iStock 000001062884XSmallThough their importance is often overlooked, gutters are essential to protecting your home. If gutters are not properly maintained, or have been subject to too much wear and tear, they will not be able to divert rainwater or melting snow from your home. If you ignore the signs that your gutters need replacing, your home is likely to experience problems such as ice damming, water damage and rotting interior walls. These problems are expensive to fix and certainly avoidable if the right measures are taken beforehand.

The following is a list of signs that your gutters may need to be replaced. Fiderio & Sons builds and installs seamless aluminum and copper gutter systems for Connecticut homes that are designed to handle the heaviest rainfall, safely and efficiently. Because our gutters are seamless there is no chance for leaks or splits. We mount them securely to your home to avoid gaps, and install wide downspouts to help keep water flowing freely. If you read the following warning signs and are in need of a replacement, we'd be hapy to help. 

Here are a few warning signs your gutters need to be replaced:

  • Basement flooding

    Gutters are put in place to direct water away from a home's foundation. If you notice that during a rainstorm your basement is flooding, your gutters may be the reason why. If gutters are not working as they should, rain and ice melting can seep into your home's interior walls and cause rotting and structural damage.

  •  Peeling paint

    If you notice that there are spots where paint is peeling on the outside of your home, your gutters may be the cause. Overflowing or leaking gutters can cause water to drip down the side of your home, and make the paint peel as a result of the prolonged exposure to moisture. Faulty gutters not only can effect the inside of your home, but the exterior as well.

  •  Rust 

    Rust spots on gutters are a tell tale sign that they need to be replaced. Look for orange and brown specs on the outside and inside of your gutters. Rust causes the material to weaken and holes are likely to appear soon after. 

  • Leaves and debris

    If there are a lot of visible leaves or weeds growing from your gutters, there is likely a clog forming or already existing. Clogged gutters can cause overflow, leaking or sagging, and other problems. Many homeowners risk their safety each year trying to clean their gutters. 

    Fiderio & Sons installs gutters designed specifically for your home and your roofing system, including the unique system called GutterShutter' that uses water surface tension to prevent leaves and debris from entering your gutter troughs, but allows water to flow freely. The patented GutterShutter' design is one of the few gutter protection systems that has been proven effective. Once the GutterShutter' installation on your home is complete, cleaning your gutters may never need to be done again.