Bakersfield, CA is a gorgeous city filled with some beautiful homes. Whether you have a Mediterranean home with a tile roof or a bungalow with asphalt shingles, you need to have a good gutter system. The gutters work with downspouts to collect water as well as debris that falls off the roof. Looking at the signs you need to replace your gutters will help you know when to call Ed & J United Roofing.
Your gutter system will have different pieces that wrap around your house, but you should not see any gaps between those pieces. Some gaps appear after a storm as high winds cause the gutters to pull away from the roof. You may see gaps caused by too much weight on the gutters, too. If wild animals run through them or build nests there, the gutters will have a hard time staying in place. If you see multiple gaps, you need to replace the damaged parts.
Many homes in Bakersfield, CA have wood walls with layers of paint added over the top. Checking the wood is a good way to find out if you need new gutters. As water splashes over the sides of the gutters, it can damage the paint and cause it to peel away from the walls. You might see the same issue if you have a brick home or a house with stucco on the exterior. Look for signs of rot, too. There is a risk that the water will work its way through the outside of your home and into your drywall.
You should always replace your gutters if they cause damage to your home’s foundation. Bakersfield homes usually do not have basements. They have concrete foundations that sit flat on the ground. As water spills out of the gutters, it can pool around the foundation. You also risk the downspouts doing the same thing, especially if they aren’t long enough. Cracks are one of the more common signs of damage, but you may also find that your foundation shifts.
It’s helpful to also look at the soil around your home. When your gutters no longer work properly, they add more water to the ground closest to your home. This causes the soil to thin out and may make it hard for you to grow plants. The excess water may cause plants and trees to die as well. Replacing the gutters will help restore your soil.
A roof inspection is the best way to find out about the roofing problems you have and what you need to do. Ed & J United Roofing will let you know if you need a whole roof or some basic repairs. Call Ed & J United Roofing today to find the best solution for the gutters on your Bakersfield, CA home.