Rain gutters are fairly simple and affordable considering how important they are: protecting more valuable areas of your house. Gutters help keep rain water off the siding, windows, patio, deck and basement, routing it discreetly away from your home.
Therefore, anything that protects your gutters from damage and helps them function more efficiently is a great investment.
Gutter guards are a low cost product you can install on any type of gutters, and they work as a protective shield for your gutters so debris and animals aren’t able to get inside of them. Installing gutter screens can be a money-saving choice that you’ll be rewarded for for year after year.
There are a lot of styles of gutter guard. The type you 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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On average, gutter guards will cost around as much per linear foot as the gutters themselves. In the long run, you will save a lot of time and money by installing them. Here are some of the reasons we recommend to install gutter guards on your house:
Improve Drainage by Preventing Clogs – Gutter guards help keep debris out of your gutters. Otherwise large pieces of debris settle in the gutter first, then small pieces of debris pile up around them. Of all the many gutter guard models, all of them prevent these larger pieces of debris from becoming stuck to start with.
Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards allow water to stream through the gutters faster since it is unhindered by any debris. Rain is one of the main reasons for mold and mildew growth, so moving the water faster through the gutters reduces the time rain is 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 prevents animals from building nests within the gutter. A lot of homeowners decide 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 doesn’t have to be done as regularly. Leaf guards cut down the frequency in which you have to clean out the gutters – or or hire a company to do the job for you – so that you may only need to have them cleaned only once a year.
Protection From Fires – A typical way fires spread to homes is if embers fall inside of gutters that have dry debris in them. This debris fuels the fire until it grows and damages the roof, followed by the rest of the home. A simple gutter guard installation can protect your home from this fire risk.
Prevent Ice Dams – If you happen to live in an area that gets below-freezing temps, snow and ice, you’ll be happy to know that gutter guards 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 issues that affect hundreds of thousands of American homes every year. Gutter guards protect an important system that protects the rest of your house. If you haven’t thought about installing them before, it could be time to think about it.
You can see, there are many benefits of gutter guards. While it may be tempting to run 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 properly. In the end, you’re much better off letting a professional gutter guard installer do the job for you.
Not only will their installation be much more reliable than your DIY work, but a professional gutter guard service and installer should be able to recommend the best type of gutter system for your home in the first place. They know all of the choices, and they will consider each factor when deciding their recommendation.
Here are some of the things a gutter guard installer will consider when determining the perfect 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 others are designed to last as long as your gutters. The material plays a key factor in how long the gutter guards will last.
Installation method – The type of gutter guards we would encourage for a homeowner to install on their own is the drop in type that do not require any fastening to the gutters. However, these are not as dependable. Installing other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, can destroy your rain gutters if they are not installed the right way.
Appearance – Many gutter guards offer a low profile so they aren’t visible from ground level, while others are very obvious. If that is an important requirement, you are limited on the type 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 “invisible” gutter guards, it may be necessary to install new gutters too.
Warranty – Many gutter guard styles will come with a shorter manufacturer’s warranty, but most of the aluminum types are guaranteed for at least 10-20 years. By having a licensed gutter guard installer in Gastonia (instead of doing it yourself), you won’t void your warranty. Gutter guards should never lift your shingles, nor should their installation void your roof’s warranty.
Another great thing by having Gastonia Gutters Plus install your new gutter guards is that we’ll come back and fix them free of charge if there is any issue related to the installation.
Your budget is, of course, the final factor in choosing which gutter guards you will have installed. We offer a range of options for every budget, and will provide the benefits listed above, to one degree or another.
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