Rain gutters are fairly basic and low cost considering how important they are: protecting much more valuable areas of your home. Gutters keep rain water off the wood or 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 function more efficiently is a good investment.
Gutter guards are a low cost feature you can install on any type of gutters, and they serve as a protective shield for gutters so debris and pests aren’t able to get inside of them. Purchasing leaf guards can be a money-saving choice that you’ll be rewarded for for year after year.
There are many styles of gutter guard. The type you install will depend on your budget and the type of gutters you have on your home. Gutter guards are made of either aluminum, nylon or plastic.
Des Moines Gutter Service installs all styles of gutter guards in Des Moines.
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On average, gutter guards will cost about as much per linear foot as the gutters cost themselves. In the long run, you’re going to save 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 keep leaves and most debris out of your gutters. Otherwise big pieces of debris settle in the gutter first, then small pieces pile up around them. Of all the different gutter guard models, all of them stop these 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 large debris. Water is one of the primary causes of mold and mildew growth, therefore moving the water faster through the gutters limits the time rain remains sitting still, possibly 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 a constant struggle. Every model of gutter guard prevents animals from crafting nests inside of the gutter. Some homeowners decide to install gutter guards for no other reason than this.
Gutter Cleaning Less Often – Gutter guards have to be removed to clean the gutters, but when they are present, this job won’t have to be done as regularly. Leaf guards cut down the frequency in which you have to clean out the gutters – or have someone to do the work for you – so that you might only need to have them cleaned only once each year.
Protection From Fires – A typical way fires spread to homes is when embers fall into gutters where there is dry debris. This debris gives the fire fuel until it grows and damages the roof, and then the entire home. A basic gutter guard installation can protect your home from the risk of fire.
Prevent Ice Dams – If you live in an area that gets frequent below-freezing temps, snow and ice, 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 issues that affect hundreds of thousands of homes each year. Gutter guards protect a vital system that protects the rest of the home. If you’ve never considered installing them before, it could be time to think about it.
As you can see, there are several benefits of gutter guards. While it might be tempting to go out and buy the type you think will work best – how much different could they be, right? – you will 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 professional installation be more reliable than DIY work, but a gutter guard service and installer should be able to suggest the best type of gutter system for your house in the first place. They know all of the options, and they will consider each factor when making their recommendation.
Here are some of the factors a gutter guard installer will take into account when deciding the perfect gutter guards for your home:
Material – Gutter guards are made of aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of different materials. Some are made for temporary use and some are built to last as long as your gutters. The material plays a key role 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 don’t require any fastening to the gutters. However, these are not as dependable. Installing other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, can damage your gutters if they’re not installed the right way.
Appearance – Some gutter guards offer a low profile so they aren’t visible from ground level, while others are visible. If this is an important condition, you are limited on the type of gutter guard you can have, and limited even more by the style of gutters you have on your home. If it is very important for you to have low profile gutter guards installed, it may be necessary to buy new gutters too.
Warranty – Many gutter guard styles will come with a short manufacturer’s warranty, but most of the aluminum models are guaranteed to last for 10-20 years. By having a licensed gutter guard installer in Des Moines (rather than 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 by having Des Moines Gutter Service install your new gutter guards is that we’ll come back and repair them free of charge if there is any issue due to the installation from our team.
Your budget is, of course, the last factor in determining which gutter guards you will have installed. We offer a wide range of options for all budgets, and will provide the benefits listed above, to one degree or another.
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