Gutter Guards : The Pros and Cons

Install gutter guards for easier gutter maintenance

Is your home near trees or other things that could clog your gutters? Do you have a hard time reaching your gutters easily? Or perhaps you don’t feel safe climbing a ladder to such heights? If so, you are not alone and that’s why gutter guards are so popular. But what are gutter guards? Are they really all that important and are there any downsides to having them?

Let’s find out.

What Are Gutter Guards?

Gutter guards are a gutter protection system that is installed over your home’s gutters. A gutter guard protection system will reduce the number of leaves, pine needles, and other windswept debris from getting into and clogging your gutters. Clear gutters will enable your gutters to function properly, which allows the free flow of rainwater from your roof’s surface to the ground.

Why Are Gutter Guards Important?

Clogged gutters could damage your home over time. When a gutter is clogged, it will retain water. Standing water can damage your soffit and roof by causing them to rot. Standing water also attracts bugs that carry diseases. Additionally, animals such as birds, rats, field mice, and squirrels find the debris in gutters attractive for building nests, etc.

One of the most damaging parts of having clogged gutters, especially in Washington and other frigid climates, is that when the temperatures dip below freezing, all that standing water and debris will freeze. Frozen water and debris are heavy, and all that weight could cause your gutters to pull away from your home, resulting in even more damage.

The Pros and Cons of Installing Gutter Guards

Like anything else, there are pros and cons of gutter guards. Here are some of the gutter guard pros and cons to consider.

Pros:

  • Prevents leaves, twigs, and windswept debris build-up.
  • They can be installed over your existing gutters.
  • Keeps birds, squirrels, and other rodents from nesting in, and clogging your gutters and downspouts.
  • They help prevent insects from laying eggs and breeding in the water build-up, which, in turn, helps prevent insect-borne diseases.
  • Helps prevent water caused by clogged gutters from leaking into your home or rotting the roof and soffits.
  • Reduces the number of times you have to clean your gutters.
  • Helps extend the life expectancy of your gutters because gutter guards prevent the buildup of water and debris that cause rust and rot.

Cons:

  • They won’t prevent everything such as seeds, pine needles, and other small debris from getting into your gutters.
  • It could cause roof ice dam issues (unless you have heated gutter guards to help reduce ice dams, snow, and icicles).
  • Your gutters will still need to be cleaned periodically.
  • Gutter guards can dent and lose some of their effectiveness, so you have to be careful not to lean your body or ladder against them when cleaning your gutters or hanging your holiday decorations.
  • If you don’t clean your gutters periodically, the extra debris weight will build up on top of the gutter guards and cause your gutters to sag.

Do Gutter Guards Really Work?

Yes, gutter guards do work. However, there’s a common misconception that once you install gutter guards, you’ll never have to clean your gutters again and that’s just not the case. But having gutter guards will significantly reduce the number of times you have to clean your gutters and will help lower the risk of damage to your home and property.

Are Gutter Guards Worth It?

Yes, gutter guards are worth it, especially if you have trees near your home, and only if they are of high quality and installed by an experienced professional. If you choose quality gutter guards, they should last anywhere from 10-20 years if you take care of them properly.

Do Gutter Guards Cause Leaks?

If you choose a well-designed gutter guard system and have it professionally installed so it’s done correctly, it should not leak. Unfortunately, some companies that sell and install gutter guards will take shortcuts to help lower costs or will sell guards that don’t work as they should. In these cases, yes, they could leak and cause damage to your home and property.

 

Man on ladder doing gutter maintenance: checking for loose gutters, blocked gutters, and cleaning gutter guards

How Often Should I Clean My Gutters?

It’s recommended you clean your gutters at least twice a year, even if you have guards. This will help prevent debris build-up in your gutters and on top of your guards.

 

What’s Next?

If you want more information about installing gutters on your home, please Contact Everyday Gutters today. We are a family-owned business and take pride in delivering high-quality workmanship and exceptional customer service.

And to provide you with everything you need, we combine tried-and-true old-school techniques with the latest technology to deliver only the best possible products and services for your needs.

We would love to show you just how easy and cost-effective adding gutters to your home can be!