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What are Gutter Guards?

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

That means, anything that can protect your gutters from damage and helps them work even more efficiently is a good investment.

Gutter guards are an inexpensive feature you can install on any type of gutters, and they function as a protective screen for your gutters so large debris and pests won’t get inside of them. Buying leaf guards can be a money-saving choice that you’ll thank yourself for many years.

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

Little Rock Gutter Service installs all styles of gutter guards in Little Rock.

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Benefits of Gutter Guards

On average, gutter guards will cost about as much per linear foot as the gutters themselves. In the long run, you will save a lot of 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 debris out of your gutters. Otherwise big pieces settle in the gutter first, then smaller pieces of debris collect around them. Of all the different gutter guard models, all of them block these larger leaves and pieces of debris from becoming stuck to begin with.

Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards help water to flow through the gutters quickly since it is unhindered by debris or leaves. Rain is one of the main reasons for mold and mildew to grow, therefore moving the water faster through the gutters reduces the amount of time rain spends sitting still, 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 stops animals from crafting 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 have to be removed in order to clean the gutters, but if they are installed, this project won’t have to be done nearly as frequently. Leaf guards cut down the frequency that you need to clean gutters – or hire a professional to do it for you – so that you might only need 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 that have dry debris in them. This debris fuels the fire until it becomes too large and damages the roof, and then the rest of the house. A simple gutter guard installation can protect your home from this fire risk.

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

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

Professional Gutter Guard Installation

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

Not only will their installation be a lot 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 house in the first place. They know all of the styles, and they will consider each factor carefully when deciding their recommendation.

Here are some of the factors a gutter guard company will consider when determining the best gutter guards for your home:

Material – Gutter guards can be made of aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of different materials. Some are designed for temporary use while others are designed to last just as long as your gutters. The material plays a key factor in how long gutter guards will last.

Installation method – The only 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. However, these are not as dependable. Installing the other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, can damage your gutters if they’re not installed the right way.

Appearance – Many gutter guards offer a low profile so they cannot be seen from ground level, while some styles are very obvious. If this is an important requirement, you will be limited on the style of gutter guard you can have, and limited even more by the type of gutters you have. If it is important for you to have “invisible” gutter guards, it might be necessary for you to purchase new gutters.

Warranty – Some gutter guard styles will come with a short manufacturer’s warranty, but most of the aluminum models are guaranteed to last for 10-20 years. By hiring a licensed gutter guard installation company in Little Rock (instead of doing it on your own), you won’t void the warranty. Gutter guards should not lift your shingles, nor should their installation void your roof’s warranty.

Another great thing about having Little Rock Gutter Service install your new gutter guards is that we’ll come back and repair them free of charge if there is any issue due 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 range of options for every budget, and will provide the benefits listed above, to one degree or another.

Need Gutter Guard Installation? Call 501-236-6565 for a FREE gutter guard installation estimate today!