Gutters are fairly simple and inexpensive considering how important they are: protecting much more valuable areas of your home. Gutters keep rain off the wood or siding, windows, patio, deck and basement, routing it discreetly away from your foundation.
That means, anything that can protect your gutters from damage and helps them work even more efficiently is a great investment.
Gutter guards are a low cost feature you can add to any type of gutters, and they function as a protective screen for your gutters so debris and pests can’t get inside of them. Installing gutter guards can be a money-saving measure that you’ll happy with for many years.
There are many types of gutter guard. The style you choose to install will depend on your available budget and the type of gutters you have. Gutter guards are made of aluminum, nylon or plastic.
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On average, gutter guards cost about as much per linear foot as the gutters cost themselves. But in the long run, you’re going to save time and money by installing them. Here are a few of the reasons we recommend to install gutter guards on your house:
Improve Drainage by Preventing Clogs – Gutter guards keep leaves and debris out of your gutters. Otherwise large pieces 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 becoming stuck to start with.
Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards help water to stream through the gutters quickly since it is unhindered by large debris or leaves. Rain is one of the major causes of mold and mildew growth, therefore moving the water faster through the gutters limits the time rain is sitting still, leading to mold and mildew.
Prevent Pests from Nesting – Keeping squirrels, chipmunks, birds and insects out of gutters and off the roof is often an endless struggle. Every type of gutter guard stops pests from building nests within the gutter. Some homeowners choose to install gutter guards just for this reason.
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 often. Leaf guards cut down the frequency in which you need to clean out the gutters – or have someone to do it for you – so that you may 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 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 home. 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 temps, snow and ice, you’ll be interested to know that gutter guards can help stop snow and ice from staying up on your roof. Their designs purposefully redirect melting ice and snow to get it off your roof much faster.
These are all issues that impact hundreds of thousands of American homes every year. Gutter guards protect an important system that protects the rest of your home. If you haven’t considered installing them before, it might be time to think about it.
As you can see, there are many benefits of gutter guards. While it may be tempting to run out and purchase the type 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 installation service do the job for you.
Not only will professional installation be much more reliable than your DIY work, but a professional gutter guard service and installer will be able to suggest the best type of gutter system for your home in the first place. They know all of the styles, and they will consider each factor when deciding their recommendation.
Here are some of the things a gutter guard installer will consider 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 and others are designed to last as long as your gutters. The construction is a key factor in how long gutter guards will last.
Installation method – The style of gutter guards we would recommend for a homeowner to install themselves is the drop in type 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, could damage your gutters if they’re not installed the right way.
Appearance – A lot of gutter guards offer a low profile so they cannot be seen from ground level, while others are visible. If that is an important condition, you will be limited on the type of gutter guard you can have, and limited even more by the style of gutters you have on your home. If it is important for you to have low profile gutter guards installed, it may be necessary to buy new gutters too.
Warranty – Some gutter guard styles will come with a short warranty, however most of the aluminum types are guaranteed for 10-20 years. By hiring a licensed gutter guard installer in Schenectady (rather than doing it yourself), you won’t void your warranty. Gutter guards should not lift your shingles, nor should the installation void your roof’s warranty.
Another great thing about having All Pro Gutters install your gutter guards is that we’ll return and repair them free of charge if there is an issue due to the installation from our team.
Your budget is, of course, the final factor in determining 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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