Gutters are fairly basic and inexpensive considering how important they are: protecting much more valuable parts of your house. Gutters keep rain off the wood or siding, windows, patio, deck and basement, routing it away from your foundation.
That means, anything that can protect your gutters and helps them work even more efficiently is a smart investment.
Gutter guards are a low cost product you can install on any type of gutters, and they function as a protective barrier for gutters so debris and animals won’t get inside of them. Installing gutter guards can be a money-saving decision that you’ll thank yourself for year after year.
There are a lot of styles of gutter guard. The type you install depends on your available budget and the type of gutters you have. Gutter guards are made of either aluminum, nylon or plastic.
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On average, gutter guards will cost about as much per linear foot as the gutters themselves. But in the long run, you will save a lot of time and money installing them. Here are a few of the reasons we think you should install gutter guards on your home:
Improve Drainage by Preventing Clogs – Gutter guards help keep leaves and most debris out of your gutters. Otherwise larger pieces settle in the gutter first, then smaller pieces pile up around them. Of all the different gutter guard models, all of them prevent larger leaves and pieces of debris from becoming stuck to start with.
Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards allow water to flow through the gutters faster because it isn’t blocked by any large debris. Water is one of the primary reasons for mold and mildew growth, therefore moving the water faster through the gutters limits the time rain remains sitting still, leading to mold and mildew.
Prevent Pests from Nesting – Keeping squirrels, chipmunks, birds and insects out of gutters and off the roof is often an endless battle. Every model of gutter guard stops animals from crafting nests inside of the gutter. A lot of homeowners decide to install gutter guards for this reason alone.
Gutter Cleaning Less Often – Gutter guards have to be removed to clean the gutters, but when they are present, this project won’t have to be done as regularly. Leaf guards reduce the frequency in which you need to clean gutters – or or hire a company to do it for you – so that you may only have to have them cleaned only once each year.
Protection From Fires – A typical way fires spread to homes is when embers fall inside of gutters that have dry debris in them. This debris gives the fire fuel until it becomes too large and damages the roof, and then the rest of the house. A standard gutter guard installation can protect your home from this fire risk.
Prevent Ice Dams – If you live in an area that gets frequent below-freezing temps, snow and ice, you’ll be interested to know that gutter guards can help stop snow and ice from staying up on your roof. Their designs purposefully redirect melting ice and snow to get it off your roof much faster.
These are all issues that impact hundreds of thousands of homes each year. Gutter guards protect an important system that protects the rest of the house. If you’ve never considered installing them before, it might be time to think about it.
As you can see, there are a lot of benefits of gutter guards. While it might be tempting to run out and install the model you think will work best – how much different could they really be, right? – you still have to install them correctly. Ultimately, you’re much better off letting a professional gutter guard installer do the job for you.
Not only will professional installation be much more reliable than DIY work, but a professional gutter guard service and installer is going to be able to recommend the best type of gutter for your home in the first place. They know all of the styles, and they will consider each factor carefully when deciding their recommendation.
Here are a few of the things a gutter guard installer will think about when deciding the best gutter guards for your home:
Material – Gutter guards are made of aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of different materials. Some gutter guards are designed for temporary usage while others are designed to last as long as your gutters. The construction plays a key role in how long gutter guards will last.
Installation method – The style of gutter guards we would recommend for a homeowner to install on their own is the drop in kind that don’t require fastening to the gutters. However, these are not as dependable. Installing other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, could damage your rain gutters if they are not installed correctly.
Appearance – A lot of gutter guards offer a low profile so they cannot be seen from ground level, while others are very obvious. If that is an important requirement, you will be limited on the style of gutter guard you can install, and limited even more by the type of gutters you have. If it is important for you to have “invisible” gutter guards installed, it might be necessary to buy new gutters too.
Warranty – Most gutter guard styles will come with a short warranty, but most of the aluminum types are guaranteed for at least 10-20 years. By having a licensed gutter guard installer in Terre Haute (rather than doing it yourself), you won’t void your warranty. Gutter guards should not lift your shingles, nor should their installation void your roof’s warranty.
Another great thing about having Total Gutters, Inc. install your gutter guards is that we’ll return and repair them free of charge if there is any issue related to the installation from our team.
Your budget is, of course, the final factor in determining the gutter guards you will have installed. We offer a wide range of options for all budgets, and will provide the benefits listed above, to one degree or another.
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