Top signs That you Should Replace Your Gutter System on Your Commercial Building.
A properly maintained and attractive gutter system is crucial to the structural integrity and curb appeal of a business. Gutters protect customers and employees from drenching rainwater and direct rainwater away from the building, minimizing puddles and muddy areas that can be physical hazards and lead to slip-and-fall lawsuits.
Business owners should have gutter systems regularly maintained so that they work properly and don’t bring down the appearance of the property. Rain spouts direct water away from the building so that rain won’t leak into the foundation and lead to cracks and leaks in basements. Customers don’t want to pull into a flooded parking lot. Eventually, cleaning out gutters, repairing and repainting the gutter system won’t suffice any longer. The lifespan of a gutter system can be extended by maintenance but when gutters start to break down, rust out and look shabby, it’s time to look into replacing them with a more efficient and up-to-date system.
Gutters can sustain damage from a variety of sources including regular wear and tear, severe storms and animal damage. Birds regularly nest in gutters and don’t usually cause lasting damage but large nests can cause severe clogs and animals like opossums and raccoons may weaken rain spouts and gutters by climbing them. Heavy winds and icy winter weather can overwhelm gutter systems and pull spouts and gutters away from the building. Gutters can rust through and lose effectiveness. Gutter systems can also be damaged by people; for example, a customer backing into a rain-spout with their vehicle.
When gutters have been damaged to the point that they are dented, rusted or not securely attached to the building, business owners should consider a complete system replacement. It’s an investment in the continuance of the business, just like all other building maintenance. It’s also a subtle way to give a lift to the building’s appearance. Gutter system replacement protects the parking lot as well as people and the building by directing rainwater to the channel below the curb so that water doesn’t stand in the parking lot and damage the asphalt.
Gutter system replacement is also a good idea when starting a new business. It’s better to start fresh than deal with a previous owner’s maintenance or lack thereof. All business owners should have a professional gutter maintenance, repair and Replacement Company inspect their gutters. Replacing old or damaged gutter systems immediately saves money and stress in the long run.