Are you tired of clogged gutters? If so, a gutter guard installation could be the answer to your woes. These installations have made home maintenance easier for many homeowners. Perhaps you have heard that gutter guards will give you freedom from gutter cleaning. Guards can protect gutters against severe clogging. However, you will need to continue to monitor your gutters for signs of drainage issues and report the issue to a roofer as soon as possible. Routine maintenance is the best way to ensure that gutters are performing their job, and it is needed whether there are guards installed or not. The following points identify a few ways gutter guards could benefit you.
Keep Squirrels Out of Gutters
Perhaps you think that squirrels look cute scurrying about your rooftop. Do not be fooled by their harmless appearance. Squirrels can wreak havoc inside unprotected gutters. They can build nests, which will interfere with drainage. These tiny animals also seem to enjoy putting objects such as pine cones in gutters. One large cone can negatively impact drainage. Several cones regardless of size may impede drainage. This can lead to roof damages.
Fewer Gutter Cleaning Chores or Appointments
Even if you have resolved not to deal with the task of cleaning your gutters, an investment in a guard solution could save you money in the long run. You can expect to see some savings because your cleaning service appointments will likely be less frequent. If you do your own cleanings, you can have peace of mind that you won't need to do it as often. Remember, every time you climb a ladder to clean your gutters, there is a safety risk involved. By default, the less you have to do it, the fewer chances of an accidental fall occurring.
Some homeowners fail to inquire about what a gutter guard installation will cost them because they assume that they cannot afford the improvement project. You likely know that some gutter materials are available at low, mid-range, and high price points. The same is true for gutter guards. If you have budget constraints, a roofer should be able to source a budget-friendly guard solution.
A roofer should be used as a resource to answer any lingering questions that you have. Their inspections can aid in determining whether you need new gutters. It would be best to replace aged gutters as part of the gutter guard installation project. Replacements are also ideal if there are signs of physical damage. Installing guards on damaged gutters will likely do little or nothing to correct drainage issues caused by the damages.