Rain gutters are basic and affordable considering the purpose they serve: protecting much more valuable parts of your home. Gutters help keep rain water off the wood or siding, windows, porch, deck and basement, routing it discreetly away from your foundation.
Therefore, anything that can protect your gutters from damage and helps them work even more efficiently is a smart investment as well.
Gutter guards are an affordable feature you can install on any style of gutters, and they serve as a protective barrier for gutters so debris and pests won’t get inside of them. Purchasing gutter guards can be a money-saving choice that you’ll be rewarded for for year after year.
There are several types of gutter guard. The type you install will depend on your budget and the type of rain gutters you have. Gutter guards are made of either aluminum, nylon or plastic.
Littleton Gutter Cleaning installs all styles of gutter guards in Littleton. Call 720-463-8504 or click here for a FREE gutter guard installation estimate today!
On average, gutter guards will cost about as much per linear foot as the gutters cost themselves. In the long run, you will save a lot of time and money installing them. Here are some of the reasons we recommend to install gutter guards on your roof:
Improve Drainage by Preventing Clogs – Gutter guards keep leaves and debris out of your gutters. Otherwise larger 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 these larger leaves and pieces of debris from becoming stuck to begin with.
Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards allow water to stream through the gutters quickly because it is unhindered by large debris. Rain is one of the primary causes of mold and mildew to grow, therefore moving the water faster through the gutters reduces the amount of time rain spends sitting still, leading to mold and mildew.
Prevent Pests from Nesting – Keeping squirrels, chipmunks, birds and insects out of gutters and off the roof is often a constant struggle. Every style of gutter guard stops pests from building nests inside of the gutter. Some homeowners decide 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 often. Leaf guards reduce the frequency that you need to clean out the gutters – or have someone to do the work 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 if embers fall inside of gutters that have dry debris in them. This debris fuels the fire until it becomes too large and damages the roof, and then the entire house. A simple 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 stop snow and ice from staying up on your roof. Their designs 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 a vital system that protects the rest of the house. If you’ve never thought about installing them before, it may be time to think about it.
You can see, there are a lot of benefits of gutter guards. While it may be tempting to run out and purchase the type you think will be the best – how much different could they be, right? – you still have to install them correctly. Ultimately, you’re much better off letting a professional gutter guard installer do the job for you.
Not only will their installation be more reliable than your DIY work, but a local gutter guard service and installer will be able to recommend the best type of gutter system for your home in the first place. They know all of the options, and they will consider each factor when making their recommendation.
Here are a few of the things a gutter guard installer will think about 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 gutter guards are made for temporary usage while others are designed to last as long as your gutters will. The material is a key role in how long gutter guards will last.
Installation method – The only type of gutter guards we would encourage for a homeowner to install themselves is the drop in type that do not require fastening to the gutters. However, these are not as dependable. Installing the other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, can damage your gutters if they’re not installed the right way.
Appearance – Some gutter guards offer a low profile so they aren’t visible from ground level, while others are very obvious. If that is an important condition, 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 “invisible” gutter guards installed, it might be necessary to buy new gutters too.
Warranty – Many gutter guard styles will come with a short warranty, but most of the aluminum models are guaranteed to last for at least 10-20 years. By having a licensed gutter guard installer in Littleton (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 Littleton Gutter Cleaning install your new 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 last factor in choosing which 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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