Gutters are fairly simple and inexpensive considering how important they are: protecting much more valuable areas of your home. Gutters keep rain off the wood or siding, windows, porch, deck and basement, routing it discreetly away from your house.
That means, anything that can protect your gutters and helps them function even more efficiently is a smart investment.
Gutter guards are a low cost feature you can add to any style of gutters, and they serve as a protective screen for gutters so debris and animals aren’t able to get inside of them. Purchasing gutter screens can be a money-saving choice that you’ll happy with for year after year.
There are many types of gutter guard. The type you choose to install will depend on your available budget and the type of rain gutters you have on your home. Gutter guards are made of aluminum, nylon or plastic.
Oakland Gutter Service installs all styles of gutter guards in Oakland. Call 510-616-7909 or click here for a FREE gutter guard installation estimate today!
Typically, gutter guards cost around as much per linear foot as the gutters cost themselves. In the long run, you will save a lot of time and money installing them. Here are some of the reasons we think you should install gutter guards on your home:
Improve Drainage by Preventing Clogs – Gutter guards help keep leaves and most debris out of your gutters. Otherwise larger pieces of debris settle in the gutter first, then small pieces of debris pile up around them. Of all the different gutter guard styles, all of them block larger pieces of debris from becoming stuck to begin with.
Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards help water to flow through the gutters faster since it isn’t blocked by large debris. Water is one of the primary reasons for mold and mildew to grow, so moving the water faster through the gutters limits the time rain remains 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 battle. Every type of gutter guard stops animals from building nests inside of the gutter. Many homeowners choose 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 if they are present, this job won’t have to be done as often. Leaf guards cut down the frequency that you have to clean gutters – or or hire a company to do it for you – so that you may only need to have them cleaned only once each year.
Protection From Fires – A common way fires spread to homes is if embers fall inside of gutters that have dry debris in them. This debris gives the fire fuel until it becomes too large and damages the roof, followed by the rest of the home. A basic 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 sleet, 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 impact hundreds of thousands of American homes each year. Gutter guards protect a vital system that protects the rest of your house. If you haven’t thought about installing them before, it might be time to think about it.
As you can see, there are a lot of benefits of gutter guards. While it may be tempting to run out and buy the type you think will work best – how much different could they be, right? – you still have to install them correctly. 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 a lot more reliable than DIY work, but a local gutter guard service and installer should be able to recommend the best type of gutter for your home in the first place. They are familiar with all of the choices, and they will consider each factor carefully when making their recommendation.
Here are a few of the factors a gutter guard company will think about when recommending the perfect 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 made for temporary usage and others are built to last as long as your gutters. The material plays a key factor in how long gutter guards will last.
Installation method – The only type of gutter guards we would encourage for a homeowner to install on their own is the drop in type that don’t require any fastening to the gutters. However, these are not as dependable. Installing other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, can destroy 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 some styles are very obvious. If that is an important requirement, 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 short warranty, but most of the aluminum types are guaranteed to last for at least 10-20 years. By hiring a licensed gutter guard installation company in Oakland (rather than doing it on your own), you won’t void your warranty. Gutter guards should not lift your shingles, nor should their installation void your roof’s warranty.
Another great thing by having Oakland Gutter Service install your new gutter guards is that we’ll come back and repair them for FREE if there is any issue related to the installation.
Your budget is, of course, the final factor in deciding which gutter guards you will have installed. We offer a wide range of options for all budgets, and will provide the benefits listed above, to one degree or another.
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