Gutters are your home’s first line of defense against all kinds of water damage. When functioning properly, they should collect rainwater from the roof and move it away from your home.
We get a lot of rain and storms in Tampa Bay, which is why if your gutters are leaking, it’s time to consider installing a new gutter system like seamless or leaf guard gutters.
Have leaking gutters? Here are some signs that it is time to install a new gutter system:
Your Gutters Have Cracks or Splits
Small cracks or splits in your gutters can turn into bigger cracks over time and begin to leak. Cracks can redirect the flow of water through your gutters, causing water to divert from the intended path. When this occurs, you might begin to notice water damage.
Small cracks in your gutters can be hard to see, so inspect your gutters on a clear day when your gutters are dry. Look out for places where dirt or debris is accumulating or sticking to your gutters. Cracks will catch debris long before your gutters begin to leak.
If you notice any cracks, it is time to install a new gutter system before damage is done to your home. We recommend installing seamless gutters, as they are manufactured as single pieces. This reduces the number of vulnerable points that could crack or leak over time.
There is Water Pooling in Your Yard
Your complete gutter system should direct water flow away from your home—it doesn’t stop at your roofline. If you are seeing water pooling in your yard, it is time to look into a leaf guard gutter replacement to ensure debris isn’t causing buildup in your gutters and diverting rainfall to areas where it shouldn’t be.
Pooling water can cause serious structural damage to your home and can cause mildew and mold growth.
There is Visible Water Damage to the Foundation of Your Home
If you notice visible water damage to the foundation of your home, it could be caused by gutters that aren’t working properly to divert water away from your home.
Old gutters that don’t drain properly can lead to foundation damage and replacing the gutters will cost far less than fixing the foundation of your home and subsequent water damage.
Your Gutters are Sagging or Pulling Away from the House
Inspect your home’s exterior. Do you see any spots where the gutters are sagging or pulling away from the house? If so, you likely need a gutter replacement.
Gutters are fastened to the side of your home and should never sag. If they do, the water flow will be displaced and allow water to flow to areas where it can do damage.
Debris buildup from leaves can weigh your gutters down and cause them to pull away from your home; therefore, we recommend installing Rhino Gutter Guards on all your gutters to ensure leaves and other debris don’t enter your gutter system.
Rhino Gutter Guards use micro-mesh technology to trap leaves, pine needles, twigs, shingle grit, and other small debris before they migrate into your gutters. The mesh allows pollen and dust to pass through so it gets washed away with rainfall but catches larger debris before it can clog your gutters.
If you have tried hammering in new gutter fasteners but the gutters continue to pull away, it is time for a gutter replacement with gutter guards. You don’t want to end up with costly waterlogged or rotting fascia boards.
The Exterior Paint of Your Home is Peeling
If you notice peeling paint near your gutters, you can assume that water isn’t draining as intended. The same is true if you see stains or peeling paint on the side of your home below the gutters.
In this case, you know that water is being diverted to where it shouldn’t be. Your gutters are either full of debris or aren’t doing their job anymore due to cracks or leaks.
Further, if you have metal gutters, you may notice rust beginning to form which isn’t necessarily a problem unless you start seeking flakes of rust coming off the gutters or rust stains on your home.
Install a New Gutter System with The Rhino
If you have noticed any of the signs of leaking or failing gutters at your Tampa Bay home, call The Rhino to install seamless gutters equipped with our proprietary Rhino Gutter Guard technology to ensure water flows where you intended!
Ready to get started? Keep your house safe from water damage and call The Rhino at 813-590-5951 for a consultation today!