Summer Roof Threat: 3 Telltale Signs of Damaged Gutters

Bird on gutter

With summer now in full swing, you may want to inspect your gutter and repair the damages. Just because your roof is not leaking does not mean it’s fine. In fact, the sun inflicts serious damage in roofs and gutters.

Most homeowners don’t spend time thinking about their gutters, however. It might not seem like much, but gutters play a huge role in protecting your home. Once they become old or damaged, they can no longer divert rainwater or melt snow away from your home.

Bird on gutter

Sagging

This is one of the easiest ways to tell if you do need repair or replacement. Leaking and sagging gutters risk damage to your foundation that may cost thousands to repair. If you suspect a sag, get up on a ladder and check out the length of the gutter. Gutters should be straight and never pull away from the home.

Excessive staining

Are you seeing a lot of pooled water near your downspouts? Check your gutters on a sunny day. Water marks directly below the gutter indicate a problem within the gutter system itself. This could be something as simple as a clog or as complex as a defect in the gutter system. Water leaks can easily damage the foundation, which would lead to costly, time-consuming repairs.

Cracks or missing shingles

If you see any visible cracks, contact experienced roofers immediately. Don’t wait until the fall season before you decide to get it done. Small cracks can lead to bigger ones if you chose to ignore it. It may even happen sooner than you think. If you allow cracks to remain, water can damage the gutters further.

Little or no rain does not mean you should not plan ahead and prepare to clean your gutters. Keep in mind that it is necessary to be the lookout for the warning signs.