Are lottery tickets worth their money? Not usually; the odds are against you. Are travel insurance policies worth it? Not for most airline travel, no. Are gutter guards worth it? Yes…and no. Let’s take a closer look.
Yes, Gutter Guards Are Worth Your Investment
Is your house disposable? Do you plan to use it for a few years and then toss it in the trash? Probably not. Most California homeowners plan to remain in their homes for many years. Protect your investment. Gutter guards are a cost-effective way to prevent some of the most harmful problems which could happen to your home:
- Saturated, cracked, or weak foundation
- Rotted fascia boards
- Insect or rodent infestation
- Destroyed landscaping
Gutter guards help your gutters — your roof’s lowest component — do their job. When running clear and clean, gutters do all this:
- They whisk water away from your home’s foundations
- They keep the fascia boards (horizontal trim behind the gutters) dry
- They discourage insects and rodents from infiltrating your attic
- They prevent saturated lawn and landscaping close to your house
Gutter guards prevent leaves, pine needles, twigs and other debris from entering your gutters and clogging them. A clogged gutter backs up with water. Stagnant water is an invitation to pests. Overflowing gutters soak and destroy fascia boards. Dripping water ruins landscaping. Wet ground near your house saturates your home’s foundations.
No, Gutter Guards are Not Worth It
If you know you are planning to sell your home and move on, you may want to defer investing in gutter guards.
If you live completely free of any overhanging trees, wind-borne leaves, or falling twigs, you may be able to get along with no gutter protection. A desert home, for example, can probably function without gutter guards.
If you are relying on gutter guards to compensate for a worn-out roof or deteriorating gutters, they are not worth a penny. Fix the underlying problems first, then consider spending additionally on gutter guards.
Work with a reliable gutter installation contractor, one who will not try to sell you something you can do without, but who will help protect your California home. Gutter guards ensure against future, costlier problems.
Straightline Construction handles much more than just roofing. We offer complete, professional service to all parts of your home’s exterior, including gutter installation, repair, and gutter guard installation. Contact us today so we may help you protect your investment!