While working on a roof replacement, it’s a good idea to check your gutters, as well. Chances are, they’re as old as the roof you’re replacing. As gutters play an important role in keeping your home safe from water damage, this might be the best time to replace them.
While you’re at it, consider installing gutter guards too.
What Are Gutter Guards?
A gutter guard is a piece of hardware you install to cover your gutters. Gutter guards allow water to enter and keep debris out. Gutter guards are available in different styles to suit every home. Whatever style of gutter guard you choose, your home will enjoy certain benefits.
Benefits of Installing Gutter Guards
1. Spend Less Time and Money on Maintenance. Debris like leaves, branches, pine needles, and shingle granules accumulate in gutters and downspouts. You might even find the occasional nest or animal carcass. To prevent clogs, you need to clean your gutters. You might also hire a gutter cleaner now and then. With gutter guards, your gutters and downspouts are protected from debris, so you spend less time and money cleaning them. They might even reduce your need for storm damage roof repair.
2. Reduce Ice Dam Formation. Winter is bad news for gutters. Water can accumulate in them especially if they’re clogged. That water can refreeze and cause ice dams to form. Ice dams are destructive. They often lead to water damage in your roof and in other components of your home. They can also shorten the life of your roofing system and your gutters. Gutter guards can significantly reduce ice dam formation, especially when they’re equipped with heating.
3. Prevent Animal Infestation. Animals like birds and rats can use your gutters as nesting areas. Their droppings can contribute to clogs too. Insects like ants can also take up residence where nests are present. Gutter guards prevent animals from using your gutters as their home or as highways to get into your roof.
4. Reduce the Likelihood of Fire. Leaves and twigs that collect in your gutters and downspouts are a fire hazard. All it takes is a barbecue or a bonfire nearby. Flying embers can light the dry debris in your gutters, causing a fire. As gutter guards prevent the accumulation of debris, the risk of a fire starting this way is significantly reduced
Whether you need gutter protection systems, roof repair, or window replacement, New Image Elite is the contractor that’s always ready to help you. Call us today at (301) 934-5454 or use our Contact Us form to schedule an appointment.