Gutters safely direct water away from your home, protecting it from costly moisture-related damage. A damaged gutter system can cause water to back up onto your roof and overflow onto your siding. It can also allow water to penetrate into your foundation and compromise its structural integrity.
Take a walk outside your home, and check your siding for bubbling or peeling paint. If you do find some peeling paint, inspect the state of the nearest gutter. If the paint on your gutters is peeling, they are likely leaking. Consider a gutter replacement if various areas of your siding or gutters have peeling paint.
When you delay a gutter replacement, you may not just need to contact a gutter installer, but also a siding contractor. Overflowing water from damaged gutters can cause your siding to rot. This problem won’t just affect your siding, but other parts of your exterior as well, such as windows and doors. Rot is a strong indication that you need to have your gutters replaced.
Mold and Mildew
Gutters and downspouts direct water at a safe distance away from your home for a reason. Moisture buildup near the foundation can get into the basement and result in mold and mildew growth. Damaged gutters are likely causing these growths in your previously dry basement. If this problem recurs even after repairs, it’s time to get new gutters.
Some cracks in the gutters are visible while others only become obvious during heavy rain. Even the smallest cracks can result in major exterior damage. While individual cracks may be fixed, extensive cracking may require a complete replacement.
When it’s time for new gutters, you can count on Up and Above Contractors. We also install quality replacement windows and doors. Call us at (973) 300-0636, or fill out our contact form to get a free estimate. We work with homeowners in Northern New Jersey.