Three Reasons To Install Gutter Guards

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Gutter guards are a type of covering that are placed over the top of your gutters to prevent debris from being able to enter your gutters and block the flow of water. They are most commonly made out of a metal panel of mesh or with small holes installed to allow water to pass through. Understanding the practical benefits that gutter guards have to offer your home can help you determine if you should have them installed on your home's gutter system.

Reduced Maintenance

The biggest advantage of choosing to install gutter guards on your home's gutters is that doing so can greatly reduce the amount of time that you will have to spend cleaning your gutters out. In fact, gutter guards can reduce the amount of debris that collects in your gutters so much that you may only have to get up on a ladder once or twice a year to ensure the proper flow of water. Beyond saving you time (or money, if you regularly hire a roofing contractor to clean them for you), this is an important safety benefit, since you will have to spend less time up on a ladder.

Water Damage Prevention

Another key benefit of gutter guards is that they can help prevent the interior of your home from suffering from water damage. Clogged gutters can cause water to overflow from your gutters, where it can run down your home's siding, where it can then leak behind the walls of your home. Further, water that falls from your gutters will drain into the area immediately around your basement, where it can then cause flooding or foundation cracking and damage that can be expensive and complicated to fix. Gutter guards ensure that water is able to flow through your downspouts and far enough away from your home that it will not cause damage.

Longer Gutter Lifespan

The final thing to note about gutter guards is that their installation can greatly improve the lifespan of your gutters. Collected debris can add a significant amount of weight to your gutters, causing undue stress to their supports and connections and making leaks more likely to develop. Further, clogs in your gutters can cause water to collect inside, which can then lead to the development of rust and corrosion that will eat away at the structural integrity of your gutters and prevent them from carrying any water at all. The increased lifespan of your gutters will help offset the initial cost of installing gutter guards in the first place.

For more information, reach out to a local gutter service.


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