Rain gutters are fairly basic and affordable considering the purpose they serve: protecting more valuable parts of your house. 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 from damage and helps them function more efficiently is a great investment.
Gutter guards are a low cost feature you can add to any type of gutters, and they work as a protective screen for your gutters so large debris and pests aren’t able to get inside of them. Installing leaf guards can be a money-saving measure that you’ll be rewarded for for year after year.
There are a lot of types of gutter guard. The style you choose to install will depend on your available budget and the type of gutters you have. Gutter guards are made of either aluminum, nylon or plastic.
Lynchburg Gutters installs all styles of gutter guards in Lynchburg. Call 434-201-7552 or click here for a FREE gutter guard installation quote today!
Typically, gutter guards 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 installing them. Here are a few of the reasons we encourage you to install gutter guards on your house:
Improve Drainage by Preventing Clogs – Gutter guards help keep debris out of your gutters. Otherwise larger pieces settle in the gutter first, then smaller pieces of debris collect around them. Of all the many gutter guard styles, all of them block these larger leaves and pieces of debris from getting stuck to begin with.
Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards help water to flow through the gutters quickly because it is unhindered by debris or leaves. Water is one of the primary causes of mold and mildew growth, so moving the water faster through the gutters reduces the 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 struggle. Every style of gutter guard prevents animals from building nests inside of the gutter. Some homeowners choose to install gutter guards for this reason alone.
Gutter Cleaning Less Often – Gutter guards must be removed to clean the gutters, but when they are present, this job doesn’t have to be done as regularly. Leaf guards cut down the frequency in which you need to clean gutters – or or hire a company to do the work for you – so that you might only have to have them cleaned only once a year.
Protection From Fires – A typical way fires spread to homes is when embers fall into gutters where there is dry debris. This debris fuels the fire until it grows and damages the roof, and then the rest of the home. 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 frequent below-freezing temps, snow and sleet, you’ll be interested to know that gutter guards help stop snow and ice from staying up on your roof. Their designs redirect melting snow and ice to get it off your roof faster.
These are all issues that affect hundreds of thousands of homes each year. Gutter guards protect an important system that protects the rest of your house. If you’ve never considered installing them before, it may be time to think about it.
As you can see, there are several benefits of gutter guards. While it might be tempting to run out and purchase the model you think will be the best – how different could they really be, right? – you still have to install them correctly. In the end, 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 DIY work, but a local gutter guard service and installer is going to be able to suggest the best type of gutter for your house 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 take into account when determining the best gutter guards for your home:
Material – Gutter guards can be made of aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of other materials. Some are made for temporary usage while others are designed to last just as long as your gutters will. The material is a key factor in how long gutter guards will last.
Installation method – The only style of gutter guards we would suggest for a homeowner to install themselves is the drop in type that don’t require any fastening to the gutters. Installing other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, might destroy your rain gutters if they are not installed correctly.
Appearance – Many gutter guards offer a low profile so they aren’t visible from ground level, while some styles are very obvious. If this is an important requirement, you will be limited on the type of gutter guard you can have, and limited even more by the type of gutters you have. If it is important for you to have “invisible” gutter guards, it might be necessary for you to install new gutters too.
Warranty – Many gutter guard styles will come with a short manufacturer’s warranty, but most of the aluminum types are guaranteed to last for 10-20 years. By having a licensed gutter guard installation company in Lynchburg (rather than doing it on your own), you won’t void your warranty. Gutter guards should never lift your shingles, nor should the installation void your roof’s warranty.
Another great thing by having Lynchburg 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 determining the 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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