Your fascia’s and guttering are one of the most important aspects of your home. They are essential for driving water away from your home’s exterior window and walls, preventing water from making its way into your home and ultimately causing dampness, which can be an absolute nightmare. And while our fascia’s and guttering provide so much protection, we tend to neglect them. Some people may get up and clean their guttering once a year at a push, though most of us will allow them to fall into disrepair.
If you’ve neglected yours for some time and you believe that it might well be time for an upgrade, here are 5 things to look out for:
1 – Cracks and Splits
It might not seem like the end of the world, though a small crack in your guttering will invariably turn into a bigger one. And what’s more, a crack will form a leak which is going to do the complete opposite to what guttering is intended for. Any cracks or splits of any kind should be rectified immediately, as the damage it can cause is not worth the hassle.
2 – Paint Peeling or Rust Forming
Any decent gutter should be designed to stand the test of time, though all of the seasons, though invariably as time goes on, they will begin to weather and age. If you can see evident signs of paint feeling, or orange spots forming then it is definitely high-time that you consider having them replaced – that and rust could mean that there’s water that is not being removed properly.
3 – Mould and Mildew and Wet Areas Around Your Home
Your gutters are designed with keeping the water flowing away from your house, particularly its foundation. If there are signs of damp around the outside of your house, or areas with noticeable water pools, then it could be an indication that your gutters aren’t working as they should be. The damage from water can be devastating to your home, don’t take any risks.
4 – Damage and Marking Beneath the Gutters
This is typically indicative of water overflowing from the gutters, which means that the drainage isn’t flowing as intended. This can do serious damage to your fascia’s and cause a host of other problems as well, so if you’ve noticed any water marking and damage underneath your gutters, then it’s high-time to get your gutters sorted and a professional fascia replacement.
5 – Uneven or ‘Sagging’ Gutters
If your gutter is beginning to sag or pull away from the fascia’s, then it’s a crystal clear sign that they’re on their way out. A gutter should always remain tight and close to the house all the way round, otherwise the gutters are full of water, the weight of which is causing irreparable damage to them. There could be a number of reasons which is causing the gutter to fill too quickly though – that could be inappropriate guttering, blockages, improper fitting and more.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by it all and you’d like some more information, head over to Absolute Gutters, or any other reputable company who may be able to assist you – You’ll want to work with specialists who deal specifically in fascia’s and guttering for the best possible results.