Rain gutters are basic and inexpensive considering the purpose they serve: protecting more valuable parts of your house. Gutters help keep rain water off the siding, windows, porch, deck and basement, directing it discreetly away from your house.
Therefore, anything that protects your gutters from damage and helps them work even more efficiently is a good investment as well.
Gutter guards are a low cost feature you can add to almost any type of gutters, and they serve as a protective screen for your gutters so debris and pests can’t get inside of them. Purchasing gutter screens can be a money-saving measure that you’ll be rewarded for for many years.
There are a lot of types of gutter guard. The style you install will depend on your budget and the type of rain gutters you have. Gutter guards are made of either aluminum, nylon or plastic.
Springfield Gutter Specialists installs all styles of gutter guards in Springfield. Call 413-266-5545 or click here for a FREE gutter guard installation quote today!
On average, gutter guards will cost about as much per linear foot as the gutters themselves. But in the long run, you’re going to save a lot of 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 settle in the gutter first, then small pieces pile up around them. Of all the different gutter guard models, all of them block these larger leaves and pieces of debris from getting stuck to start with.
Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards help water to flow through the gutters quickly because it isn’t blocked by any debris or leaves. Water is one of the main reasons for mold and mildew growth, therefore moving the water faster through the gutters limits the 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 battle. Every style of gutter guard stops animals from crafting nests within the gutter. Many homeowners decide 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 present, this project doesn’t have to be done as often. Leaf guards reduce the frequency that you need to clean gutters – or or hire a company to do it for you – so that you might only need to have them cleaned only once each year.
Protection From Fires – A common way fires spread to homes is if embers fall into gutters where there is dry debris. This debris gives the fire fuel until it grows and damages the roof, and then 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 sleet, you’ll be interested to know that gutter guards help stop snow and ice from staying up on your roof. Their unique designs redirect melting snow and ice to get it off your roof faster.
These are all issues that impact hundreds of thousands of American homes each year. Gutter guards protect an important system that protects the rest of your house. 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 might be tempting to go out and buy the type you think will work best – how different could they be, right? – you will still have to install them correctly. In the end, you’re much better off having a professional gutter guard installer do the job 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 recommend the best type of gutter system for your home in the first place. They are familiar with all of the choices, and they will consider each factor when making their recommendation.
Here are some of the factors a gutter guard service will think about when determining the perfect gutter guards for your home:
Material – Gutter guards are made of 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. The construction plays a key role in how long gutter guards will last.
Installation method – The type of gutter guards we would suggest for a homeowner to install on their own is the drop in type that do not require any fastening to the gutters. However, these are not as dependable. Installing other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, might destroy your rain gutters if they’re not installed the right way.
Appearance – Some gutter guards offer a low profile so they cannot be seen from ground level, while some styles are visible. If that is an important condition, you are 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 very important for you to have low profile gutter guards installed, it may be necessary to install new gutters too.
Warranty – Some gutter guard styles will come with a shorter manufacturer’s warranty, however most of the aluminum types are guaranteed for 10-20 years. By having a licensed gutter guard installation company in Springfield (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 Springfield Gutter Specialists install your gutter guards is that we’ll come back and repair them free of charge if there is any issue due to the installation.
Your budget is, of course, the final factor in deciding the 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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