Why Install Gutter Guards

Everyone knows that once a year in the fall, after the leaves have all dropped from the trees, homeowners everywhere, from Fairfield to Shelton, Trumbull and the rest of Connecticut need to trek up their ladders to clean out their gutters. It’s a suburban ritual.

Except that it doesn’t have to be. Gutter guards are a cover that installs over your gutters to prevent leaves, twigs and other debris from getting stuck inside, while still allowing the free flow of rainwater into the gutters. They alleviate the need to ever clean your gutters again! If that weren’t enough there are also a number of other good reasons to install gutter guards on your home.

We are home improvement company based in Shelton Connecticut. We install gutters and Englert MicroGuard gutter guard systems all over the area. Let us give you a free estimate! But first, here’s why you should install gutter guards.

They Keep Your Gutters Clean

This goes beyond the fact that you never need to clean them again. Gutter guards make certain they’re ALWAYS clean. And this is important because without guards, clogs and blockages can still happen in between cleanings, and this can lead to all sorts of damage around your home like:

  • Basement flooding
  • Foundation damage
  • Roof leaks
  • Soil erosion
  • Gutter damage
  • Mosquito problems[1]

Gutter Cleaning is Dangerous

Let’s face it. Anytime you go up on a ladder you risk getting hurt. Cleaning gutters requires homeowners to climb fairly high which increases the chance that a fall could result in serious injuries.[2] It simply isn’t a risk worth taking, especially since installing gutter guards means never having to take that chance again. Your safety alone is worth the cost of installation.

Gutter Guards Prevent Ice Dams

Winters here in Connecticut can be pretty brutal. When the cold weather hits any standing water in your gutters can freeze, causing an ice dam that can prevent meltwater from escaping down your downspout. And if your gutters hold a lot of water the added weight when this freezes could potentially pull your gutters off their hangers. Gutter guards completely remove this possibility.[3]

Debris in Your Gutters Breeds Pests

Wet debris and standing water trapped in gutters can be a breeding ground for mold, mosquitos and other pests, as well as a trap for many allergens.[4] Mold spores are known to trigger reactions in sensitive people and mosquitos are a nuisance that can also spread illnesses such as West Nile and Zika. Gutter guards, particularly Englert MicroGuard gutter guards prevent this debris build up from ever occurring.[5]

Gutter Guards Prevent Gutter Corrosion

Gutters that are prone to rust and corrosion will age much more rapidly when exposed to constant standing water and wet debris.[6] And if the condition worsens and debris begins to extend out of the gutter and onto the roof, mold and algae can begin to grow around the singles, soffit and fascia, causing rapid degradation of these vital roof structures.

Gutter Guards are Worth the Investment

Gutter guards are a worthy addition to your home’s protective features, and Englert MicroGuard gutter guards are made with some of the best technology in the industry. We here at TL Home Improvement LLC in Shelton Connecticut wholeheartedly recommend these for every home and would love the opportunity to give you a free estimate for yours. Give us a call or drop us an email today. You’ll be very glad you did!

 

  [1] “Why Install Gutter Guards? – Tidewater Insulators.” 8 Oct. 2013, https://www.tidewaterinsulators.com/blog/why-install-gutter-guards   

[2] “5 Good Reasons to Install Gutter Guards – Gutter Pro USA.” https://gutterprousa.com/5-good-reasons-install-gutter-guards/                  

[3] “5 Benefits of Gutter Guards – Van Martin Roofing.” https://www.vanmartinroofing.com/news/benefits-of-gutter-guards/                          

  [4] “5 Good Reasons to Install Gutter Guards – Gutter Pro USA.” https://gutterprousa.com/5-good-reasons-install-gutter-guards/                

  [5] “MicroGuard Leaf Protection – Englert, inc..” https://www.englertinc.com/microguard-leaf-protection.html                                                    

[6] “6 Useful Benefits of Installing Gutter Guards – USA TODAY Classifieds.” 27 Jun. 2018, http://classifieds.usatoday.com/blog/marketplace/6-useful-benefits-of-installing-gutter-guards/

 

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