Cleaning out your gutters can be a nuisance, especially in the autumn when it seems like the trees are aiming their leaves at your gutters.
Just about every homeowner will tell you that cleaning gutters takes up precious time, is dangerous, and something they could definitely live without. The best way to keep the leaves and anything else out of your gutters is to have some type of gutter guard system installed. There are many options to choose from and you will want to take some things into consideration such as:
- The climate where you live
- Ease of maintenance
- Installation hardware used
Types of Materials
There are a wide range of materials available to choose from for your gutter guards. Primarily they come in copper, aluminum, or mesh, but you can also choose plastic, nylon, or foam. Each material comes with its own set of pros and cons. For example, copper will not rust, but the color will change and it is more expensive than the other materials. On the other hand, aluminum is cheaper and will last a long time, but the installation process is more tedious.
If you are considering plastic gutter guards, then remember that although it will not rust, it is not as strong as metal and can crack. Nylon, foam, and mesh are typically used as a filtering system inside the gutter. While effective, they can cause clogging issues on their own.
Installing the Gutter Guards
The main priority with a gutter guard is to add protection to the system and keep you off of the roof. Let a professional gutter company do the installation for you so that you receive a warranty on the product and the labor. Ask if part of the installation includes an annual check-up. This is important in maintaining the entire system, not just your gutter guards.
Although seemingly simple, it is important to choose a reputable company to do the installation or any work on your gutter system. The gutters may rely on the roof for support, and someone who is inexperienced could damage it. Also, some items could void any existing warranty on the integrity of your roof.
Using a Gutter Installation Company
Gutters and gutter guards are not only for function. They sit on your home in plain view so you want to be sure that they are appealing to look at and don’t take away from the beauty of your home the way that rusty or hanging gutters will.
Speak with Scott-Lee Guttering Company at (314) 756-9440 today to see what options are best for your home.
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