Gutters are basic and affordable considering the purpose they serve: protecting much more valuable areas of your home. Gutters help keep rain water off the siding, windows, porch, deck and basement, directing it away from your house.
That means, anything that can protect your gutters from damage and helps them function even more efficiently is a great investment.
Gutter guards are a low cost feature you can add to any type of gutters, and they work as a protective shield for gutters so large debris and pests won’t get inside of them. Purchasing leaf guards can be a money-saving decision that you’ll thank yourself for many years.
There are several types 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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Typically, gutter guards cost about as much per linear foot as the gutters themselves. But in the long run, you will save a lot of 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 help keep leaves and most debris out of your gutters. Otherwise big pieces of debris settle in the gutter first, then smaller pieces collect around them. Of all the many gutter guard models, all of them prevent these larger pieces of debris from becoming stuck to begin with.
Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards allow water to stream through the gutters quickly because it isn’t blocked by any large debris or leaves. Rain is one of the main causes of mold and mildew to grow, so moving the water faster through the gutters limits the amount of 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 is often a constant struggle. Every type of gutter guard stops pests from building nests within the gutter. A lot of homeowners choose to install gutter guards just for this reason.
Gutter Cleaning Less Often – Gutter guards have to be removed in order to clean the gutters, but if they are installed, this job won’t have to be done as often. Leaf guards reduce the frequency in which you have 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 each 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 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 this fire risk.
Prevent Ice Dams – If you happen to live in an area that gets below-freezing temperatures, snow and ice, you’ll be interested 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 much faster.
These are all issues that affect hundreds of thousands of homes every year. Gutter guards protect a vital system that protects the rest of your home. If you haven’t considered installing them before, it might be time to think about it.
You can see, there are a lot of benefits of gutter guards. While it may be tempting to run out and purchase the model you think will be the best – how much different could they really be, right? – you still have to install them correctly. All things considered, you’re much better off having 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 local gutter guard service and installer should be able to recommend the best type of gutter system for your house in the first place. They are familiar with all of the options, and they will consider each factor when deciding their recommendation.
Here are a few of the factors a gutter guard installer will consider when deciding the perfect 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 and others are built to last as long as your gutters will. The construction is a key factor in how long the gutter guards will last.
Installation method – The type of gutter guards we would suggest 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 the other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, can damage your rain gutters if they’re not installed correctly.
Appearance – A lot of 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 install, and limited even more by the type of gutters you have. If it is important for you to have low profile gutter guards installed, it may be necessary to install new gutters too.
Warranty – Most gutter guard styles will come with a short warranty, but most of the aluminum models are guaranteed to last for 10-20 years. By hiring a licensed gutter guard installer in Baltimore (rather than doing it on your own), 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 Better Baltimore Gutters install your gutter guards is that we’ll return and fix them for FREE if there is an issue due to the installation.
Your budget is, of course, the final factor in determining 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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