Rain gutters are fairly basic and affordable considering how important they are: protecting much more valuable areas of your home. Gutters keep rain water off the siding, windows, patio, deck and basement, directing it away from your home.
That means, anything that can protect your gutters from damage and helps them function even more efficiently is a great investment too.
Gutter guards are an affordable feature you can install on any type of gutters, and they function as a protective screen for gutters so debris and animals can’t get inside of them. Installing gutter guards can be a money-saving measure that you’ll thank yourself for many years.
There are a lot of types of gutter guard. The type you choose to install will depend on your available budget and the type of rain gutters you have. Gutter guards are made of aluminum, nylon or plastic.
TLC Gutter Cleaning installs all styles of gutter guards in Wheaton.
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On average, gutter guards will cost around as much per linear foot as the gutters cost themselves. But in the long run, you’re going to save time and money installing them. Here are some of the reasons we encourage you to install gutter guards on your roof:
Improve Drainage by Preventing Clogs – Gutter guards help keep leaves and debris out of your gutters. Otherwise larger pieces settle in the gutter first, then small pieces collect around them. Of all the many gutter guard styles, all of them stop these larger leaves and pieces of debris from becoming stuck to start with.
Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards allow water to flow through the gutters faster since it is unhindered by debris or leaves. Water is one of the major causes of mold and mildew to grow, therefore moving the water faster through the gutters reduces the time rain is sitting still, possibly leading to mold and mildew.
Prevent Pests from Nesting – Keeping squirrels, chipmunks, birds and insects out of your gutters and off the roof can be an endless struggle. Every model of gutter guard stops pests from building nests within the gutter. Some homeowners choose to install gutter guards for no other reason than this.
Gutter Cleaning Less Often – Gutter guards have to be removed in order to clean the gutters, but when they are present, this project won’t have to be done nearly as frequently. Leaf guards can reduce the frequency that you need to clean gutters – or or hire a company to do it for you – so that you might only need to have them cleaned out once a year.
Protection From Fires – A common way fires spread to homes is when embers fall into gutters where there is dry debris. This debris fuels the fire until it becomes too large and damages the roof, followed by the entire house. A basic gutter guard installation can protect your home from this fire risk.
Prevent Ice Dams – If you happen to live in an area that gets frequent below-freezing temperatures, snow and ice, you’ll be happy to know that gutter guards can help stop 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 an important system that protects the rest of your house. If you’ve never considered installing them before, it could be time to think about it.
As you can see, there are several benefits of gutter guards. While it might be tempting to go out and install the model you think will be the best – how different could they be, right? – you still have to install them correctly. 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 DIY work, but a professional gutter guard service and installer should be able to suggest the best type of gutter system for your house in the first place. They are familiar with all of the options, and they will consider each factor in detail when making their recommendation.
Here are some of the factors a gutter guard company will consider when choosing the perfect gutter guards for your home:
Material – Gutter guards are made of aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of different materials. Some are made for temporary usage while others are built to last as long as your gutters will. The material plays a key role in how long gutter guards will last.
Installation method – The only type of gutter guards we would recommend for a homeowner to install on their own is the drop in kind that don’t require fastening to the gutters. Installing the other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, could destroy your rain gutters if they are not installed correctly.
Appearance – A lot of gutter guards offer a low profile so they aren’t visible from ground level, while others are visible. If this is an important requirement, you are limited on the type of gutter guard you can have, and limited even more by the type of gutters you have on your roof. If it is important for you to have “invisible” gutter guards installed, it may be necessary for you to buy new gutters.
Warranty – Some gutter guard styles will come with a short warranty, however most of the aluminum models are guaranteed to last for at least 10-20 years. By hiring a licensed gutter guard installer in Wheaton (instead of doing it on your own), you won’t void the warranty. Gutter guards should not lift your shingles, nor should the installation void your roof’s warranty.
Another great thing about having TLC Gutter Cleaning install your gutter guards is that we’ll return and fix them for FREE if there is an issue related to the installation.
Your budget is, of course, the last factor in deciding the 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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