A Guide to Gutter Guards & Accessories

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Gutter guard preventing a leaf from getting into the drain

Many homeowners dread the start of the spring and fall seasons, as the tiresome job of getting the gutters cleaned gets put on the to-do list.

Cleaning gutters is a tedious and dangerous job, requiring you to clear out your gutter of seasonal debris – all while balancing on a ladder. While gutters are designed to direct rainwater away from the base of your home, they’re only effective when no leaves, twigs, and other material are clogging the mechanism.

There are many different types of gutter guards on the market, all engineered to stop debris and leaves from entering the gutter and clogging the downspouts.

Deciding whether to install gutter guards is a matter of weighing their expense with long-term benefits, so before making a decision, take a moment to read about their importance and key benefits below.

Homeowner clearing out the gutter using a ladder

Why Gutter Protection Is Important

When the leaves turn brown and start falling from overhanging trees, homeowners must take out their ladders and begin the tedious job of clearing out their eavestrough.

The gutter system is incredibly important in protecting your home’s roof and walls from water damage. A clogged gutter allows water to spill over the sides of your house and pool around the foundation, which could lead to flooded basements, insect infestations, or erosion on the walls and ceiling.

Gutter guards act as a filter or screen that has tiny holes allowing only water to go through the eavestrough and drain properly.

Save Time and Money

By blocking leaves, twigs, and other debris from getting into your gutter system, you won’t need to worry about those tiring bi-annual cleanings.

Even with the use of gutter guards, some debris might still collect on the surface and will need to be cleaned. However, cleaning the guards is exponentially easier as you won’t have to dig into clogged eavestroughs and pull out handfuls of twigs and leaves.

No matter if your home is one story or two, the use of a ladder is still needed to get the cleaning done, which is why the job is best left for the professionals to handle.

Broken gutter due to a clogAvoid Mice and Insect Infestations

Besides preventing your eavestrough from getting clogged, gutter guards help block pests from setting up their homes in your gutter system.

With less stagnant water, your home will be difficult for birds, mice, and insects to use as their breeding ground. Otherwise, these rodents may navigate their way past the fascia boards and into the roof space of your home.

In addition, all the extra weight from the water and unwanted guests may bend your gutters or completely tear them away from your home.

Protect Your Home With Gutter Guards and Accessories

When your gutters are clogged, you risk damage to many parts of your home.

At Century Roofing and Siding, we offer a simple and effective alternative to the dangerous, unpleasant task of climbing a ladder and clearing your gutters of rotten leaves and other organic materials.

Reach out to us to learn more about our gutter protection system and get your free estimate today!


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