Gutters are fairly simple and affordable considering how important they are: protecting more valuable areas of your home. Gutters help keep rain off the wood or siding, windows, patio, deck and basement, routing it discreetly away from your house.
That means, anything that can protect your gutters and helps them function more efficiently is a good investment.
Gutter guards are a low cost product you can add to almost any type of gutters, and they work as a protective screen for your gutters so large debris and pests won’t get inside of them. Buying leaf guards can be a money-saving measure that you’ll thank yourself for many years.
There are several styles of gutter guard. The style you install depends on your available budget and the type of rain gutters you have on your home. Gutter guards are made of either aluminum, nylon or plastic.
Renew Gutter Cleaning installs all styles of gutter guards in Royal Oak. Call 248-306-8508 or click here for a FREE gutter guard installation estimate today!
On average, gutter guards cost around as much per linear foot as the gutters cost themselves. But in the long run, you will save a lot of time and money by installing them. Here are a few of the reasons we encourage you to install gutter guards on your roof:
Improve Drainage by Preventing Clogs – Gutter guards help keep debris out of your gutters. Otherwise larger pieces settle in the gutter first, then smaller pieces of debris pile up around them. Of all the many gutter guard styles, all of them prevent these larger pieces of debris from becoming stuck to start with.
Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards allow water to flow through the gutters faster because it is unhindered by any debris or leaves. Rain is one of the primary reasons for mold and mildew growth, so moving the water faster through the gutters reduces the amount of 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 an endless struggle. Every style of gutter guard prevents pests from crafting nests inside of the gutter. Many homeowners decide to install gutter guards just for this reason.
Gutter Cleaning Less Often – Gutter guards need to be removed in order to clean the gutters, but if they are present, this job doesn’t have to be done nearly as frequently. Leaf guards can cut down the frequency that you have to clean gutters – or have someone to do the work 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 when embers fall into gutters that have dry debris in them. This debris fuels the fire until it grows and damages the roof, and then the entire house. A basic gutter guard installation can protect your home from the risk of fire.
Prevent Ice Dams – If you live in an area that gets frequent below-freezing temps, snow and ice, you’ll be interested to know that gutter guards help prevent snow and ice from staying up on your roof. Their unique designs purposefully redirect melting ice and snow to get it off your roof faster.
These are all problems that impact hundreds of thousands of homes each year. Gutter guards protect an important system that protects the rest of your house. If you’ve never thought about installing them before, it could 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 type you think will work best – how different could they really be, right? – you still have to install them properly. All things considered, you’re much better off having a professional gutter guard installer do the project 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 recommend the best type of gutter for your home in the first place. They know all of the options, and they will consider each factor when deciding their recommendation.
Here are a few of the factors a gutter guard company will consider when choosing the perfect gutter guards for your home:
Material – Gutter guards are manufactured with aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of different materials. Some are made for temporary usage and others are designed to last as long as your gutters will. The material plays a key factor in how long gutter guards will last.
Installation method – The style of gutter guards we would encourage for a homeowner to install on their own is the drop in type that don’t require any fastening to the gutters. Installing the other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, can damage your gutters if they are not installed the right way.
Appearance – Many gutter guards boast a low profile so they cannot be seen from ground level, while some styles are visible. If this is an important requirement, you will be 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, it might be necessary for you to purchase new gutters.
Warranty – Many gutter guard styles will come with a shorter manufacturer’s warranty, but most of the aluminum types are guaranteed for at least 10-20 years. By hiring a licensed gutter guard installer in Royal Oak (rather than doing it on your own), you won’t void the warranty. Gutter guards should never lift your shingles, nor should their installation void your roof’s warranty.
Another great thing about having Renew Gutter Cleaning install your gutter guards is that we’ll return and fix them for FREE 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 wide range of options for every budget, and will provide the benefits listed above, to one degree or another.
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