Gutters are fairly basic and inexpensive considering the purpose they serve: protecting much more valuable parts of your home. Gutters help keep rain water off the siding, windows, patio, deck and basement, directing it discreetly away from your foundation.
Therefore, anything that can protect your gutters and helps them work more efficiently is a smart investment.
Gutter guards are an inexpensive product you can install on almost any type of gutters, and they work as a protective barrier for gutters so debris and animals can’t get inside of them. Buying gutter screens can be a money-saving choice that you’ll thank yourself for year after year.
There are many types of gutter guard. The type you install depends on your budget and the type of rain gutters you have on your home. Gutter guards are made of either aluminum, nylon or plastic.
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On average, gutter guards will cost about as much per linear foot as the gutters themselves. In the long run, you’re going to save time and money 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 debris out of your gutters. Otherwise big pieces settle in the gutter first, then smaller pieces of debris pile up around them. Of all the many gutter guard models, all of them block larger leaves and pieces of debris from getting stuck to start with.
Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards help water to stream through the gutters faster since it is unhindered by any large debris or leaves. Rain is one of the primary 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 rain gutters and off the roof is often a constant struggle. Every style of gutter guard prevents pests from building nests within the gutter. Many homeowners decide to install gutter guards for this reason alone.
Gutter Cleaning Less Often – Gutter guards must be removed in order to clean the gutters, but if they are installed, this job doesn’t have to be done as regularly. Leaf guards can reduce the frequency in which you need to clean out the gutters – or have someone to do it 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 when embers fall inside of gutters that have dry debris in them. This debris gives the fire fuel until it grows and damages the roof, followed by the entire house. A simple gutter guard installation can protect your home from the risk of fire.
Prevent Ice Dams – If you live in an area that gets below-freezing temperatures, snow and sleet, you’ll be happy to know that gutter guards can help prevent 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 impact hundreds of thousands of American homes each year. Gutter guards protect an important system that protects the rest of your house. If you haven’t considered installing them before, it might 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 install the type you think will work best – how much different could they really be, right? – you still have to install them properly. In the end, you’re much better off having a professional gutter guard installer do the project for you.
Not only will their installation be a lot 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 house in the first place. They are familiar with all of the styles, and they will consider each factor when deciding their recommendation.
Here are some of the factors a gutter guard service will consider when determining the best gutter guards for your home:
Material – Gutter guards can be made of aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of different materials. Some gutter guards are designed for temporary usage and others are built to last just as long as your gutters will. The construction is 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 type that do not require fastening to the gutters. However, these are not as dependable. Installing the other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, might destroy your rain gutters if they are not installed correctly.
Appearance – A lot of 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 condition, you are limited on the type of gutter guard you can have, and limited even more by the type of gutters you have. If it is important for you to have low profile gutter guards, it might be necessary for you to buy new gutters as well.
Warranty – Many gutter guard styles will come with a shorter warranty, however most of the aluminum types are guaranteed to last for at least 10-20 years. By hiring a licensed gutter guard installation company in Erie (instead of 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 Elite Erie Gutters 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 every budget, and will provide the benefits listed above, to one degree or another.
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