Gutters are basic and low cost considering the purpose they serve: protecting much more valuable areas of your house. Gutters help keep rain off the siding, windows, porch, deck and basement, directing it discreetly away from your home.
That means, anything that can protect your gutters from damage and helps them work more efficiently is a great investment.
Gutter guards are an inexpensive feature you can install on any style of gutters, and they work as a protective barrier for your gutters so large debris and pests can’t get inside of them. Installing gutter guards can be a money-saving measure that you’ll happy with for year after year.
There are many styles of gutter guard. The style you install will depend on your available budget and the type of gutters you have on your home. Gutter guards are made of aluminum, nylon or plastic.
Lake Oswego Gutter Service installs all styles of gutter guards in Lake Oswego. Call 503-386-0566 or click here for a FREE gutter guard installation estimate today!
Typically, gutter guards 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 a few of the reasons we think you should install gutter guards on your house:
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 small pieces pile up around them. Of all the many gutter guard styles, all of them stop these larger pieces of debris from becoming stuck to begin with.
Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards help water to stream through the gutters faster because it isn’t blocked by any debris. Rain is one of the primary causes of 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 your gutters and off the roof can be an endless battle. Every style of gutter guard prevents animals from crafting nests within the gutter. Some homeowners choose to install gutter guards for this reason alone.
Gutter Cleaning Less Often – Gutter guards need to be removed to clean the gutters, but when they are present, this project won’t have to be done as regularly. Leaf guards reduce the frequency in which you need to clean out the gutters – or hire a professional to do the job for you – so that you may only have to have them cleaned out once a 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 fuels the fire until it grows and damages the roof, followed by the rest of the home. A simple 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 purposefully redirect melting snow and ice to get it off your roof faster.
These are all problems that affect hundreds of thousands of homes every year. Gutter guards protect a vital system that protects the rest of your home. If you haven’t thought about installing them before, it could 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 work best – how much different could they be, right? – you will still have to install them properly. In the end, you’re much better off having a professional gutter guard installer do the project for you.
Not only will professional installation be more reliable than your DIY work, but a local gutter guard service and installer will be able to recommend 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 deciding their recommendation.
Here are some of the factors a gutter guard company will consider when deciding the best gutter guards for your home:
Material – Gutter guards are made of aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of other materials. Some are made for temporary usage while some are designed to last as long as your gutters will. The construction is a key role in how long the gutter guards will last.
Installation method – The style of gutter guards we would suggest for a homeowner to install themselves is the drop in kind that do not require any fastening to the gutters. Installing the other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, could destroy your rain gutters if they are not installed correctly.
Appearance – Many gutter guards boast a low profile so they cannot be seen from ground level, while others are visible. If this is an important requirement, you are 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 installed, it may be necessary to install new gutters as well.
Warranty – Some gutter guard styles will come with a short warranty, however most of the aluminum types are guaranteed to last for at least 10-20 years. By having a licensed gutter guard installation company in Lake Oswego (instead of doing it yourself), 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 about having Lake Oswego Gutter Service install your gutter guards is that we’ll come back and repair them for FREE if there is an issue related to the installation.
Your budget is, of course, the final factor in determining which 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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