Gutters are fairly simple and inexpensive considering the purpose they serve: protecting more valuable parts of your house. Gutters keep rain off the wood or siding, windows, porch, deck and basement, directing it away from your house.
Therefore, anything that protects your gutters from damage and helps them work more efficiently is a great investment.
Gutter guards are an inexpensive feature you can add to any type of gutters, and they serve as a protective shield for your gutters so large debris and pests won’t get inside of them. Purchasing leaf guards can be a money-saving decision that you’ll thank yourself for year after year.
There are several styles of gutter guard. The style you choose to install depends on your 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. In the long run, you will save a lot of time and money installing them. Here are a few of the reasons we encourage you to install gutter guards on your roof:
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 collect around them. Of all the different gutter guard models, all of them prevent larger pieces of debris from becoming stuck to start with.
Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards allow water to flow through the gutters quickly because it is unhindered by any large debris or leaves. Rain is one of the major reasons for mold and mildew to grow, therefore 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 gutters and off the roof can be a constant struggle. Every style of gutter guard prevents animals from building nests inside of the gutter. Some homeowners decide to install gutter guards just for this reason.
Gutter Cleaning Less Often – Gutter guards have 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 reduce the frequency that you have to clean gutters – or hire a professional to do it for you – so that you may only have to have them cleaned out once a year.
Protection From Fires – A typical way fires spread to homes is if embers fall into gutters where there is dry debris. This debris gives the fire fuel until it becomes too large and damages the roof, and then 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 below-freezing temperatures, snow and sleet, 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 snow and ice 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 a vital system that protects the rest of the home. If you’ve never considered installing them before, it may be time to think about it.
As you can see, there are a lot of benefits of gutter guards. While it might be tempting to run out and buy the type you think will work best – how 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 service do the project for you.
Not only will professional installation be much more reliable than 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 options, and they will consider each factor in detail when deciding their recommendation.
Here are a few of the things a gutter guard service will take into account when determining the perfect gutter guards for your home:
Material – Gutter guards can be manufactured with aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of different materials. Some are designed for temporary use while some are built to last just as long as your gutters will. The construction plays a key factor in how long the gutter guards will last.
Installation method – The only type of gutter guards we would encourage for a homeowner to install on their own is the drop in kind that don’t require fastening to the gutters. However, these are not as dependable. Installing other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, might damage your gutters if they’re not installed the right way.
Appearance – Many gutter guards boast a low profile so they cannot be seen from ground level, while others are visible. If that is an important requirement, you are limited on the type 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 “invisible” gutter guards installed, it may be necessary for you to install new gutters as well.
Warranty – Many gutter guard styles will come with a shorter manufacturer’s warranty, but most of the aluminum types are guaranteed for 10-20 years. By hiring a licensed gutter guard installer in Arlington Heights (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 about having AllClean Arlington Heights Gutters install your gutter guards is that we’ll come back and repair them for FREE if there is an issue related to the installation from our team.
Your budget is, of course, the last factor in deciding the 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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