Thursday, June 30, 2016

Why You Need Gutter Protection

It’s going to rain – let’s face it.  The real question is whether your gutters can handle it!  Gutters are designed to catch the rain from your roof and it usually does; it also catches all of the other debris that comes down your roof.   In order for gutters to work properly, they must be protected from the accumulation of leaves, needles, grit and other dirt that can cause them to clog.

There are two options:  gutter cleaning or gutter protection.  Let’s break it down.  

Gutter cleaning is one way to rid your gutters of debris.  This requires either doing it yourself or hiring a gutter cleaning service.  If you hire a gutter cleaning service, many times their low advertised price is only good until they actually visit your home.  Yes, they say it will be cheap and entice you with a great price but once they come to your home, you’ll find there are adjustments that need to be made.  For example, you have more gutter footage, more downspouts, more stories on your home and underground drains that weren’t originally calculated in the cost.  Suddenly what looked very affordable now has cost you much more than first anticipated.   The next thing you need to know is whether the person cleaning your gutters has the proper insurance coverage for doing the job.  Does it cover them being on a ladder or on your roof?  If someone would get hurt working on your home, you could be liable for any accidents that occur on your property!  And, are they really doing a good job?  Of course, since you aren’t getting up on the ladder, you are trusting that they are actually getting all the debris out of your gutters.  What tools are they using to get the job done?  Will they clean up after themselves or leave you with an awful mess in your beautiful landscaping?  What if a storm blows up the very next day and sends leaves and other debris into your gutters?  Do you have to call them back out again?  These are important questions to consider when deciding whether to utilize a gutter cleaning service or do what’s right, and invest in gutter protection.

Gutter protection is always a better option!  Gutter guards fit over the top of the gutters to prevent leaves, dirt and other debris from ever entering your gutter system.  And when you compare the cost of gutter cleaning to gutter guards, it’s not apples to apples.  Gutter cleaning is a service but gutter guards are an investment in your home.  They will offer you peace of mind for years rather than having to remember every year to schedule your cleanings (often 2 or more times a year).  Knowing your gutters are protected allows you to focus on things that are more important.

Here are a few more reasons that gutter protection is a better option:

      1)   They ensure your gutters will stay clean.  Your gutter system will not become a breeding ground for insects or other small mammals.  It will not become a catchall for dirt and debris that comes off your roof becoming a seeding ground for weeds and trees.
      2)   Gutter guards keep gutters clear reducing the possibility of water damage to the home or landscaping.  When gutters are clogged, rain water can quickly cause damage to landscaping, ruin basements and destroy the foundation of a home.
      3)   No need for you to climb on ladders to clean out your gutters.   There are many sources for statistics on ladder related injuries, but according to the World Health Organization, there are more than 164,000 emergency room related injuries and 300 deaths in the U.S. that are caused by falls from ladders and most of these falls are from 10 feet or less.  Unfortunately, over the past decade, the number of people who have died from falls from ladders has tripled.  With gutter guards, you won’t need to climb on ladders to clean out your gutters.
      4)   Gutter guards can increase the salability and value of your home.  Many gutter protection systems offer a warranty that is transferable, making your home more appealing to a buyer.  Gutter guards also protect your investment by preventing damage to foundations, fascia and landscaping around your home.

      Having the right gutter protectionsystem is important.  Free-flowing gutters will protect your biggest investment, keep you from climbing on dangerous ladders and allow you to enjoy the things that matter most rather than worrying about your gutters.