Rain gutters are fairly basic and affordable considering how important they are: protecting much more valuable parts of your home. Gutters help keep rain off the siding, windows, porch, deck and basement, routing it away from your home.
Therefore, anything that protects your gutters from damage and helps them work more efficiently is a great investment.
Gutter guards are an affordable product you can install on almost any type of gutters, and they serve as a protective barrier for gutters so debris and animals won’t get inside of them. Buying gutter guards can be a money-saving choice that you’ll happy with for many years.
There are several styles of gutter guard. The type you install depends on your available 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 cost around as much per linear foot as the gutters cost themselves. In the long run, you will save a lot of time and money by installing them. Here are a few of the reasons we think you should install gutter guards on your home:
Improve Drainage by Preventing Clogs – Gutter guards keep leaves and debris out of your gutters. Otherwise large pieces settle in the gutter first, then small pieces of debris pile up around them. Of all the different gutter guard styles, all of them prevent these larger pieces of debris from becoming stuck to begin with.
Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards help water to stream through the gutters faster because it is unhindered by large debris. Rain is one of the primary 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 can be a constant struggle. Every model of gutter guard prevents animals from crafting nests within the gutter. Many homeowners decide to install gutter guards just for this reason.
Gutter Cleaning Less Often – Gutter guards must be removed to clean the gutters, but if they are present, this job doesn’t have to be done as often. Leaf guards can reduce the frequency that you need to clean gutters – or or hire a company to do it for you – so that you might only have to have them cleaned only once each year.
Protection From Fires – A typical way fires spread to homes is if embers fall inside of gutters where there is dry debris. This debris fuels the fire until it grows and damages the roof, and then the rest of the house. 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 below-freezing temperatures, snow and sleet, 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 each year. Gutter guards protect a vital system that protects the rest of the house. If you haven’t considered 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 go out and buy the type you think will work best – how much different could they really be, right? – you still have to install them correctly. 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 gutter guard service and installer is going to be able to recommend the best type of gutter for your home in the first place. They know all of the styles, and they will consider each factor carefully when deciding their recommendation.
Here are some of the things a gutter guard company will think about 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 gutter guards are designed for temporary use while some 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 encourage for a homeowner to install themselves is the drop in kind 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, could damage your gutters if they’re not installed the right way.
Appearance – Some gutter guards offer a low profile so they aren’t visible from ground level, while others are visible. If this 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 on your home. If it is very important for you to have “invisible” gutter guards installed, it may be necessary to purchase new gutters too.
Warranty – Some gutter guard styles will come with a short manufacturer’s warranty, but most of the aluminum models are guaranteed to last for 10-20 years. By hiring a licensed gutter guard installer in Spokane (instead of 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 by having Spokane Gutters Plus install your new gutter guards is that we’ll return and repair them free of charge if there is an issue related to the installation.
Your budget is, of course, the final factor in determining the gutter guards you will have installed. We provide a wide range of options for every budget, and will provide the benefits listed above, to one degree or another.
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