At Alamance Insulation and Gutters, we want your home to be protected from factors that can cost you money, including the debris that can end up in your gutters. Located in Burlington, NC, Alamance Insulation has been proudly serving the Triad area for over 20 years. We provide quality gutters and insulation for our clients across central North Carolina. Whether you need installation or repairs done, we offer a variety of gutter, insulation, and moisture barrier services that will ensure the safety of your home.
There are many types of gutter guards, and it is important to research and decide which type will work best for your home. Your decision should be based off of the number of trees and type of trees surrounding your home. First, plastic PVC screen gutter guards are cheap in quality but not cheap in cost. They are inexpensive and easy to install, but they are also cheaply made, which means they are easily manipulated by the weather. This type of gutter guard is good for leaves and needles. You can expect this type of guard to last between 3 and 6 years, depending on climate.
Next, perforated aluminum covers are affordable but a bit harder to install on your home (though it is possible to do it yourself). Because this type is made of aluminum, this gutter guard won’t rust. Though this guard offers great value, it is more difficult to clean this type because of the fasteners used to install it. You can expect between 10 and 20 years of use.
Another type of gutter guard is steel screen gutter guards. This type is reasonably priced and easy to install, but they may rust quickly. They can also be easily damaged by weather. Expect to get around 7 to 10 years of use.
Next up is micro-mesh gutter guards, which are similar to screen gutter guards. The smaller holes of this type of guard will keep out more debris, but they also can become blocked more easily. This type is best for dry climates. Expect 3 to 12 years of use depending on the material of these guards.
Foam gutter guards prevent debris from getting into the gutter, but water can still filter through. This type is easy to install and is effective in keeping out debris, but because water can filter through, this type of gutter guard can create quite a mess. Expect foam gutter guards to last about 10 years in mild climates, but much less in either very sunny or very wet climates.
Brush gutter guards are easy to install and effective in keeping large, dry debris out of your gutters. However, this type of guard doesn’t cover the whole gutter, so seeds and pine needles collect in the bristles. Cleaning this type of gutter is more difficult than others. You can expect 10 to 20 years of use.
Finally, solid metal gutter guards cover the entire gutter and feature an edge that curves downward to move water into the gutter so it can drain. This type of gutter guard covers the gutter effectively, but installing them yourself takes longer than any other type. Solid metal gutter guards can last up to 20 years, but they are more expensive to install if you’re relying on the help of professionals (which is recommended).
Choosing the right type of gutter guard for your home or business can be tough, which is why we are here to help. Call Alamance today!