When you look at the front of your home, are your eyes drawn to stained and sagging gutters? Perhaps there is always a waterfall pouring on your head and foundation during heavy rainstorms. Is it time for new gutters? Maybe. Then again, you may just need a gutter cleaning visit from Squeegee Squad.
Here we review a few common signs of problems with your gutters and which ones indicate it is time for a home improvement project:
Sagging Gutters Could Be Permanently Damaged
If you have old wood gutters or ones that are more than a decade old, they might be sagging along the roofline. If they are wood, it could be a sign of rot. For aluminum or vinyl gutters, you may just need to have the hangers repaired.
Before getting out the checkbook, have the gutters thoroughly cleaned and inspected. Replacing the hangers will save thousands and the gutters are likely good for a few more years with a good cleaning.
Peeling Paint on the Eaves
Do the gutters look fine, but the paint beneath them is blistering and discolored? If your gutters have cracks in the bottom, water may be collecting against the eaves which can damage your home.
When was the last time you had the trim scraped and painted on your house? The peeling paint may be no more than a reminder that it’s time for some overdue maintenance on the rest of your home.
Bad Gutters Cause Leaks in Unusual Spots
A leak appearing in your dining room ceiling could be due to damaged gutters. If water is unable to flow down the gutter to the spout, it can back up under the lowest roof shingle and seep into your roof structure. Over an extended time, the water-damaged house will swell and warp the gutters. While new gutters are needed, you may be looking at more significant repairs.
Another common area that will collect water with gutters that no longer function is your basement. Water that is not directed away from the foundation by a good gutter system will find a path into an unprotected foundation.
Antique Metal Downspouts Rot Out
Back in the day, metal gutters were all the rage. While they were extremely durable, the seams where they connect to downspouts are known to fail. If your vintage downspouts are falling away from the gutters, it is an indication that your water control system should be replaced. Trying to repair ancient gutters could be more expensive than opting for today’s vinyl gutters.
When You Just Need the Gutters Cleaned
The most common reason that new homeowners call the gutter replacement crew is the sight of baby trees growing along the edge of the roof. In all actuality, having the gutters cleaned of all leaves, dirt, debris, and growing things will greatly restore the appearance of the house. If they are vinyl gutters, a quick pressure wash after the gunk is removed will have them look almost like new.
Once the gutters are cleaned out, the rain will no longer puddle on your front steps or near the foundation. If you live in northern regions, clean gutters are less likely to experience ice dams, too. This simple and affordable service could stop leaks and prevent further damage to your home. Meanwhile, your curb appeal just improved by leaps and bounds.
Calling Squeegee Squad for a quick gutter cleaning service will also wash away any algae or lichen that may have grown on the exterior portion of the gutters. It’s like getting a new paint job for your home at a fraction of the expense!
Why Should You Call The Squeegee Squad?
In order to clean your gutters, you will need to get up on a ladder and possibly the roof. The chore will take valuable time out of your weekend. When you hire Squeegee Squad to tackle this bi-annual task, you avoid possible injury and have more time for doing things you enjoy.
Our crews have all the needed safety gear and equipment required to get the job done quickly without disrupting you or your landscaping. While we are up there, we’ll also conduct a visual inspection of your gutter system and let you know if it is time for maintenance or replacement.