Gutters are basic and inexpensive considering the purpose they serve: protecting more valuable areas of your home. Gutters help keep rain off the wood or siding, windows, porch, deck and basement, directing it away from your home.
That means, anything that can protect your gutters and helps them function even more efficiently is a good investment too.
Gutter guards are an inexpensive product you can install on almost any type of gutters, and they work as a protective barrier for your gutters so debris and animals won’t get inside of them. Buying leaf guards can be a money-saving choice that you’ll thank yourself for year after year.
There are a lot of styles of gutter guard. The style you install will depend on your available budget and the type of gutters you have on your home. 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 cost themselves. In the long run, you will save time and money installing them. Here are some of the reasons we think you should install gutter guards on your house:
Improve Drainage by Preventing Clogs – Gutter guards help keep most debris out of your gutters. Otherwise larger pieces of debris settle in the gutter first, then smaller pieces collect around them. Of all the different gutter guard styles, all of them block these larger leaves and pieces of debris from getting stuck to start with.
Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards allow water to stream through the gutters quickly since it isn’t blocked by any large debris or leaves. Rain is one of the primary causes of mold and mildew growth, so moving the water faster through the gutters reduces the time rain remains 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 can be a constant struggle. Every style of gutter guard prevents animals from building nests within the gutter. Many homeowners choose to install gutter guards for this reason alone.
Gutter Cleaning Less Often – Gutter guards need to be removed to clean the gutters, but when they are installed, this project won’t have to be done nearly as frequently. Leaf guards can cut down the frequency in which you have to clean gutters – or or hire a company to do it for you – so that you may only need to have them cleaned out once a year.
Protection From Fires – A common way fires spread to homes is if embers fall inside of gutters where there is dry debris. This debris fuels the fire until it becomes too large and damages the roof, and then the rest of the house. A standard 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 sleet, you’ll be happy 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 impact hundreds of thousands of American homes each year. Gutter guards protect a vital system that protects the rest of the home. If you’ve never thought about installing them before, it might be time to think about it.
You can see, there are several benefits of gutter guards. While it may be tempting to go out and install the type you think will work best – how different could they be, right? – you still have to install them properly. All things considered, you’re much better off having a professional gutter guard installation service do the job for you.
Not only will their installation be a lot more reliable than your DIY work, but a local 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 choices, and they will consider each factor carefully when making their recommendation.
Here are some of the factors a gutter guard company will consider when deciding the perfect 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 construction plays a key factor in how long gutter guards will last.
Installation method – The type of gutter guards we would suggest for a homeowner to install themselves is the drop in kind that don’t require fastening to the gutters. Installing other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, could destroy your gutters if they’re not installed correctly.
Appearance – Many gutter guards boast a low profile so they aren’t visible from ground level, while some styles are visible. If this is an important requirement, you will be limited on the type of gutter guard you can have, and limited even more by the type of gutters you have on your roof. If it is important for you to have low profile gutter guards installed, it might be necessary to install new gutters as well.
Warranty – Many gutter guard styles will come with a short manufacturer’s warranty, however most of the aluminum models are guaranteed for 10-20 years. By having a licensed gutter guard installation company in Beaverton (rather than doing it yourself), you won’t void the warranty. Gutter guards should not lift your shingles, nor should the installation void your roof’s warranty.
Another great thing about having Better Beaverton Gutters install your gutter guards is that we’ll return and fix them free of charge if there is an issue due to the installation.
Your budget is, of course, the last factor in deciding which gutter guards you will have installed. We offer a range of options for all budgets, and will provide the benefits listed above, to one degree or another.
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