Do I Need Gutter Guards?

Gutter Guards

Did you know on average, a homeowner should clean their gutters at least twice a year? Cleaning the gutter is not a pleasant task, but thankfully, gutter guards are here to help! Gutter guards help block debris from your gutters and reduce routine maintenance. By reducing annual cleanings, gutter guards make your life easier. Gotcha Covered Contracting can install these lifesavers for you.

Get the Best Use of Your Gutters Year Round

You may have heard negative reviews about gutter guards. Some people think that gutter guards make gutters harder to clean. They do not prevent the accumulation of small debris, so people need to hire expensive professional cleaners. This is the downside to gutter guards.

If you decide to install gutter guards, we can’t promise you that you’ll never have to clean your gutters again. Gutter guards block large debris like leaves, sticks, and pesky animals. However, they cannot always block smaller debris like dirt and pine needles. Before installing gutter guards, consider your surroundings. For example, if you have many pine trees around your house, you will need to clean your gutters every year – even if you have gutter guards installed.

Gutter guards ensure that you get the best use of your gutters throughout the year. Gutter guards reduce build-up in-between cleanings and increase water outflow. They keep standing water out of your gutters and prevent the accumulation of mold, spiders and other pesky visitors.

How Do Gutter Guards Work?

Gutter guards form a physical barrier against fascia boards, making it difficult for rodents to make their way into your roof. They will also keep mice, birds, and other small animals from crawling around in your gutters.

During the winter, gutter guards can reduce the amount of ice forming along the roof of your house. Since gutter guards reduce debris and standing water, fewer icicles form during the winter. These icicles can be dangerous when falling or cause water damage as they melt. Furthermore, if you live in an area with a lot of wildfires, consider gutter guards because they can keep dry material out of your gutter.

How Can I Properly Maintain My Gutter Guards?

After installing gutter guards, periodically check for debris build-up. With gutter guards, your cleaning might be as simple as brushing leaves and sticks off the cover. Sometimes you can run water through the gutters without taking the guards off.

When more intense cleaning is necessary, you need to remove the guards from your gutter. Release the fastening clips and set the guards onto the roof as you clean. While this might sound trickier than cleaning an uncovered gutter, gutter guards will significantly reduce your need to clean.

To get the best use from your gutter guards, you should make sure to have them properly installed. A mistake during installation can cause you more problems down the road ending in costly replacements and repairs. This is why we recommend you hire an expert to do it. Gotcha Covered Contracting offers you professional service that you can trust.