Six Reasons to Invest in Gutter Guards
It’s almost winter, and that means it’s time to start thinking about fall maintenance for your Minnesota home. And one of the most dreaded home maintenance items on most homeowners’ lists? Gutter cleaning.
If you’re like most people, the thought of climbing a ladder on a chilly autumn day and scraping out your gutter canals is not your favorite fall chore. But what if you could make life easier by crossing this item off your to-do list for good? That’s the promise offered by gutter guard manufacturers.
In this post from Budget Exteriors, we’re taking a closer look at gutter guards to learn why more Minnesota homeowners are investing in them. To learn more about Leaf Solutions, give us a call.
What Is a Gutter Guard System?
There are many different types of gutter guards or gutter covers available on the market. A gutter guard system covers your gutters to prevent debris from getting in and clogging the gutter canals.
Gutter guards can be made from metal, plastic, or mesh and attach to the top of the gutter canals. These covers have either slots or holes small enough to allow water in from rain and snowmelt without allowing any kind of leaves or debris into the canals. This reduces the chance of clogs from forming while cutting down dramatically on the need for cleaning and gutter maintenance.
Potential Issues From Clogged Gutters
Clogged gutters can lead to a wide range of problems, including:
● Siding damage
● Foundation damage
● Landscape damage
● Roof damage
● Interior water damage
● Gutter damage
● Ice dams
● Animal nests
Reasons to Invest in Gutter Guards
Are you thinking of investing in gutter guards? These are some of the benefits you’ll enjoy when you invest in a new gutter guard system!
Less Gutter Maintenance
Each year, ladder-related injuries are responsible for up to 300 deaths and as many as 164,00 emergency room visits in the United States. Gutter guards help to reduce your chance of injury!
If the prospect of climbing up a slick ladder in the cold weather and digging away at gutter debris with a trowel makes you nervous, you’ll love gutter guards. Because gutter guards attach to your gutters and prevent debris from collecting in the canals, you won’t have to worry about climbing up a ladder every fall and spring to scrape out your gutters before flushing them with a hose.
Easy to Clean
Since your gutters won’t be clogged with leaves, twigs, and whatever nature has to throw at them, all it takes to clean them is a little water to wash away the debris on top. Simply attach a gutter cleaning attachment to your garden hose. Next, spray the top of your gutter guards using your hose attachment while standing safely on the ground. This chore has never been easier!
Protect Your Home
Clogged gutters increase the chance that you’ll experience water intrusion into your home. Even if you don’t have ice-related roof damage, gutter clogs prevent your roof from draining properly away from your home and into your yard. Over time, this can result in water damage to your walls, siding, landscape, and even foundation.
Extend the Lifespan of Your Gutter System
Gutter clogs are one of the primary causes of gutter damage. When clogs prevent water from draining properly, ice can freeze inside your gutter canals, causing the joints to weaken and break.
Backed-up water inside your gutter canals can also lead to rusted gutters. Dirty gutters also make an inviting habitat for small animals. Once critters nest in your gutters, this interferes with the drainage significantly. And having small animals close to your roof tends to be bad for the shingles.
Match the Exteriors
Gutter guards are available in a wide selection of colors so they’ll look great with your gutter system, roof, and siding. If you’re investing in your exterior, having color-matched gutter guards and gutters is a subtle way to add to your home’s overall curb appeal.
Prevent Ice Dams
Gutter clogs help create ice dams, which cause water to push back onto your roof and get into your shingles where it refreezes. Once underneath your shingles, that frozen ice can cause all sorts of damage to the roof and underlayment, allowing water to seep into your home.
Cleaning Your Gutter Guard Gutters
Occasionally, your gutter guard gutter system will need to be cleaned. However, the process is far less complicated and intensive than it would be without gutter covers. The design of your gutter guards will prevent debris from accumulating on top of them.
To clean your gutters, simply spray your gutter covers with a garden hose to flush the system.
Contact Budget Exteriors for Gutters in the Twin Cities
To connect with our Budget Exteriors gutter guard installers about gutter guard solutions for your home, give us a call at 952.887.1613 or contact us online and learn more today.