Gutters are simple and low cost considering the purpose they serve: protecting much more valuable parts of your house. Gutters keep rain off the wood or siding, windows, patio, deck and basement, routing it away from your house.
Therefore, anything that protects your gutters and helps them function more efficiently is a smart investment.
Gutter guards are an inexpensive feature you can install on almost any style of gutters, and they function as a protective shield for your gutters so large debris and animals aren’t able to get inside of them. Purchasing gutter screens can be a money-saving choice that you’ll thank yourself for many years.
There are many types of gutter guard. The type you choose to install depends on your budget and the type of rain gutters you have. Gutter guards are made of aluminum, nylon or plastic.
Fort Collins Gutter Service installs all styles of gutter guards in Fort Collins.
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Typically, gutter guards cost about as much per linear foot as the gutters cost themselves. In the long run, you’re going to save time and money by installing them. Here are some of the reasons we think you should install gutter guards on your roof:
Improve Drainage by Preventing Clogs – Gutter guards keep most debris out of your gutters. Otherwise large pieces settle in the gutter first, then small pieces collect around them. Of all the different gutter guard models, all of them stop these larger leaves and pieces of debris from getting stuck to start with.
Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards allow water to flow through the gutters quickly because it isn’t blocked by large debris. Water is one of the major reasons for mold and mildew growth, so moving the water faster through the gutters reduces the amount of 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 can be a constant battle. Every type of gutter guard prevents pests from building nests within 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 installed, this project won’t have to be done as regularly. Leaf guards can reduce the frequency in which you have to clean gutters – or hire a professional to do the job for you – so that you might only need to have them cleaned out once each 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 gives the fire fuel until it grows and damages the roof, and then the entire house. A basic gutter guard installation can protect your home from this fire risk.
Prevent Ice Dams – If you live in an area that gets below-freezing temperatures, 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 homes every year. Gutter guards protect a vital system that protects the rest of your house. 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 might be tempting to go out and buy the type you think will be the best – how different could they be, right? – you still have to install them properly. In the end, you’re much better off letting a professional gutter guard installation service do the project 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 recommend the best type of gutter for your house in the first place. They are familiar with all of the styles, and they will consider each factor in detail when making their recommendation.
Here are a few of the factors a gutter guard installer will consider when determining the best gutter guards for your home:
Material – Gutter guards can be manufactured with aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of different materials. Some gutter guards are made for temporary use while others are built to last just as long as your gutters will. The material is a key role in how long gutter guards will last.
Installation method – The only type of gutter guards we would recommend for a homeowner to install on their own is the drop in kind that don’t require fastening to the gutters. Installing other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, can destroy your rain gutters if they’re not installed correctly.
Appearance – A lot of 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 condition, you will be limited on the style 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 installed, it may be necessary to buy new gutters as well.
Warranty – A lot of gutter guard styles will come with a short warranty, but most of the aluminum types are guaranteed for at least 10-20 years. By having a licensed gutter guard installation company in Fort Collins (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 Fort Collins Gutter Service install your gutter guards is that we’ll return and repair them free of charge if there is any issue due to the installation from our team.
Your budget is, of course, the final factor in deciding which gutter guards you will have installed. We offer a wide range of options for all budgets, and will provide the benefits listed above, to one degree or another.
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