Rain gutters are fairly simple and inexpensive considering the purpose they serve: protecting more valuable areas of your home. Gutters help keep rain water off the wood or siding, windows, porch, deck and basement, routing it away from your foundation.
Therefore, anything that can protect your gutters from damage and helps them function more efficiently is a great investment too.
Gutter guards are a low cost feature you can install on 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. Buying gutter guards can be a money-saving choice that you’ll thank yourself for many years.
There are a lot of styles of gutter guard. The type you choose to install depends on your budget and the type of gutters you have on your home. Gutter guards are made of either aluminum, nylon or plastic.
Overland Park Gutters installs all styles of gutter guards in Overland Park. Call 913-347-5533 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. But 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 big 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 stop these larger leaves and pieces of debris from getting stuck to start with.
Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards allow water to flow through the gutters quickly since it isn’t blocked by any large debris or leaves. Water is one of the major causes of mold and mildew growth, therefore moving the water faster through the gutters reduces the amount of 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 battle. Every type of gutter guard prevents pests from building nests inside of the gutter. Some homeowners decide to install gutter guards just for this reason.
Gutter Cleaning Less Often – Gutter guards need to be removed to clean the gutters, but if they are installed, this project won’t have to be done as often. Leaf guards can cut down the frequency in which you need to clean out the gutters – or hire a professional to do the job for you – so that you may only need to have them cleaned only once a year.
Protection From Fires – A typical way fires spread to homes is if embers fall into gutters that have dry debris in them. This debris gives the fire fuel until it becomes too large and damages the roof, and then the entire house. A standard gutter guard installation can protect your home from this fire risk.
Prevent Ice Dams – If you happen to live in an area that gets below-freezing temps, snow and sleet, you’ll be interested to know that gutter guards can help prevent snow and ice from staying up on your roof. Their unique designs purposefully redirect melting snow and ice to get it off your roof faster.
These are all problems that impact hundreds of thousands of American homes every year. Gutter guards protect a vital system that protects the rest of your house. If you’ve never 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 go out and purchase the type you think will work best – how different could they be, right? – you will still have to install them properly. Ultimately, you’re much better off having a professional gutter guard installation company do the project for you.
Not only will their installation be more reliable than your 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 choices, and they will consider each factor carefully when making their recommendation.
Here are some of the things a gutter guard service will consider when choosing the perfect gutter guards for your home:
Material – Gutter guards are made of aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of different materials. Some gutter guards are designed for temporary use and some are built to last just as long as your gutters. The construction plays a key role in how long the gutter guards will last.
Installation method – The style of gutter guards we would suggest for a homeowner to install themselves 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, 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 visible. If this is an important condition, you will be limited on the type of gutter guard you can install, and limited even more by the style of gutters you have. If it is very important for you to have low profile gutter guards, it may be necessary for you to purchase new gutters too.
Warranty – Most 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 installer in Overland Park (instead of doing it yourself), you won’t void the warranty. Gutter guards should never lift your shingles, nor should their installation void your roof’s warranty.
Another great thing about having Overland Park Gutters install your new gutter guards is that we’ll return and repair them free of charge if there is any issue related to the installation from our team.
Your budget is, of course, the final factor in determining the 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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