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What are Gutter Guards?

Gutters are fairly simple and inexpensive considering how important they are: protecting more valuable areas of your home. Gutters keep rain water off the siding, windows, patio, deck and basement, routing it away from your foundation.

That means, 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 function as a protective screen for gutters so large debris and pests aren’t able to get inside of them. Purchasing gutter guards can be a money-saving measure that you’ll happy with for year after year.

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

St. Louis Gutter Solutions installs all styles of gutter guards in St Louis.

Call 314-370-1822 for a FREE gutter guard installation estimate today!

Benefits of Gutter Guards

Typically, gutter guards cost about as much per linear foot as the gutters themselves. But in the long run, you’re going to save time and money by installing them. Here are some of the reasons we encourage you to install gutter guards on your home:

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 smaller pieces collect around them. Of all the different gutter guard styles, all of them prevent larger pieces of debris from getting stuck to begin with.

Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards help water to flow through the gutters quickly since it is unhindered by debris. Water is one of the main reasons for mold and mildew to grow, so moving the water faster through the gutters limits the time rain is 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 type of gutter guard prevents animals from building nests within the gutter. A lot of homeowners choose to install gutter guards for no other reason than this.

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

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

Prevent Ice Dams – If you happen to live in an area that gets below-freezing temperatures, 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 purposefully redirect melting snow and ice to get it off your roof faster.

These are all problems that impact hundreds of thousands of homes every year. Gutter guards protect a vital system that protects the rest of your house. If you’ve never considered installing them before, it may be time to think about it.

Professional Gutter Guard Installation

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

Not only will professional installation be more reliable than DIY work, but a professional gutter guard service and installer will be able to suggest the best type of gutter system for your home in the first place. They know all of the styles, and they will consider each factor when making their recommendation.

Here are a few of the things a gutter guard service will take into account when recommending the best gutter guards for your home:

Material – Gutter guards are made of aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of different materials. Some gutter guards are designed for temporary use while some are built to last just as long as your gutters will. The material is a key role in how long the gutter guards will last.

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

Appearance – Some gutter guards boast a low profile so they aren’t visible from ground level, while some styles are visible. If this is an important condition, you will be limited on the type of gutter guard you can install, and limited even more by the style of gutters you have on your roof. If it is important for you to have low profile gutter guards, it may be necessary for you to purchase new gutters as well.

Warranty – Some gutter guard styles will come with a short manufacturer’s warranty, however most of the aluminum models are guaranteed to last for 10-20 years. By having a licensed gutter guard installation company in St Louis (instead of doing it yourself), you won’t void your warranty. Gutter guards should never lift your shingles, nor should their installation void your roof’s warranty.

Another great thing by having St. Louis Gutter Solutions install your new gutter guards is that we’ll come back and repair them for FREE if there is an issue due to the installation.

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

Need Gutter Guard Installation? Call 314-370-1822 for a FREE gutter guard installation estimate today!