Gutters are fairly basic and affordable considering how important they are: protecting much more valuable areas of your home. Gutters help keep rain water off the wood or siding, windows, patio, deck and basement, routing it discreetly away from your house.
That means, anything that protects your gutters and helps them work even more efficiently is a great investment too.
Gutter guards are an affordable feature you can install on almost any type of gutters, and they function as a protective shield for your gutters so large debris and pests aren’t able to get inside of them. Installing leaf guards can be a money-saving measure that you’ll happy with for many years.
There are several types of gutter guard. The type you choose to install depends on your available budget and the type of rain gutters you have. Gutter guards are made of aluminum, nylon or plastic.
The Columbus Gutter Company installs all styles of gutter guards in Columbus. Call 706-203-3493 or click here for a FREE gutter guard installation quote today!
Typically, gutter guards will cost about 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 recommend to install gutter guards on your roof:
Improve Drainage by Preventing Clogs – Gutter guards help keep leaves and most debris out of your gutters. Otherwise big pieces of debris settle in the gutter first, then small pieces pile up around them. Of all the many gutter guard styles, all of them block these larger pieces of debris from becoming stuck to begin with.
Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards help water to flow through the gutters faster because it is unhindered by any large 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 time rain is sitting still, leading to mold and mildew.
Prevent Pests from Nesting – Keeping squirrels, chipmunks, birds and insects out of your gutters and off the roof is often a constant struggle. Every style of gutter guard stops 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 in order to clean the gutters, but if they are installed, this project won’t have to be done nearly as frequently. Leaf guards cut down the frequency that you need to clean out the gutters – or or hire a company to do it for you – so that you may only need to have them cleaned only once each year.
Protection From Fires – A common way fires spread to homes is if embers fall inside of gutters where there is dry debris. This debris fuels the fire until it grows and damages the roof, followed by the entire home. A standard gutter guard installation can protect your home from this fire risk.
Prevent Ice Dams – If you live in an area that gets frequent below-freezing temps, snow and ice, you’ll be happy to know that gutter guards can help prevent snow and ice from staying up on your roof. Their unique designs redirect melting ice and snow to get it off your roof much faster.
These are all problems that affect hundreds of thousands of American homes every year. Gutter guards protect a vital system that protects the rest of the house. If you haven’t considered installing them before, it may be time to think about it.
You can see, there are many benefits of gutter guards. While it may be tempting to run out and buy the model you think will be the best – how different could they be, right? – you will still have to install them properly. In the end, you’re much better off letting a professional gutter guard installer do the project for you.
Not only will their installation be a lot more reliable than your DIY work, but a local gutter guard service and installer should be able to suggest the best type of gutter 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 think about when determining the best gutter guards for your home:
Material – Gutter guards are made of aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of different materials. Some gutter guards are made for temporary usage and some are designed to last as long as your gutters. The construction 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 on their own is the drop in kind that do not require fastening to the gutters. Installing the other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, can destroy your rain 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 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 installed, it may be necessary for you to buy new gutters.
Warranty – Many gutter guard styles will come with a shorter warranty, however most of the aluminum models are guaranteed for 10-20 years. By having a licensed gutter guard installation company in Columbus (rather than 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 about having The Columbus Gutter Company install your new gutter guards is that we’ll return and fix them free of charge if there is an issue related to the installation from our team.
Your budget is, of course, the last factor in determining 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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