When your gutter is all rusted and is either sagging under its own weight, or falling away from the roof, it may be a bit too late to install gutter guards. In fact, it may even be too late to fix it, and the whole thing will have to be replaced. This is obviously something that will cost you a pretty penny. It is not, however, the only benefit of installing gutter guards for your home. Here are a few more benefits of making this small and prudent investment:
1. Even ignoring considerations of cost and gutter lifespan, those leaves collecting in the gutter are a nuisance. Right? Getting up there a few times a year to claw that yucky stuff out of the eavestrough is never something to look forward to. A gutter guard saves you from that tedious, unnecessary work. The gutters will still need to be cleaned, only every four to five years in comparison to the usual twice a year. That’s ten times less gutter cleaning!
2. Rusт and decomposition that happens due to standing water can affect not only the gutters, but the downspouts, roof side beams and other parts of the house. Damage to the gutter might spread and become even more extensive and much more expensive.
3. Remember that huge overflow of rainwater that cascaded down the side of the house last time the gutter got clogged during heavy rain? Gutter guards can stop that from happening. The leaves should fall to the ground, and the water should go into the gutter and from there to the downspout, not the other way around.
4. Don’t underestimate water running down the side of the house. It is actually really bad, as it concentrates enough water flow to flood your basement and do hundreds if not thousands of dollars of damage there. Seriously, I personally have a friend that only recently threw out a computer after his basement got flooded. It was sitting on the floor and got irreparably damaged by the two inch high water level. Add that to destroyed carpets, damaged furniture and you have a full-scale disaster.
5. If you have a fresh rainwater tank, it will fill up more quickly. It will also not be filled with stagnant water, which happens when water gets drained only after standing there for a few days. With a gutter guard, the water will flow directly into the tank, fresh and debris-free. The gutter guards will act as a rough water filter, making it cleaner as well, stopping mosquitoes, mice and cockroaches from nesting in the gutters and ending up in your water tank.
6. Dry material that collects in the gutters, such as leaves, bird guano, twigs and branches, is highly flammable and can catch fire from a single spark. A gutter guard will eliminate this danger once and for all.
There are likely a few more that I’m forgetting, but you get the picture. Less cleaning, fire safety, cleaner water, less flooding and longer gutter lifespan. What more can you ask for? Incidentally, if you are looking for a reliable and affordable professional to do it for you, call EZ Window Cleaning, (647) 339-4808. Tell them Mike sent you