The rainy spring season is pretty much behind us, but summer storms can wreak havoc on homes here in Upstate New York. It’s important to make sure your gutters are in the best shape possible to keep protecting your home.
Do you need to repair your gutters? While some signs are obvious (like a downspout that is hanging loose), others may not be visible if you don’t know what you’re looking for. So, when do you need gutter repair?
Signs You Need to Repair or Replace Your Gutters
After a rainstorm, climb up on a ladder and take a look at the contents of your gutter. If you see standing water, the gutter is probably not sloped correctly. The gutter should slope downward at least one-quarter inch every 10 feet to drain water properly. A professional can adjust the slope of your gutters to ensure water is directed toward the downspout.
Inspect your gutter system for signs of disrepair, including missing support hangers. These should be located about every two feet along the gutter. A professional can install new hangers to ensure your gutters remain securely in place during heavy rainfall and high winds.
If missing support hangers aren’t replaced promptly, your gutters may begin to pull away from the house. This makes the gutters less functional and gives your home a dilapidated appearance. A professional can re-hang and re-nail your gutters to restore optimal performance and aesthetics.
If water drips from gutter seams, end caps or holes in the gutter material, take action quickly. Substantial leaks during a heavy downpour can allow the ground around your home to become oversaturated, which can lead to a flooded basement. A professional can apply gutter sealant and repair holes to help water make it all the way to the downspout.
Pounding rain, relentless sun and blistering winds can wreak havoc on your gutters over time, denting them and causing the paint to peel. These are superficial defects and don’t affect the performance of the gutter, but touch-up paint can make a big difference in your home’s appearance. A professional will make sure your home look its best after repairing or replacing a gutter system. You also have the option of getting your gutters completely repainted for a whole new look.
Gutter Repair in the Buffalo, NY Area
If your gutters are suffering from one or more of these problems, contact Town Building Systems for a free gutter repair or gutter installation estimate! We serve the entire Buffalo area.