Rain gutters are simple and inexpensive considering the purpose they serve: protecting more valuable parts of your house. Gutters help keep rain off the wood or siding, windows, patio, deck and basement, routing it discreetly away from your home.
Therefore, anything that protects your gutters and helps them work even more efficiently is a great investment too.
Gutter guards are an inexpensive feature you can install on almost any style of gutters, and they work as a protective shield for gutters so debris and pests aren’t able to get inside of them. Purchasing gutter guards can be a money-saving decision that you’ll thank yourself for many years.
There are many styles of gutter guard. The type you choose to install depends 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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Typically, gutter guards cost about as much per linear foot as the gutters cost themselves. In the long run, you’re going to save time and money by installing them. Here are a few of the reasons we think you should install gutter guards on your house:
Improve Drainage by Preventing Clogs – Gutter guards keep leaves and most debris out of your gutters. Otherwise big pieces of debris settle in the gutter first, then small pieces pile up around them. Of all the many gutter guard styles, all of them prevent larger 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 is unhindered by debris. Rain is one of the main causes of mold and mildew to grow, therefore 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 can be a constant battle. Every type of gutter guard stops pests from crafting nests within the gutter. A lot of homeowners choose to install gutter guards for no other reason than this.
Gutter Cleaning Less Often – Gutter guards have 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 can cut down the frequency in which you have to clean gutters – or or hire a company to do it for you – so that you may only need 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 fuels the fire until it becomes too large and damages the roof, followed by 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 sleet, you’ll be happy to know that gutter guards can help stop snow and ice from staying up on your roof. Their unique designs purposefully redirect melting ice and snow to get it off your roof much faster.
These are all issues that affect hundreds of thousands of homes every year. Gutter guards protect a vital system that protects the rest of your home. If you haven’t thought about 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 run out and purchase the model you think will work best – how different could they be, right? – you will still have to install them correctly. All things considered, you’re much better off letting a professional gutter guard installation company do the project for you.
Not only will their installation be much more reliable than your DIY work, but a professional gutter guard service and installer is going to be able to suggest the best type of gutter system for your home in the first place. They are familiar with all of the options, and they will consider each factor carefully when making their recommendation.
Here are some of the things a gutter guard installer will think about when recommending the best gutter guards for your home:
Material – Gutter guards are manufactured with aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of different materials. Some are designed for temporary usage while some are built to last just as long as your gutters will. The construction plays a key factor in how long the gutter guards will last.
Installation method – The only style of gutter guards we would encourage for a homeowner to install on their own is the drop in kind that don’t require any fastening to the gutters. Installing other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, can destroy your gutters if they’re not installed correctly.
Appearance – Many gutter guards boast a low profile so they cannot be seen from ground level, while some styles are very obvious. If this is an important requirement, you will be limited on the style of gutter guard you can install, and limited even more by the style of gutters you have on your roof. If it is very important for you to have low profile gutter guards, it may be necessary for you to purchase new gutters as well.
Warranty – Many gutter guard styles will come with a shorter manufacturer’s warranty, however most of the aluminum models are guaranteed for at least 10-20 years. By hiring a licensed gutter guard installer in Huntsville (rather than doing it yourself), you won’t void the warranty. Gutter guards should never lift your shingles, nor should the installation void your roof’s warranty.
Another great thing about having Huntsville Gutter Service install your new gutter guards is that we’ll come back and repair them free of charge if there is an issue related to the installation from our team.
Your budget is, of course, the final factor in determining which 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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