Rain gutters are simple and affordable considering how important they are: protecting more valuable areas of your home. Gutters keep rain off the siding, windows, porch, deck and basement, directing it away from your house.
That means, anything that protects your gutters and helps them function even more efficiently is a smart investment as well.
Gutter guards are an inexpensive feature you can install on almost any type of gutters, and they serve as a protective shield for gutters so large debris and animals can’t get inside of them. Installing leaf guards can be a money-saving choice that you’ll thank yourself for year after year.
There are a lot of styles of gutter guard. The type you choose to install depends on your available budget and the type of gutters you have on your home. Gutter guards are made of either aluminum, nylon or plastic.
A+ Gutters of O’Fallon installs all styles of gutter guards in O’Fallon. Call 636-202-4099 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 themselves. In the long run, you will 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 house:
Improve Drainage by Preventing Clogs – Gutter guards help keep debris out of your gutters. Otherwise big pieces settle in the gutter first, then small pieces collect around them. Of all the different gutter guard styles, all of them stop these larger pieces of debris from becoming stuck to start with.
Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards help water to stream through the gutters quickly because it is unhindered by any debris. Rain is one of the major causes of 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 your gutters and off the roof is often a constant battle. Every model of gutter guard prevents pests from crafting nests inside of the gutter. Many homeowners choose to install gutter guards just for this reason.
Gutter Cleaning Less Often – Gutter guards have to be removed in order to clean the gutters, but when they are installed, this project doesn’t have to be done as regularly. Leaf guards cut down the frequency that you have to clean gutters – or have someone to do it for you – so that you might only have to have them cleaned out once a 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 gives the fire fuel until it grows and damages the roof, followed by the rest of the house. A standard gutter guard installation can protect your home from this fire risk.
Prevent Ice Dams – If you live in an area that gets 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 designs purposefully redirect melting snow and ice to get it off your roof much faster.
These are all issues that affect hundreds of thousands of American homes each year. Gutter guards protect an important system that protects the rest of the home. If you’ve never thought about installing them before, it might be time to think about it.
You can see, there are several benefits of gutter guards. While it might be tempting to run out and install the type you think will work best – how different could they be, right? – you still have to install them properly. In the end, you’re much better off having a professional gutter guard installer do the project for you.
Not only will their installation be more reliable than DIY work, but a local gutter guard service and installer is going to be able to suggest the best type of gutter for your home in the first place. They know all of the choices, and they will consider each factor in detail when deciding their recommendation.
Here are some of the things a gutter guard installer will think about when determining the perfect 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 use and some are designed to last as long as your gutters. The material is a key role in how long the gutter guards will last.
Installation method – The only style of gutter guards we would recommend for a homeowner to install on their own is the drop in kind that do not require fastening to the gutters. However, these are not as dependable. Installing other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, could 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 some styles are visible. If that is an important requirement, you will be limited on the style of gutter guard you can have, and limited even more by the style of gutters you have on your roof. If it is very important for you to have “invisible” gutter guards installed, it may be necessary for you to install new gutters too.
Warranty – A lot of gutter guard styles will come with a shorter manufacturer’s warranty, however most of the aluminum models are guaranteed to last for at least 10-20 years. By having a licensed gutter guard installer in O’Fallon (rather than doing it on your own), you won’t void your warranty. Gutter guards should never lift your shingles, nor should their installation void your roof’s warranty.
Another great thing by having A+ Gutters of O’Fallon install your new gutter guards is that we’ll return and repair them for FREE if there is an issue due to the installation from our team.
Your budget is, of course, the last factor in determining 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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