Rain gutters are fairly basic and inexpensive considering how important they are: protecting more valuable parts of your home. Gutters keep rain water off the wood or siding, windows, patio, deck and basement, directing it away from your house.
That means, anything that protects your gutters from damage and helps them function more efficiently is a great investment as well.
Gutter guards are an inexpensive product you can add to any type of gutters, and they serve as a protective shield for your gutters so debris and pests won’t get inside of them. Installing gutter screens can be a money-saving decision that you’ll happy with for many years.
There are a lot of styles of gutter guard. The type you choose to install depends on your available budget and the type of gutters you have on your home. Gutter guards are made of aluminum, nylon or plastic.
Palatine Gutter Cleaning installs all styles of gutter guards in Palatine.
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On average, gutter guards will 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 by installing them. Here are a few of the reasons we recommend to install gutter guards on your house:
Improve Drainage by Preventing Clogs – Gutter guards keep leaves and most debris out of your gutters. Otherwise larger pieces of debris settle in the gutter first, then smaller pieces pile up around them. Of all the different gutter guard styles, all of them block larger leaves and pieces of debris from getting stuck to begin with.
Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards allow water to stream through the gutters faster 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 limits the time rain is sitting still, leading to mold and mildew.
Prevent Pests from Nesting – Keeping squirrels, chipmunks, birds and insects out of gutters and off the roof is often a constant battle. Every model of gutter guard stops animals from crafting nests within the gutter. Many homeowners decide to install gutter guards just for this reason.
Gutter Cleaning Less Often – Gutter guards must be removed in order to clean the gutters, but when they are present, this project doesn’t have to be done as often. Leaf guards cut down the frequency that you have to clean gutters – or hire a professional to do it for you – so that you might only have to have them cleaned only once a year.
Protection From Fires – A common way fires spread to homes is when embers fall inside of gutters where there is dry debris. This debris fuels the fire until it becomes too large and damages the roof, followed by the entire house. A standard gutter guard installation can protect your home from the risk of fire.
Prevent Ice Dams – If you live in an area that gets below-freezing temps, snow and ice, you’ll be happy 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 faster.
These are all problems that impact hundreds of thousands of American homes each year. Gutter guards protect a vital system that protects the rest of your house. If you’ve never thought about installing them before, it may be time to think about it.
As you can see, there are many benefits of gutter guards. While it might be tempting to run out and install the type you think will work best – how different could they be, right? – you will still have to install them correctly. In the end, you’re much better off having a professional gutter guard installation company do the job for you.
Not only will their installation be a lot more reliable than your DIY work, but a local 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 choices, and they will consider each factor carefully when making their recommendation.
Here are some of the factors a gutter guard service will take into account when choosing 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 and others are built to last just as long as your gutters will. The construction plays a key factor in how long the gutter guards will last.
Installation method – The only style of gutter guards we would encourage for a homeowner to install on their own is the drop in type that do not require any fastening to the gutters. Installing other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, could damage your rain gutters if they are not installed correctly.
Appearance – Some gutter guards offer a low profile so they aren’t visible from ground level, while some styles are visible. If that is an important condition, you will be limited on the type 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 installed, it may be necessary for you to purchase new gutters.
Warranty – Most gutter guard styles will come with a shorter manufacturer’s warranty, however most of the aluminum types are guaranteed for 10-20 years. By hiring a licensed gutter guard installation company in Palatine (instead of 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 Palatine Gutter Cleaning 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 wide range of options for every budget, and will provide the benefits listed above, to one degree or another.
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