Gutters are fairly basic and affordable considering the purpose they serve: protecting more valuable areas of your house. Gutters keep rain off the siding, windows, patio, deck and basement, directing it away from your home.
That means, anything that can protect your gutters and helps them function more efficiently is a great investment as well.
Gutter guards are a low cost product you can add to almost any type of gutters, and they serve as a protective shield for your gutters so large debris and animals aren’t able to get inside of them. Buying gutter screens can be a money-saving decision that you’ll happy with for many years.
There are several types of gutter guards. The type you install depends on your budget and the type of rain gutters you have on your home. Gutter guards are made of 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. In the long run, you will save time and money by installing them. Here are some of the reasons we recommend to install gutter guards on your roof:
Improve Drainage by Preventing Clogs – Gutter guards help keep debris out of your gutters. Otherwise big pieces of debris settle in the gutter first, then small pieces collect 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 allow water to flow through the gutters faster since it isn’t blocked by debris. Rain is one of the major reasons for mold and mildew growth, so moving the water faster through the gutters reduces the amount of time rain is 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 type of gutter guard prevents animals from building nests inside of the gutter. Many homeowners decide 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 job won’t have to be done as regularly. Leaf guards reduce the frequency in which you need to clean gutters – or have someone to do the job for you – so that you may only need to have them cleaned only once each 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 gives the fire fuel until it grows and damages the roof, and then the rest of the home. A standard gutter guard installation can protect your home from this fire risk.
Prevent Ice Dams – If you happen to live in an area that gets frequent below-freezing temperatures, snow and ice, 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 ice and snow to get it off your roof faster.
These are all problems that impact hundreds of thousands of homes every year. Gutter guards protect a vital system that protects the rest of the house. If you haven’t considered 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 different could they be, right? – you still have to install them properly. Ultimately, you’re much better off letting a professional gutter guard installation service do the project for you.
Not only will professional installation be a lot more reliable than DIY work, but a gutter guard service and installer is going to be able to recommend 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 in detail when making 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 made of aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of other materials. Some are made for temporary use and others are built to last as long as your gutters. The material is a key role in how long gutter guards will last.
Installation method – The only style of gutter guards we would recommend for a homeowner to install themselves is the drop in type that don’t require any fastening to the gutters. However, these are not as dependable. Installing the other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, can destroy your gutters if they are not installed correctly.
Appearance – Some gutter guards offer 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 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 low profile gutter guards installed, it might be necessary for you to install new gutters too.
Warranty – A lot of gutter guard styles will come with a shorter warranty, however most of the aluminum models are guaranteed to last for at least 10-20 years. By hiring a licensed gutter guard installer in Perth Amboy (rather than doing it yourself), 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 about having TLC Gutters install your gutter guards is that we’ll return and fix them free of charge if there is an issue related to the installation.
Your budget is, of course, the last factor in choosing the gutter guards you will have installed. We provide a range of options for every budget, and will provide the benefits listed above, to one degree or another.
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