Cleaning out gutters is not on the ‘fun’ list for most homeowners. It can be messy and dangerous. Since falls from a height are one of the top causes of DIY-related hospital admissions, it makes sense to do anything you can to minimize the risk and make your life easier at the same time. One way to benefit you and your home is by installing gutter guards. In this article, we are going to look at why gutter guards are a marvellous invention.
Save Time and Money
Are you dangerously short of time and spare cash? If so, you are not alone. Most homeowners don’t have much spare time. They are too busy working and taking care of their families to spend a few hours on home maintenance, so they outsource the most annoying jobs. Unfortunately, hiring in a contractor to clean out your gutters is an expense you probably don’t want twice a year. You could do the job yourself, but if your property is anything other than a single-story home, the task requires specialist equipment.
Installing gutter guards solves this problem. Properly fitted gutter guards prevent debris from accumulating. This means you don’t have to waste time and money keeping your gutters clear of leaves and kids’ balls.
Protect Your Gutters
Allowing debris to accumulate in gutters is not good for them. Layers of rotting leaves, stones, and other muck washed off the roof are heavy, and in time, this puts pressure on gutter fixings. In addition, if your gutters are full of debris, they can’t do their job properly, which is to channel water away. This can cause metal fixtures and fittings to rush, which reduces the working lifespan of your gutters.
In the cover gutters vs. traditional gutters debate, covered gutters win every time. By installing gutter guards, you can prolong the life of your gutters and save yourself money at the same time.
Prevent Water Damage
Water is not man’s best friend. At least not in relation to our home! Water ingress causes a huge amount of expensive damage. One of the most common areas where water finds a way in is along the roof line, and faulty gutters play a big part in this process. Blocked gutters may force water in under the edge of the roof. They may also overflow, which causes water to seep in through bricks and mortar via capillary action. And in winter, standing water in blocked gutters will freeze. The extra weight may cause your gutters to collapse.
Gutter guards channel water effectively and safely into downspouts all year round. This prevents it from seeping down the outside of your home or into the roof space. Remember: water pooling around the foundation of your home can cause major structural damage!
These are not the only benefits of gutter guards. They also prevent pest infestations and keep your rain tank full of fresh, clean rainwater, which is handy if you love your garden.
Always use a reputable installer to fit your gutter guards.