Rain gutters are simple and inexpensive considering the purpose they serve: protecting much more valuable parts of your house. Gutters keep rain water off the siding, windows, patio, deck and basement, routing it discreetly away from your foundation.
That means, anything that can protect your gutters and helps them function more efficiently is a good investment too.
Gutter guards are a low cost feature you can install on almost any style of gutters, and they work as a protective barrier for gutters so large debris and pests won’t get inside of them. Purchasing gutter guards can be a money-saving choice that you’ll thank yourself for year after year.
There are a lot of styles of gutter guard. The type you choose to install depends on your available budget and the type of gutters you have. Gutter guards are made of aluminum, nylon or plastic.
Clean Home Gutters installs all styles of gutter guards in 541-203-6460. Call 541-203-6460 or click here for a FREE gutter guard installation estimate today!
On average, gutter guards will cost around as much per linear foot as the gutters themselves. But in the long run, you will save time and money by installing them. Here are some of the reasons we encourage you to install gutter guards on your home:
Improve Drainage by Preventing Clogs – Gutter guards help keep most debris out of your gutters. Otherwise big pieces of debris settle in the gutter first, then smaller pieces of debris collect around them. Of all the many gutter guard models, all of them prevent larger pieces of debris from getting stuck to start with.
Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards allow water to flow through the gutters faster since it is unhindered by debris or leaves. Rain is one of the primary causes of mold and mildew growth, so moving the water faster through the gutters reduces 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 rain gutters and off the roof is often an endless battle. Every style of gutter guard prevents pests from crafting nests within the gutter. Many homeowners decide to install gutter guards for this reason alone.
Gutter Cleaning Less Often – Gutter guards need to be removed to clean the gutters, but if they are present, this project won’t have to be done as regularly. Leaf guards can cut down the frequency in which you have to clean out the gutters – or have someone to do the work for you – so that you might only need to have them cleaned out once each year.
Protection From Fires – A typical way fires spread to homes is when 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 house. A standard gutter guard installation can protect your home from this fire risk.
Prevent Ice Dams – If you happen to live in an area that gets frequent below-freezing temps, 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 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 the house. If you’ve never considered installing them before, it might be time to think about it.
As you can see, there are several benefits of gutter guards. While it might be tempting to run out and install the type you think will work best – how different could they really be, right? – you will still have to install them correctly. All things considered, you’re much better off having a professional gutter guard installer do the job for you.
Not only will their installation be a lot more reliable than your DIY work, but a gutter guard service and installer will be able to recommend the best type of gutter for your house in the first place. They are familiar with all of the styles, and they will consider each factor in detail when making their recommendation.
Here are some of the things a gutter guard installer will think about when choosing the perfect gutter guards for your home:
Material – Gutter guards can be made of aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of other materials. Some gutter guards are made for temporary usage while others are built to last as long as your gutters will. The construction is a key role in how long the gutter guards will last.
Installation method – The only style 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. Installing other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, could destroy your gutters if they are not installed the right way.
Appearance – Many gutter guards offer a low profile so they cannot be seen from ground level, while some styles are visible. 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 on your roof. If it is very 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 warranty, but most of the aluminum types are guaranteed to last for 10-20 years. By hiring a licensed gutter guard installation company in 541-203-6460 (rather than doing it yourself), you won’t void the warranty. Gutter guards should never lift your shingles, nor should the installation void your roof’s warranty.
Another great thing about having Clean Home Gutters install your new gutter guards is that we’ll come back and fix them free of charge if there is any issue due to the installation.
Your budget is, of course, the final factor in determining which 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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