Gutters are basic and low cost considering the purpose they serve: protecting much more valuable parts of your home. Gutters keep rain water off the siding, windows, patio, deck and basement, directing it away from your foundation.
Therefore, anything that can protect your gutters and helps them function even more efficiently is a great investment as well.
Gutter guards are an inexpensive feature you can add to almost any style of gutters, and they serve as a protective screen for gutters so large debris and pests won’t get inside of them. Purchasing gutter guards can be a money-saving decision that you’ll thank yourself for year after year.
There are a lot of styles of gutter guard. The type you choose to 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 will cost about as much per linear foot as the gutters cost themselves. But in the long run, you will save time and money by installing them. Here are a few of the reasons we recommend to install gutter guards on your roof:
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 of debris collect around them. Of all the different gutter guard models, all of them stop larger leaves and pieces of debris from becoming stuck to begin with.
Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards allow water to flow through the gutters quickly since it isn’t blocked by debris or leaves. Water is one of the primary reasons for mold and mildew growth, so moving the water faster through the gutters reduces the time rain remains 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 is often an endless struggle. Every style of gutter guard prevents animals from crafting nests within the gutter. Some homeowners choose to install gutter guards for no other reason than this.
Gutter Cleaning Less Often – Gutter guards need to be removed in order to clean the gutters, but if they are installed, this job won’t have to be done as often. Leaf guards can cut down the frequency that you have to clean gutters – or or hire a company to do the job for you – so that you may only need to have them cleaned only once each year.
Protection From Fires – A typical way fires spread to homes is if embers fall into gutters where there is dry debris. This debris fuels the fire until it becomes too large and damages the roof, followed by 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 below-freezing temperatures, snow and ice, you’ll be interested to know that gutter guards help stop 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 affect hundreds of thousands of American homes each year. Gutter guards protect an important system that protects the rest of the home. 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 may be tempting to go out and buy the type you think will work best – how different could they really be, right? – you still have to install them correctly. Ultimately, you’re much better off letting a professional gutter guard installation company 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 is going to be able to suggest the best type of gutter for your home in the first place. They know all of the choices, and they will consider each factor when deciding their recommendation.
Here are a few of the things a gutter guard company will think about when deciding the perfect gutter guards for your home:
Material – Gutter guards are manufactured with aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of different materials. Some gutter guards are made for temporary usage and some are designed to last as long as your gutters will. The construction plays a key factor in how long gutter guards will last.
Installation method – The type of gutter guards we would suggest for a homeowner to install themselves is the drop in kind that don’t require any fastening to the gutters. Installing other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, might destroy your rain gutters if they are not installed the right way.
Appearance – Some gutter guards boast a low profile so they cannot be seen 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 installed, it might be necessary to install new gutters as well.
Warranty – Most gutter guard styles will come with a short warranty, however most of the aluminum models are guaranteed for at least 10-20 years. By having a licensed gutter guard installation company in Hampton (rather than doing it on your own), 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 Hometown Hampton Gutters install your gutter guards is that we’ll come back and fix them free of charge if there is an issue related to the installation from our team.
Your budget is, of course, the final factor in choosing 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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