Clogged gutters can be one of the biggest hazards for any home. In fact, a home with clogged gutters can be worse than a home with no gutters at all. Water buildup that occurs from clogged gutters can rust your gutters, cause flooding or leaking in the home requiring expensive repairs, cause rotting, and attract pests. So are gutter guards worth it?
Particularly if you clean your gutters yourself, having to clean your gutters more than twice a year can be a hassle. Gutter guards are one solution meant to reduce the amount of gutter cleaning needed at your home. Gutter guards help keep your gutters clean by blocking the debris that flows down with water being drawn away from your roof.
Are gutter guards worth it or a waste of money?
While some may believe that gutter guards will eliminate the need for gutter cleaning all year, the truth is that bi-annual gutter cleaning will always be recommended maintenance for your home.
However, gutter guards can reduce debris that enters your gutters, helping water to flow freely for most of the year without further hassle at all. Especially if your home is near to big trees in your yard, gutter guards can save time and unnecessary dirty work by preventing gutter clogging and allowing your gutters to flow freely. Seasonally, gutter guards can also protect your gutters in the winter.
Gutter guards can range from inexpensive options such as screen gutter guards to easy-to-install options such as mesh gutter guards to sturdier metal gutter guards that can keep thicker debris out such as reverse curve gutter guards.
One drawback to gutter guards is that when the bi-annual period comes for your gutters eventually to be cleaned, the job could be more time-consuming. Gutter guards typically need to be cleaned as well after all the debris and wear and tear they endure. Depending on the gutter guards, they could need to be removed for cleaning as well.
What is the cost of gutter guards?
According to Angie’s List, gutter guards and covers cost between $7.50 and $10 per lineal foot installed. Because the average home features about 200 feet of gutter, homeowners should expect to pay about $1,500 and $2,000 for professional gutter guard installation.
To learn more about gutter guards, gutter cleaning maintenance or experienced gutter guard installation projects for your home, contact us today.