Seamless gutters are an alternative type of gutters that, as their name would indicate, do not have seams between individual sections. Instead, seamless gutters are custom made in a single piece for the length of your entire roof. The lack of seams makes it much less likely that leaks will develop or that organic debris like leaves and twigs will become stuck and clog your gutters and downspouts. However, despite these benefits over their traditional counterparts, seamless gutters are not completely invincible. Over time, weather exposure and age can take a toll on them. Understanding the warning signs associated with old and malfunctioning seamless gutters can help you identify when you should contact a roofing specialist to replace them before they break completely.
Sagging or Pulling
One of the first and most obvious indicators that you should consider getting in touch with a roofing contractor is if you notice that your gutters are physically moving away from the side of your roof. This can take the form of a certain section sagging downwards or simply pulling sideways away from the roof, creating a gap that allows water to pass through. This can happen due to age, damaged supports, or even a collection of heavy debris within the gutters and can allow water to leak into your home.
Another sign that your seamless gutters are in need of replacement is if you notice that you have to constantly clean them to remove debris that has clogged the flow of water. Seamless gutters do require cleaning, but will not clog as often - unless the gutters themselves have become dented or misshapen with age or physical damage. Constant clogging can increase the amount of physical stress on your gutters and can make leaks and additional damage more likely.
Interior Water Damage
Finally, the last and most serious sign that you need to replace your seamless gutters as soon as possible is if you notice any signs of water damage within your home. This can take the form of staining, discoloration, peeling wallpaper and paint, mold growth, and structural damage that is causing warping or splintering wood and drywall. This points to improper drainage of your gutters, which is allowing water to seep behind your siding or under the edge of your roof and enter the interior of your home. Keep in mind that you will likely have to contact a water damage remediation specialist in addition to a roofing contractor to deal with the damage.
For more information about gutter repairs, contact a local gutter or roofing company like Pyramid Roofing Inc.Share
21 June 2018
I spent weeks researching metal and shingle roofing to try to figure out what would be the best material to use on my home. I weighed the costs, the length of life, the amount of maintenance required and how well each type would hold up to high winds and strong storms. After compiling all of the information that I needed to make an educated decision about the roofing for my home, I created a blog. This blog is meant to help other homeowners decide which roofing material would be best for their homes now and many years into the future.