Gutters are fairly basic and low cost considering how important they are: protecting much more valuable parts of your house. Gutters keep rain water off the wood or siding, windows, patio, deck and basement, routing it away from your home.
That means, anything that can protect your gutters and helps them work more efficiently is a great investment as well.
Gutter guards are an affordable feature you can add to almost any type of gutters, and they function as a protective shield for your gutters so large debris and pests aren’t able to get inside of them. Buying leaf guards can be a money-saving measure that you’ll be rewarded for for year after year.
There are several styles of gutter guard. The type you install will depend on your available budget and the type of rain gutters you have on your home. Gutter guards are made of aluminum, nylon or plastic.
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On average, gutter guards will cost about as much per linear foot as the gutters cost themselves. But in the long run, you will save 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 keep leaves and most debris out of your gutters. Otherwise larger pieces of debris settle in the gutter first, then smaller pieces collect around them. Of all the different gutter guard styles, all of them stop larger pieces of debris from becoming stuck to begin with.
Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards help water to stream through the gutters quickly since it isn’t blocked by debris. Water is one of the major reasons for mold and mildew growth, therefore moving the water faster through the gutters reduces the time rain remains sitting still, leading to mold and mildew.
Prevent Pests from Nesting – Keeping squirrels, chipmunks, birds and insects out of your gutters and off the roof can be an endless battle. Every model of gutter guard stops pests from crafting nests within the gutter. Many homeowners choose to install gutter guards for no other reason than this.
Gutter Cleaning Less Often – Gutter guards need to be removed to clean the gutters, but when they are installed, this job doesn’t have to be done as often. Leaf guards can cut down the frequency that you need to clean out the gutters – or have someone to do the job for you – so that you might only have to have them cleaned out once each year.
Protection From Fires – A typical way fires spread to homes is when embers fall inside of gutters where there is dry debris. This debris gives the fire fuel until it becomes too large and damages the roof, and then the rest of the home. A basic 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 temperatures, 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 unique designs purposefully redirect melting snow and ice to get it off your roof faster.
These are all issues that affect hundreds of thousands of American homes every year. Gutter guards protect a vital system that protects the rest of the home. If you’ve never thought about installing them before, it might be time to think about it.
You can see, there are a lot of benefits of gutter guards. While it may be tempting to run out and install the type you think will be the best – how much different could they really be, right? – you will still have to install them correctly. Ultimately, you’re much better off having a professional gutter guard installer do the job for you.
Not only will their installation be a lot more reliable than your 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 choices, and they will consider each factor 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 are designed for temporary use while others are designed to last as long as your gutters. The material plays a key role in how long the 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 do not require fastening to the gutters. Installing the other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, could damage your gutters if they’re not installed the right way.
Appearance – Many gutter guards offer a low profile so they aren’t visible from ground level, while some styles are visible. If this is an important requirement, you are limited on the style of gutter guard you can install, and limited even more by the style of gutters you have on your home. If it is important for you to have low profile gutter guards, it might be necessary for you to purchase new gutters as well.
Warranty – Many gutter guard styles will come with a shorter warranty, but most of the aluminum types are guaranteed for 10-20 years. By having a licensed gutter guard installer in Brick (instead of doing it on your own), you won’t void the warranty. Gutter guards should not lift your shingles, nor should the installation void your roof’s warranty.
Another great thing by having Good Home Gutters install your gutter guards is that we’ll return and repair them free of charge if there is any issue related to the installation.
Your budget is, of course, the final factor in deciding 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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