Gutters are fairly simple and low cost considering the purpose they serve: protecting much more valuable areas of your house. Gutters help keep rain off the wood or siding, windows, porch, deck and basement, directing it away from your foundation.
That means, anything that protects your gutters from damage and helps them function even more efficiently is a good investment.
Gutter guards are a low cost product you can install on almost any style of gutters, and they function as a protective barrier for your gutters so debris and animals won’t get inside of them. Buying gutter screens can be a money-saving measure that you’ll thank yourself for many years.
There are many types of gutter guard. The style you install will depend on your available budget and the type of gutters you have on your home. Gutter guards are made of aluminum, nylon or plastic.
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On average, gutter guards will 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 installing them. Here are some of the reasons we recommend to install gutter guards on your house:
Improve Drainage by Preventing Clogs – Gutter guards keep leaves and debris out of your gutters. Otherwise big pieces of debris settle in the gutter first, then small pieces of debris pile up around them. Of all the different gutter guard styles, all of them prevent these larger leaves and pieces of debris from becoming stuck to begin with.
Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards allow water to flow through the gutters quickly because it isn’t blocked by large debris or leaves. Rain 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 is sitting still, possibly leading to mold and mildew.
Prevent Pests from Nesting – Keeping squirrels, chipmunks, birds and insects out of gutters and off the roof is often a constant battle. Every model of gutter guard prevents pests from crafting nests inside of the gutter. Many homeowners choose to install gutter guards for no other reason than this.
Gutter Cleaning Less Often – Gutter guards must be removed in order to clean the gutters, but when they are present, this project won’t have to be done as often. Leaf guards can cut down the frequency that you need to clean out the 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 where there is dry debris. This debris gives the fire fuel until it becomes too large and damages the roof, and then the entire 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 below-freezing temperatures, snow and ice, you’ll be happy to know that gutter guards 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 affect hundreds of thousands of American homes each year. Gutter guards protect an important system that protects the rest of your house. If you’ve never thought about installing them before, it might be time to think about it.
You can see, there are many benefits of gutter guards. While it may be tempting to run out and buy 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 their installation be more reliable than DIY work, but a local 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 in detail when deciding their recommendation.
Here are a few of the factors a gutter guard company will consider when determining the perfect gutter guards for your home:
Material – Gutter guards are manufactured with aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of different materials. Some are designed for temporary use while others are designed to last as long as your gutters will. The material is a key role in how long the gutter guards will last.
Installation method – The only type of gutter guards we would suggest for a homeowner to install themselves is the drop in kind that do not require any fastening to the gutters. However, these are not as dependable. Installing other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, could damage your gutters if they are not installed the right way.
Appearance – Many gutter guards offer a low profile so they cannot be seen from ground level, while some styles are visible. If that is an important requirement, you will be limited on the type of gutter guard you can install, and limited even more by the type of gutters you have. If it is very important for you to have “invisible” gutter guards installed, it might be necessary to install new gutters as well.
Warranty – Most gutter guard styles will come with a short warranty, but most of the aluminum models are guaranteed for 10-20 years. By having a licensed gutter guard installer in Pittsburgh (instead of doing it yourself), you won’t void the warranty. Gutter guards should never lift your shingles, nor should their installation void your roof’s warranty.
Another great thing about having Prime Pittsburgh Gutters install your new gutter guards is that we’ll come back and repair them for FREE if there is an issue related to the installation.
Your budget is, of course, the last factor in deciding which gutter guards you will have installed. We offer a range of options for all budgets, and will provide the benefits listed above, to one degree or another.
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