Gutters are fairly simple and low cost considering the purpose they serve: protecting much more valuable parts of your home. Gutters help keep rain off the wood or siding, windows, porch, deck and basement, routing it discreetly away from your foundation.
Therefore, anything that can protect your gutters from damage and helps them function more efficiently is a good investment.
Gutter guards are an inexpensive feature you can install on any type of gutters, and they serve as a protective barrier for gutters so debris and pests can’t get inside of them. Purchasing gutter screens can be a money-saving choice that you’ll happy with for year after year.
There are a lot of styles of gutter guard. The type you install depends on your available budget and the type of rain gutters you have. Gutter guards are made of either aluminum, nylon or plastic.
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On average, gutter guards cost about as much per linear foot as the gutters cost themselves. But in the long run, you’re going to save time and money installing them. Here are a few of the reasons we recommend to install gutter guards on your home:
Improve Drainage by Preventing Clogs – Gutter guards keep leaves and debris out of your gutters. Otherwise big pieces of debris settle in the gutter first, then small pieces of debris collect around them. Of all the many gutter guard models, all of them block these larger pieces of debris from getting stuck to start with.
Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards allow water to stream through the gutters quickly because it isn’t blocked by any large debris or leaves. Rain is one of the primary reasons for mold and mildew growth, so moving the water faster through the gutters limits the amount of time rain spends 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 a constant battle. Every model of gutter guard stops pests from crafting nests within the gutter. Many homeowners decide to install gutter guards just for this reason.
Gutter Cleaning Less Often – Gutter guards must be removed to clean the gutters, but if they are present, this project doesn’t have to be done nearly as frequently. Leaf guards cut down the frequency in which you have to clean gutters – or or hire a company to do the work for you – so that you might only have 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 that have dry debris in them. This debris fuels the fire until it becomes too large and damages the roof, and then the entire home. A simple gutter guard installation can protect your home from this fire risk.
Prevent Ice Dams – If you 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 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 haven’t thought about installing them before, it might be time to think about it.
You can see, there are many benefits of gutter guards. While it might be tempting to run out and purchase the type you think will be the best – how different could they really be, right? – you will still have to install them properly. All things considered, you’re much better off letting a professional gutter guard installer do the job for you.
Not only will their installation be a lot more reliable than DIY work, but a 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 when making their recommendation.
Here are some of the factors a gutter guard service will think about when recommending the best gutter guards for your home:
Material – Gutter guards are manufactured with aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of different materials. Some are designed for temporary use while some are designed to last just as long as your gutters. The material plays a key factor 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 type that do not require 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’re 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 condition, you will be limited on the style of gutter guard you can have, 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, it might be necessary for you to install new gutters.
Warranty – Many gutter guard styles will come with a short manufacturer’s warranty, however most of the aluminum models are guaranteed for at least 10-20 years. By having a licensed gutter guard installer in Lexington (instead of doing it yourself), 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 by having LikeNew Lexington Gutters install your new gutter guards is that we’ll come back and fix them free of charge if there is any 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 wide range of options for every budget, and will provide the benefits listed above, to one degree or another.
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