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What are Gutter Guards?

Rain gutters are simple and low cost considering how important they are: protecting more valuable parts of your house. Gutters help keep rain off the wood or siding, windows, porch, deck and basement, routing it away from your home.

Therefore, anything that can protect your gutters and helps them work even more efficiently is a smart investment as well.

Gutter guards are a low cost product you can install on almost any type of gutters, and they serve as a protective barrier for gutters so large debris and pests won’t get inside of them. Installing gutter guards can be a money-saving choice that you’ll thank yourself for many years.

There are many types of gutter guard. The type you choose to install depends on your budget and the type of rain gutters you have on your home. Gutter guards are made of either aluminum, nylon or plastic.

ABC Albany Gutters installs all styles of gutter guards in Albany.

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Benefits of Gutter Guards

Typically, gutter guards cost around as much per linear foot as the gutters themselves. In the long run, you will save a lot of time and money installing them. Here are a few of the reasons we think you should install gutter guards on your house:

Improve Drainage by Preventing Clogs – Gutter guards keep leaves and debris out of your gutters. Otherwise big pieces of debris settle in the gutter first, then small pieces collect around them. Of all the many gutter guard models, all of them prevent these larger pieces of debris from getting stuck to begin with.

Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards allow water to flow through the gutters faster because it isn’t blocked by any large debris or leaves. Rain is one of the main causes of mold and mildew to grow, therefore moving the water faster through the gutters limits the time rain remains 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 battle. Every model of gutter guard prevents pests from crafting nests within the gutter. Many homeowners choose to install gutter guards for no other reason than this.

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

Protection From Fires – A typical way fires spread to homes is when embers fall into gutters where there is dry debris. This debris gives the fire fuel until it becomes too large and damages the roof, and then the rest of the home. A basic gutter guard installation can protect your home from this fire risk.

Prevent Ice Dams – If you live in an area that gets below-freezing temps, snow and sleet, you’ll be happy to know that gutter guards help stop snow and ice from staying up on your roof. Their unique designs redirect melting ice and snow to get it off your roof faster.

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

Professional Gutter Guard Installation

As you can see, there are several benefits of gutter guards. While it may be tempting to go out and purchase the model you think will be the best – how different could they really be, right? – you still have to install them properly. In the end, you’re much better off letting a professional gutter guard installation service do the project for you.

Not only will professional installation be much more reliable than your DIY work, but a gutter guard service and installer will be able to recommend the best type of gutter system for your home in the first place. They are familiar with all of the choices, and they will consider each factor when deciding their recommendation.

Here are a few of the things a gutter guard company will think about when determining 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 others are built to last as long as your gutters will. The construction plays a key role in how long the gutter guards will last.

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

Appearance – A lot of gutter guards boast a low profile so they cannot be seen from ground level, while some styles are visible. If that is an important requirement, you will be 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 important for you to have “invisible” gutter guards, it may be necessary to purchase new gutters.

Warranty – Many gutter guard styles will come with a short warranty, but most of the aluminum types are guaranteed to last for 10-20 years. By having a licensed gutter guard installer in Albany (rather than doing it on your own), you won’t void your warranty. Gutter guards should not lift your shingles, nor should the installation void your roof’s warranty.

Another great thing about having ABC Albany Gutters install your gutter guards is that we’ll come back and repair them free of charge if there is an issue due to the installation from our team.

Your budget is, of course, the final factor in determining which 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.

Need Gutter Guard Installation? Call 541-209-5656 for a FREE gutter guard installation estimate today!