Cleaning the gutters after the leaves come down and the first snow falls is a chore that no one looks forward to. You have to pull out the ladder and clear out all the gunk and debris that has built up in your gutters since the last time you cleaned them. There has to be an easier way to do this, right? As it turns out, there is an easier way! Gutter guards keep a lot of the debris out of your gutters and make them easier to clean. But is gutter guard installation right for your home?
Let’s look at the pros and cons of gutter guard installation.
Keeping the Debris Out
The primary reason homeowners get gutter guards is to keep the debris out of their gutters. Because a gutter guard goes over the top of your gutters, they do catch most of the leaves and other debris that would otherwise end up in your gutters. That makes it easy to clear everything away rather than having to scoop the collected debris off the bottom of your gutters.
There are a few drawbacks to leaves collecting on your gutter guards, however. If you do not clear them off frequently, they can blanket the top of your gutters. That results in the water splashing off of the top of the gutter guards and onto your roof and siding rather than falling in the gutters and flowing down the drain. But this issue is easily solved by clearing them regularly, particularly in the spring and fall.
Because gutter guards are effective in keeping debris out of your gutters, they also keep your downspouts from clogging. Leaves, debris, and dirt can start to decompose in your gutters, causing clogs in the downspouts. In some cases, seeds that land in the gutters can even start to sprout! Homeowners have even found mouse or squirrel nests in the gutters. Gutter guard installation goes a long way toward preventing all these issues.
Professional Gutter Guard Installation by MRC Construction
When gutter guard installation is done by a professional, homeowners experience very few issues that can’t be solved with basic maintenance. At MRC Construction, we only use the best quality materials to ensure customer satisfaction.