Gutter guards can benefit you in many ways. They can make cleaning and maintenance a lot easier as these covers can effectively keep leaves and debris out of your gutter system. More importantly, they can also protect your home from water damage by ensuring that the runoff from your roof is carried away from your home.
Nevertheless, if you’re still skeptical about gutter guards, here are the top advantages of installing gutter guards.
Gutter Guards: The Basics
Gutter guards are designed to stop leaves and debris from entering the gutter system, where any buildup could potentially block water from flowing through the gutters, downspouts and underground drains. You can choose from different materials for your gutter guards — the most popular of which are vinyl, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), aluminum, steel and copper.
As for the types of gutter guards, the most commonly used designs are:
Mesh screens – These typically range from simple plastic grids that can be screwed into the gutters to more complex systems that make use of multiple screens. This type of gutter guard is generally the most affordable among other gutter protection products. Its known downside is that debris could end up collecting on the screen itself.
Perforated metal guards – These gutter guards are fitted under roof shingles and cover the gutter. They can effectively keep leaves out, but needles, pods and seeds may still find their way into the gutter system.
Nose-forward solid gutter guard – This type of gutter cover uses surface tension and gravity to keep water inside the gutter and the debris out. Water tends to cling to the gutter guard’s nose, and it flows into the gutter while debris ends up falling off the edge.
Benefits of Gutter Guards
Overall, gutter guards can significantly reduce the amount of maintenance and repairs that you need to perform throughout the year. Below are some specific examples of how gutter guards can help simplify the cleaning and maintenance of your gutter system:
Clogging can lead to gutter overflow, especially during heavy rain. And oftentimes clogging occurs because there is a buildup of leaves, debris or muck and sludge inside the gutters. While regular cleaning is a crucial step to avoid clogging, gutter guards can help ensure that only a minimal amount of debris could enter the gutter – making the system a lot less prone to clogs.
Improve Water Flow in the Gutter
With fewer leaves and debris getting into the gutters, you are not only preventing clogs from happening – you are also improving the flow of water through the gutters and downspouts. The entire system becomes more efficient in removing water from your roof. And if you have a rainwater tank or a rain barrel, gutter guards can help make sure your tank refills more quickly during a downpour. You can also expect your tank to collect cleaner water with less debris and contaminants.
Reduce the Impact of Ice Dams and Gutter Freezing
In winter, the snow on your roof would melt when the outdoor temperature goes up. The melted snow would likely flow into the gutter, where the water could get trapped, refreeze and form into ice dams. If you have gutter guards, you can at least alleviate ice dams since the gutter covers prevent debris from infiltrating the gutters and causing a blockage that could trap more water.
Avoid Pest Infestations
Birds, mice, squirrels, mosquitoes, bats and spiders are just some of the creatures that might find your gutters an ideal breeding ground. Animals and insects usually infest gutters when these places have stagnant water sitting in them for extended periods. Remember that water may not be able to flow out of the gutter system if there are leaves and debris blocking the way. So, by installing gutter guards, you can minimize the occurrence of stagnant water in your gutters. With less stagnant water, these unwanted creatures would be less attracted to build their home in your gutters.
Save Time and Money
Save money on roof repairs by protecting your roofing from water damage, which could potentially occur if your gutters keep getting clogged. Your foundation and basement may also be affected if your gutter system overflows every time it rains. That said, by averting these problems with the help of gutter guards, you won’t have to spend time and money on repairs. As the old saying goes, prevention is always better than any remedies.
It’s not only on repairs that you could save. Since gutter guards ensure your gutters don’t get too dirty, you would also likely be spending less time and money on cleaning and maintenance.
Prevent Rust and Corrosion
When leaves and debris remain wet and sit there in your gutters for extended periods, rust or corrosion may form on the material — potentially causing your gutter system to deteriorate prematurely. Fortunately, with gutter guards, you can prevent leaves and other debris from accumulating in your gutters, so there is very little chance that these objects would also collect water when it rains and cause the material to rust or corrode. As a result, your gutters can last longer, ensuring value for your money.
Added Protection Against Fire
If your home is located in an area that is prone to wildfires, you should definitely consider adding gutter guards to your home. This way, you won’t have to worry about embers coming into contact with the dry leaves and debris that could easily find their way into your gutters if there are no gutter covers installed on your property. Remember that embers can quickly ignite if they come in contact with dry leaves. So, by having gutter guards, you are also adding protection against fire.
Why You Should Hire a Reputable Gutter Company
As with any home improvement project, it’s important to get to know the contractor doing the work. Make sure you’re hiring a trusted company with several years of experience working on gutter systems and gutter guards. Of course, the quality of the gutter guards is also a crucial element to how effective the protection would be. But if the gutter guard installers are not properly trained or qualified to perform the job, you might not be able to count on the durability and effectiveness of the gutter guards.
So, take your time in researching a company – check the pro’s qualifications and other important details, such as the business address, contact information and relevant insurances. Ask about the types and brands of gutter guards they have installed. If you’re unsure about the specific type of gutter protection to use for your home, the pros should be able to offer suitable and convincing recommendations.
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With many years of experience in the industry, the team at Orion Home Improvements LLC can guarantee superior workmanship and exceptional customer service. We offer a range of residential and commercial roofing services, and our experts can also handle other home improvement projects involving gutters, siding, windows and doors, and more.
Call us at (571) 354-0331, or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve customers in Burke, VA, and the surrounding areas.