At Alamance Insulation and Gutters, we know how tricky it can be to decide on the right gutter system for your home. We’re here to help! Serving many areas in North Carolina, including but not limited to Burlington, Greensboro, Mebane, Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh, we’re happy to help with all your gutter and insulation needs.
There are many different types of gutter systems out there, and there are advantages and disadvantages to all types of gutters. In general, some find that gutter guards can create more trouble than they’re worth, but there are some positive qualities when it comes to protecting your gutters.
The goal of installing gutter guards on the roof of your home or business is to prevent the gutters from being clogged with debris, which causes overflow during heavy rains. If your gutter guards are doing their job and keeping out debris and clogging, that is absolutely a pro of installing guards. Gutter guards may keep out larger debris too, such as sticks, tennis balls, and toys.
In addition, with gutter guards, you’ll have to clean your gutters much less than usual – typically one-half to one-third as often as you would normally have to clean your gutters. Though we recommend having professionals install your gutter guards, it is possible to do it yourself. Also, if you’re selling your home, many homebuyers will be attracted to the gutter guards already installed on your roof, as this will save the future owners time and money.
Along with the advantages of gutter guards come the negative factors. If your gutter guards are doing a poor job of keeping out debris, this can cause damage to your home. For example, if wet leaves build up on your gutter covers, this will prevent water from entering your gutters, therefore making the water run across the gutter guard and fall to the ground during a heavy rain. This could lead to leaking in your home’s foundation or potentially damage the siding of your home.
When covered with fixed guards, gutters are more difficult to clean. To clean your gutters, you’ll have to remove and clean the gutter guards first, which adds several extra steps to this already tedious maintenance process. Gutter guards can also rust or warp, which can detract from the appearance of your home. Finally, if your attic is poorly insulated and snow piles up on your roof, the snow will melt because of the heat escaping from your home. The water will then run into the gutter where it freezes, and the ice will damage gutter guards and the gutters themselves.
Because of both the advantages and disadvantages of gutter guards, choosing the right gutter system for your home can be complicated and confusing. At Alamance Insulation and Gutters, we’re here to help you with all your gutter and insulation needs. Contact us today!