The Benefits of Using Gutter Guards
The benefits of gutter guards are vast, as these solutions help you solve the tricky task of maintaining your gutters. Some homeowners may question if gutter guards are necessary and if they can really benefit their house. The simple answer is yes. Gutter guards minimize the time and money you spend maintaining your gutter system. Learn more about how they can benefit your home.
What Are Gutter Guards?
Gutter guards allow water to flow away from your roof and house and keep debris from collecting in your gutters. Gutter guards mean less maintenance because they promote less clogging and easier cleaning.
In its simplest form, a gutter guard protects and covers your gutter system so that there is no water backup and your system works efficiently.
Gutter systems help collect and safely channel water from your roof and home, preventing water from seeping into your roof and siding. Gutter systems get clogged over time from debris, leaves, sticks and other objects — this backlog can cause severe damage to your home. Blocked gutters can cause water to run down your walls, facilitate rot and even impact your foundation.
Types of Gutter Guards
There are six main types of gutter guards — each has different benefits.
1. Micro-Mesh Guards
Micro-mesh and mesh guards are both a type of screen leaf guard — the holes in the micro-mesh are just finer.
Gutter micro-mesh is considered a premium guard because it allows the least amount of debris in and requires minimal maintenance. Consequently, they are slightly more costly.
2. Mesh Guards
Mesh guards have somewhat larger holes than micro-mesh but are still excellent at keeping debris out of gutters.
3. Screen Guards
Screen guards block larger debris from entering the gutter system and are moderately priced.
4. Brush Guards
Brush gutter guards — as the name suggests — consist of a brush inserted into a gutter. The large bristles allow the water to flow while blocking debris.
5. Foam Guards
Foam guards sit in the gutter, allowing water to run through while keeping debris out. They are cost-effective but do require continual maintenance, as debris can fix onto the foam.
6. Reverse Curve or Surface Tension Guards
Reverse curve guards channel water through the gutter system while allowing debris to slide down the gutters. They block larger debris and are visible from the ground.
Benefits of Gutter Guards
Gutter guards help prevent blockages from keeping your system free-flowing — and their benefits don’t stop there.
1. Save Time and Money
Cleaning your gutters is straightforward with gutter guards. How frequently you need to clean your gutters will become considerably less, saving you time. Simpler maintenance will also allow you to save money, even when enlisting professional help.
2. Increase Your Gutters’ Longevity
When debris clogs your gutters, it can cause water to pool in them. The moisture increases the likelihood of your gutters rusting. By using gutter guards, you can protect your system for longer.
3. Prevent Leaks and Water Seepage in Your Home
Blocked gutters can cause water to leak into your walls and roof. The water damage can create rot and stains inside and outside your home. Repairing leaks and water damage can be costly, so prevention is vital.
4. Alleviate Freezing in Winter
Gutter guards prevent ice dams from forming. When your gutter fills with debris, water may not channel away from your home as it should. If cold spells hit, the pooling water can freeze and cause your gutter to do the same.
5. Prevent Insect and Mice Infestations
Gutter guards protect your system and reduce water pooling, making it difficult for pests such as mosquitoes, cockroaches and rodents to thrive and breed. Gutter guards also prevent birds from nesting in your gutter.
7. Protect Your Home From Fires
If you live in an area prone to bushfires, metal gutter guards may help protect your home. An ember can spark a fire when a gutter is full of dry twigs and debris. If an ember falls into a clean gutter, there is nothing to catch alight.
The Most Advanced Gutter System Available
For high-quality gutter leaf guards, you can trust us to deliver. AmeriPro Roofing has partnered with RainDrop Gutter Guards as a Certified Installer, which means you can get the best gutter guard on the market — the RainDrop Pro Gutter Guard.
We can install these hardy guards onto any home. Plus, they’re virtually invisible and can handle any amount of water.
Contact Us for Your Gutter Guard Needs
AmeriPro Roofing has completed over 150,000 successful projects and is one fo the largest residential roofers in the country. With decades of experience, thousands of stellar customer ratings and a team of experts, we can help you choose and install the best gutter guard for your home.
Schedule an appointment online or call us today to discuss your gutter guard needs.