Gutters are basic and affordable considering the purpose they serve: protecting much more valuable areas of your house. Gutters help keep rain off the siding, windows, patio, deck and basement, routing it discreetly away from your home.
Therefore, anything that can protect your gutters from damage and helps them work even more efficiently is a great investment too.
Gutter guards are an affordable feature you can add to any type of gutters, and they function as a protective shield for your gutters so large debris and animals can’t get inside of them. Purchasing gutter guards can be a money-saving decision that you’ll be rewarded for for many years.
There are several types of gutter guard. The type you choose to install will depend on your budget and the type of rain gutters you have. Gutter guards are made of either aluminum, nylon or plastic.
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On average, gutter guards cost around as much per linear foot as the gutters cost themselves. But 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 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 small pieces of debris collect around them. Of all the different gutter guard models, all of them block these larger pieces of debris from getting stuck to begin with.
Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards allow water to flow through the gutters quickly because it is unhindered by large debris. Rain is one of the primary causes of mold and mildew growth, so moving the water faster through the gutters reduces the amount of time rain spends 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 is often a constant battle. Every model of gutter guard stops pests from crafting nests inside of the gutter. Some homeowners choose to install gutter guards just for this reason.
Gutter Cleaning Less Often – Gutter guards must be removed to clean the gutters, but when they are present, this project doesn’t have to be done as regularly. Leaf guards can cut down the frequency that you have to clean gutters – or hire a professional to do it for you – so that you may only have to have them cleaned only once a year.
Protection From Fires – A common way fires spread to homes is when embers fall into gutters that have dry debris in them. This debris gives the fire fuel until it becomes too large and damages the roof, followed by the rest of the home. 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 sleet, you’ll be interested to know that gutter guards can help prevent snow and ice from staying up on your roof. Their designs redirect melting snow and ice to get it off your roof faster.
These are all problems that impact 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 considered installing them before, it could be time to think about it.
As you can see, there are a lot of benefits of gutter guards. While it may be tempting to go out and purchase the model you think will work best – how much different could they really be, right? – you will still have to install them correctly. In the end, you’re much better off letting a professional gutter guard installer do the job for you.
Not only will professional installation be a lot more reliable than your DIY work, but a 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 are familiar with all of the styles, and they will consider each factor when making their recommendation.
Here are a few of the factors a gutter guard service will consider when choosing the perfect gutter guards for your home:
Material – Gutter guards are made of aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of other materials. Some are made for temporary use while some are designed to last as long as your gutters. The construction is a key role in how long gutter guards will last.
Installation method – The only style of gutter guards we would suggest for a homeowner to install on their own is the drop in type 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 destroy your gutters if they’re not installed correctly.
Appearance – A lot of gutter guards boast a low profile so they cannot be seen from ground level, while others are visible. If this is an important requirement, you will be limited on the type of gutter guard you can have, and limited even more by the type of gutters you have on your home. If it is important for you to have low profile gutter guards installed, it may be necessary to install new gutters too.
Warranty – Some gutter guard styles will come with a shorter warranty, however most of the aluminum types are guaranteed for 10-20 years. By having a licensed gutter guard installation company in Wilmington (rather than doing it on your own), you won’t void the warranty. Gutter guards should not lift your shingles, nor should their installation void your roof’s warranty.
Another great thing about having WeClean Wilmington Gutters install your new gutter guards is that we’ll come back and fix them for FREE if there is any issue due to the installation from our team.
Your budget is, of course, the last factor in determining the 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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