Gutters are fairly simple and low cost considering how important they are: protecting much more valuable parts of your house. Gutters help keep rain water off the wood or siding, windows, patio, deck and basement, routing it discreetly away from your house.
Therefore, anything that protects your gutters and helps them function more efficiently is a smart investment.
Gutter guards are an affordable product you can add to any type of gutters, and they serve as a protective barrier for your gutters so large debris and animals aren’t able to 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 choose to 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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Typically, gutter guards cost about as much per linear foot as the gutters cost themselves. But 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 roof:
Improve Drainage by Preventing Clogs – Gutter guards keep debris out of your gutters. Otherwise big pieces settle in the gutter first, then small pieces pile up around them. Of all the different gutter guard models, all of them prevent larger leaves and pieces of debris from becoming stuck to begin with.
Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards allow water to stream through the gutters quickly since it is unhindered by any large debris or leaves. Water is one of the major reasons for mold and mildew to grow, so moving the water faster through the gutters reduces the time rain remains sitting still, leading to mold and mildew.
Prevent Pests from Nesting – Keeping squirrels, chipmunks, birds and insects out of rain gutters and off the roof is often an endless struggle. Every type of gutter guard prevents animals 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 to clean the gutters, but if they are present, this job doesn’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 it for you – so that you may only need to have them cleaned out once a 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 gives the fire fuel until it grows and damages the roof, followed by the entire house. A standard gutter guard installation can protect your home from the risk of fire.
Prevent Ice Dams – If you live in an area that gets frequent below-freezing temps, snow and ice, you’ll be interested to know that gutter guards can help prevent 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 American homes each year. Gutter guards protect an important system that protects the rest of your home. If you’ve never thought about installing them before, it might be time to think about it.
As you can see, there are a lot of benefits of gutter guards. While it may be tempting to go out and purchase the type you think will work best – how much different could they be, right? – you still have to install them properly. In the end, you’re much better off having a professional gutter guard installation company 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 styles, and they will consider each factor when making their recommendation.
Here are a few of the factors a gutter guard service 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 built to last just as long as your gutters will. The material plays a key role in how long the gutter guards will last.
Installation method – The style of gutter guards we would suggest 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 very obvious. If that 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 on your home. If it is very important for you to have low profile gutter guards installed, it may be necessary for you to buy new gutters.
Warranty – Some gutter guard styles will come with a shorter warranty, but most of the aluminum models are guaranteed to last for 10-20 years. By having a licensed gutter guard installer in Bethlehem (rather than doing it on your own), you won’t void your warranty. Gutter guards should never lift your shingles, nor should their installation void your roof’s warranty.
Another great thing about having Better Bethlehem Gutters install your new gutter guards is that we’ll come back and repair them free of charge if there is an issue related to the installation.
Your budget is, of course, the final factor in deciding the gutter guards you will have installed. We provide a wide range of options for all budgets, and will provide the benefits listed above, to one degree or another.
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