Rain gutters are fairly basic and inexpensive considering the purpose they serve: protecting more valuable parts of your home. Gutters keep rain water off the siding, windows, patio, deck and basement, routing it away from your house.
Therefore, anything that can protect your gutters from damage and helps them work more efficiently is a good investment as well.
Gutter guards are an inexpensive product you can install on almost any type of gutters, and they function as a protective screen for your gutters so debris and animals can’t get inside of them. Buying gutter guards can be a money-saving decision that you’ll thank yourself for many years.
There are many types of gutter guard. The style you choose to install will depend on your budget and the type of rain gutters you have. Gutter guards are made of aluminum, nylon or plastic.
OKC Gutters installs all styles of gutter guards in Oklahoma City.
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Typically, gutter guards cost about as much per linear foot as the gutters themselves. In the long run, you’re going to save time and money by installing them. Here are some of the reasons we recommend to install gutter guards on your house:
Improve Drainage by Preventing Clogs – Gutter guards keep 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 many gutter guard styles, all of them stop larger leaves and pieces of debris from getting stuck to start with.
Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards help water to stream through the gutters quickly because it is unhindered by large debris. Water is one of the main reasons for mold and mildew to grow, so moving the water faster through the gutters reduces the 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 can be a constant battle. Every model of gutter guard prevents pests from building nests within the gutter. Many homeowners decide to install gutter guards just for this reason.
Gutter Cleaning Less Often – Gutter guards need to be removed in order to clean the gutters, but if they are present, this job doesn’t have to be done as often. Leaf guards can cut down the frequency that you need to clean out the gutters – or hire a professional to do the work for you – so that you may only have to have them cleaned out once each year.
Protection From Fires – A common way fires spread to homes is when 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, and then the entire house. A standard gutter guard installation can protect your home from the risk of fire.
Prevent Ice Dams – If you live in an area that gets below-freezing temperatures, snow and ice, you’ll be interested to know that gutter guards 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 much faster.
These are all issues that affect hundreds of thousands of homes every year. Gutter guards protect an important system that protects the rest of your house. If you haven’t considered installing them before, it may be time to think about it.
As you can see, there are several benefits of gutter guards. While it may be tempting to run out and install the model you think will work best – how different could they be, right? – you still have to install them correctly. All things considered, you’re much better off having a professional gutter guard installation service 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 is going to be able to suggest the best type of gutter for your house in the first place. They are familiar with all of the styles, and they will consider each factor in detail when making their recommendation.
Here are a few of the factors a gutter guard service will consider when recommending the perfect gutter guards for your home:
Material – Gutter guards can be made of aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of other materials. Some are designed for temporary use and some are designed to last just as long as your gutters will. The material is 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 on their own is the drop in kind that do not require any fastening to the gutters. However, these are not as dependable. Installing the other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, might damage your rain gutters if they are not installed correctly.
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 condition, you are limited on the style of gutter guard you can have, and limited even more by the style of gutters you have on your home. If it is very important for you to have “invisible” gutter guards installed, it may be necessary for you to purchase new gutters.
Warranty – Most gutter guard styles will come with a shorter manufacturer’s warranty, but most of the aluminum types are guaranteed for 10-20 years. By hiring a licensed gutter guard installer in Oklahoma City (rather than doing it on your own), 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 about having OKC Gutters install your new gutter guards is that we’ll come back and fix them free of charge if there is an issue related to the installation.
Your budget is, of course, the last factor in determining which gutter guards you will have installed. We offer a range of options for every budget, and will provide the benefits listed above, to one degree or another.
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