Rain gutters are basic and low cost considering the purpose they serve: protecting much more valuable areas of your house. Gutters keep rain off the wood or siding, windows, porch, deck and basement, routing it away from your house.
Therefore, anything that protects your gutters from damage and helps them function more efficiently is a smart investment too.
Gutter guards are an inexpensive feature you can install on 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. Installing gutter screens can be a money-saving measure that you’ll be rewarded for for many years.
There are a lot of styles of gutter guard. The style you install will depend on your budget and the type of gutters you have on your home. Gutter guards are made of aluminum, nylon or plastic.
Lee’s Summit Gutter Service installs all styles of gutter guards in Lee’s Summit. Call 816-227-6571 or click here for a FREE gutter guard installation quote today!
Typically, gutter guards cost about 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 roof:
Improve Drainage by Preventing Clogs – Gutter guards help keep leaves and most debris out of your gutters. Otherwise big pieces of debris settle in the gutter first, then small pieces pile up around them. Of all the different gutter guard styles, all of them block these larger pieces of debris from becoming stuck to begin with.
Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards allow water to stream through the gutters faster because it is unhindered by 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 limits the amount of time rain spends 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 a constant battle. Every type of gutter guard stops animals from building nests within the gutter. Some homeowners decide to install gutter guards for this reason alone.
Gutter Cleaning Less Often – Gutter guards must be removed to clean the gutters, but when they are present, this job won’t have to be done as regularly. Leaf guards cut down the frequency that you have to clean out the gutters – or hire a professional to do the job for you – so that you might only need to have them cleaned out once a year.
Protection From Fires – A common way fires spread to homes is if embers fall into 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 entire home. A simple 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 help stop snow and ice from staying up on your roof. Their 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 your home. If you haven’t considered installing them before, it might be time to think about it.
As you can see, there are a lot of benefits of gutter guards. While it may be tempting to go out and buy the model you think will work best – how different could they be, right? – you will still have to install them properly. In the end, you’re much better off letting a professional gutter guard installation service do the project for you.
Not only will their installation be a lot more reliable than your DIY work, but a professional gutter guard service and installer will 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 carefully when deciding their recommendation.
Here are a few of the things a gutter guard installer will consider when deciding the perfect gutter guards for your home:
Material – Gutter guards can be manufactured with aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of other materials. Some gutter guards are made for temporary usage and others are designed to last just as long as your gutters. The construction plays a key role in how long the 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 the other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, might destroy your rain gutters if they are not installed correctly.
Appearance – A lot of 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 will be limited on the style of gutter guard you can install, and limited even more by the style 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 buy new gutters as well.
Warranty – Some gutter guard styles will come with a shorter manufacturer’s warranty, but most of the aluminum types are guaranteed to last for 10-20 years. By having a licensed gutter guard installation company in Lee’s Summit (instead of 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 Lee’s Summit Gutter Service install your gutter guards is that we’ll return and repair 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 offer a wide range of options for all budgets, and will provide the benefits listed above, to one degree or another.
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