Gutters are simple and inexpensive considering the purpose they serve: protecting more valuable areas of your house. Gutters help keep rain water off the wood or siding, windows, porch, deck and basement, directing it discreetly away from your foundation.
That means, anything that protects your gutters and helps them function even more efficiently is a great investment as well.
Gutter guards are an inexpensive product you can install on any type of gutters, and they serve as a protective shield for gutters so 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 year after year.
There are many styles of gutter guard. The type you choose to 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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On average, gutter guards will cost about as much per linear foot as the gutters themselves. In the long run, you will save a lot of time and money by installing them. Here are some of the reasons we encourage you to install gutter guards on your home:
Improve Drainage by Preventing Clogs – Gutter guards help keep leaves and debris out of your gutters. Otherwise larger pieces of debris settle in the gutter first, then smaller pieces of debris pile up around them. Of all the many gutter guard styles, all of them prevent larger 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 any debris or leaves. Water is one of the major reasons for mold and mildew to grow, so moving the water faster through the gutters limits the time rain is sitting still, possibly leading to mold and mildew.
Prevent Pests from Nesting – Keeping squirrels, chipmunks, birds and insects out of rain gutters and off the roof can be an endless battle. Every style of gutter guard stops animals from building nests within the gutter. Some homeowners decide to install gutter guards just for this reason.
Gutter Cleaning Less Often – Gutter guards must 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 reduce the frequency that you have to clean out the gutters – or have someone to do the work for you – so that you might only need to have them cleaned only once a year.
Protection From Fires – A typical way fires spread to homes is when embers fall inside of gutters that have dry debris in them. 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 the risk of fire.
Prevent Ice Dams – If you happen to live in an area that gets frequent below-freezing temps, snow and ice, you’ll be happy to know that gutter guards help prevent snow and ice from staying up on your roof. Their designs purposefully redirect melting ice and snow to get it off your roof faster.
These are all problems that impact hundreds of thousands of American homes every year. Gutter guards protect a vital system that protects the rest of your house. If you’ve never considered installing them before, it may be time to think about it.
You can see, there are a lot of benefits of gutter guards. While it may be tempting to go out and buy the type you think will work best – how much different could they be, right? – you will still have to install them correctly. 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 local gutter guard service and installer should be able to recommend the best type of gutter for your house in the first place. They know all of the choices, and they will consider each factor carefully when deciding their recommendation.
Here are some of the things a gutter guard company will take into account when choosing the best gutter guards for your home:
Material – Gutter guards can be 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 construction is a key role in how long gutter guards will last.
Installation method – The only type 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 other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, can damage your rain gutters if they are not installed the right way.
Appearance – Some gutter guards boast a low profile so they cannot be seen from ground level, while some styles are very obvious. If that is an important requirement, you are limited on the style of gutter guard you can have, and limited even more by the type of gutters you have. If it is important for you to have low profile gutter guards, it might be necessary to install new gutters too.
Warranty – Most gutter guard styles will come with a short manufacturer’s warranty, however most of the aluminum types are guaranteed to last for 10-20 years. By having a licensed gutter guard installer in Boulder (instead of doing it on your own), you won’t void your warranty. Gutter guards should never lift your shingles, nor should the installation void your roof’s warranty.
Another great thing by having Boulder Gutters, Inc. install your new gutter guards is that we’ll return and fix them free of charge if there is an issue due to the installation from our team.
Your budget is, of course, the final factor in determining 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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