Gutters are basic and affordable considering the purpose they serve: protecting more valuable areas of your house. Gutters keep rain water off the wood or siding, windows, patio, deck and basement, routing it discreetly away from your foundation.
That means, anything that protects your gutters from damage and helps them function even more efficiently is a smart investment.
Gutter guards are an affordable product you can add to almost any type of gutters, and they serve as a protective shield for your gutters so debris and pests aren’t able to get inside of them. Installing leaf guards can be a money-saving choice that you’ll thank yourself for year after year.
There are many types of gutter guard. The type you install will depend on your available 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 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 house:
Improve Drainage by Preventing Clogs – Gutter guards help keep most debris out of your gutters. Otherwise larger pieces of debris settle in the gutter first, then smaller pieces collect around them. Of all the different gutter guard styles, all of them block these larger leaves and 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 isn’t blocked by any large debris or leaves. Rain is one of the major reasons for mold and mildew growth, 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 gutters and off the roof can be an endless battle. Every type of gutter guard stops pests from crafting nests inside of the gutter. A lot of homeowners choose to install gutter guards just for this reason.
Gutter Cleaning Less Often – Gutter guards need to be removed to clean the gutters, but when they are installed, this job doesn’t have to be done as regularly. Leaf guards can cut down the frequency that you have to clean gutters – or hire a professional to do it for you – so that you may only need to have them cleaned only once a year.
Protection From Fires – A typical way fires spread to homes is when embers fall into gutters where there is dry debris. This debris fuels the fire 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 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 ice and snow to get it off your roof much faster.
These are all problems that affect hundreds of thousands of American homes each year. Gutter guards protect an important system that protects the rest of the house. If you’ve never thought about installing them before, it could be time to think about it.
As you can see, there are many benefits of gutter guards. While it might be tempting to run out and install the type you think will work best – how different could they be, right? – you will still have to install them properly. Ultimately, you’re much better off having a professional gutter guard installer do the project for you.
Not only will their installation be more reliable than DIY work, but a 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 a few of the things a gutter guard company will think about when determining the best gutter guards for your home:
Material – Gutter guards can be manufactured with aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of other materials. Some are designed for temporary usage and some are built to last as long as your gutters will. The construction is a key role in how long gutter guards will last.
Installation method – The only style of gutter guards we would suggest for a homeowner to install themselves is the drop in kind 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, might damage your gutters if they’re not installed the right way.
Appearance – Some gutter guards offer a low profile so they aren’t visible from ground level, while some styles are very obvious. If that is an important condition, you are limited on the style of gutter guard you can have, and limited even more by the type of gutters you have on your roof. If it is important for you to have “invisible” gutter guards, it may be necessary to purchase new gutters as well.
Warranty – Most gutter guard styles will come with a short warranty, however most of the aluminum models are guaranteed to last for at least 10-20 years. By having a licensed gutter guard installation company in Buffalo (instead of doing it yourself), you won’t void your warranty. Gutter guards should not lift your shingles, nor should the installation void your roof’s warranty.
Another great thing by having Better Buffalo Gutters install your gutter guards is that we’ll return and fix them for FREE if there is any issue due 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 wide range of options for every budget, and will provide the benefits listed above, to one degree or another.
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