Rain gutters are fairly simple and inexpensive considering the purpose they serve: protecting much more valuable parts of your home. Gutters keep rain water off the siding, windows, porch, deck and basement, routing it discreetly away from your house.
Therefore, anything that protects your gutters and helps them work more efficiently is a good investment as well.
Gutter guards are an inexpensive feature you can add to almost any type of gutters, and they function as a protective screen for your gutters so debris and pests can’t get inside of them. Installing gutter screens can be a money-saving choice that you’ll thank yourself for year after year.
There are several styles of gutter guard. The type you install depends on your budget and the type of gutters you have. Gutter guards are made of aluminum, nylon or plastic.
Minneapolis Gutter Solutions installs all styles of gutter guards in Minneapolis. Call 612-429-4449 or click here for a FREE gutter guard installation quote today!
On average, gutter guards cost around as much per linear foot as the gutters themselves. But in the long run, you’re going to save a lot of time and money installing them. Here are some of the reasons we encourage you to install gutter guards on your house:
Improve Drainage by Preventing Clogs – Gutter guards keep leaves and most debris out of your gutters. Otherwise larger pieces settle in the gutter first, then smaller 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 start with.
Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards help water to flow through the gutters quickly because it is unhindered by large debris or leaves. Water is one of the primary causes of mold and mildew to grow, therefore moving the water faster through the gutters limits the amount of time rain remains 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 is often a constant battle. Every style of gutter guard stops animals from crafting nests inside of the gutter. Some homeowners decide to install gutter guards just for this reason.
Gutter Cleaning Less Often – Gutter guards must be removed to clean the gutters, but when they are present, this project doesn’t have to be done nearly as frequently. Leaf guards can reduce the frequency that you have to clean gutters – or hire a professional to do the job 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 if embers fall into gutters where there is dry debris. This debris fuels the fire until it grows and damages the roof, and then the entire house. A simple 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 temperatures, snow and sleet, you’ll be interested to know that gutter guards can help stop snow and ice from staying up on your roof. Their designs redirect melting ice and snow to get it off your roof much faster.
These are all problems that affect hundreds of thousands of American homes each year. Gutter guards protect an important system that protects the rest of the home. If you’ve never considered installing them before, it might be time to think about it.
You can see, there are several benefits of gutter guards. While it may be tempting to go out and purchase the model you think will be the best – how much different could they be, right? – you will still have to install them correctly. Ultimately, you’re much better off having a professional gutter guard installation service do the job for you.
Not only will their installation be more reliable than your DIY work, but a local gutter guard service and installer will be able to suggest the best type of gutter for your house in the first place. They are familiar with all of the choices, and they will consider each factor when making their recommendation.
Here are some of the factors a gutter guard installer will think about when deciding the best gutter guards for your home:
Material – Gutter guards are manufactured with aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of different materials. Some gutter guards are designed for temporary usage and others are designed to last just as long as your gutters will. The material plays a key factor 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 fastening to the gutters. However, these are not as dependable. 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 – A lot of gutter guards offer a low profile so they cannot be seen from ground level, while others are very obvious. If this is an important requirement, you will be limited on the type of gutter guard you can install, 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 – Some gutter guard styles will come with a shorter warranty, but most of the aluminum models are guaranteed to last for 10-20 years. By hiring a licensed gutter guard installation company in Minneapolis (rather than doing it yourself), you won’t void your warranty. Gutter guards should never lift your shingles, nor should the installation void your roof’s warranty.
Another great thing by having Minneapolis Gutter Solutions install your new gutter guards is that we’ll return and fix them free of charge if there is an issue related 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 wide range of options for every budget, and will provide the benefits listed above, to one degree or another.
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