Rain gutters are basic and affordable considering how important they are: protecting more valuable areas of your house. Gutters help keep rain off the wood or siding, windows, porch, deck and basement, routing it discreetly away from your foundation.
Therefore, anything that protects your gutters from damage and helps them work even more efficiently is a smart investment as well.
Gutter guards are an inexpensive product you can add to almost any type of gutters, and they serve as a protective barrier for gutters so debris and animals aren’t able to get inside of them. Purchasing leaf guards can be a money-saving decision that you’ll thank yourself 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 gutters you have on your home. Gutter guards are made of either aluminum, nylon or plastic.
Memphis Gutters & More! installs all styles of gutter guards in Memphis. Call 901-441-9670 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. But in the long run, you’re going to save 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 keep leaves and debris out of your gutters. Otherwise large pieces settle in the gutter first, then small pieces pile up around them. Of all the many gutter guard models, all of them block larger pieces of debris from becoming stuck to begin with.
Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards help water to stream through the gutters quickly because it isn’t blocked by large debris or leaves. Water is one of the primary reasons for 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 rain gutters and off the roof can be a constant battle. Every model of gutter guard prevents pests from crafting nests within the gutter. A lot of homeowners decide to install gutter guards for this reason alone.
Gutter Cleaning Less Often – Gutter guards have to be removed in order to clean the gutters, but if they are installed, this project doesn’t have to be done nearly as frequently. Leaf guards cut down the frequency in which you need to clean out the gutters – or hire a professional to do the work for you – so that you may only need to have them cleaned out once each year.
Protection From Fires – A common way fires spread to homes is when embers fall inside of gutters that have dry debris in them. This debris gives the fire fuel until it becomes too large and damages the roof, and then the rest of the 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 interested to know that gutter guards help prevent snow and ice from staying up on your roof. Their unique designs purposefully redirect melting ice and snow to get it off your roof much faster.
These are all problems that impact hundreds of thousands of homes each year. Gutter guards protect a vital system that protects the rest of your home. If you haven’t considered installing them before, it could be time to think about it.
As you can see, there are a lot of benefits of gutter guards. While it may be tempting to go out and purchase the model you think will be the best – how different could they really be, right? – you will still have to install them properly. Ultimately, you’re much better off having a professional gutter guard installation service do the project for you.
Not only will professional installation be much more reliable than your DIY work, but a professional gutter guard service and installer should be able to recommend 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 carefully when deciding their recommendation.
Here are a few of the things a gutter guard service will take into account when deciding the perfect gutter guards for your home:
Material – Gutter guards can be made of aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of different materials. Some gutter guards are made for temporary use and others are designed to last as long as your gutters will. 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 themselves is the drop in type that don’t require fastening to the gutters. Installing the other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, can damage your gutters if they’re not installed correctly.
Appearance – Some gutter guards offer a low profile so they cannot be seen from ground level, while some styles are visible. If that is an important condition, you are limited on the style of gutter guard you can have, and limited even more by the style of gutters you have. If it is very important for you to have low profile gutter guards, it may be necessary for you to install new gutters too.
Warranty – Many gutter guard styles will come with a short manufacturer’s warranty, however most of the aluminum models are guaranteed for at least 10-20 years. By having a licensed gutter guard installer in Memphis (instead of doing it on your own), you won’t void your warranty. Gutter guards should not lift your shingles, nor should their installation void your roof’s warranty.
Another great thing about having Memphis Gutters & More! 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 final factor in choosing 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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