Gutters are basic and low cost considering the purpose they serve: protecting much more valuable parts of your house. Gutters help keep rain water off the wood or siding, windows, porch, deck and basement, directing it discreetly away from your home.
That means, anything that can protect your gutters from damage and helps them work even more efficiently is a great investment.
Gutter guards are an affordable product you can install on any type of gutters, and they function as a protective barrier for your gutters so large debris and pests aren’t able to get inside of them. Purchasing gutter guards can be a money-saving decision that you’ll happy with for year after year.
There are many types of gutter guard. The style you choose to install depends on your available budget and the type of rain gutters you have on your home. Gutter guards are made of aluminum, nylon or plastic.
Carmel Gutter Specialists installs all styles of gutter guards in Carmel. Call 317-483-8033 or click here for a FREE gutter guard installation estimate today!
Typically, gutter guards will cost around 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 think you should install gutter guards on your roof:
Improve Drainage by Preventing Clogs – Gutter guards keep debris out of your gutters. Otherwise big pieces of debris settle in the gutter first, then small pieces of debris pile up around them. Of all the many gutter guard models, 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 flow through the gutters quickly because it is unhindered by any debris or leaves. Water is one of the main reasons for mold and mildew growth, therefore moving the water faster through the gutters limits the time rain is 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 type of gutter guard stops pests from crafting nests within the gutter. A lot of homeowners choose to install gutter guards for no other reason than this.
Gutter Cleaning Less Often – Gutter guards must be removed in order to clean the gutters, but if they are installed, this job doesn’t have to be done as regularly. Leaf guards reduce the frequency that 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 if embers fall inside of gutters where there is dry debris. This debris gives the fire fuel until it grows and damages the roof, followed by the entire 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 temperatures, snow and sleet, you’ll be happy 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 affect hundreds of thousands of homes every year. Gutter guards protect an important system that protects the rest of the home. If you’ve never considered installing them before, it might be time to think about it.
You can see, there are many benefits of gutter guards. While it might be tempting to go out and buy the model you think will be the best – how different could they really be, right? – you will still have to install them properly. In the end, you’re much better off letting a professional gutter guard installation service do the job for you.
Not only will professional installation be a lot more reliable than DIY work, but a gutter guard service and installer should be able to suggest the best type of gutter system for your home in the first place. They know all of the styles, and they will consider each factor carefully when making their recommendation.
Here are some of the factors a gutter guard company will take into account when deciding the best gutter guards for your home:
Material – Gutter guards are manufactured with aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of other materials. Some are designed for temporary use and others are designed to last as long as your gutters. The construction plays a key factor in how long the 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 type that don’t require any fastening to the gutters. Installing other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, can destroy your gutters if they’re not installed the right way.
Appearance – Some gutter guards boast a low profile so they cannot be seen from ground level, while others are very obvious. If that is an important condition, you will be limited on the type of gutter guard you can have, and limited even more by the style of gutters you have. If it is very important for you to have “invisible” gutter guards, it might be necessary for you to install new gutters.
Warranty – A lot of gutter guard styles will come with a shorter warranty, however most of the aluminum types are guaranteed to last for 10-20 years. By hiring a licensed gutter guard installation company in Carmel (rather than doing it yourself), you won’t void your warranty. Gutter guards should not lift your shingles, nor should their installation void your roof’s warranty.
Another great thing about having Carmel Gutter Specialists install your gutter guards is that we’ll return and fix them for FREE if there is an issue related to the installation from our team.
Your budget is, of course, the last factor in choosing 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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