Gutters are fairly basic and low cost considering the purpose they serve: protecting more valuable areas of your home. Gutters keep rain water off the wood or siding, windows, patio, deck and basement, routing it discreetly away from your house.
That means, anything that protects your gutters from damage and helps them work more efficiently is a great investment as well.
Gutter guards are a low cost product you can install on any style of gutters, and they work as a protective barrier for gutters so large debris and animals won’t get inside of them. Purchasing gutter screens can be a money-saving decision that you’ll happy with for year after year.
There are a lot of types of gutter guard. The type you choose to install will depend on your budget and the type of gutters you have on your home. Gutter guards are made of either aluminum, nylon or plastic.
Buffalo Grove Gutters installs all styles of gutter guards in Buffalo Grove.
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On average, gutter guards 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 recommend to install gutter guards on your roof:
Improve Drainage by Preventing Clogs – Gutter guards keep most debris out of your gutters. Otherwise larger pieces settle in the gutter first, then small pieces of debris collect around them. Of all the different gutter guard styles, all of them stop these larger leaves and pieces of debris from getting stuck to begin with.
Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards allow water to flow through the gutters quickly since it isn’t blocked by any debris or leaves. Water is one of the main reasons for mold and mildew growth, so moving the water faster through the gutters limits the time rain remains 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 a constant struggle. Every type of gutter guard stops 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 if they are installed, this job won’t have to be done nearly as frequently. Leaf guards reduce the frequency in which you have to clean gutters – or or hire a company to do it for you – so that you may only need to have them cleaned only 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 fuels the fire until it becomes too large and damages the roof, followed by the entire home. A basic gutter guard installation can protect your home from the risk of fire.
Prevent Ice Dams – If you happen to live in an area that gets frequent below-freezing temps, 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 unique designs purposefully redirect melting snow and ice to get it off your roof faster.
These are all issues that impact hundreds of thousands of American homes every year. Gutter guards protect an important system that protects the rest of your house. If you haven’t thought about installing them before, it may be time to think about it.
You can see, there are a lot of benefits of gutter guards. While it may be tempting to go out and buy the type you think will work best – how different could they be, right? – you will still have to install them properly. Ultimately, 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 your DIY work, but a 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 things a gutter guard service will consider when deciding the best gutter guards for your home:
Material – Gutter guards are manufactured with aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of different materials. Some are made for temporary usage while others are designed to last just as long as your gutters. The construction is a key factor in how long gutter guards will last.
Installation method – The type of gutter guards we would encourage for a homeowner to install on their own is the drop in type that do not require any fastening to the gutters. Installing other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, might damage your rain gutters if they are not installed correctly.
Appearance – Some gutter guards boast a low profile so they cannot be seen from ground level, while others are visible. If that is an important requirement, you will be limited on the style of gutter guard you can install, and limited even more by the style of gutters you have on your roof. If it is important for you to have “invisible” gutter guards installed, it might be necessary to buy new gutters too.
Warranty – Some gutter guard styles will come with a short warranty, however most of the aluminum models are guaranteed for 10-20 years. By hiring a licensed gutter guard installation company in Buffalo Grove (instead of 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 Buffalo Grove Gutters install your new gutter guards is that we’ll return and repair them free of charge if there is an issue related to the installation from our team.
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 all budgets, and will provide the benefits listed above, to one degree or another.
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