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What are Gutter Guards?

Rain gutters are fairly simple and low cost considering how important they are: protecting more valuable areas of your house. Gutters keep rain 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 even more efficiently is a smart investment as well.

Gutter guards are an inexpensive feature you can install on almost any type of gutters, and they work as a protective screen for your gutters so large debris and animals can’t get inside of them. Buying gutter guards can be a money-saving decision that you’ll happy with for year after year.

There are a lot of styles of gutter guard. The style you install will depend on your available budget and the type of rain gutters you have on your home. Gutter guards are made of either aluminum, nylon or plastic.

Smyrna Gutter Service installs all styles of gutter guards in Smyrna.

Call 470-250-3393 for a FREE gutter guard installation quote today!

Benefits of Gutter Guards

On average, gutter guards will cost around 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 a few of the reasons we recommend to install gutter guards on your house:

Improve Drainage by Preventing Clogs – Gutter guards keep most debris out of your gutters. Otherwise big pieces of debris settle in the gutter first, then small pieces of debris collect around them. Of all the different gutter guard styles, all of them stop these larger pieces of debris from getting stuck to start with.

Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards allow water to stream through the gutters faster since it isn’t blocked by any large debris or leaves. Rain is one of the primary causes of mold and mildew to grow, therefore moving the water faster through the gutters limits 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 rain gutters and off the roof can be an endless struggle. Every style of gutter guard prevents pests from building nests inside of the gutter. Many homeowners choose to install gutter guards just for this reason.

Gutter Cleaning Less Often – Gutter guards must be removed in order to clean the gutters, but when they are present, this project doesn’t have to be done as often. Leaf guards can reduce the frequency that you need to clean out the gutters – or hire a professional to do it for you – so that you might only need to have them cleaned only once a year.

Protection From Fires – A common way fires spread to homes is if embers fall into gutters where there is dry debris. This debris fuels the fire until it grows and damages the roof, followed by the entire home. A simple 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 temps, 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 redirect melting ice and snow to get it off your roof much faster.

These are all issues that impact hundreds of thousands of homes every year. Gutter guards protect a vital system that protects the rest of the home. If you haven’t considered installing them before, it may be time to think about it.

Professional Gutter Guard Installation

As you can see, there are many benefits of gutter guards. While it might be tempting to run out and purchase the model you think will be the best – how much different could they really be, right? – you still have to install them correctly. Ultimately, you’re much better off having a professional gutter guard installer do the job for you.

Not only will their installation be more reliable than DIY work, but a professional gutter guard service and installer will 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 some of the things a gutter guard installer 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 are designed for temporary usage while some are designed to last just as long as your gutters will. The material is a key factor in how long gutter guards will last.

Installation method – The type of gutter guards we would recommend for a homeowner to install on their own is the drop in type that do not require fastening to the gutters. Installing other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, can destroy your rain gutters if they are not installed the right way.

Appearance – Some gutter guards offer a low profile so they aren’t visible from ground level, while some styles are visible. If that is an important condition, you are limited on the type of gutter guard you can have, and limited even more by the type 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 too.

Warranty – Some gutter guard styles will come with a shorter manufacturer’s warranty, however most of the aluminum types are guaranteed to last for 10-20 years. By hiring a licensed gutter guard installer in Smyrna (instead of doing it on your own), you won’t void the warranty. Gutter guards should never lift your shingles, nor should the installation void your roof’s warranty.

Another great thing by having Smyrna Gutter Service 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 from our team.

Your budget is, of course, the final factor in deciding which gutter guards you will have installed. We provide a wide range of options for every budget, and will provide the benefits listed above, to one degree or another.

Need Gutter Guard Installation? Call 470-250-3393 for a FREE gutter guard installation estimate today!