Gutters are fairly basic and inexpensive considering the purpose they serve: protecting much more valuable areas of your home. Gutters help keep rain water off the wood or siding, windows, patio, deck and basement, directing it away from your foundation.
Therefore, anything that protects your gutters from damage and helps them function even more efficiently is a smart investment too.
Gutter guards are an affordable feature you can add to almost any style of gutters, and they serve as a protective screen for your gutters so debris and pests won’t get inside of them. Buying gutter screens can be a money-saving measure that you’ll thank yourself for many years.
There are several styles of gutter guard. The style you choose to install depends on your available budget and the type of rain gutters you have. Gutter guards are made of aluminum, nylon or plastic.
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Typically, gutter guards will cost about as much per linear foot as the gutters themselves. In the long run, you will save a lot of time and money installing them. Here are some of the reasons we think you should install gutter guards on your house:
Improve Drainage by Preventing Clogs – Gutter guards keep debris out of your gutters. Otherwise larger pieces settle in the gutter first, then smaller pieces of debris 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 begin with.
Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards help water to stream through the gutters faster since it isn’t blocked by large debris or leaves. Water is one of the major causes of mold and mildew growth, so moving the water faster through the gutters reduces the amount of time rain remains sitting still, leading to mold and mildew.
Prevent Pests from Nesting – Keeping squirrels, chipmunks, birds and insects out of rain gutters and off the roof can be a constant struggle. Every model of gutter guard stops pests from crafting nests within the gutter. A lot of homeowners choose to install gutter guards for this reason alone.
Gutter Cleaning Less Often – Gutter guards need to be removed in order to clean the gutters, but when they are installed, this project won’t have to be done as often. Leaf guards cut down 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 out once a year.
Protection From Fires – A common way fires spread to homes is if embers fall into gutters that have dry debris in them. This debris fuels the fire until it becomes too large and damages the roof, and then the entire house. A basic gutter guard installation can protect your home from the risk of fire.
Prevent Ice Dams – If you live in an area that gets frequent below-freezing temps, snow and ice, you’ll be happy to know that gutter guards can help stop snow and ice from staying up on your roof. Their unique designs redirect melting snow and ice to get it off your roof much faster.
These are all issues that impact hundreds of thousands of American homes each year. Gutter guards protect a vital system that protects the rest of your house. If you haven’t thought about installing them before, it may be time to think about it.
You can see, there are a lot of benefits of gutter guards. While it might be tempting to run out and install the type you think will be the best – how much different could they really be, right? – you still have to install them correctly. Ultimately, you’re much better off having a professional gutter guard installation service do the project for you.
Not only will professional installation be much more reliable than DIY work, but a gutter guard service and installer should be able to suggest the best type of gutter system for your home in the first place. They know all of the styles, and they will consider each factor carefully when making their recommendation.
Here are a few of the things a gutter guard company will consider when recommending the best gutter guards for your home:
Material – Gutter guards can be made of aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of different materials. Some are made for temporary use and some are built to last as long as your gutters. The material plays a key factor in how long the gutter guards will last.
Installation method – The only type of gutter guards we would suggest 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 the other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, could destroy your gutters if they’re not installed correctly.
Appearance – Many gutter guards offer a low profile so they cannot be seen from ground level, while some styles are very obvious. If that is an important condition, you are 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, it may be necessary for you to install new gutters too.
Warranty – A lot of gutter guard styles will come with a short warranty, but most of the aluminum types are guaranteed to last for at least 10-20 years. By hiring a licensed gutter guard installation company in Chicopee (rather than doing it on your own), 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 Clean & Clear Gutters install your gutter guards is that we’ll return and fix them free of charge if there is an issue related to the installation.
Your budget is, of course, the last factor in determining which gutter guards you will have installed. We provide a wide range of options for all budgets, and will provide the benefits listed above, to one degree or another.
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