Gutters are fairly basic and affordable considering how important they are: protecting much more valuable parts of your home. Gutters keep rain water off the siding, windows, patio, deck and basement, directing it discreetly away from your foundation.
Therefore, anything that protects your gutters from damage and helps them function more efficiently is a good investment as well.
Gutter guards are an affordable product you can install on almost any type of gutters, and they function as a protective shield for gutters so debris and pests aren’t able to get inside of them. Buying leaf guards can be a money-saving decision that you’ll thank yourself for many years.
There are many types of gutter guard. The type you choose to install will depend on your available budget and the type of rain 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. But in the long run, you’re going to save a lot of time and money by installing them. Here are a few of the reasons we encourage you to install gutter guards on your home:
Improve Drainage by Preventing Clogs – Gutter guards help keep leaves and debris out of your gutters. Otherwise large pieces of debris 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 these larger pieces of debris from getting stuck to begin with.
Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards help water to stream through the gutters quickly since it isn’t blocked by any debris. Water is one of the primary causes of mold and mildew to grow, so moving the water faster through the gutters reduces the time rain spends 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 an endless struggle. Every model of gutter guard prevents animals from crafting nests inside of the gutter. Many homeowners decide to install gutter guards for no other reason than this.
Gutter Cleaning Less Often – Gutter guards need to be removed in order to clean the gutters, but when they are installed, this job doesn’t have to be done nearly as frequently. Leaf guards can cut down the frequency that you need to clean gutters – or or hire a company to do it for you – so that you might only have to have them cleaned only once each year.
Protection From Fires – A common way fires spread to homes is when embers fall into 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 simple 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 sleet, you’ll be interested to know that gutter guards can help prevent snow and ice from staying up on your roof. Their designs purposefully 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 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.
You can see, there are several benefits of gutter guards. While it might be tempting to go out and buy the type you think will work best – how much different could they be, right? – you will still have to install them correctly. Ultimately, you’re much better off letting a professional gutter guard installer do the job for you.
Not only will professional installation be more reliable than your DIY work, but a local gutter guard service and installer will be able to recommend the best type of gutter for your house in the first place. They know all of the options, and they will consider each factor when making their recommendation.
Here are a few of the factors a gutter guard installer will take into account when determining the best gutter guards for your home:
Material – Gutter guards are made of aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of different materials. Some gutter guards are made for temporary usage while others are designed to last as long as your gutters will. The construction 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 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 – Many gutter guards offer a low profile so they cannot be seen from ground level, while others are very obvious. If that is an important condition, you will be limited on the type of gutter guard you can install, and limited even more by the style of gutters you have. If it is important for you to have “invisible” gutter guards installed, it may be necessary for you to buy new gutters.
Warranty – A lot of gutter guard styles will come with a short warranty, however most of the aluminum models are guaranteed to last for 10-20 years. By hiring a licensed gutter guard installer in 509-260-7301 (rather than doing it on your own), 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 Spokane Valley Gutters install your gutter guards is that we’ll come back and repair 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 range of options for every budget, and will provide the benefits listed above, to one degree or another.
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