Tired Of Cleaning Your Gutters?
No one likes cleaning their gutters. Emptying the wet, mucky leaves and debris out of your gutters is a dirty, smelly job—not to mention potentially dangerous. There are thousands of injuries and deaths from home-related accidents every year, and falling off of ladders is a major contributor. But you can’t ignore your gutters, because if you don’t clean out leaves and other debris, a clog is bound to happen. Clogged gutters and downspouts cause water to overflow the gutter, which can create extensive damage to your home and property. From roof leaks to foundation damage, clogged gutters lead to expensive repairs if left untreated.
Of course, you could hire a professional to clean your gutters, but that still takes time and money out of your pocket at least once or twice every year.
Protect your home and drastically reduce the amount of maintenance that has to be done with gutter guard installation. Gutter guards are fitted into your existing gutter system to help keep leaves and other debris from entering the gutter, where it can block the gutter, downspouts, and even your underground drains.
Do Gutter Guards Really Work?
The short answer? Yes. But there are a lot of different gutter guards out there, and some work better than others. And in all honesty, even the best gutter guards on the market can’t guarantee that you’ll never have to clean your gutters again. Yearly inspections and gutter maintenance will always be an important component of your home care routine. But with gutter guards installed on your home, the chore becomes much easier.
If you want to spend less time cleaning gutters, gutter guards are definitely something to consider. Some homeowners argue that gutter guards aren’t worth it because they’re not maintenance free, since some debris will inevitably collect on top of the gutter guards themselves. It’s true that leaves can stick to the outside of the gutter guard, but it’s much easier and faster to clean debris off the top than to dig into clogged gutters to remove handfuls of dirty leaves, seeds, twigs, and animal feces.
Opponents will also argue that gutter guards don’t catch 100 percent of all the debris that can litter and clog gutters. That’s also true. There are holes in gutter guards for water to drain through, and sometimes little bits of leaves or very small debris can sneak through with it. For that reason, you shouldn’t purchase gutter guards with the intention of never cleaning your gutters and downspouts again. That being said, gutter guards have been known to help reduce the frequency of gutter cleanings.
Advantages of using gutter guards:
- They can be added to existing gutters.
- They prevent birds and rodents from building nests in your gutters.
- Gutter guards eliminate the need to clean your gutters frequently, and make maintenance easier and quicker to perform.
- You’ll have fewer mosquitoes with gutter guards, since they prevent the build-up of stagnant water in your gutters.
- Your gutters will last longer, because they won’t rust or weaken prematurely from moisture and debris sitting in them.
Investing in any home improvement project requires careful thought. Let the experts at J&J Roofing help you make an informed decision. We will take the time to assess your home’s unique characteristics, and educate you about whether or not gutter guards are right for you. With more than 30 years in the industry, our team has the knowledge and experience to create a customized gutter system specifically for your home. Interested in our roofing services? Fill out this Free Estimate form, or contact us today!