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What are Gutter Guards?

Gutters are fairly basic and affordable considering how important they are: protecting much more valuable areas of your home. Gutters keep rain off the siding, windows, porch, deck and basement, directing it away from your home.

That means, anything that can protect your gutters and helps them function more efficiently is a good investment as well.

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

There are a lot of styles of gutter guard. The type you choose to 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.

KC Gutter Cleaning installs all styles of gutter guards in Kansas City.

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Benefits of Gutter Guards

Typically, gutter guards cost about as much per linear foot as the gutters cost themselves. In the long run, you’re going to save a lot of time and money by installing them. Here are some 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 large pieces settle in the gutter first, then smaller pieces of debris pile up around them. Of all the different gutter guard models, all of them block larger pieces of debris from becoming stuck to start with.

Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards allow water to stream through the gutters faster since it is unhindered by any debris or leaves. Water is one of the main causes of mold and mildew growth, 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 gutters and off the roof can be an endless battle. Every style of gutter guard stops animals from crafting nests inside of the gutter. A lot of 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 job won’t have to be done as regularly. Leaf guards cut down the frequency in which you need to clean gutters – or hire a professional to do it for you – so that you might only have to have them cleaned only once each year.

Protection From Fires – A common way fires spread to homes is if embers fall into gutters that have dry debris in them. This debris gives the fire fuel until it becomes too large and damages the roof, followed by the rest of the home. A basic gutter guard installation can protect your home from the risk of fire.

Prevent Ice Dams – If you happen to live in an area that gets frequent below-freezing temps, snow and ice, 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 affect hundreds of thousands of American homes each year. Gutter guards protect a vital system that protects the rest of the house. 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 many benefits of gutter guards. While it might be tempting to go out and buy the model you think will be the best – how much different could they be, right? – you still have to install them properly. In the end, you’re much better off having a professional gutter guard installer do the job for you.

Not only will professional installation be much more reliable than DIY work, but a professional gutter guard service and installer is going to be able to recommend the best type of gutter for your house in the first place. They know all of the options, and they will consider each factor when deciding their recommendation.

Here are a few of the things a gutter guard company will consider when choosing the best gutter guards for your home:

Material – Gutter guards can be made of aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of other materials. Some gutter guards are designed for temporary use while some are designed to last as long as your gutters. The material plays a key factor 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 do not require fastening to the gutters. However, these are not as dependable. Installing the other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, could destroy your gutters if they’re not installed correctly.

Appearance – Many gutter guards offer a low profile so they aren’t visible from ground level, while others are very obvious. If this is an important requirement, you will be limited on the type of gutter guard you can have, 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 installed, it might be necessary to purchase new gutters as well.

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

Another great thing by having KC Gutter Cleaning install your new gutter guards is that we’ll come back and fix them for FREE if there is any issue related to the installation from our team.

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

Need Gutter Guard Installation? Call 816-239-3691 for a FREE gutter guard installation quote today!