Gutters are simple and affordable considering how important they are: protecting much more valuable areas of your home. Gutters keep rain water off the siding, windows, porch, deck and basement, directing it away from your foundation.
That means, anything that protects your gutters and helps them function more efficiently is a great investment too.
Gutter guards are an affordable feature you can install on any style of gutters, and they work as a protective shield for gutters so large debris and animals won’t get inside of them. Buying leaf guards can be a money-saving choice that you’ll happy with for many years.
There are several 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.
Champaign Gutters installs all styles of gutter guards in Champaign. Call 217-216-1966 or click here for a FREE gutter guard installation estimate today!
Typically, gutter guards cost about as much per linear foot as the gutters themselves. In the long run, you’re going to save time and money installing them. Here are a few of the reasons we encourage you to install gutter guards on your home:
Improve Drainage by Preventing Clogs – Gutter guards help keep most debris out of your gutters. Otherwise larger pieces settle in the gutter first, then small pieces collect around them. Of all the many gutter guard styles, all of them prevent these larger leaves and 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 any large debris or leaves. Water is one of the major causes of mold and mildew to grow, so moving the water faster through the gutters limits the time rain spends sitting still, leading to mold and mildew.
Prevent Pests from Nesting – Keeping squirrels, chipmunks, birds and insects out of rain gutters and off the roof can be a constant struggle. Every type of gutter guard stops pests from building nests within the gutter. Some homeowners decide to install gutter guards for no other reason than this.
Gutter Cleaning Less Often – Gutter guards must be removed in order to clean the gutters, but when they are installed, this job doesn’t have to be done as often. Leaf guards can cut down the frequency that you need to clean gutters – or or hire a company to do the job for you – so that you might only have to have them cleaned only once a year.
Protection From Fires – A typical way fires spread to homes is when embers fall inside of gutters that have dry debris in them. This debris gives the fire fuel until it grows and damages the roof, and then the entire home. A standard gutter guard installation can protect your home from this fire risk.
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 can help stop snow and ice from staying up on your roof. Their unique designs purposefully redirect melting snow and ice to get it off your roof much 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 considered installing them before, it may be time to think about it.
You can see, there are many benefits of gutter guards. While it may be tempting to run out and install the model you think will work best – how different could they be, right? – you still have to install them correctly. All things considered, you’re much better off having a professional gutter guard installation company do the job for you.
Not only will their installation be a lot more reliable than your DIY work, but a local gutter guard service and installer is going to be able to suggest the best type of gutter system for your home 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 things a gutter guard company will take into account when determining the perfect gutter guards for your home:
Material – Gutter guards can be manufactured with aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of other materials. Some are made for temporary use and others are designed to last just as long as your gutters. The construction is a key factor in how long gutter guards will last.
Installation method – The style of gutter guards we would encourage for a homeowner to install themselves is the drop in kind that do not require any fastening to the gutters. Installing other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, could destroy your rain gutters if they’re not installed correctly.
Appearance – Some gutter guards boast a low profile so they aren’t visible from ground level, while others 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 on your roof. If it is important for you to have “invisible” gutter guards, it may be necessary to install new gutters.
Warranty – Many gutter guard styles will come with a shorter manufacturer’s warranty, but most of the aluminum types are guaranteed to last for at least 10-20 years. By having a licensed gutter guard installation company in Champaign (rather than doing it on your own), you won’t void the warranty. Gutter guards should not lift your shingles, nor should the installation void your roof’s warranty.
Another great thing about having Champaign Gutters install your gutter guards is that we’ll come back and fix 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 provide a range of options for every budget, and will provide the benefits listed above, to one degree or another.
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