6 Benefits of Installing Gutter Guards
Are you tired of cleaning your gutters? Do your gutters clog more times than you can count? Then a gutter guard is what you need. Gutter guards are sleek covers that go over the top of the gutter to prevent debris from accumulating in the gutters.
Read about six benefits of installing gutter guards.
1. Prevents Debris Accumulation
The primary function of gutter covers is to seal the gutters so debris such as pine needles, pine cones, twigs, leaves, gravel, or pieces of asphalt shingles doesn’t collect in the gutter.
Debris prevention is vital because when this waste accumulates in the gutter, the channels are prone to blockage or clogging, which then causes more adverse side effects such as overflowing water and damage to the gutters, roof, or siding.
Gutters will ensure proper water flow through the drains and downspouts.
2. Deters Rodent and Insect Infestations
Gutters provide an excellent breeding ground for rodents and insects such as birds, mice, bats, mosquitoes, squirrels, and spiders, mostly because of stagnant water, dark and deep corners, and leaf, twig, and pine needle buildup.
Installing gutter guards will benefit you in two ways. First, there will be no debris clogging the flow of water. Hence, lack of clogged water means no stagnated water that would otherwise attract insects like mosquitoes. Also, the gutter cover will provide a physical barrier for the gutter so rodents, birds, and possums can’t enter or settle inside the gutters.
3. Saves Time and Money
Gutters offer debris prevention so you won’t have to keep checking and maintaining cleanliness in the gutter system with the same frequency as before. Gutter covers save you the time and money you would otherwise spend constantly cleaning or paying for gutter cleaning. So instead of regular cleanups, you can now clean up before every new season.
Note that gutter guards don’t eliminate the need to clean up, as you still have to collect the debris that will accumulate atop the covers.
4. Offers Fire Protection
This may seem odd, but gutter covers can offer your home fire protection, especially if you reside in areas with a lot of wind and large amounts of dry bushes. Gutters collect dry leaves, twigs, and pine cones, which, when dry, can be the perfect kindling to a fire. With a gutter guard, you have less propensity for dry debris to pile up, creating a fire risk.
5. Helps Alleviate Ice Dams and Gutter Freezing
When a lot of debris is inside the gutter, water will accumulate, and in colder climates, this can cause the water to freeze up and create ice dams. The frozen water puddle will grow larger as more rain or snow enters the gutters. Eventually, the ice dams will get too heavy for your gutters, causing them to sag, bend, or pull away.
While gutter guards can’t prevent ice dams from forming, they can eliminate debris accumulation in the gutters, which then alleviates ice and ice dams from forming. That said, small amounts of ice will often still form in colder climates, but it won’t be as much compared to open gutters.
6. Prevents Premature Rust and Corrosion
As stagnant water remains settled in the gutter, you have a high likelihood of corrosion in the gutters since the gutter material can rust due to overexposure to moisture.
Gutter guards allow for the free flow of water in the gutter, so this prevents the accumulation of water and mold that could cause rusting and corrosion in the gutters, which then deteriorates or damages the channels permanently.
Gutter systems are essential in every home, but installing gutter guards makes them even better. With benefits such as debris prevention, rodent and insect deterrence, decreased maintenance, and freeze and fire protection, you can never go wrong with gutter guards. If you would like a professional to install your gutter guards, contact us today.