Do you remember when you last had your gutters replaced?
It’s easy to forget how important your guttering is until it’s too late. But what possible harm could an old, slightly cracked gutter do you might be thinking?
We’re about to tell you! Read on for 5 reasons you shouldn’t delay your gutter replacement today.
1. It Can Cause Internal Flooding
Your gutters are important in diverting rainwater away from your home. This, in turn, prevents your home from suffering water damage. If your gutters break, this water can end up getting inside your home.
This is most common in homes with basements as they are particularly susceptible to this type of water damage. It’s no laughing matter either, as it’s expensive and intrusive to fix the damage caused. To avoid this, it’s important to you have the right gutter in place in good condition.
2. Your Driveway Could Become Bowed
Gutters not only take water away from your home but also away from your driveway too. If your gutters break or need replacing, this water can fall onto your driveway instead.
Pooling water can erode and damage your driveway if left. This will lead to bowing and cracking which can be expensive to rectify. It’s much cheaper to get those gutters fixed or replaced.
3. It Can Damage the Exterior of Your Home
The exterior of your home is what makes that great first impression to visitors. Not replacing a gutter can turn your masterful paint job into a peeling, cracking mess. This is because water can seep through onto the sides of your home.
This will also have an effect on your home’s siding too. If dirty water splashes onto it from your gutter, it’ll flow down the siding. In its wake, it’ll leave a mucky trail. You can also get mucky splashes at the bottom too where water splashes into the ground.
4. It Can Cause Landscape Erosion
Another first impression for your home is the landscaping around it. It’s not cheap to have landscaping done, it’s an investment in your home’s future. Broken gutters can put this at risk.
If your gutters aren’t diverting water away, water can flow into your landscaping. This can knock over plants and flowers or bog them down. If left for a while, this can lead to soil erosion. Long-standing, sitting water will also attract pests like mosquitos.
5. You Could Encourage Pests Into Your Home
Clogged and broken gutters can spill over. Soggy leaves and debris can build up and cause fascia boards to rot. This can cause a whole host of issues, not least allowing pests inside your home.
Fascia boards play a key role in preventing pests like rodents from getting inside. If damaged, rodents can slip between the wall and your roof. This will give them free rein to cause chaos in your home (and untold, expensive damage too!).
Don’t Delay Your Gutter Replacement Today!
So as you can see, it doesn’t pay to neglect your gutter replacement. By not replacing it when issues arise, you could be in for a world of financial pain further down the line.
It can cause flooding and water damage to both the inside and outside of your property which is costly to fix. Also, you could see a loss of structural stability of your landscaping and driveway.
If a recent storm has caused damage to your guttering, don’t ignore it. Contact our storm damage hotline today for what to do next!