While some things get better with age, most gutters do not. Their primary function is to redirect water away from your home, foundation, and landscaping, but with time and age they may not be able to handle continuous downpours. Once your gutters aren’t functioning properly, it’s only a matter of time before they negatively impact your home.
Old gutters are often prone to leaks which means rainwater can run down the side of your house, damaging siding and paint, seeping into cracks, and causing the foundation to erode. And that’s just potential exterior damage. Once water is misdirected, it can quickly find its way into the interior of your home, flooding your basement and prompting mold growth and insect infestation.
In addition, old gutters can detract from the beauty of your home, affecting the curb appeal and market value. The misdirected water can wreak havoc on landscaping, creating puddles and canals in your lawn and hurting plants and bushes.
Without proper installation or maintenance, what started out as a benefit to your home can quickly turn into a homeowner’s nightmare. While it may be tempting to keep gutters as long as you possibly can, the costly damage from old gutters is not worth the risk.
If you’re in the market for new gutters, check out our website to learn why we recommend LeafGuard’s seamless, one-piece leaf protection systems to our customers. Say good-bye to old gutters and hello to maintenance-free protection!