your gutters now before the snow arrives. Taking ten minutes now could mean the difference of your home crumbling around you this winter.
Call Michael F. Whalen Contracting in New Kensington and the greater Pittsburgh area today at 724-335-8515 to schedule an appointment for a consultation. We will discuss the condition of your roof, guttering, and downspouts, and offer advice on what we feel is the best course of action. We provide all types of remodeling and home improvement services to homeowners in New Kensington and the surrounding areas.