Rain gutters are fairly basic and inexpensive considering how important they are: protecting much more valuable areas of your house. Gutters help keep rain off the siding, windows, patio, deck and basement, routing it discreetly away from your house.
Therefore, anything that can protect your gutters and helps them function even more efficiently is a smart investment as well.
Gutter guards are an affordable product you can install on any style of gutters, and they serve as a protective barrier for your gutters so large debris and pests can’t get inside of them. Purchasing gutter guards can be a money-saving decision that you’ll be rewarded for for many years.
There are many types of gutter guard. The style you choose to install depends 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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On average, gutter guards will cost about as much per linear foot as the gutters cost themselves. But in the long run, you will save time and money installing them. Here are some of the reasons we recommend to install gutter guards on your house:
Improve Drainage by Preventing Clogs – Gutter guards keep leaves and most debris out of your gutters. Otherwise big pieces of debris settle in the gutter first, then smaller pieces of debris pile up around them. Of all the different gutter guard models, all of them block larger leaves and pieces of debris from getting 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 or leaves. Rain is one of the primary causes of mold and mildew to grow, so moving the water faster through the gutters limits the time rain spends sitting still, possibly leading to mold and mildew.
Prevent Pests from Nesting – Keeping squirrels, chipmunks, birds and insects out of your gutters and off the roof is often a constant struggle. Every model of gutter guard stops animals from crafting nests within the gutter. Many homeowners choose to install gutter guards just for this reason.
Gutter Cleaning Less Often – Gutter guards need to 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 that you need to clean gutters – or have someone to do the job for you – so that you might only need to have them cleaned out 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 gives the fire fuel until it grows and damages the roof, followed by the rest of the home. A simple gutter guard installation can protect your home from this fire risk.
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 help prevent snow and ice from staying up on your roof. Their designs redirect melting ice and snow to get it off your roof much faster.
These are all problems 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’ve never 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 might be tempting to run out and buy the model you think will be the best – how different could they really be, right? – you will still have to install them properly. In the end, you’re much better off letting a professional gutter guard installation company 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 will be able to recommend the best type of gutter for your house in the first place. They are familiar with all of the styles, and they will consider each factor in detail when making their recommendation.
Here are some of the things a gutter guard installer will take into account when deciding the best gutter guards for your home:
Material – Gutter guards are manufactured with aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of other materials. Some gutter guards are designed for temporary use while others are designed to last just as long as your gutters will. The material plays a key role in how long gutter guards will last.
Installation method – The only style of gutter guards we would encourage for a homeowner to install on their own is the drop in kind that don’t require any fastening to the gutters. Installing other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, can destroy your rain gutters if they’re not installed correctly.
Appearance – Some gutter guards boast a low profile so they cannot be seen from ground level, while others are very obvious. If this is an important requirement, you will be limited on the style of gutter guard you can install, and limited even more by the style of gutters you have. If it is important for you to have “invisible” gutter guards, it might be necessary for you to install new gutters.
Warranty – Some gutter guard styles will come with a short manufacturer’s warranty, but most of the aluminum types are guaranteed to last for at least 10-20 years. By hiring a licensed gutter guard installer in Fitchburg (rather than doing it yourself), 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 Fitchburg 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 from our team.
Your budget is, of course, the final factor in deciding which gutter guards you will have installed. We provide a range of options for all budgets, and will provide the benefits listed above, to one degree or another.
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