Gutters are fairly basic and low cost considering the purpose they serve: protecting more valuable areas of your house. Gutters keep rain water off the siding, windows, patio, deck and basement, routing it away from your home.
Therefore, anything that can protect your gutters and helps them work more efficiently is a great investment too.
Gutter guards are an affordable feature you can add to almost any type of gutters, and they function as a protective shield for your gutters so large debris and pests can’t get inside of them. Buying leaf guards can be a money-saving decision that you’ll be rewarded for year after year.
There are several styles 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 either aluminum, nylon or plastic.
Lancaster Gutter Service installs all styles of gutter guards in Lancaster. Call 717-276-4885 or click here for a FREE gutter guard installation quote today!
Typically, gutter guards cost about as much per linear foot as the gutters cost themselves. But in the long run, you’re going to save time and money by installing them. Here are a few of the reasons we think you should install gutter guards on your roof:
Improve Drainage by Preventing Clogs – Gutter guards help keep leaves and debris out of your gutters. Otherwise big pieces of debris settle in the gutter first, then smaller pieces of debris 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 allow water to stream through the gutters quickly since it isn’t blocked by any debris or leaves. Water is one of the primary causes of mold and mildew to grow, so moving the water faster through the gutters limits the amount of time rain is sitting still, leading to mold and mildew.
Prevent Pests from Nesting – Keeping squirrels, chipmunks, birds and insects out of gutters and off the roof can be a constant struggle. Every model of gutter guard prevents pests from crafting nests within the gutter. Some homeowners decide to install gutter guards for no other reason than this.
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 nearly as frequently. Leaf guards reduce the frequency that you have to clean gutters – or hire a professional 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 if embers fall into gutters that have dry debris in them. This debris gives the fire fuel until it grows and damages the roof, followed by the rest of the home. 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 frequent below-freezing temperatures, snow and ice, you’ll be interested to know that gutter guards can help prevent 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 issues that impact hundreds of thousands of homes every year. Gutter guards protect a vital system that protects the rest of the home. If you haven’t 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 purchase the model you think will work best – how different could they really be, right? – you still have to install them properly. In the end, you’re much better off having a professional gutter guard installation service do the project for you.
Not only will their installation be a lot more reliable than your 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 know all of the styles, and they will consider each factor carefully when deciding their recommendation.
Here are a few of the things a gutter guard service will think about when determining the perfect gutter guards for your home:
Material – Gutter guards can be made of aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of other materials. Some are made for temporary usage while others are designed to last as long as your gutters will. The construction plays a key role in how long gutter guards will last.
Installation method – The type of gutter guards we would encourage for a homeowner to install themselves is the drop in kind that do not require any fastening to the gutters. Installing the other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, might damage your gutters if they’re not installed the right way.
Appearance – Some gutter guards offer a low profile so they cannot be seen from ground level, while some styles are visible. If this is an important requirement, you will be limited on the type of gutter guard you can have, and limited even more by the style of gutters you have on your home. If it is very important for you to have “invisible” gutter guards, it might be necessary for you to buy new gutters as well.
Warranty – Most gutter guard styles will come with a shorter warranty, however most of the aluminum types are guaranteed for 10-20 years. By hiring a licensed gutter guard installer in Lancaster (rather than doing it on your own), you won’t void your warranty. Gutter guards should never lift your shingles, nor should the installation void your roof’s warranty.
Another great thing by having Lancaster Gutter Service install your gutter guards is that we’ll come back and repair them for FREE if there is any issue related to the installation.
Your budget is, of course, the last factor in deciding the gutter guards you will have installed. We provide a wide range of options for every budget, and will provide the benefits listed above, to one degree or another.
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