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How Do I Know Whether I Need To Upgrade My Guttering?

broken gutteringYour gutters are very much ‘unsung heroes’ of your home, playing a crucial role in diverting water away from your property’s windows, doors, exterior walls and foundations. Without guttering, you would probably have much more to worry about with regard to water damage in and around your home.

It is for precisely these reasons that you should take seriously the condition and maintenance of your guttering. The failure to repair or replace guttering that has deteriorated could land you with such much bigger problems as the erosion of your home’s landscaping, rotting fascias and interior flooding due to poor drainage, so get in touch with ELC Roofing Ltd today if you see any of the following signs.

Paint peeling or signs of rust

While cast iron gutters offer amazing longevity, they do need to be painted regularly to ward off the threat of rusting. Fail to do this, and you may eventually see indications of peeling paint and the telltale flecks of orange rust. These could also be signs of other problems, such as cracking, as they often occur in the first place due to longstanding water in the gutter.

Cracks or splits

You might think that a small crack in your gutter can be left alone, but unfortunately, that small crack can very quickly become a big one that wreaks havoc on not just the gutter itself, but also your roof tiles, fascia boards behind the gutters and even the foundations of your home.

Sagging

Whereas you may need a ladder to even notice many of the other guttering issues on this list, any sagging or pulling away from the house should be obvious from the ground. These problems tend to occur when the gutters become full of water and consequently weighed down.

If it is not just a section, but the entire guttering system that seems to be suffering such problems, there may be issues with improper draining or blockage-causing debris that will force you to reconsider the suitability of your whole guttering design.

Water damage, pools of water or mildew

Can you see water damage or marks beneath your gutter that may indicate overflowing or leaking water? What about pools of water or signs of mildew around the foundations of your property?

These can all suggest that your guttering is damaged or functioning improperly, so if you want to avoid the much bigger headache of a far more substantial repair or replacement being needed at a later stage, you are advised to take action straight away.

From fascias and soffits to downpipes and bargeboards, as well as – of course – the zinc, cast iron or aluminium guttering itself, here at ELC Roofing Ltd, we can carry out the full range of guttering repair and replacement services for homes in such areas as Cambridge, Ipswich and Colchester. So, don’t hesitate to get in touch for a swift and professional remedy to your own guttering problem!

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