Gutters are simple and inexpensive considering how important they are: protecting more valuable areas of your house. Gutters help keep rain off the siding, windows, patio, deck and basement, directing it discreetly away from your house.
That means, anything that can protect your gutters and helps them function even more efficiently is a great investment too.
Gutter guards are an inexpensive feature you can install on any style of gutters, and they work as a protective shield for your gutters so debris and pests can’t get inside of them. Buying gutter guards can be a money-saving measure that you’ll be rewarded for for many years.
There are a lot of types of gutter guard. The type you choose to install will depend on your available budget and the type of rain gutters you have. Gutter guards are made of aluminum, nylon or plastic.
Tracy Gutter Service installs all styles of gutter guards in Tracy. Call 209-219-2294 or click here for a FREE gutter guard installation estimate today!
On average, gutter guards cost about as much per linear foot as the gutters cost themselves. But in the long run, you’re going to save time and money installing them. Here are some of the reasons we think you should install gutter guards on your home:
Improve Drainage by Preventing Clogs – Gutter guards help 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 many gutter guard models, all of them block larger pieces of debris from getting stuck to start with.
Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards allow water to flow through the gutters faster because it is unhindered by any debris. Water is one of the major reasons for mold and mildew growth, 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 gutters and off the roof is often an endless battle. Every style of gutter guard prevents pests from crafting nests inside of the gutter. A lot of homeowners decide to install gutter guards for this reason alone.
Gutter Cleaning Less Often – Gutter guards need to be removed in order to clean the gutters, but when they are present, this project doesn’t have to be done nearly as frequently. Leaf guards can cut down the frequency that 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 a year.
Protection From Fires – A common way fires spread to homes is if embers fall inside of gutters that have dry debris in them. 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 temperatures, snow and ice, you’ll be interested 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 faster.
These are all problems that affect hundreds of thousands of American homes each year. Gutter guards protect a vital system that protects the rest of your home. If you haven’t thought about installing them before, it may be time to think about it.
You can see, there are several benefits of gutter guards. While it may be tempting to go out and purchase the type you think will work best – how different could they be, right? – you will still have to install them properly. Ultimately, you’re much better off letting a professional gutter guard installer do the job for you.
Not only will professional installation be much more reliable than DIY work, but a local gutter guard service and installer will be able to recommend the best type of gutter system for your house in the first place. They know all of the choices, and they will consider each factor carefully when deciding their recommendation.
Here are some of the things a gutter guard installer will consider when recommending the best gutter guards for your home:
Material – Gutter guards are manufactured with aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of different materials. Some are made for temporary use and others are designed to last just as long as your gutters. The construction plays a key role in how long gutter guards will last.
Installation method – The 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. However, these are not as dependable. Installing the other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, might damage your gutters if they are not installed the right way.
Appearance – Some gutter guards offer a low profile so they aren’t visible from ground level, while others are very obvious. If that is an important requirement, you are limited on the style of gutter guard you can have, and limited even more by the style of gutters you have. If it is very important for you to have “invisible” gutter guards, it might be necessary for you to buy new gutters as well.
Warranty – Many gutter guard styles will come with a short warranty, however most of the aluminum types are guaranteed for 10-20 years. By having a licensed gutter guard installer in Tracy (instead of doing it on your own), you won’t void your warranty. Gutter guards should not lift your shingles, nor should the installation void your roof’s warranty.
Another great thing by having Tracy Gutter Service install your gutter guards is that we’ll come back and fix them free of charge if there is any issue related to the installation from our team.
Your budget is, of course, the last factor in deciding which 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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