Rain gutters are basic and affordable considering the purpose they serve: protecting more valuable parts of your home. Gutters keep rain water off the wood or siding, windows, patio, deck and basement, directing it away from your home.
Therefore, anything that protects your gutters and helps them function more efficiently is a great investment too.
Gutter guards are a low cost feature you can add to almost any type of gutters, and they serve as a protective barrier for gutters so large debris and pests aren’t able to get inside of them. Buying gutter screens can be a money-saving measure that you’ll be rewarded for for year after year.
There are many types of gutter guard. The style you choose to install will depend on your budget and the type of gutters you have. Gutter guards are made of aluminum, nylon or plastic.
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Typically, gutter guards will cost around as much per linear foot as the gutters cost themselves. But in the long run, you will save time and money by installing them. Here are a few of the reasons we encourage you to install gutter guards on your house:
Improve Drainage by Preventing Clogs – Gutter guards keep leaves and debris out of your gutters. Otherwise big pieces settle in the gutter first, then small pieces of debris collect around them. Of all the different gutter guard models, all of them prevent these 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 quickly because it isn’t blocked by any debris. Water is one of the primary reasons for mold and mildew growth, therefore moving the water faster through the gutters limits 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 can be a constant struggle. Every model of gutter guard prevents pests from building nests inside of the gutter. A lot of homeowners choose to install gutter guards for this reason alone.
Gutter Cleaning Less Often – Gutter guards have to be removed in order to clean the gutters, but if they are present, this job won’t have to be done as regularly. Leaf guards can cut down the frequency in which you have to clean out the gutters – or have someone to do the job for you – so that you might only have to have them cleaned out 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 fuels the fire until it becomes too large and damages the roof, and then the rest of the home. A standard 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 frequent below-freezing temperatures, snow and sleet, you’ll be happy to know that gutter guards 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 faster.
These are all issues that affect hundreds of thousands of American homes every year. Gutter guards protect a vital system that protects the rest of the house. If you’ve never considered installing them before, it might be time to think about it.
As you can see, there are several benefits of gutter guards. While it may be tempting to run out and install the model 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 their installation be more reliable than your DIY work, but a gutter guard service and installer should be able to suggest the best type of gutter system for your house in the first place. They are familiar with all of the styles, and they will consider each factor in detail when making their recommendation.
Here are a few of the factors a gutter guard service will consider when determining the best gutter guards for your home:
Material – Gutter guards can be manufactured with aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of other materials. Some are made for temporary usage while some are built to last as long as your gutters. The material is 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 do not require any fastening to the gutters. However, these are not as dependable. Installing the other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, might damage your rain gutters if they’re not installed the right way.
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 requirement, you are limited on the style of gutter guard you can have, and limited even more by the style of gutters you have. If it is important for you to have low profile gutter guards installed, it may be necessary for you to buy new gutters as well.
Warranty – Some gutter guard styles will come with a shorter warranty, however most of the aluminum models are guaranteed to last for 10-20 years. By hiring a licensed gutter guard installer in Huntersville (rather than doing it on your own), you won’t void the warranty. Gutter guards should never lift your shingles, nor should their installation void your roof’s warranty.
Another great thing about having Huntersville Gutters & Exteriors install your new gutter guards is that we’ll come back and repair them free of charge if there is any issue related to the installation.
Your budget is, of course, the last factor in deciding which gutter guards you will have installed. We offer a wide range of options for all budgets, and will provide the benefits listed above, to one degree or another.
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