As homeowners, we use filters in all sorts of places. Over air return vents. Inside the faucets. In front of the windows. But it’s amazing how many people don’t consider their gutters to be just as vulnerable an area. Gutters are supposed to channel water—and only water. If you let a bunch of other debris fall in, you’ll end up with some ugly and potentially costly results. That’s why gutter guards should be commonplace. Here in western Kentucky, gutter guards are especially important. We have a lot of trees and a lot of rainfall!
Also known as leaf shields or leaf guards, gutter guards block debris from entering your gutter while filtering water away from the roof. Beyond that simple explanation, here are seven reasons why you need to get gutter guards.
1. Immediate Solution – As soon as the gutter guards are in place, your problem, for the most part, is gone. Best of all, it generally only takes Gutter Boyz of Kentucky a day to install gutter guards.
2. Roof Damage – When water backs up in a clogged gutter, roof damage can occur. It’s especially problematic when you’re dealing with snow and ice. A small investment in gutter guards now means avoiding costly roof repairs or replacement later.
3. Protect Your Landscaping – Clogged gutters are almost as bad as having no gutters at all. Just as a home without gutters, clogs will make rainwater spill over the roof line and wash away mulch, break plants, discourage grass growth, and create craters in your yard.
4. Year-Round Defense – Since spring is officially here, western Kentucky gutters can fill up with seed pods, flower petals and the finale of gum balls. When fall arrives, you can look forward to falling leaves. Next comes winter where snow and ice can wreak havoc on clogged gutters.
5. Avoid Fires – Did you know gutters are a top source of house fires? When dry leaves and sticks pile up in an uncovered gutter, it makes perfect kindling. All it takes is someone’s cigarette or bonfire embers to catch on a breeze.
6. Make Your Gutters Last – Clogged gutters eventually mean broken gutters. In many cases, the gutter becomes so heavy with debris, the gutter can pull away from your house—taking part of your trim, siding or shingles with it.
7. Keep Away the Critters – Clogged gutters might look awful to us, but they look GREAT to birds, squirrels and other creatures who are happy to make a home there. Even empty gutters, when left uncovered, can quickly become home to a bird’s nest gutters—and now you have a clog to water flow.
Gutter guards are not perfect, of course. Occasionally tiny seeds and twigs will get in, so you will still need to maintain your gutters with a cleaning every couple of years. But that certainly beats twice-a-year clean outs and the problems that can arise in between. Since the pros outweigh the cons, call the pros at Gutter Boyz of Kentucky at (270) 906-3055 for a FREE ESTIMATE or CLICK HERE to contact us today.