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What are Gutter Guards?

Rain gutters are fairly basic and low cost considering the purpose they serve: protecting much more valuable areas of your home. Gutters help keep rain water off the wood or siding, windows, porch, deck and basement, directing it discreetly away from your home.

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

Gutter guards are an affordable feature you can install on any type of gutters, and they serve as a protective barrier for your gutters so large debris and animals aren’t able to get inside of them. Buying gutter screens can be a money-saving decision that you’ll thank yourself for many years.

There are a lot of types of gutter guard. The style you choose to install depends on your available budget and the type of gutters you have on your home. Gutter guards are made of either aluminum, nylon or plastic.

Passaic Gutter Pros installs all styles of gutter guards in Passaic.

Call 862-212-1070 for a FREE gutter guard installation quote today!

Benefits of Gutter Guards

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

Improve Drainage by Preventing Clogs – Gutter guards help keep debris out of your gutters. Otherwise big pieces settle in the gutter first, then smaller pieces of debris pile up around them. Of all the many gutter guard models, all of them prevent larger pieces of debris from getting stuck to start with.

Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards help water to stream through the gutters faster because it isn’t blocked by any large debris. Water is one of the major causes of mold and mildew growth, therefore moving the water faster through the gutters reduces the time rain spends sitting still, leading to mold and mildew.

Prevent Pests from Nesting – Keeping squirrels, chipmunks, birds and insects out of your gutters and off the roof is often an endless battle. Every type of gutter guard prevents animals from building nests inside of the gutter. Many homeowners decide to install gutter guards for no other reason than this.

Gutter Cleaning Less Often – Gutter guards need to be removed in order to clean the gutters, but if they are present, this job doesn’t have to be done as regularly. Leaf guards can reduce the frequency that you have to clean gutters – or hire a professional to do it for you – so that you might only need to have them cleaned only once a year.

Protection From Fires – A typical way fires spread to homes is if 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, 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 live in an area that gets below-freezing temps, snow and sleet, you’ll be interested to know that gutter guards can help prevent 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 issues that impact hundreds of thousands of homes each year. Gutter guards protect an important system that protects the rest of the house. If you’ve never considered installing them before, it might be time to think about it.

Professional Gutter Guard Installation

You can see, there are several benefits of gutter guards. While it may be tempting to go out and install the model you think will work best – how different could they really be, right? – you will still have to install them properly. Ultimately, 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 local gutter guard service and installer will be able to recommend the best type of gutter system for your house in the first place. They know all of the choices, and they will consider each factor in detail when deciding their recommendation.

Here are some of the things a gutter guard service will take into account when choosing the perfect gutter guards for your home:

Material – Gutter guards can be manufactured with aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of other materials. Some gutter guards are designed for temporary usage while some are designed to last as long as your gutters. The material plays a key role in how long the gutter guards will last.

Installation method – The style of gutter guards we would recommend for a homeowner to install on their own is the drop in kind 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 rain gutters if they’re not installed the right way.

Appearance – Many gutter guards offer a low profile so they aren’t visible from ground level, while some styles are visible. If that 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 very important for you to have “invisible” gutter guards installed, it may be necessary for you to install new gutters as well.

Warranty – A lot of gutter guard styles will come with a shorter warranty, but most of the aluminum types are guaranteed to last for at least 10-20 years. By having a licensed gutter guard installer in Passaic (rather than 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 Passaic Gutter Pros install your new gutter guards is that we’ll come back and fix them for FREE if there is an issue due to the installation.

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

Need Gutter Guard Installation? Call 862-212-1070 for a FREE gutter guard installation estimate today!