It’s that time of year again when the leaves start falling and wet weather is on the way. A combination of procrastinating your winter home prep and a few bad storms could leave you with a property looking worse for wear. Guttering may be boring but ignoring it will leave you with a bigger issue on your hands that could have been fixed straight away. Here’s why every property needs good gutters and what you can do to get them.
Why Do Homes Have Gutters?
Gutters aren’t there for aesthetics, they are an essential maintenance item for your home that catches rainfall and diverts it away from the house, preventing damage to areas like your shingles, siding and foundations. No matter how costly you think a gutter replacement will be, dealing with roof or foundation damage is much worse. Old or broken gutters can’t do their job effectively which can lead to major home repairs from rotted windowsills to mould under your home. Good gutters can save you from costly repairs down the line making them a great home investment.
How to Know When It’s Time for a Replacement
There are many signs that indicate it’s time for you to repair or invest in new gutters. For example, in the gutters themselves you may notice rust, sagging or splitting, holes and loose fasteners. Around the gutters peeling paint is a good indication that water is leaking as opposed to being diverted away from the house. Minor issues such as loose fasteners are a fairly simple repair job, but holes and splits will need to be replaced. Rusty areas are on their way to becoming holes, so the choice is yours – either wait for a hole to appear or take preventative measures and get new gutters. Most new gutters have a 20 year lifespan though copper is significantly longer. Cleaning your gutters regularly is the best way to ensure they last as long as expected.
Getting the Right Professional Advice
There are plenty of different gutter materials and styles available to you, so how can you tell which is the best choice? Seeking professional advice is going to make your decision much easier and give you the chance to have all your questions answered. Hooky’s Roofing have been handling roof plumbing projects for decades and have the industry knowledge to guide you to the best gutters for your property. With many new and classic designs, from self-cleaning to concealed seams, our gutter styles can cater for every roof. Get in touch on 0408 026 601 when you’re ready for new gutters.