Rain gutters are basic and low cost considering the purpose they serve: protecting more valuable areas of your house. Gutters help keep rain water off the wood or siding, windows, porch, deck and basement, routing it away from your home.
That means, anything that protects your gutters from damage and helps them function even more efficiently is a good investment as well.
Gutter guards are an inexpensive product you can install on any style of gutters, and they serve as a protective shield for gutters so large debris and animals can’t get inside of them. Buying gutter guards can be a money-saving decision that you’ll happy with for many years.
There are many types of gutter guard. The style you install depends on your budget and the type of rain gutters you have on your home. Gutter guards are made of aluminum, nylon or plastic.
CF Gutters Inc. installs all styles of gutter guards in Cuyahoga Falls. Call 330-249-7945 or click here for a FREE gutter guard installation estimate today!
Typically, gutter guards cost about as much per linear foot as the gutters cost themselves. But in the long run, you will save time and money by installing them. Here are a few of the reasons we think you should install gutter guards on your house:
Improve Drainage by Preventing Clogs – Gutter guards help keep leaves and most debris out of your gutters. Otherwise large pieces settle in the gutter first, then small pieces pile up around them. Of all the different gutter guard models, all of them prevent these larger leaves and pieces of debris from getting stuck to begin with.
Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards help water to stream through the gutters faster since it isn’t blocked by large debris or leaves. Water is one of the primary 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 gutters and off the roof can be an endless battle. Every model of gutter guard stops pests from building nests within the gutter. Some homeowners choose 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 job doesn’t have to be done as regularly. Leaf guards cut down the frequency that you need to clean gutters – or hire a professional to do the job for you – so that you might only have to have them cleaned only once each year.
Protection From Fires – A typical way fires spread to homes is if embers fall inside of gutters where there is dry debris. This debris gives the fire fuel 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 below-freezing temps, snow and ice, you’ll be interested to know that gutter guards can help prevent snow and ice from staying up on your roof. Their unique designs purposefully redirect melting snow and ice to get it off your roof faster.
These are all issues that impact hundreds of thousands of homes every year. Gutter guards protect an important system that protects the rest of the house. If you haven’t considered installing them before, it might be time to think about it.
As you can see, there are a lot of benefits of gutter guards. While it might be tempting to run out and purchase the model you think will be the best – how different could they be, right? – you still have to install them properly. 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 your DIY work, but a professional gutter guard service and installer will 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 in detail when making their recommendation.
Here are a few of the factors a gutter guard service will think about when choosing the best gutter guards for your home:
Material – Gutter guards can be made of aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of different materials. Some are designed for temporary usage and some are built to last as long as your gutters. The construction is a key factor in how long the gutter guards will last.
Installation method – The only type of gutter guards we would encourage for a homeowner to install on their own is the drop in kind that do not require fastening to the gutters. However, these are not as dependable. Installing other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, could destroy your rain gutters if they are not installed correctly.
Appearance – Many gutter guards offer a low profile so they aren’t visible from ground level, while others are very obvious. If that is an important requirement, you are limited on the style of gutter guard you can install, and limited even more by the style of gutters you have on your roof. If it is important for you to have “invisible” gutter guards installed, it might be necessary to install new gutters as well.
Warranty – Some gutter guard styles will come with a short manufacturer’s warranty, however most of the aluminum types are guaranteed for 10-20 years. By hiring a licensed gutter guard installation company in Cuyahoga Falls (instead of 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 by having CF Gutters Inc. install your new gutter guards is that we’ll return and repair them free of charge if there is any issue related to the installation.
Your budget is, of course, the last 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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