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Gutters and downspouts are critical elements of your house. Not only is it a cosmetic addition, but gutters also protect the value of your home in ways you may not have thought about. Any structure that deals with water must have or be connected to a gutter regardless of the source. Otherwise, excess water will look for another path to flow through. Various kinds of problems may arise if your roof gutter is poorly installed or broken. If that’s the case, imagine what could happen to a house without gutters.
The question we want to know is when do your gutters need to be replaced? Signs of gutter damage vary based on the material the gutters are made from. Vinyl gutters often develop cracks as they age. Water leaks through these cracks, and while small cracks may be able to be repaired, extensive cracks definitely indicate the need for gutter replacement. Aluminum and steel gutters tend to separate at the seams. Open seams not only leak but also hold onto debris and lead to frequent clogs. You should also keep an eye on your siding and landscaping. If you see a lot of streaks and algae running down your siding, this is a sign your gutters are leaking and may need to be replaced.
For many homeowners in Michigan, the importance of gutters is often overlooked or understated. Gutters are one of the main lines of defense against water damage, which can cause major problems to the walls, landscaping, and even the foundation of your home. If there is a problem with the gutters, they will either need to be repaired or replaced. Some repairs are straightforward, and most homeowners can fix them without help if they don’t want to hire a professional. Some cases may require replacing a section of the gutter system. Gutters are on the exterior of the home, naturally leading to more wear and tear.