The answer is No!
Homeowners often wonder if installing gutter guards is actually worth the money. The traditional uncapped gutter has done the job for many decades. So, why add something else to something that already does the job? Gutter guards actually let the gutters do their jobs better.
Take a look at a few reasons why gutter guards are something you need to add to your gutters.
They Save Time
If you live on a lot which has trees, you will have to spend time clearing the gutters of leaves and other debris. With a few trees, you might get away with doing it once a year. If you have multiple trees you will need to deal with them much more often.
They Save Money
One way to get around cleaning the gutters is to hire professionals. With gutter guards, you don’t have that expense. Plus, gutter guards help prevent clogs which can cause water to back up under your roof shingles and lead to damage.
They Prevent Insect Infestations
Insects love stagnant water. If your gutters get clogged, you will have water standing at some point. This is a breeding ground for a variety of insects. Gutter guards help keep clogs from happening so insects don’t start spreading.
They Improve Water Flow
Without clogs in the way, rainwater is going to flow faster. This is great, especially if you have rain barrel you are trying to keep filled. The fast-moving water will have fewer particulates and contaminants.
They Prevent Overflows
When a gutter gets filled with debris, it can cause water to start overflowing. An overflow of water can damage the foundation, cause water to infiltrate your basement or crawlspace, and cause staining on your siding.
They Keep You and Your Home Safer
Cleaning gutters can be dangerous. Climbing up on a high ladder while reaching out to remove debris is risky without the proper gear and experience. In addition, ladders can damage gutters and walls if they are put up incorrectly.
They Can Improve Your Home’s Resale Value
Most people looking to buy a home want to find one that requires minimal maintenance. The thought of cleaning gutters multiple times a year is not going to appeal to a home buyer.
If you want to learn more about gutter guards, contact Straight Line Construction today.