Rain gutters are fairly basic and affordable considering how important they are: protecting more valuable areas of your house. Gutters keep rain off the wood or siding, windows, porch, deck and basement, directing it away from your foundation.
That means, anything that protects your gutters from damage and helps them work even more efficiently is a good investment too.
Gutter guards are an affordable product you can install on any style of gutters, and they function as a protective shield for gutters so large debris and pests aren’t able to get inside of them. Installing leaf guards can be a money-saving decision that you’ll happy with for year after year.
There are a lot of styles of gutter guard. The type you choose to install depends on your budget and the type of gutters you have on your home. Gutter guards are made of aluminum, nylon or plastic.
Salem Gutter Specialists installs all styles of gutter guards in Salem. Call 503-461-7373 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. In the long run, you’re going to save time and money by installing them. Here are some of the reasons we recommend to install gutter guards on your roof:
Improve Drainage by Preventing Clogs – Gutter guards help keep leaves and most debris out of your gutters. Otherwise larger pieces of debris settle in the gutter first, then smaller pieces pile up around them. Of all the different gutter guard styles, all of them prevent 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 quickly since it isn’t blocked by large debris or leaves. Water is one of the main reasons for mold and mildew growth, therefore 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 a constant struggle. Every style of gutter guard stops pests from building nests inside of the gutter. Many homeowners decide to install gutter guards for this reason alone.
Gutter Cleaning Less Often – Gutter guards have to be removed to clean the gutters, but if they are installed, this job won’t have to be done as regularly. Leaf guards can cut down the frequency that you need to clean out the gutters – or have someone to do the work for you – so that you may only need to have them cleaned out once a year.
Protection From Fires – A common way fires spread to homes is when embers fall inside of gutters that have dry debris in them. This debris fuels the fire until it becomes too large and damages the roof, followed by the rest of the home. A basic gutter guard installation can protect your home from the risk of fire.
Prevent Ice Dams – If you happen to live in an area that gets below-freezing temperatures, snow and sleet, you’ll be happy to know that gutter guards can 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 a vital system that protects the rest of your home. If you’ve never thought about installing them before, it could be time to think about it.
As you can see, there are several benefits of gutter guards. While it may be tempting to run out and purchase the model you think will work best – how much different could they be, right? – you still have to install them properly. Ultimately, you’re much better off letting a professional gutter guard installer do the job for you.
Not only will professional installation be much more reliable than your DIY work, but a gutter guard service and installer is going to be able to suggest 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 carefully when making their recommendation.
Here are a few of the factors a gutter guard service will consider when determining the best 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 just as long as your gutters. The material is 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 on their own is the drop in type that do not require any fastening to the gutters. Installing the other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, might damage your gutters if they are not installed correctly.
Appearance – Some gutter guards boast 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 have, and limited even more by the type of gutters you have. 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 models are guaranteed to last for 10-20 years. By having a licensed gutter guard installation company in Salem (rather than doing it yourself), you won’t void your warranty. Gutter guards should never lift your shingles, nor should the installation void your roof’s warranty.
Another great thing by having Salem Gutter Specialists install your new gutter guards is that we’ll return and fix them for FREE if there is any issue related 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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