Rain gutters are fairly simple and affordable considering how important they are: protecting more valuable areas of your house. Gutters help keep rain off the siding, windows, porch, deck and basement, routing it discreetly away from your home.
That means, anything that protects your gutters and helps them work even more efficiently is a good investment too.
Gutter guards are a low cost feature you can add to any type of gutters, and they serve as a protective shield for your gutters so debris and animals won’t get inside of them. Purchasing gutter guards can be a money-saving choice that you’ll be rewarded for for year after year.
There are many types of gutter guard. The style you choose to install depends on your available budget and the type of gutters you have. Gutter guards are made of either aluminum, nylon or plastic.
Charlotte Gutter Solutions installs all styles of gutter guards in Charlotte. Call 704-368-3703 or click here for a FREE gutter guard installation estimate today!
Typically, gutter guards cost around as much per linear foot as the gutters themselves. But in the long run, you’re going to save time and money installing them. Here are some of the reasons we think you should install gutter guards on your roof:
Improve Drainage by Preventing Clogs – Gutter guards keep most debris out of your gutters. Otherwise larger pieces of debris settle in the gutter first, then smaller pieces of debris collect around them. Of all the many gutter guard styles, all of them block larger leaves and pieces of debris from getting stuck to begin with.
Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards allow water to stream through the gutters faster since it isn’t blocked by debris or leaves. Water is one of the primary causes of mold and mildew to grow, therefore moving the water faster through the gutters limits the amount of time rain spends sitting still, leading to mold and mildew.
Prevent Pests from Nesting – Keeping squirrels, chipmunks, birds and insects out of rain gutters and off the roof is often an endless struggle. Every model of gutter guard stops pests from crafting nests within the gutter. Some homeowners decide 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 as often. Leaf guards reduce the frequency in which you need to clean out the gutters – or have someone to do it for you – so that you might only need to have them cleaned out once each year.
Protection From Fires – A common way fires spread to homes is if embers fall inside of gutters that have dry debris in them. This debris fuels the fire until it becomes too large 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 sleet, you’ll be interested to know that gutter guards can 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 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 house. If you’ve never considered installing them before, it may 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 really be, right? – you still have to install them correctly. Ultimately, you’re much better off having a professional gutter guard installer do the job for you.
Not only will professional installation be much more reliable than your DIY work, but a gutter guard service and installer should be able to suggest the best type of gutter for your house in the first place. They are familiar with all of the styles, and they will consider each factor carefully when making their recommendation.
Here are some of the factors a gutter guard installer will think about when recommending the best gutter guards for your home:
Material – Gutter guards are made of aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of different materials. Some are designed for temporary use and some are designed to last as long as your gutters. The construction plays 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 type that don’t require any 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 – Many gutter guards offer a low profile so they aren’t visible from ground level, while others are visible. If that is an important requirement, you are limited on the type of gutter guard you can install, and limited even more by the style of gutters you have on your roof. If it is very important for you to have low profile gutter guards, it may be necessary for you to purchase new gutters too.
Warranty – Many gutter guard styles will come with a shorter manufacturer’s warranty, but most of the aluminum models are guaranteed for at least 10-20 years. By having a licensed gutter guard installation company in Charlotte (instead of 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 Charlotte Gutter Solutions install your gutter guards is that we’ll come back and repair them for FREE if there is any issue due to the installation.
Your budget is, of course, the final factor in determining the gutter guards you will have installed. We provide a range of options for all budgets, and will provide the benefits listed above, to one degree or another.
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