Rain gutters are fairly basic and inexpensive 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, routing it discreetly away from your foundation.
That means, anything that protects your gutters and helps them function more efficiently is a great investment as well.
Gutter guards are an affordable feature you can install on any style of gutters, and they work as a protective shield for gutters so debris and animals aren’t able to get inside of them. Buying gutter guards can be a money-saving decision that you’ll happy with for many years.
There are several types of gutter guard. The type you choose to install will depend 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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Typically, gutter guards will 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 home:
Improve Drainage by Preventing Clogs – Gutter guards keep debris out of your gutters. Otherwise big pieces settle in the gutter first, then small pieces of debris pile up around them. Of all the many gutter guard models, all of them block these larger pieces of debris from becoming stuck to begin with.
Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards help water to flow through the gutters quickly since it is unhindered by large debris. Water is one of the main causes of mold and mildew to grow, so moving the water faster through the gutters reduces the amount of 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 an endless struggle. Every model of gutter guard prevents animals from crafting nests inside of the gutter. Some homeowners choose to install gutter guards for this reason alone.
Gutter Cleaning Less Often – Gutter guards must be removed in order to clean the gutters, but when they are present, this project won’t have to be done nearly as frequently. Leaf guards can reduce the frequency that you need to clean gutters – or or hire a company to do the work for you – so that you may only need to have them cleaned out once each year.
Protection From Fires – A typical way fires spread to homes is when embers fall into 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 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 temps, snow and ice, 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 ice and snow to get it off your roof much faster.
These are all issues that impact hundreds of thousands of homes each year. Gutter guards protect an important system that protects the rest of the house. If you haven’t thought about installing them before, it may be time to think about it.
As you can see, there are several benefits of gutter guards. While it might be tempting to run out and install the type you think will be the best – how much different could they be, right? – you will 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 more reliable than DIY work, but a professional gutter guard service and installer will be able to suggest the best type of gutter for your home in the first place. They are familiar with all of the choices, and they will consider each factor when deciding their recommendation.
Here are a few of the factors a gutter guard service will think about when determining the perfect gutter guards for your home:
Material – Gutter guards can be manufactured with aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of other materials. Some gutter guards are designed for temporary use and others are designed to last just as long as your gutters. The material is a key role in how long the gutter guards will last.
Installation method – The only style of gutter guards we would suggest for a homeowner to install on their own is the drop in kind that don’t require fastening to the gutters. However, these are not as dependable. Installing other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, might destroy your gutters if they’re not installed correctly.
Appearance – Many gutter guards boast a low profile so they cannot be seen from ground level, while others are visible. If this is an important requirement, you will be limited on the type of gutter guard you can install, and limited even more by the style of gutters you have on your home. If it is important for you to have “invisible” gutter guards installed, it might be necessary to install new gutters.
Warranty – Some gutter guard styles will come with a shorter warranty, but most of the aluminum models are guaranteed for at least 10-20 years. By having a licensed gutter guard installer in Richmond (instead of doing it on your own), you won’t void the warranty. Gutter guards should not lift your shingles, nor should their installation void your roof’s warranty.
Another great thing by having WeClean Richmond Gutters install your new gutter guards is that we’ll come back and fix them for FREE if there is any issue due to the installation.
Your budget is, of course, the last factor in deciding the 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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