Rain gutters are fairly simple and inexpensive considering how important they are: protecting more valuable parts of your home. Gutters keep rain off the wood or siding, windows, patio, deck and basement, directing it away from your foundation.
Therefore, anything that can protect your gutters from damage and helps them work more efficiently is a smart investment.
Gutter guards are an affordable feature you can add to any type of gutters, and they function as a protective screen for gutters so debris and animals aren’t able to get inside of them. Installing gutter screens can be a money-saving measure that you’ll thank yourself for year after year.
There are many styles of gutter guard. The style you choose to install will depend on your budget and the type of rain gutters you have. Gutter guards are made of aluminum, nylon or plastic.
St. Paul Gutter Solutions installs all styles of gutter guards in St Paul. Call 651-349-6288 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 themselves. 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 think you should install gutter guards on your roof:
Improve Drainage by Preventing Clogs – Gutter guards help keep debris out of your gutters. Otherwise big pieces settle in the gutter first, then small pieces pile up around them. Of all the many gutter guard styles, all of them block these larger leaves and pieces of debris from becoming stuck to begin with.
Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards help water to stream through the gutters faster since it isn’t blocked by any debris. Water is one of the primary reasons for mold and mildew to grow, so moving the water faster through the gutters limits the time rain is 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 can be an endless struggle. Every model of gutter guard prevents pests from crafting nests inside of the gutter. Some homeowners choose to install gutter guards just for this reason.
Gutter Cleaning Less Often – Gutter guards have to be removed in order to clean the gutters, but if they are installed, this project doesn’t have to be done nearly as frequently. Leaf guards cut down the frequency that you need to clean gutters – or hire a professional to do the work for you – so that you may only need to have them cleaned out once a year.
Protection From Fires – A typical way fires spread to homes is if embers fall inside of gutters where there is dry debris. This debris fuels the fire until it grows and damages the roof, followed by the entire home. 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 temps, snow and ice, you’ll be interested to know that gutter guards can help prevent snow and ice from staying up on your roof. Their designs purposefully redirect melting snow and ice to get it off your roof faster.
These are all issues that impact hundreds of thousands of American homes each year. Gutter guards protect an important system that protects the rest of your home. If you’ve never considered 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 purchase the model you think will work best – how different could they really be, right? – you still have to install them correctly. In the end, you’re much better off having a professional gutter guard installer do the job for you.
Not only will professional installation be more reliable than your DIY work, but a professional gutter guard service and installer will be able to suggest the best type of gutter for your house 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 service will consider when recommending the best gutter guards for your home:
Material – Gutter guards can be manufactured with aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of other materials. Some gutter guards are made for temporary use while some are built to last as long as your gutters. The construction plays a key role in how long gutter guards will last.
Installation method – The only type of gutter guards we would suggest 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 gutters if they are not installed correctly.
Appearance – Many gutter guards offer a low profile so they cannot be seen 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 have, and limited even more by the style of gutters you have. If it is very important for you to have low profile gutter guards, it may be necessary for you to purchase new gutters as well.
Warranty – Many gutter guard styles will come with a short manufacturer’s warranty, however most of the aluminum models are guaranteed for at least 10-20 years. By having a licensed gutter guard installation company in St Paul (rather than doing it yourself), 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 about having St. Paul Gutter Solutions install your new gutter guards is that we’ll return and repair them free of charge if there is an issue related to the installation.
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 every budget, and will provide the benefits listed above, to one degree or another.
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