Gutters are simple and low cost considering how important they are: protecting much more valuable areas of your home. Gutters keep rain off the wood or siding, windows, porch, deck and basement, directing it away from your home.
That means, anything that protects your gutters and helps them work more efficiently is a smart investment.
Gutter guards are a low cost product you can add to any style of gutters, and they function as a protective screen for your gutters so debris and pests aren’t able to get inside of them. Purchasing gutter guards can be a money-saving measure that you’ll thank yourself for year after year.
There are many styles of gutter guard. The style 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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Typically, gutter guards cost about as much per linear foot as the gutters cost themselves. In the long run, you’re going to save a lot of time and money installing them. Here are some of the reasons we encourage you to install gutter guards on your house:
Improve Drainage by Preventing Clogs – Gutter guards help keep leaves and debris out of your gutters. Otherwise big pieces of debris settle in the gutter first, then smaller pieces of debris pile up around them. Of all the many gutter guard models, all of them prevent these larger pieces of debris from getting stuck to begin with.
Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards help water to flow through the gutters faster because it is unhindered by debris or leaves. Rain is one of the major causes of mold and mildew to grow, so moving the water faster through the gutters reduces the amount of time rain remains sitting still, possibly leading to mold and mildew.
Prevent Pests from Nesting – Keeping squirrels, chipmunks, birds and insects out of gutters and off the roof is often a constant struggle. Every model of gutter guard prevents animals from building nests inside of the gutter. Some homeowners choose to install gutter guards just for this reason.
Gutter Cleaning Less Often – Gutter guards have to be removed to clean the gutters, but when they are present, this project doesn’t have to be done as often. Leaf guards can reduce the frequency in which you need to clean out the gutters – or hire a professional to do it for you – so that you might only need to have them cleaned only once a year.
Protection From Fires – A typical way fires spread to homes is if 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 entire home. A simple gutter guard installation can protect your home from the risk of fire.
Prevent Ice Dams – If you happen to live in an area that gets below-freezing temperatures, snow and ice, you’ll be interested to know that gutter guards help prevent snow and ice from staying up on your roof. Their unique designs purposefully redirect melting ice and snow to get it off your roof faster.
These are all problems that affect hundreds of thousands of American homes every year. Gutter guards protect an important system that protects the rest of your 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 go out and purchase the type you think will work best – how different could they be, right? – you still have to install them properly. In the end, you’re much better off letting a professional gutter guard installer do the project for you.
Not only will professional installation be more reliable than DIY work, but a professional gutter guard service and installer will be able to suggest the best type of gutter for your house in the first place. They know all of the styles, and they will consider each factor when making their recommendation.
Here are some of the factors a gutter guard installer will take into account when recommending the perfect gutter guards for your home:
Material – Gutter guards can be manufactured with aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of different materials. Some are designed for temporary usage while some are designed to last as long as your gutters will. The material is a key factor in how long gutter guards will last.
Installation method – The type of gutter guards we would encourage for a homeowner to install on their own is the drop in type that do not require any fastening to the gutters. However, these are not as dependable. Installing other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, could damage your gutters if they are not installed correctly.
Appearance – Many gutter guards boast a low profile so they aren’t visible from ground level, while some styles are very obvious. If this is an important condition, you will be limited on the style of gutter guard you can have, and limited even more by the style of gutters you have. If it is very important for you to have “invisible” gutter guards, it may be necessary for you to install new gutters as well.
Warranty – A lot of gutter guard styles will come with a shorter warranty, but most of the aluminum types are guaranteed for 10-20 years. By hiring a licensed gutter guard installation company in Cleveland (rather than doing it yourself), you won’t void your warranty. Gutter guards should never lift your shingles, nor should the installation void your roof’s warranty.
Another great thing by having Clean Cleveland Gutters install your gutter guards is that we’ll return and fix them for FREE if there is any issue related to the installation.
Your budget is, of course, the last factor in deciding the gutter guards you will have installed. We provide a wide range of options for every budget, and will provide the benefits listed above, to one degree or another.
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