Rain gutters are fairly basic and low cost considering the purpose they serve: protecting more valuable parts of your home. Gutters help keep rain off the wood or siding, windows, patio, deck and basement, routing it away from your home.
Therefore, anything that can protect your gutters and helps them work even more efficiently is a good investment as well.
Gutter guards are a low cost product you can install on any style of gutters, and they serve as a protective barrier for gutters so debris and animals aren’t able to get inside of them. Installing gutter guards can be a money-saving measure that you’ll thank yourself for many years.
There are many styles of gutter guard. The type you install will depend on your available budget and the type of rain gutters you have. Gutter guards are made of aluminum, nylon or plastic.
Clifton Gutter Solutions installs all styles of gutter guards in Clifton. Call 973-221-9130 or click here for a FREE gutter guard installation quote today!
On average, gutter guards will cost around as much per linear foot as the gutters cost themselves. But in the long run, you will save a lot of time and money by 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 most debris out of your gutters. Otherwise big pieces settle in the gutter first, then smaller pieces collect around them. Of all the many gutter guard models, all of them prevent these larger leaves and pieces of debris from becoming stuck to start with.
Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards allow water to flow through the gutters faster since it is unhindered by large debris. Rain is one of the major reasons for mold and mildew growth, therefore moving the water faster through the gutters reduces the time rain remains 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 struggle. Every model of gutter guard stops animals from crafting nests inside of the gutter. A lot of homeowners decide to install gutter guards for no other reason than this.
Gutter Cleaning Less Often – Gutter guards must be removed to clean the gutters, but when they are present, this job won’t have to be done as regularly. Leaf guards can cut down the frequency that you need to clean gutters – or or hire a company to do the work for you – so that you may only need to have them cleaned out once a 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 fuels the fire until it grows and damages the roof, and then the entire house. A standard gutter guard installation can protect your home from the risk of fire.
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 problems that impact hundreds of thousands of homes every year. Gutter guards protect a vital system that protects the rest of your home. If you haven’t thought about 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 work best – how different could they be, right? – you will still have to install them correctly. 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 gutter guard service and installer should be able to recommend the best type of gutter for your home in the first place. They are familiar with all of the choices, and they will consider each factor carefully when making their recommendation.
Here are a few of the factors a gutter guard company will consider when recommending the best gutter guards for your home:
Material – Gutter guards are manufactured with aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of other materials. Some are made for temporary use and others are designed to last just as long as your gutters. The construction plays 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 type that do not require any fastening to the gutters. Installing the other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, might destroy your gutters if they’re not installed correctly.
Appearance – Some gutter guards boast a low profile so they aren’t visible from ground level, while others are very obvious. If that is an important condition, you will be limited on the style of gutter guard you can install, and limited even more by the type of gutters you have. If it is important for you to have “invisible” gutter guards, it may be necessary to purchase new gutters too.
Warranty – Some gutter guard styles will come with a shorter warranty, but most of the aluminum models are guaranteed to last for 10-20 years. By having a licensed gutter guard installer in Clifton (rather than 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 Clifton Gutter Solutions 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.
Your budget is, of course, the final factor in determining which gutter guards you will have installed. We offer a range of options for every budget, and will provide the benefits listed above, to one degree or another.
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