Rain gutters are simple and affordable considering how important they are: protecting much more valuable areas of your home. Gutters keep rain off the siding, windows, patio, deck and basement, directing it discreetly away from your foundation.
That means, anything that protects your gutters from damage and helps them function more efficiently is a great investment too.
Gutter guards are an inexpensive product you can install on almost any style of gutters, and they work as a protective screen for gutters so debris and pests can’t get inside of them. Buying leaf guards 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 install depends on your budget and the type of rain gutters you have. Gutter guards are made of aluminum, nylon or plastic.
Peoria Gutters, Inc. installs all styles of gutter guards in Peoria. Call 309-220-5679 or click here for a FREE gutter guard installation quote today!
Typically, gutter guards will cost around as much per linear foot as the gutters cost themselves. In the long run, you’re going to save time and money installing them. Here are some of the reasons we recommend to install gutter guards on your roof:
Improve Drainage by Preventing Clogs – Gutter guards 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 different gutter guard styles, all of them block these larger pieces of debris from getting stuck to start with.
Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards help water to stream through the gutters faster since it is unhindered by debris. Water is one of the major reasons for mold and mildew to grow, therefore moving the water faster through the gutters limits the amount of time rain is sitting still, 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 battle. Every style of gutter guard prevents pests from building nests within the gutter. Many homeowners decide to install gutter guards for this reason alone.
Gutter Cleaning Less Often – Gutter guards have to 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 can cut down the frequency in which you have to clean out the gutters – or or hire a company to do it for you – so that you may only have to have them cleaned out once each year.
Protection From Fires – A typical way fires spread to homes is if embers fall into gutters where there is dry debris. This debris fuels the fire until it becomes too large and damages the roof, followed by 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 temperatures, snow and ice, you’ll be interested to know that gutter guards help stop snow and ice from staying up on your roof. Their unique designs redirect melting ice and snow to get it off your roof faster.
These are all problems that affect hundreds of thousands of homes every year. Gutter guards protect an important system that protects the rest of the home. If you haven’t thought about installing them before, it could be time to think about it.
You can see, there are a lot of benefits of gutter guards. While it might be tempting to run out and buy the model you think will work best – how much different could they really be, right? – you will still have to install them correctly. In the end, you’re much better off having a professional gutter guard installation company do the project 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 suggest the best type of gutter for your house in the first place. They know all of the styles, and they will consider each factor carefully when making their recommendation.
Here are some of the things a gutter guard installer will think about 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 designed for temporary use while some are built to last as long as your gutters. The material is a key role in how long the gutter guards will last.
Installation method – The only type of gutter guards we would suggest for a homeowner to install themselves is the drop in type that do not require any fastening to the gutters. Installing the other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, could damage your gutters if they are not installed the right way.
Appearance – Many gutter guards offer a low profile so they cannot be seen from ground level, while some styles are very obvious. If that is an important requirement, you will be limited on the type of gutter guard you can install, and limited even more by the type of gutters you have. If it is very important for you to have “invisible” gutter guards, it may be necessary to install new gutters.
Warranty – A lot of gutter guard styles will come with a short warranty, but most of the aluminum models are guaranteed for 10-20 years. By hiring a licensed gutter guard installation company in Peoria (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 Peoria Gutters, Inc. install your new 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 deciding the 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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