Friday, May 16, 2014

Top Reasons Every Homeowner Needs Gutter Guards

By Tony Iannelli
Inventor of Gutter Topper and founder and owner, Gutter Covers International

If there are 10 things that can go wrong with your home, nine will be caused by water. Water is the enemy of your home, but many homeowners still wonder if an investment in a gutter protection system is worth it. In fact, purchasing a gutter guard system for your home can be one of the best home improvements investments you ever make.

Just one inch of rain from a single rainfall can produce up to 2,500 gallons of water falling on an average 2,000 square foot roof. When working properly, your home’s gutter and downspout system is designed to capture that water and direct it away from your home. But what happens when your gutters and downspouts clog with debris? The first, most visible result is that you see waterfalls flowing over your gutters, because the water has nowhere to go – and that’s where the problems really start.
Clogged gutters lead to waterfalls ad home damage.
Landscaping Damage Caused by Gutter Waterfalls

Your landscaping usually takes the first blow from overflowing gutters. Shrubs, flowers, grass and mulch that you invest in to give your home great curb appeal become a mess, and soil can begin to erode around your home’s foundation.

Water Pressure Stresses Your Foundation

As the weight of the water starts to push against your foundation, the most expensive problems begin. Over time, water will find its way down and through the foundation walls as pressure builds. That leads to cracks in basement walls and eventually flooding in the basement. Even without cracks, the pressure of water can soak through the basement wall and result in a buckled foundation and costly repairs. Your foundation supports your entire home.  Too much water can eventually cause your foundation to shift, crack, or even sink.
Water damage caused by overflowing gutters.
Water flowing over your gutters also exposes doors, walls, and window frames to much larger amounts of water than they are designed to handle, since they count on your gutter and downspout system to divert rain away from your home. That leads to wood rot and warp, and, before you know it, you have a very expensive home improvement project on your hands. 

Gutter Guards Keep Your Gutters and Downspouts Working Properly

When they are installed properly by a professional, gutter guards keep your gutter and downspout system working properly – and that keeps basements dry, preserves landscaping, and protects siding, windows and doors from water damage. 

Your gutters and downspouts aren’t designed to handle leaves and other build-ups of debris. That’s why choosing a proven gutter guard system from an experienced installer can be one of the smartest home improvement investments you ever make. Please contact your local Gutter Topper Retailer for the right answer to your specific gutter protection needs.

As a general contractor and craftsman, Tony Iannelli saw the damage caused by clogged gutters, and he knew he could invent a solution in his workshop. That invention was Gutter Topper, which then led to his company, Gutter Covers International, developing a series of gutter protection products. Since then, millions of feet of Tony's gutter protection products have been installed in over 200 markets across the USA, Canada and Europe.

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