After the winter our country has experienced, finding out if your home is in need of repairs is a top priority for many homeowners this spring. This is a new experience for many homeowners who have more recently purchased a home. Most winters do not require us to check our gutters for damage or repairs but most winters are not like this winter. In fact, this winter even impacted us in new ways.
We were disappointed when we got calls from our customers telling us the gutters we installed on their home had failed. After going back to a job where the gutter system fell off the roof, we learned just how brutal the winter was to people’s homes.
We install a gutter system to the fascia using hidden hangers. Hidden hangers are rated strong enough to hold about 200 lbs using just one hanger and we install one every one to two feet. The gutter industry moved away from nailed gutters years ago because of their rate of failure. They are unable to withstand the forces Mother Nature exerts on the gutter system – especially during winter time. By spring time, the damage of not having gutters is impacted even more.
In this particular situation we responded to, it was not the gutter system that failed. The winter weather pulled the fascia and gutter system off the house. This made us aware of just how damaging this winter weather was to a home. Combine that with the soon and upcoming spring rains and the disasters could increase.
We know there are more homes with hidden damages to gutters. Our experience of springs past tells us we should be getting more calls. Because of our recent experiences and the lack of calls, we felt it was important to put some information together to make homeowners aware of the dangers. In a blog we posted last year, we covered the signs of failing gutters. Doing a visual inspection of your home can prevent costly home repairs down the road. Here are things to look for are:
- Gutter pulling away from the home
- Water leaks in the gutter system
- Overflowing water
- Water in the basement and home
- Fascia wrap and soffit damage
- Downspout split
- Fallen gutters
- Mold in the attic and other areas
Look for a dip or drop in the gutter run along the house. This is an indication of the gutter pulling away from the fascia. Another indication of the gutter pulling away can be observed by looking at the gutter from underneath. Light peaking between the back of the gutter and the fascia will be visible on gutters pulling away. Look for water stains on the gutters, fascia and siding. Water stains indicate water flowing over or behind the gutters. Stains can also indicate a bad gutter seal. The silicon caulk used to seal the various joints and seams is rated to last 5-10 years. Winter is especially good at removing the sealant. Look for downspouts splitting from the freezing ice and snow. A broken downspout can lead to foundation damage and water in the basement. Look for signs of water leaking into the home’s basement, foundation and even attic. Leaking water can lead to mold and mildew – both of which are bad for the home and the occupants health.
Signs of pre-existing damage are more difficult to detect. A gutter using nails or spikes are especially victims of snow and ice damage. Not only are spikes less capable than screws at retaining their grip, they are indications of older gutter systems. Older gutter systems are especially victims of this type of weather.
If you are experiencing any of these new symptoms to your home and are unsure if the cause are your gutters, give us a call at 845-223-6111. We can help. You can also visit our website at brothersgutters.com for additional resources. Check back for part two of this blog coming this week where we discuss how to get the right help for the right price.