Rain gutters are basic and low cost considering how important they are: protecting more valuable areas of your home. Gutters help keep rain off the siding, windows, patio, deck and basement, directing it away from your home.
Therefore, anything that can protect your gutters from damage and helps them work more efficiently is a good investment.
Gutter guards are an inexpensive product you can add to almost any type of gutters, and they function as a protective screen for your gutters so large debris and animals can’t get inside of them. Installing gutter guards can be a money-saving measure that you’ll happy with for many years.
There are a lot of styles of gutter guard. The style 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.
DC Gutter Service installs all styles of gutter guards in Washington. Call 301-701-3889 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 themselves. 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 keep debris out of your gutters. Otherwise big pieces settle in the gutter first, then smaller pieces pile up around them. Of all the different gutter guard styles, all of them block larger pieces of debris from becoming stuck to begin with.
Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards help water to stream through the gutters quickly since it isn’t blocked by debris. 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, leading to mold and mildew.
Prevent Pests from Nesting – Keeping squirrels, chipmunks, birds and insects out of rain gutters and off the roof can be an endless battle. Every type of gutter guard prevents animals from building nests within the gutter. A lot of 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 installed, this job 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 hire a professional to do the job for you – so that you might only need to have them cleaned only 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 gives the fire fuel until it becomes too large and damages the roof, and then 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 frequent below-freezing temperatures, snow and sleet, you’ll be happy to know that gutter guards can help stop snow and ice from staying up on your roof. Their 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 home. If you’ve never considered installing them before, it could be time to think about it.
As you can see, there are many benefits of gutter guards. While it may be tempting to go out and install the type you think will work best – how different could they be, right? – you still have to install them correctly. In the end, you’re much better off having a professional gutter guard installation service do the job for you.
Not only will professional installation be a lot more reliable than your DIY work, but a professional gutter guard service and installer will be able to recommend the best type of gutter for your house in the first place. They know all of the styles, and they will consider each factor when deciding their recommendation.
Here are a few of the factors a gutter guard service will consider when recommending the perfect gutter guards for your home:
Material – Gutter guards can be manufactured with aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of other materials. Some gutter guards are made for temporary use while others are designed to last as long as your gutters will. The material plays a key factor in how long the gutter guards will last.
Installation method – The type 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. However, these are not as dependable. Installing other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, could damage your gutters if they are not installed the right way.
Appearance – Some gutter guards offer a low profile so they aren’t visible from ground level, while others are visible. If that is an important condition, you are limited on the style of gutter guard you can install, and limited even more by the type of gutters you have. If it is important for you to have “invisible” gutter guards, it might be necessary for you to buy new gutters.
Warranty – Many gutter guard styles will come with a short manufacturer’s warranty, however most of the aluminum models are guaranteed for at least 10-20 years. By having a licensed gutter guard installation company in Washington (rather than doing it on your own), you won’t void your warranty. Gutter guards should not lift your shingles, nor should the installation void your roof’s warranty.
Another great thing about having DC Gutter Service install your gutter guards is that we’ll come back and fix them for FREE if there is an issue related to the installation from our team.
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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