Gutters are fairly basic and affordable considering the purpose they serve: protecting much more valuable parts of your house. Gutters help keep rain off the wood or siding, windows, porch, deck and basement, directing it away from your home.
That means, anything that can protect your gutters from damage and helps them function more efficiently is a smart investment as well.
Gutter guards are an affordable feature you can install on any style of gutters, and they work as a protective shield for your gutters so debris and pests won’t get inside of them. Installing gutter guards can be a money-saving choice that you’ll be rewarded for for many years.
There are many types of gutter guard. The type you choose to install will depend on your budget and the type of rain gutters you have. Gutter guards are made of aluminum, nylon or plastic.
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On average, gutter guards cost about as much per linear foot as the gutters themselves. In the long run, you will save time and money installing them. Here are a few of the reasons we encourage you to install gutter guards on your roof:
Improve Drainage by Preventing Clogs – Gutter guards keep most debris out of your gutters. Otherwise larger pieces of debris settle in the gutter first, then small pieces 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 help water to stream through the gutters faster since it is unhindered by any debris or leaves. Water is one of the main causes of mold and mildew growth, so moving the water faster through the gutters reduces the amount of time rain is sitting still, leading to mold and mildew.
Prevent Pests from Nesting – Keeping squirrels, chipmunks, birds and insects out of your gutters and off the roof can be an endless struggle. Every model of gutter guard stops pests from building nests inside of the gutter. Many homeowners choose to install gutter guards for this reason alone.
Gutter Cleaning Less Often – Gutter guards need to be removed to clean the gutters, but when they are present, this job doesn’t have to be done as often. Leaf guards can cut down the frequency that you have to clean out the gutters – or have someone to do it for you – so that you may only need to have them cleaned out once each year.
Protection From Fires – A typical way fires spread to homes is if embers fall inside of gutters that have dry debris in them. This debris gives the fire fuel until it becomes too large and damages the roof, followed by the rest of the 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 sleet, you’ll be interested to know that gutter guards can help stop snow and ice from staying up on your roof. Their unique designs purposefully redirect melting ice and snow to get it off your roof faster.
These are all issues that impact hundreds of thousands of homes every year. Gutter guards protect an important system that protects the rest of the house. If you’ve never considered installing them before, it could be time to think about it.
You can see, there are many benefits of gutter guards. While it might be tempting to go out and install the model you think will work best – how much different could they really be, right? – you still have to install them correctly. All things considered, you’re much better off having a professional gutter guard installer do the project for you.
Not only will professional installation be a lot more reliable than your DIY work, but a local gutter guard service and installer should be able to recommend the best type of gutter for your house in the first place. They know all of the styles, and they will consider each factor in detail 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 can be made of aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of other materials. Some are made for temporary usage while some are designed to last just as long as your gutters will. The construction plays a key role in how long gutter guards will last.
Installation method – The style 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 the other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, can damage your gutters if they’re not installed the right way.
Appearance – Many gutter guards boast a low profile so they aren’t visible from ground level, while others are very obvious. If this is an important condition, you are limited on the type 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 for you to install new gutters as well.
Warranty – Many gutter guard styles will come with a shorter manufacturer’s warranty, however most of the aluminum types are guaranteed for at least 10-20 years. By hiring a licensed gutter guard installation company in Lansing (rather than doing it on your own), you won’t void your warranty. Gutter guards should not lift your shingles, nor should their installation void your roof’s warranty.
Another great thing by having Lansing Gutters Unlimited install your gutter guards is that we’ll return and fix them for FREE if there is any issue due to the installation.
Your budget is, of course, the final factor in choosing the gutter guards you will have installed. We provide a wide range of options for all budgets, and will provide the benefits listed above, to one degree or another.
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