Gutters are basic and affordable considering the purpose they serve: protecting more valuable areas of your home. Gutters help keep rain off the wood or siding, windows, patio, deck and basement, routing it away from your home.
That means, anything that can protect your gutters from damage and helps them work more efficiently is a great investment too.
Gutter guards are an affordable product you can install on any type of gutters, and they function as a protective screen for gutters so large debris and animals won’t get inside of them. Installing leaf guards can be a money-saving decision that you’ll thank yourself for many years.
There are many styles of gutter guard. The type you install will depend on your available budget and the type of rain gutters you have. Gutter guards are made of either aluminum, nylon or plastic.
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Typically, gutter guards will cost about as much per linear foot as the gutters cost themselves. In the long run, you’re going to save a lot of time and money by installing them. Here are some of the reasons we encourage you 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 big pieces of debris settle in the gutter first, then smaller pieces of debris collect around them. Of all the different gutter guard styles, all of them block larger leaves and pieces of debris from becoming stuck to begin with.
Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards allow water to flow through the gutters faster because it is unhindered by any debris. Rain is one of the major reasons for mold and mildew to grow, so moving the water faster through the gutters limits the amount of time rain remains sitting still, leading to mold and mildew.
Prevent Pests from Nesting – Keeping squirrels, chipmunks, birds and insects out of gutters and off the roof can be a constant battle. Every model of gutter guard stops pests from building nests inside of the gutter. A lot of homeowners choose to install gutter guards just for this reason.
Gutter Cleaning Less Often – Gutter guards must be removed to clean the gutters, but when they are installed, this project won’t have to be done nearly as frequently. Leaf guards cut down the frequency that you have to clean out the gutters – or or hire a company to do it for you – so that you may only have to have them cleaned only 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 grows and damages the roof, followed by the rest of the home. A standard 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 temps, snow and sleet, you’ll be interested to know that gutter guards help prevent snow and ice from staying up on your roof. Their unique designs redirect melting ice and snow to get it off your roof much faster.
These are all problems that affect hundreds of thousands of homes each year. Gutter guards protect a vital system that protects the rest of your house. If you’ve never thought about installing them before, it may be time to think about it.
You can see, there are many benefits of gutter guards. While it may be tempting to run out and buy the type you think will be the best – how much different could they really be, right? – you still have to install them correctly. All things considered, you’re much better off letting a professional gutter guard installer do the job for you.
Not only will professional installation be more reliable than DIY work, but a professional gutter guard service and installer is going to be able to suggest the best type of gutter system for your house in the first place. They are familiar with all of the choices, and they will consider each factor when deciding their recommendation.
Here are some of the things a gutter guard service will take into account when determining the best gutter guards for your home:
Material – Gutter guards are made of aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of other materials. Some are designed for temporary use and some are designed to last just as long as your gutters. The material is a key factor in how long gutter guards will last.
Installation method – The only 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. However, these are not as dependable. Installing other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, might destroy your gutters if they’re not installed the right way.
Appearance – A lot of gutter guards boast a low profile so they aren’t visible from ground level, while some styles are visible. If this is an important requirement, you are limited on the type of gutter guard you can have, and limited even more by the type of gutters you have. If it is important for you to have low profile gutter guards, it may be necessary to purchase new gutters as well.
Warranty – Some gutter guard styles will come with a short warranty, however most of the aluminum models are guaranteed for at least 10-20 years. By hiring a licensed gutter guard installation company in Portland (rather than doing it on your own), you won’t void the warranty. Gutter guards should not lift your shingles, nor should the installation void your roof’s warranty.
Another great thing about having Portland Gutter Solutions install your new gutter guards is that we’ll come back and fix them for FREE if there is any issue related to the installation.
Your budget is, of course, the final factor in choosing the gutter guards you will have installed. We provide a range of options for every budget, and will provide the benefits listed above, to one degree or another.
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