10 Signs You Need New Gutters
Keeping your gutters clean and clear of debris is an important part of roof and home maintenance, but sometimes you need more than a deep clean. Sometimes you may need to have professional work done, but you might even need to replace your gutters entirely. Here are signs you need new gutters.
If your gutters are sagging and pulling away from the house, it could be a sign that they need replacing. Sometimes you may be able to fix them up and reattach them if they’ve come loose, they could be too worn.
If your gutters have visible holes, cracks or splits, it may be time to replace them. Small cracks and holes that leak water can eventually damage gutters even further, and even ruin your roof or the foundation of your home. If you have many cracks or holes, it may be worth replacing your gutters entirely.
If your gutters are damaged or not draining properly, you could get water in your home or basement. If you keep getting water or water damage in your house, your gutters could be to blame.
Pools of Water
Even if you don’t see water inside your home, pools of water gathering around the outside of the house could mean that your gutters aren’t properly flushing water away from your home. This could damage the foundation of the house.
With water and moisture come mold, so if you have been finding mold or mildew in your house and can’t find the cause inside, leaking gutters could be to blame.
If you notice that the paint on your gutters is peeling and turning orange, they could be rusting. Rust indicates that water is constantly present, which could mean that your gutters aren’t moving water quickly or properly. One or two patches of rust could be fixable, but if you see rust in multiple places on your gutters, you could need to get them replaced.
How vines grow
Most climbing vines adhere to surfaces by using clinging roots, sticky pads and twining tendrils. Clinging root and sticky pad-type vines have the most potential to cause damage to a house’s exterior. Twining tendrils must grow around a support but can also cause serious damage to a home if they begin to twine around a gutter, window or roofline.
Choose the right vine
One way to minimize damage is by choosing a type of vine that is less likely to damage your home. Avoid ivy, which has very tough clinging roots and is known to be invasive. Another type, creeper vine, would be a better choice for a classic vine-covered look; or try a climbing vine with flowers like bougainvillea or Passionfruit (plus you get some nice fruits, too). Check with your local nursery to find out the best option for your home.
Grow vines on a trellis
The best way to avoid damage to your house is by training vines to grow on a trellis placed at least 15cm away from the side of your home — most are placed too close, which allows the vines to adhere to the exterior wall and the trellis. When trellises are cleverly positioned they allow the vines to cover the structure without actually growing on it, protecting it from damage. Any type of vine that can climb on an exterior wall should also be able to climb a sturdy trellis without a problem. Trellises can even be built with a hinge at the bottom, allowing the entire structure to be tipped forward when you need to access the exterior, such as for repainting.
Regular maintenance and upkeep
Whether you grow your vines directly on your house or on a support, regular maintenance is essential. Keep vines trimmed clear of windows, doors, drainpipes, gutters, shutters and rooflines — any type of vine that becomes entangled in your home’s architectural features can cause serious damage, including leaks and rot. Unchecked, they have the potential to put out your gutters and downpipes, and damage your home’s exterior façade. Rooftop vines that are left unchecked can inhibit rain runoff. This can cause standing water or collected moisture beneath the vines. This dark, damp environment encourages dangerous mold growth which can lead to damage to your roof.