Gutter guards offer the best protection for your gutters. But not all gutter guards are created equal. Many gutter guards can cause more problems than they solve making it a frustrating investment. Gutter guards are best when they allow water to enter the gutter, while keeping debris on top of the gutter. They also need to be easy to clean and maintain.
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Are Gutter Guards Worth It?
Doing your research before you install gutter guards is your best bet. If you plan on installing them yourself, you will need to be prepared to splurge on the best options out there, otherwise it will be a waste or your time and money. If hiring a gutter company for installation, they will provide you with options that they trust. Most gutter companies have seen firsthand the pros and cons of all gutter guards on the market. A reputable company will not install a gutter guard they do not stand by. If you get a highly rated gutter guard installed correctly, it can be a big benefit to your gutter maintenance and lifespan.
While gutter guards are constantly evolving with new innovations and design, mesh guards are currently the most trusted gutter guard in the industry. Mesh guards can handle large volumes of water while keeping debris out, even preventing items as small as a grain of sand from entering your gutter system. Properly installed mesh guards will also help snow and ice drain as they melt into your gutters. Overall, mesh guards perform the best in regards to coverage and protection.
Don’t be fooled by a company that claims their gutter guards are maintenance free. All gutters, even those with the top of the line and most expensive guard, will be in need of gutter maintenance. While gutter guards oftentimes make the maintenance process more quick and easy, it doesn’t completely eliminate the need for maintenance. Wiping off the guard will be required from time to time. It is still recommended to inspect your gutters twice and year for maintenance and repairs.
Choosing the right gutter guard is only half the battle with gutter protection. The other half is having it installed properly. Many complaints against gutter guards are raised because of poor installation. Even the guard that is best for your home won’t help at all if it isn’t installed correctly. Using a professional for gutter guard installation is highly recommended. A professional will be able to accommodate the different needs of your home or business. If you have pine trees on one side of your yard, you would need to install a very fine micromesh on that side. If you have a steep slope on the other side that gets more water flow, you will need a less fine mesh that can handle large amounts of water.