Rain gutters are basic and low cost considering how important they are: protecting much more valuable parts of your house. Gutters keep rain water off the wood or siding, windows, patio, deck and basement, routing it away from your house.
That means, anything that can protect your gutters from damage and helps them function even more efficiently is a great investment too.
Gutter guards are an inexpensive feature you can add to almost any style of gutters, and they work as a protective barrier for your gutters so debris and animals can’t get inside of them. Buying leaf guards can be a money-saving decision that you’ll be rewarded for for many years.
There are a lot of styles of gutter guard. The type you choose to install depends on your budget and the type of gutters you have on your home. Gutter guards are made of either aluminum, nylon or plastic.
Boise Gutters & More! installs all styles of gutter guards in Boise. Call 208-218-8337 or click here for a FREE gutter guard installation quote today!
Typically, gutter guards cost about as much per linear foot as the gutters cost themselves. But in the long run, you will save time and money installing them. Here are some of the reasons we recommend to install gutter guards on your home:
Improve Drainage by Preventing Clogs – Gutter guards help keep leaves and most debris out of your gutters. Otherwise large pieces of debris settle in the gutter first, then small pieces pile up around them. Of all the different gutter guard styles, all of them block these larger pieces of debris from becoming stuck to begin with.
Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards allow water to flow through the gutters faster since it is unhindered by large debris or leaves. Rain is one of the main causes of mold and mildew growth, so moving the water faster through the gutters reduces the time rain remains 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 stops animals from building nests inside of the gutter. Many homeowners choose to install gutter guards for this reason alone.
Gutter Cleaning Less Often – Gutter guards must be removed in order to clean the gutters, but if they are installed, this job doesn’t have to be done as regularly. Leaf guards cut down the frequency that you need to clean out the gutters – or hire a professional to do it for you – so that you might only have to have them cleaned out once a year.
Protection From Fires – A common way fires spread to homes is when embers fall into gutters that have dry debris in them. 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 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 unique designs purposefully redirect melting ice and snow to get it off your roof much faster.
These are all problems that impact hundreds of thousands of homes every year. Gutter guards protect a vital system that protects the rest of the house. If you’ve never considered installing them before, it could be time to think about it.
You can see, there are many benefits of gutter guards. While it might be tempting to run 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 having a professional gutter guard installer do the job for you.
Not only will professional installation be a lot more reliable than DIY work, but a professional gutter guard service and installer will be able to recommend the best type of gutter for your house in the first place. They are familiar with all of the styles, and they will consider each factor in detail when deciding their recommendation.
Here are some of the things a gutter guard installer will take into account when determining the perfect gutter guards for your home:
Material – Gutter guards are made of aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of other materials. Some are designed for temporary usage while others are designed to last just as long as your gutters will. The material plays a key factor 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 fastening to the gutters. However, these are not as dependable. Installing other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, could damage your rain 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 visible. If this 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 important for you to have low profile gutter guards, it may be necessary to purchase new gutters as well.
Warranty – Most gutter guard styles will come with a short manufacturer’s warranty, but most of the aluminum models are guaranteed for 10-20 years. By hiring a licensed gutter guard installation company in Boise (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 about having Boise Gutters & More! install your new gutter guards is that we’ll come back and fix them for FREE if there is any issue due to the installation from our team.
Your budget is, of course, the final factor in choosing 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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