Have you ever noticed water spilling over your gutters? What about sagging gutters? If your home has a traditional open-top gutter system or half-round gutters then it’s prone to many issues if it’s not taken care of. Even if you do clean your gutter system regularly, issues can still occur.
If you’ve noticed an issue with your gutter system but aren’t quite sure what it is or how to fix it, the professionals at K-Guard are here to help. Continue reading as we solve 4 common gutter issues that can wreak havoc on your gutter system and home if not taken care of.
The most common gutter issue we see here at K-Guard is clogged gutters. Unlike the K-Guard Leaf Free Gutter System, traditional half-round gutters have tops that are completely exposed, allowing debris to enter the system. Of course, leaves are most often the culprit to clogged gutters, but other things like silt, twigs, insects, and even rodents can cause your system to become clogged.
Keeping up with a consistent cleaning schedule a few times a year can help avoid severe clogs. If your home has a traditional gutter system installed then it’ll need to be cleaned often, however, this won’t eliminate the possibility for your half-round gutter system to become clogged. Routinely cleaning your gutters will help to avoid major clogs that can result in other issues.
2. Overflowing Gutters
Overflowing gutters are a direct result of those clogged gutters we just mentioned. When leaves and other debris are left to accumulate for long periods, you’ll inevitably experience overflowing gutters. Wherever a clog occurs in your gutter system, the blockage prevents any collected water to make its way to the downspouts. As a result, the water has nowhere to go except for spilling over the side of the gutters.
Again, keeping up with a routine cleaning schedule can help keep clogs to a minimum. Failing to clean and remove debris from your half-round gutters can result in overflowing gutters that can cause damage to your home’s interior and exterior. Injuries can also occur as a direct result of overflowing gutters as they can make walkways slick and can cause slips and falls to occur.
3. Sagging Gutters
Clogged or overflowing gutters will start to sag over a short period. If you’ve ever raked leaves when they’re still damp then you know how heavy they can get. Add in heavy rain or ice dams that are left to accumulate and you have a recipe for sagging gutters. Sagging gutters leads to other issues like leaks, pulling away from the home, flooding, etc.
If you keep a consistent gutter cleaning schedule and know that your half-round gutters haven’t had a clog then that sagging can be a result of loose screws and bolts. It’s often very windy here in The Heartland and when we experience severe storms, wind speeds can reach up to 57mph which the National Weather Service categorizes as a “high threat to property”. These high winds can loosen your half-round gutter system’s screws and bolts resulting in sagging gutters. Foundation damage and damaged downspouts can occur as a result of sagging gutters, so ensuring they’re installed correctly and bolts and screws are fastened properly are crucial to your home’s safety.
4. Holes or Cracks
Most gutter systems that are available these days claim to be weatherproof, however, not all can resist holes or cracks. When a gutter system is older or isn’t of the best quality then the material it’s made from can crack or develop holes over time.
Unfortunately, there’s not much that can be done to fix a gutter system that has holes or cracks. They’re a direct result of chipped paint which exposes the metal to the elements. Chipped paint leads to rusting which leads to holes and cracks allowing water to leak out of the gutter system and into your home’s soffit and fascia boards and your home’s siding which can cause damage.
These 4 common gutter issues may seem minimal, but they can result in some severe damage that can bring a hefty price tag when it comes time to repair the damage. If you notice your gutter system has clogs, sagging gutters, holes or cracks, or is overflowing, it’s time to contact a gutter installation company to assess the damage.
When you contact the professionals at K-Guard, you’ll receive free in-home estimates that include a detailed analysis of your current gutter system along with estimated costs for installing your K-Guard Gutter System. What are some advantages of installing the K-Guard Gutter System? Below are just some of the many benefits:
- Extreme durability in all types of weather conditions
- Mounts to the floodplain eliminating the possibility of gutter separation
- 3-lifetime warranties including paint, no-clog, and no pull away warranties
- Unmatched performance that eliminates leaves and other debris from entering the system
- K-Guard can handle up to 22 inches of rain her pour
- Guaranteed transferable for the life of the home
K-Guard proudly offers our gutter installation service to homeowners across both Missouri and Kansas including, but not limited to, the following locations:
We look forward to installing your new K-Guard Leaf Free Gutter System!