Gutter leafguards are a home improvement investment that can pay off for years. If you have ever been frustrated by the constant buildup of debris in your home’s drainage system, there is a way to control and manage the problem. Read on to see if gutter guards are for you.
Reduce the Need for Gutter Maintenance
The best reason to install gutter guards is to cut down on the number of times you climb up to your roof to clean your gutters. It is not a pleasant job, and in many cases, it is not a safe job. You run the risk of serious injury each time you undertake this chore. And if you trust a professional gutter cleaning service or roofer to handle the issue, you are paying a regular fee that might as well be invested in a solution that will save you money over the long term.
Guard Against Winter Water Damage
If you fail to completely clean out your gutters before the first snowstorm of the year, you risk a blocked drainage system, which might cause water damage on your ceilings or walls. If the wet debris freezes and prevents melting snow and ice from draining, the water can soak into the roof deck and leak into your home, causing stains and prompting the growth of mold.
Prevent Premature Rusting
Besides water damage, clogged gutters can lead to an increased chance of gutter rusting. When leaves and sticks block the flow of water, the standing moisture contributes to the breakdown of the metal finish. Moisture slowly penetrates and expedites the metal’s oxidation process. The gutters may leak rusty water down the side of your home, staining the exterior and creating an unsightly view from the street. Rust also will weaken gutters, sapping the strength they need to withstand harsh wind and weather.
Reduce the Risk of Fire
Another downside to constantly having debris in your gutters is the risk of fire. If a spark ignites the leaves and sticks, the flames can quickly spread to your roof and attic and endanger your family and your entire home.
Make Your Home a Healthier Place to Live
Standing water in the gutters is detrimental to your family’s safety because it poses a health threat. Bacteria and other organisms flourish in moist places — this can become a breeding ground for mosquitos.
Don’t Sacrifice Curb Appeal — Add to It
If you believe gutter guards will compromise the beauty of your home, think again. Gutter guards are available in a variety of materials, shapes and colors designed to fit seamlessly into your home’s exterior design theme. Installing this product can contribute to your home’s overall curb appeal.
Contact Knockout Roofing for more information on the benefits of rain gutter leaf guards and the installation process — our experienced roofing team is ready to help.