Gutters that are warped can detract from the appearance of your home, but they can also cause practical problems. Warped gutters can allow water to leak into your house and damage the wood and shingles, leading to the need for expensive repairs.
What Causes Gutters to Become Warped?
Gutters expand and contract when the weather turns cold in the winter and hot in the summer. Gutters can become warped over time due to constant expansion and contraction of the metal. While this is normal, it can lead to gradual damage to the gutters.
Gutter manufacturers take steps to slow the rate of gutter warping. They apply non-corrosive coatings to aluminum gutters and galvanize steel gutters to reduce the amount of warping that occurs in response to temperature fluctuations.
Even if the gutters are treated to reduce the rate of warping, this might not completely prevent it. Gutters can become warped if they get clogged with leaves, pine needles, and other debris. This can turn into a sludge-like material that can slowly eat away at the coating on the gutters and speed up corrosion and warping.
Improper installation can also speed up the warping process. If the screws are not flush with the surface of the gutters or the elbows (corner pieces) are not fully sealed, there can be small crevices that catch debris, which develops into a corrosive sludge.
Warped Gutters Can Damage Your House
If your gutters are warped, this can result in significant damage to your home. Warped gutters can prevent water from draining correctly. It can either get backed up under the roof and cause the shingles to become warped, cracked, or lifted up, or it can flow over the sides of the gutters and damage the landscaping.
Get a Quote for New Gutters
Connecticut Gutter & Exteriors installs and repairs gutters for homeowners across Connecticut. If your gutters are warped, this problem can lead to significant damage to your home and landscaping if it is not addressed. We can replace your gutters and install them correctly to prevent warping and other problems in the future. To get a quote for gutter installation, contact Connecticut Gutter & Exteriors today.