Gutters are fairly basic and low cost considering the purpose they serve: protecting more valuable parts of your house. Gutters help keep rain off the wood or siding, windows, porch, deck and basement, routing it away from your house.
That means, anything that can protect your gutters from damage and helps them function more efficiently is a smart investment too.
Gutter guards are a low cost feature you can install on any style of gutters, and they work as a protective shield for gutters so debris and animals can’t get inside of them. Purchasing gutter guards can be a money-saving choice that you’ll be rewarded for for year after year.
There are many types of gutter guard. The type you choose to install depends on your budget and the type of rain gutters you have. Gutter guards are made of either aluminum, nylon or plastic.
Mount Prospect Gutters installs all styles of gutter guards in Mount Prospect. Call 847-320-0450 or click here for a FREE gutter guard installation estimate today!
Typically, gutter guards will cost around as much per linear foot as the gutters themselves. But in the long run, you will save a lot of 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 big pieces settle in the gutter first, then small pieces of debris pile up around them. Of all the different gutter guard styles, all of them prevent larger pieces of debris from becoming stuck to begin with.
Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards allow water to flow through the gutters faster because it isn’t blocked by any debris. Water is one of the main reasons for mold and mildew to grow, therefore moving the water faster through the gutters limits the time rain spends 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 is often a constant struggle. Every model of gutter guard stops pests from building nests inside of the gutter. A lot of 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 won’t have to be done nearly as frequently. 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 may only have to have them cleaned only once each year.
Protection From Fires – A common 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 basic gutter guard installation can protect your home from the risk of fire.
Prevent Ice Dams – If you happen to live in an area that gets frequent below-freezing temperatures, snow and sleet, you’ll be happy to know that gutter guards help prevent snow and ice from staying up on your roof. Their designs purposefully redirect melting snow and ice 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 haven’t thought about installing them before, it may be time to think about it.
You can see, there are several benefits of gutter guards. While it might be tempting to run out and install the type you think will work best – how much different could they be, right? – you still have to install them properly. In the end, you’re much better off having a professional gutter guard installer do the project for you.
Not only will their installation be much more reliable than your DIY work, but a professional gutter guard service and installer is going to be able to recommend the best type of gutter system for your home in the first place. They are familiar with all of the choices, and they will consider each factor in detail when deciding their recommendation.
Here are a few of the factors a gutter guard installer will think about when choosing 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 and others are designed to last just as long as your gutters will. The construction plays a key factor in how long gutter guards will last.
Installation method – The only style 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. Installing other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, could destroy your gutters if they’re not installed correctly.
Appearance – A lot of gutter guards offer a low profile so they aren’t visible from ground level, while some styles 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 type of gutters you have on your roof. If it is important for you to have low profile gutter guards installed, it may be necessary for you to buy new gutters.
Warranty – Most gutter guard styles will come with a shorter manufacturer’s warranty, but most of the aluminum models are guaranteed to last for at least 10-20 years. By having a licensed gutter guard installation company in Mount Prospect (instead of doing it on your own), you won’t void your warranty. Gutter guards should never lift your shingles, nor should their installation void your roof’s warranty.
Another great thing by having Mount Prospect Gutters install your gutter guards is that we’ll come back and repair them for FREE if there is an 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 provide a wide range of options for all budgets, and will provide the benefits listed above, to one degree or another.
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