Rain gutters are fairly simple and inexpensive considering how important they are: 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 protects your gutters and helps them function more efficiently is a good investment too.
Gutter guards are an inexpensive product you can add to almost any type of gutters, and they function as a protective barrier for your gutters so debris and pests won’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 many styles of gutter guard. The type you choose to install depends on your budget and the type of gutters you have on your home. Gutter guards are made of either aluminum, nylon or plastic.
Grand Rapids Gutters installs all styles of gutter guards in Grand Rapids.
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Typically, gutter guards 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 installing them. Here are some of the reasons we recommend to install gutter guards on your home:
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 models, all of them prevent 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 large debris or leaves. Water is one of the primary reasons for mold and mildew to grow, therefore moving the water faster through the gutters limits the time rain is sitting still, possibly 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 model of gutter guard stops animals from crafting nests inside of the gutter. A lot of homeowners decide to install gutter guards for this reason alone.
Gutter Cleaning Less Often – Gutter guards have to be removed in order to clean the gutters, but if they are installed, this project doesn’t have to be done as regularly. Leaf guards cut down the frequency in which you have to clean out the gutters – or or hire a company to do it 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 into 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 house. A simple 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 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 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 a vital system that protects the rest of the home. If you’ve never thought about installing them before, it might be time to think about it.
As you can see, there are several benefits of gutter guards. While it may be tempting to run out and install the type you think will work best – how different could they really be, right? – you still have to install them properly. In the end, you’re much better off having a professional gutter guard installer do the job for you.
Not only will professional installation be much more reliable than your DIY work, but a local 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 know all of the styles, and they will consider each factor when deciding their recommendation.
Here are a few of the things a gutter guard installer will take into account when determining the best gutter guards for your home:
Material – Gutter guards are made of aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of different materials. Some are designed for temporary usage while some are built to last just as long as your gutters. The material is a key role in how long the 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 kind that don’t require fastening to the gutters. Installing the other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, might damage your rain gutters if they’re not installed the right way.
Appearance – Many gutter guards offer 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 type of gutter guard you can have, and limited even more by the style of gutters you have on your home. If it is important for you to have “invisible” gutter guards, it may be necessary for you to install new gutters too.
Warranty – Some gutter guard styles will come with a short warranty, but most of the aluminum types are guaranteed to last for at least 10-20 years. By hiring a licensed gutter guard installation company in Grand Rapids (rather than doing it on your own), you won’t void the warranty. Gutter guards should never lift your shingles, nor should the installation void your roof’s warranty.
Another great thing about having Grand Rapids Gutters install your gutter guards is that we’ll come back and fix them free of charge if there is an issue due to the installation from our team.
Your budget is, of course, the last factor in determining which gutter guards you will have installed. We provide a range of options for all budgets, and will provide the benefits listed above, to one degree or another.
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