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What are Gutter Guards?

Gutters are fairly simple and inexpensive considering how important they are: protecting more valuable parts of your home. Gutters keep rain water off the siding, windows, porch, deck and basement, routing it away from your house.

That means, anything that can protect your gutters and helps them work even more efficiently is a good investment as well.

Gutter guards are an affordable feature you can add to any type of gutters, and they work as a protective shield for gutters so debris and animals aren’t able to get inside of them. Buying gutter screens can be a money-saving choice that you’ll thank yourself for year after year.

There are many styles of gutter guard. The style you install will depend on your budget and the type of gutters you have. Gutter guards are made of aluminum, nylon or plastic.

Franklin Gutters installs all styles of gutter guards in Franklin.

Call 615-395-6951 for a FREE gutter guard installation estimate today!

Benefits of Gutter Guards

On average, gutter guards cost about as much per linear foot as the gutters themselves. In the long run, you’re going to save a lot of time and money installing them. Here are a few of the reasons we recommend to install gutter guards on your home:

Improve Drainage by Preventing Clogs – Gutter guards keep most debris out of your gutters. Otherwise large pieces of debris settle in the gutter first, then smaller pieces pile up around them. Of all the many gutter guard styles, all of them block larger leaves and pieces of debris from becoming stuck to start with.

Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards help water to stream through the gutters quickly because it isn’t blocked by any debris. Rain is one of the primary reasons for mold and mildew growth, therefore moving the water faster through the gutters limits the amount of time rain remains sitting still, possibly leading to mold and mildew.

Prevent Pests from Nesting – Keeping squirrels, chipmunks, birds and insects out of gutters and off the roof can be a constant struggle. Every type of gutter guard stops animals from crafting nests inside of the gutter. A lot of homeowners choose to install gutter guards for this reason alone.

Gutter Cleaning Less Often – Gutter guards need to be removed to clean the gutters, but if they are installed, this job won’t have to be done as often. Leaf guards reduce the frequency in which you need to clean gutters – or hire a professional to do it for you – so that you might only have to have them cleaned only once each year.

Protection From Fires – A typical way fires spread to homes is if embers fall into gutters that have dry debris in them. This debris gives the fire fuel until it becomes too large and damages the roof, and then the rest of the house. A standard gutter guard installation can protect your home from this fire risk.

Prevent Ice Dams – If you happen to live in an area that gets frequent below-freezing temps, snow and ice, you’ll be happy to know that gutter guards can help stop snow and ice from staying up on your roof. Their unique designs redirect melting ice and snow to get it off your roof much faster.

These are all problems that impact hundreds of thousands of American homes each year. Gutter guards protect a vital system that protects the rest of your home. If you’ve never thought about installing them before, it might be time to think about it.

Professional Gutter Guard Installation

As you can see, there are several benefits of gutter guards. While it might be tempting to go out and purchase the type you think will work best – how different could they be, right? – you still have to install them properly. All things considered, you’re much better off having a professional gutter guard installation company do the job for you.

Not only will professional installation be much more reliable than DIY work, but a local gutter guard service and installer is going to be able to suggest the best type of gutter for your home in the first place. They know all of the choices, and they will consider each factor carefully when making their recommendation.

Here are a few of the things a gutter guard service will think about when choosing the perfect gutter guards for your home:

Material – Gutter guards can be made of aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of different materials. Some gutter guards are designed for temporary usage and some are built to last just as long as your gutters. The construction plays a key factor in how long the gutter guards will last.

Installation method – The only type of gutter guards we would recommend for a homeowner to install on their own is the drop in kind that do not require fastening to the gutters. However, these are not as dependable. Installing the other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, could destroy your rain gutters if they are not installed the right way.

Appearance – Many gutter guards boast a low profile so they aren’t visible from ground level, while others are very obvious. If this is an important requirement, you are limited on the type of gutter guard you can install, and limited even more by the type of gutters you have. If it is important for you to have “invisible” gutter guards, it might be necessary for you to install new gutters.

Warranty – Most gutter guard styles will come with a short warranty, however most of the aluminum models are guaranteed to last for 10-20 years. By having a licensed gutter guard installer in Franklin(rather than doing it yourself), you won’t void the warranty. Gutter guards should never lift your shingles, nor should their installation void your roof’s warranty.

Another great thing by having Franklin Gutters install your new gutter guards is that we’ll come back and repair them free of charge if there is any issue related to the installation from our team.

Your budget is, of course, the final factor in choosing the gutter guards you will have installed. We offer a range of options for all budgets, and will provide the benefits listed above, to one degree or another.

Need Gutter Guard Installation? Call 615-395-6951 for a FREE gutter guard installation estimate today!