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Benefits of Gutter Guards

Every house’s roof has gutters. Gutter are important to make sure that the water that rolls off your roof go to the ground instead of leaking into your walls. However, gutters can get annoying to clean especially in the fall when they get clogged with leaves and insects and basically defeat their entire purpose.  They get too heavy and break or they stop the flow of melting ice causing water to leak into your walls. To prevent this you end up spending cold fall days cleaning out your gutters often to get them ready for the winter.

Clogged gutters can lead to quite a few problems liked flooded basements, mold, yard erosion and even serve as breeding ground for insects like mosquitos. All that could be avoided with gutter guards so you can spend your fall days picking apples and not picking leaves out of your gutters.

How do gutter guards help you avoid all these problems? It’s simple really, they act as a shield for your gutters, keeping out debris, animals and the like out of your gutters to prevent clogging*[1]. They make gutter maintenance much easier. Ideally gutters are to be maintained twice a year, in the fall and in the spring[2]. With gutter guards you’ll spend less time cleaning debris out compared to the time spent cleaning gutters out without gutter guards. Your gutters will still have to be maintained, just less often during the season and less time cleaning. Less cleaning = less safety issues from the dangers of cleaning on top of a ladder.

When there’s less debris stuck in your gutters, there’s less of a chance for water to sit in your gutters when it rains or when snow melts. As a result gutter guards also help you prevent freezing. In the winter when the snow melts, it flows better instead of getting stuck, freezing up and blocking up your gutter. When water freezes up in your gutters, it builds up as more water freezes up sometimes causing your gutter troughs to break and fall off. If your gutters don’t break off, the trapped water ends up leaking your walls[3]. When water leaks into your walls, it creates mold/mildew, damages your foundations or causes stains on the outside of your home (best case scenario).

Water sitting in your gutter troughs leads to breeding ground for mosquitos and other insects. Stagnant water with dark corners thanks to debris is never a good thing. Gutter guards prevents all these by filtering out the debris, and also acting as physical barrier preventing birds and rodents from making a home in your gutters.

Gutter guards also keep your gutters from rusting. Wet debris and particles sitting in your troughs can cause them to rust, shortening their life span.

If you live in an area prone to bushfires, gutter guards act as great fire protection. How you ask, well, no debris sitting in your gutters means there are no dry items to catch fire from floating embers from a nearby fire[3].

Gutter guards, keep your gutters healthy and extends their lifespan, as a result keeps your home healthy and free from moldy walls or eroded foundations.

There are many out there, get the right gutter protection system for your gutters because they matter. Learn more about gutter protection systems. Live comfortably & live worry free of water damage issues.

[1] * Guards do not 100% keep all debris out of your gutters.

[2] http://www.vanmartinroofing.com/news/benefits-of-gutter-guards/

[3] https://www.homeimprovementpages.com.au/article/7_benefits_of_gutter_guards

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