Gutters are fairly simple and inexpensive considering the purpose they serve: protecting much more valuable parts of your house. Gutters help keep rain water off the siding, windows, patio, deck and basement, routing it away from your home.
That means, anything that can protect your gutters from damage and helps them function more efficiently is a great investment.
Gutter guards are a low cost product you can add to almost any type of gutters, and they work as a protective shield for your gutters so large debris and animals can’t get inside of them. Buying gutter guards can be a money-saving decision that you’ll thank yourself for year after year.
There are several styles of gutter guard. The style you install will depend on your budget and the type of gutters you have. Gutter guards are made of either aluminum, nylon or plastic.
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On average, gutter guards will cost around as much per linear foot as the gutters themselves. But in the long run, you’re going to save a lot of time and money by installing them. Here are a few of the reasons we think you should install gutter guards on your house:
Improve Drainage by Preventing Clogs – Gutter guards keep debris out of your gutters. Otherwise larger pieces of debris settle in the gutter first, then smaller pieces pile up around them. Of all the many gutter guard styles, all of them stop larger pieces of debris from becoming stuck to begin with.
Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards help water to flow through the gutters quickly because it is unhindered by any debris. Rain is one of the main reasons for mold and mildew growth, therefore moving the water faster through the gutters reduces 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 a constant battle. Every type of gutter guard stops animals from building nests inside of the gutter. Some homeowners decide to install gutter guards just for this reason.
Gutter Cleaning Less Often – Gutter guards have to be removed to clean the gutters, but when they are present, this job won’t have to be done as often. Leaf guards cut down the frequency that you need to clean gutters – or or hire a company to do the work for you – so that you might only need to have them cleaned out once each year.
Protection From Fires – A typical 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, 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 ice, you’ll be happy to know that gutter guards can help stop snow and ice from staying up on your roof. Their unique designs redirect melting ice and snow to get it off your roof 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 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 go out and install the type you think will work best – how different could they be, right? – you will still have to install them properly. All things considered, you’re much better off having a professional gutter guard installer do the job for you.
Not only will their installation be much more reliable than your DIY work, but a local 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 options, and they will consider each factor in detail when deciding their recommendation.
Here are some of the factors a gutter guard company 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 other materials. Some are designed for temporary use and some are designed to last just as long as your gutters. The material is a key role in how long gutter guards will last.
Installation method – The only style of gutter guards we would encourage for a homeowner to install themselves is the drop in kind that don’t require fastening to the gutters. Installing other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, can destroy your gutters if they are not installed the right way.
Appearance – Some gutter guards boast a low profile so they aren’t visible from ground level, while others are very obvious. If this is an important requirement, you are limited on the type 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 “invisible” gutter guards, it may be necessary for you to install new gutters as well.
Warranty – Most 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 installer in Napa (rather than doing it on your own), you won’t void your warranty. Gutter guards should not lift your shingles, nor should the installation void your roof’s warranty.
Another great thing by having Nifty Napa Gutters install your gutter guards is that we’ll come back and repair them free of charge if there is any issue due 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 all budgets, and will provide the benefits listed above, to one degree or another.
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