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What are Gutter Guards?

Rain gutters are fairly basic and inexpensive considering how important they are: protecting much more valuable parts of your home. Gutters help keep rain water off the wood or siding, windows, patio, deck and basement, routing it discreetly away from your foundation.

Therefore, anything that protects your gutters from damage and helps them function more efficiently is a good investment.

Gutter guards are a low cost product you can add to almost any type of gutters, and they work as a protective barrier for gutters so debris and animals won’t get inside of them. Installing gutter guards can be a money-saving decision that you’ll happy with for many years.

There are a lot of types of gutter guard. The style you install depends on your available budget and the type of rain gutters you have. Gutter guards are made of aluminum, nylon or plastic.

EZ Eugene Gutters installs all styles of gutter guards in Eugene.

Call 541-229-8081 for a FREE gutter guard installation quote today!

Benefits of Gutter Guards

Typically, gutter guards cost about as much per linear foot as the gutters cost themselves. In the long run, you will save a lot of time and money installing them. Here are a few of the reasons we recommend to install gutter guards on your roof:

Improve Drainage by Preventing Clogs – Gutter guards keep most debris out of your gutters. Otherwise large pieces of debris settle in the gutter first, then smaller pieces pile up around them. Of all the different gutter guard styles, all of them prevent larger leaves and pieces of debris from becoming stuck to start with.

Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards help water to stream through the gutters faster because it isn’t blocked by large debris. Water is one of the main reasons for mold and mildew to grow, therefore moving the water faster through the gutters reduces the amount of time rain remains sitting still, possibly leading to mold and mildew.

Prevent Pests from Nesting – Keeping squirrels, chipmunks, birds and insects out of rain gutters and off the roof is often a constant struggle. Every type of gutter guard stops pests from building nests inside of the gutter. Some homeowners decide to install gutter guards for this reason alone.

Gutter Cleaning Less Often – Gutter guards need to be removed to clean the gutters, but if they are installed, this project won’t have to be done as regularly. Leaf guards cut down the frequency that you need to clean out the gutters – or have someone to do the work for you – so that you may only need to have them cleaned only once a year.

Protection From Fires – A typical way fires spread to homes is if embers fall into gutters that have dry debris in them. This debris gives the fire fuel until it becomes too large and damages the roof, followed by the rest of the home. A basic gutter guard installation can protect your home from this fire risk.

Prevent Ice Dams – If you live in an area that gets frequent below-freezing temps, snow and ice, you’ll be happy to know that gutter guards help stop snow and ice from staying up on your roof. Their designs purposefully redirect melting snow and ice to get it off your roof much faster.

These are all issues that impact hundreds of thousands of homes every year. Gutter guards protect an important system that protects the rest of your home. If you haven’t considered installing them before, it could be time to think about it.

Professional Gutter Guard Installation

As you can see, there are several benefits of gutter guards. While it might be tempting to run out and purchase the type you think will be the best – how different could they be, right? – you still have to install them properly. Ultimately, you’re much better off having a professional gutter guard installer do the job for you.

Not only will professional installation be much more reliable than DIY work, but a professional gutter guard service and installer should be able to recommend the best type of gutter system for your house in the first place. They are familiar with all of the options, and they will consider each factor when making their recommendation.

Here are some of the factors a gutter guard installer will take into account when deciding the perfect gutter guards for your home:

Material – Gutter guards can be made of aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of different materials. Some gutter guards are made for temporary usage and others are built to last just as long as your gutters. The material plays a key factor in how long the gutter guards will last.

Installation method – The only type of gutter guards we would encourage for a homeowner to install themselves is the drop in kind that don’t require fastening to the gutters. Installing the other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, might damage your rain gutters if they’re not installed the right way.

Appearance – Many gutter guards boast a low profile so they aren’t visible from ground level, while others are visible. If that is an important condition, you are limited on the style of gutter guard you can have, and limited even more by the type of gutters you have on your home. If it is important for you to have “invisible” gutter guards installed, it may be necessary to purchase new gutters.

Warranty – Most gutter guard styles will come with a short warranty, but most of the aluminum types are guaranteed to last for at least 10-20 years. By hiring a licensed gutter guard installation company in Eugene (rather than doing it yourself), you won’t void the warranty. Gutter guards should not lift your shingles, nor should the installation void your roof’s warranty.

Another great thing about having EZ Eugene Gutters install your new gutter guards is that we’ll come back and repair them free of charge if there is an issue related to the installation from our team.

Your budget is, of course, the last factor in determining which gutter guards you will have installed. We provide a range of options for every budget, and will provide the benefits listed above, to one degree or another.

Need Gutter Guard Installation? Call 541-229-8081 for a FREE gutter guard installation quote today!