Rain gutters are fairly basic and low cost considering the purpose they serve: protecting more valuable parts of your house. Gutters help keep rain off the wood or siding, windows, patio, deck and basement, directing it discreetly away from your home.
That means, anything that can protect your gutters from damage and helps them work more efficiently is a great investment too.
Gutter guards are a low cost feature you can install on any type of gutters, and they serve as a protective screen for your gutters so large debris and animals can’t get inside of them. Purchasing gutter screens can be a money-saving decision that you’ll be rewarded for for year after year.
There are several types of gutter guard. The type you choose to install depends on your available budget and the type of gutters you have on your home. Gutter guards are made of aluminum, nylon or plastic.
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On average, gutter guards cost around as much per linear foot as the gutters themselves. In the long run, you’re going to save a lot of time and money installing them. Here are some of the reasons we think you should install gutter guards on your home:
Improve Drainage by Preventing Clogs – Gutter guards keep leaves and most debris out of your gutters. Otherwise larger pieces settle in the gutter first, then smaller pieces 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 flow through the gutters faster since it is unhindered by any large debris or leaves. Water is one of the primary reasons for mold and mildew to grow, so moving the water faster through the gutters reduces the time rain is 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 can be a constant struggle. Every style of gutter guard stops animals from crafting nests within the gutter. Some homeowners decide to install gutter guards for no other reason than this.
Gutter Cleaning Less Often – Gutter guards must be removed in order to clean the gutters, but when they are installed, this job won’t have to be done as regularly. Leaf guards can reduce the frequency that you have to clean gutters – or or hire a company to do the work for you – so that you may only have to have them cleaned only once each year.
Protection From Fires – A common way fires spread to homes is if embers fall into gutters where there is dry debris. This debris fuels the fire until it grows and damages the roof, followed by the rest of the home. A basic 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 ice, you’ll be happy to know that gutter guards can help prevent snow and ice from staying up on your roof. Their designs 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 every year. Gutter guards protect an important system that protects the rest of your house. If you haven’t thought about installing them before, it could be time to think about it.
You can see, there are a lot of benefits of gutter guards. While it might be tempting to run out and purchase the model you think will work best – how much different could they be, right? – you still have to install them properly. Ultimately, you’re much better off letting a professional gutter guard installer do the project for you.
Not only will their installation be a lot more reliable than DIY work, but a local gutter guard service and installer should be able to recommend the best type of gutter for your home in the first place. They are familiar with all of the options, and they will consider each factor carefully when making their recommendation.
Here are some of the things a gutter guard installer will consider when determining the best gutter guards for your home:
Material – Gutter guards are manufactured with aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of other materials. Some gutter guards are made for temporary use while others are built to last just as long as your gutters will. The construction is a key factor in how long the 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 do not require fastening to the gutters. Installing the other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, can destroy your gutters if they’re not installed correctly.
Appearance – Some gutter guards boast a low profile so they aren’t visible from ground level, while others are very obvious. If that is an important requirement, you are limited on the type of gutter guard you can install, 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 purchase new gutters too.
Warranty – Some 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 Augusta (rather than doing it yourself), you won’t void the warranty. Gutter guards should never lift your shingles, nor should the installation void your roof’s warranty.
Another great thing by having A+ Augusta Gutters install your gutter guards is that we’ll come back and fix them free of charge if there is any issue due to the installation from our team.
Your budget is, of course, the last factor in deciding which gutter guards you will have installed. We provide a wide range of options for every budget, and will provide the benefits listed above, to one degree or another.
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