Rain gutters are simple and low cost considering the purpose they serve: protecting much more valuable areas of your house. Gutters keep rain off the wood or siding, windows, patio, deck and basement, directing it away from your house.
That means, anything that protects your gutters and helps them work even more efficiently is a smart investment.
Gutter guards are an affordable product you can add to any style of gutters, and they serve 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 decision that you’ll thank yourself for many years.
There are a lot of types of gutter guard. The style you install depends on your budget and the type of gutters you have. Gutter guards are made of either aluminum, nylon or plastic.
Charleston Gutter Solutions installs all styles of gutter guards in Charleston. Call 843-396-3518 or click here for a FREE gutter guard installation estimate today!
On average, gutter guards will 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 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 larger pieces settle in the gutter first, then small pieces of debris pile up around them. Of all the many gutter guard models, all of them stop these larger pieces of debris from becoming stuck to start with.
Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards allow water to stream through the gutters faster since it isn’t blocked by any large debris or leaves. Water is one of the main causes of mold and mildew to grow, therefore moving the water faster through the gutters limits the amount of time rain spends 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 an endless struggle. Every type of gutter guard prevents animals from crafting nests within the gutter. Many homeowners decide to install gutter guards for this reason alone.
Gutter Cleaning Less Often – Gutter guards must be removed in order to clean the gutters, but when they are present, this job won’t have to be done as regularly. Leaf guards reduce the frequency that you need to clean gutters – or have someone to do the work for you – so that you may only have to have them cleaned only once each 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 basic 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 frequent below-freezing temperatures, snow and sleet, you’ll be interested to know that gutter guards help prevent snow and ice from staying up on your roof. Their unique designs redirect melting ice and snow to get it off your roof much faster.
These are all problems 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 might be time to think about it.
As you can see, there are a lot of benefits of gutter guards. While it might be tempting to run out and buy the type you think will be the best – how different could they be, right? – you still have to install them correctly. Ultimately, you’re much better off letting a professional gutter guard installer do the project for you.
Not only will their installation be more reliable than DIY work, but a professional gutter guard service and installer will be able to suggest the best type of gutter for your home in the first place. They are familiar with all of the options, and they will consider each factor 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 can be manufactured with aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of different materials. Some are designed for temporary use and some are built to last just as long as your gutters will. The construction is a key role in how long the gutter guards will last.
Installation method – The type of gutter guards we would recommend for a homeowner to install themselves is the drop in kind that don’t require any fastening to the gutters. However, these are not as dependable. 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 some styles are very obvious. If that is an important condition, you will be limited on the style of gutter guard you can install, and limited even more by the type of gutters you have on your home. If it is very important for you to have “invisible” gutter guards, it may be necessary for you to install new gutters.
Warranty – Many gutter guard styles will come with a short manufacturer’s warranty, but most of the aluminum models are guaranteed to last for at least 10-20 years. By hiring a licensed gutter guard installation company in Charleston (rather than doing it on your own), you won’t void the warranty. Gutter guards should never lift your shingles, nor should their installation void your roof’s warranty.
Another great thing by having Charleston Gutter Solutions install your gutter guards is that we’ll return 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 provide a range of options for every budget, and will provide the benefits listed above, to one degree or another.
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