Gutters are simple and affordable considering how important they are: protecting much more valuable parts of your home. Gutters keep rain water off the wood or siding, windows, patio, deck and basement, directing it away from your home.
Therefore, anything that protects your gutters and helps them work more efficiently is a smart investment.
Gutter guards are an inexpensive product you can add to almost any style of gutters, and they serve as a protective screen for gutters so large debris and pests can’t get inside of them. Buying gutter guards can be a money-saving decision that you’ll happy with for many years.
There are several styles of gutter guard. The type you choose to install will depend on your available budget and the type of gutters you have. Gutter guards are made of aluminum, nylon or plastic.
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Typically, gutter guards will cost about as much per linear foot as the gutters themselves. In the long run, you’re going to save time and money by installing them. Here are some of the reasons we encourage you to install gutter guards on your house:
Improve Drainage by Preventing Clogs – Gutter guards help keep debris out of your gutters. Otherwise large pieces settle in the gutter first, then small pieces of debris collect around them. Of all the different gutter guard styles, all of them stop larger leaves and pieces of debris from getting stuck to start with.
Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards allow water to flow through the gutters quickly because it is unhindered by debris or leaves. Rain is one of the major reasons for mold and mildew to grow, so moving the water faster through the gutters reduces the amount of time rain is sitting still, possibly leading to mold and mildew.
Prevent Pests from Nesting – Keeping squirrels, chipmunks, birds and insects out of gutters and off the roof is often an endless struggle. Every model of gutter guard stops animals from crafting nests within the gutter. Many homeowners choose to install gutter guards for this reason alone.
Gutter Cleaning Less Often – Gutter guards need to be removed in order 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 in which you need to clean gutters – or have someone to do it for you – so that you might only need to have them cleaned only once a year.
Protection From Fires – A common way fires spread to homes is when embers fall into 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 basic gutter guard installation can protect your home from this fire risk.
Prevent Ice Dams – If you live in an area that gets below-freezing temps, snow and sleet, 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 faster.
These are all issues that impact hundreds of thousands of American homes every year. Gutter guards protect an important system that protects the rest of your home. If you’ve never thought about installing them before, it might be time to think about it.
As you can see, there are many benefits of gutter guards. While it may be tempting to run out and purchase the model you think will be the best – how different could they be, right? – you will still have to install them correctly. All things considered, you’re much better off letting a professional gutter guard installation service do the job for you.
Not only will professional installation be much more reliable than your DIY work, but a professional gutter guard service and installer will be able to recommend the best type of gutter for your home in the first place. They know all of the options, and they will consider each factor when making their recommendation.
Here are a few of the things a gutter guard company will take into account when recommending the best gutter guards for your home:
Material – Gutter guards are made of aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of other materials. Some are designed for temporary usage and some are built to last just as long as your gutters will. The material plays a key factor in how long the gutter guards will last.
Installation method – The type of gutter guards we would encourage for a homeowner to install themselves is the drop in type that don’t require any fastening to the gutters. Installing other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, could destroy your rain gutters if they’re not installed correctly.
Appearance – A lot of gutter guards boast a low profile so they aren’t visible from ground level, while some styles are very obvious. If this is an important condition, you will be limited on the style of gutter guard you can install, and limited even more by the type of gutters you have on your roof. If it is important for you to have low profile gutter guards, it might be necessary for you to install 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 Bellingham (rather than doing it yourself), you won’t void the warranty. Gutter guards should not lift your shingles, nor should their installation void your roof’s warranty.
Another great thing about having Bellingham Gutters install your new gutter guards is that we’ll come back and fix them free of charge if there is any issue related to the installation from our team.
Your budget is, of course, the final factor in deciding which gutter guards you will have installed. We offer a range of options for all budgets, and will provide the benefits listed above, to one degree or another.
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