Do I Need Gutter Guards? Answers From the Roofing Experts

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Gutter Guards are One Useful Way to Keep Your Drainage System Effective, But A Good Roofing Service Company Can Give You the Full Picture

Gutter guards have become increasingly popular, especially as the fall season comes around, and homeowners are dreading another year of putting on the heavy-duty gloves, and standing up on a ladder. No one wants to try to manage a leaf blower while standing on a ladder, and many homeowners don’t care to walk on their roofs to inspect their gutters, for good reason.

Gutter guards can be a useful way to keep your gutters clean, and yet you do want to be sure you need them, as well as determine which brand you should purchase. Additionally, we want to provide clear information about how you might go about the process of deciding whether to purchase them.

What Gutter Guards Do

Any quality roofing service provider should be able to explain how gutter guards work, and why they can be of value to your home.

Essentially, gutter guards cover the opening of the gutter, so that debris doesn’t have a chance to get in. Gutter guards can ensure that only rainwater and smaller particles can enter.

Gutter guards prevent gutters from overflow, which creates excess moisture around the foundation of the home. Additionally, if build-up in the gutters remains for too long, this can invite algae, create a foul odor, introduce water damage to the roof, and provide a place where pests can thrive. A clogged gutter is not pretty.

As an added feature, gutter guards can prevent needing storm damage repair, as hail and debris will hit the protective guard as opposed to denting your lightweight gutters.

Gutter Guards on the Market Today

There are several different kinds of gutter guards as well as more specific options to consider.

While some gutter guards like Leaf Free create a small opening for water, while blocking out everything else, others, like Gutter Rx, operate like an aluminum strainer.

Gutter guards often have coating so that they do not corrode, and they are tested with heavy rainfall so customers can be assured they will be able to handle the climate in which you live. You want to be sure that your gutter guard has these features.

Some guards can be installed at a low-profile, so they can’t be seen. Others snap in, and are more visible. A company like Zip Screen provides profile options to let the customer make a determination about the look and installation. A snap-in gutter guard can prevent debris from lying on the guard itself, though a low profile guard might be more visually appealing for the homeowner.

Vision Construction, your Class-A residential roofing company, carries all three of the brands mentioned here, and can recommend the best fit for your home, and for your particular roof. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to gutter guards, and the help of a roofing professional can ensure that these guards are installed effectively, and are customized to your preference.

What Are the Downsides to Gutter Guards? Ask a Roofing Service Professional

Homeowners should know that you still need to maintain your gutters, even after installation. While you may not have to do all of the strenuous work that traditional gutter cleaning might entail, you can’t set it and forget it. Gutters still need to be monitored, especially if smaller debris is still getting into the gutter, or if larger debris is sitting on top of the guard, making it difficult for water to enter.

Gutter guards also have to be properly installed. A roofing service professional is your best bet in this case, as they can install your guards seamlessly and effectively. Improper installation will render gutter guards less effective, so check with a roofing company first.

You also want to consider whether gutter guards are appealing to you, and how you think they will look on your home. Fortunately, there are several options and designs, so you can find a product that does the protective work gutter guards can perform, while also keeping your home attractive.

If You’re Thinking About Gutter Guards, Consider a Roofing Service Company for Installation

Gutter guards can be an effective way to protect your home from debris and water damage. You want to make sure that they are installed properly, though, and that this project is going to be worth your time and money.

Vision Construction can guide you through this process. We offer a free, 21-point roofing inspection that will take a look at the condition of your roof, and make recommendations, including whether gutter guards would be a good fit for your home.

One of our beliefs as a business is that transparency is of the utmost importance when it comes to working with our clients, ensuring that the experience is a pleasant one for you. This is why we want to make sure you understand the pros and cons when it comes to your home’s gutters.

We’d love to hear from you at 816-743-4156, or you can send us a simple message online at your convenience.

We tailor our solutions to your home, and we want to help you make a decision you feel is best for you when it comes to gutter guards and roofing services. We’re also there for you when disaster strikes. Our storm damage repair services will help you rest assured during this time of stress. There’s no need to worry when you can be educated and assisted by Vision Construction, utilizing the best materials and services available in your area.