Gutters are fairly basic and low cost considering how important they are: protecting more valuable parts of your house. Gutters help keep rain off the siding, windows, patio, deck and basement, directing it discreetly away from your foundation.
Therefore, anything that protects your gutters from damage and helps them work more efficiently is a great investment.
Gutter guards are a low cost product you can install on almost any type of gutters, and they function as a protective screen for your gutters so large debris and pests won’t get inside of them. Purchasing leaf guards can be a money-saving decision that you’ll be rewarded for for many years.
There are a lot of types of gutter guard. The style you choose to install depends on your available budget and the type of gutters you have on your home. Gutter guards are made of either aluminum, nylon or plastic.
Naperville Gutters installs all styles of gutter guards in Naperville. Call 630-454-9132 or click here for a FREE gutter guard installation quote today!
Typically, gutter guards will cost around as much per linear foot as the gutters themselves. But in the long run, you will save time and money installing them. Here are some of the reasons we encourage you to install gutter guards on your house:
Improve Drainage by Preventing Clogs – Gutter guards keep leaves and most debris out of your gutters. Otherwise larger pieces settle in the gutter first, then small pieces pile up around them. Of all the different gutter guard models, all of them stop these larger leaves and pieces of debris from getting stuck to begin with.
Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards help water to stream through the gutters quickly because it is unhindered by any large debris or leaves. Water is one of the major causes of mold and mildew to grow, therefore moving the water faster through the gutters limits the time rain spends sitting still, possibly leading to mold and mildew.
Prevent Pests from Nesting – Keeping squirrels, chipmunks, birds and insects out of your gutters and off the roof is often a constant struggle. Every model of gutter guard prevents animals from building nests within 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 installed, this project doesn’t have to be done as regularly. Leaf guards cut down the frequency that you need to clean gutters – or or hire a company to do the job for you – so that you may only need to have them cleaned only once a year.
Protection From Fires – A typical way fires spread to homes is when embers fall inside of gutters where there is dry debris. This debris gives the fire fuel until it grows and damages the roof, followed by the entire house. A simple 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 temps, snow and sleet, you’ll be happy to know that gutter guards can help stop snow and ice from staying up on your roof. Their designs purposefully redirect melting ice and snow to get it off your roof much 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 the home. If you haven’t considered installing them before, it could 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 purchase the type you think will be the 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 installation company do the project for you.
Not only will their installation be a lot more reliable than your DIY work, but a gutter guard service and installer is going to be able to suggest the best type of gutter system for your home in the first place. They are familiar with all of the choices, and they will consider each factor in detail when making their recommendation.
Here are a few of the factors a gutter guard company will take into account when deciding the best gutter guards for your home:
Material – Gutter guards are made of aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of different materials. Some gutter guards are designed for temporary use while some are designed to last just as long as your gutters will. The material plays a key role in how long gutter guards will last.
Installation method – The style of gutter guards we would encourage for a homeowner to install on their own is the drop in kind that don’t require any fastening to the gutters. However, these are not as dependable. Installing other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, might destroy your gutters if they’re not installed the right way.
Appearance – A lot of gutter guards offer a low profile so they cannot be seen from ground level, while others are very obvious. If that is an important requirement, you are limited on the style of gutter guard you can have, and limited even more by the type 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 too.
Warranty – Many gutter guard styles will come with a shorter warranty, but most of the aluminum models are guaranteed for 10-20 years. By having a licensed gutter guard installer in Naperville (rather than doing it yourself), 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 by having Naperville Gutters install your gutter guards is that we’ll return and fix them for FREE if there is an 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 wide range of options for all budgets, and will provide the benefits listed above, to one degree or another.
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