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What are Gutter Guards?

Gutters are simple and low cost considering how important they are: protecting more valuable parts of your house. Gutters keep rain water off the siding, windows, porch, deck and basement, routing it away from your home.

That means, anything that can protect your gutters from damage and helps them function even more efficiently is a good investment too.

Gutter guards are an affordable product you can install on almost any style of gutters, and they work as a protective screen for your gutters so debris and pests aren’t able to get inside of them. Installing gutter guards can be a money-saving choice that you’ll thank yourself for year after year.

There are several styles of gutter guard. The style you choose to install depends on your budget and the type of rain gutters you have. Gutter guards are made of either aluminum, nylon or plastic.

Knoxville Gutters Plus installs all styles of gutter guards in Knoxville.

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Benefits of Gutter Guards

On average, gutter guards cost about as much per linear foot as the gutters cost themselves. But in the long run, you’re going to save a lot of time and money by installing them. Here are some of the reasons we think you should install gutter guards on your house:

Improve Drainage by Preventing Clogs – Gutter guards help keep leaves and most debris out of your gutters. Otherwise large pieces settle in the gutter first, then smaller pieces of debris collect around them. Of all the different gutter guard models, all of them stop larger pieces of debris from becoming stuck to begin with.

Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards allow water to flow through the gutters faster because it is unhindered by any large debris. Water is one of the major causes of mold and mildew to grow, therefore moving the water faster through the gutters reduces the amount of time rain remains sitting still, possibly leading to mold and mildew.

Prevent Pests from Nesting – Keeping squirrels, chipmunks, birds and insects out of rain gutters and off the roof can be a constant battle. Every type of gutter guard stops pests from building nests within the gutter. Many homeowners choose to install gutter guards for no other reason than this.

Gutter Cleaning Less Often – Gutter guards must be removed to clean the gutters, but when they are installed, this job won’t have to be done nearly as frequently. Leaf guards reduce the frequency that you need to clean out the gutters – or have someone to do it for you – so that you might only have to have them cleaned out once each year.

Protection From Fires – A common way fires spread to homes is if embers fall inside of gutters where there is dry debris. This debris fuels the fire until it grows and damages the roof, followed by the rest of the home. A basic gutter guard installation can protect your home from this fire risk.

Prevent Ice Dams – If you happen to live in an area that gets below-freezing temperatures, snow and ice, you’ll be happy to know that gutter guards help stop snow and ice from staying up on your roof. Their designs purposefully redirect melting ice and snow to get it off your roof faster.

These are all problems that impact hundreds of thousands of homes each year. Gutter guards protect an important system that protects the rest of your house. If you haven’t thought about installing them before, it could be time to think about it.

Professional Gutter Guard Installation

You can see, there are a lot of benefits of gutter guards. While it might be tempting to go out and buy the model you think will work best – how different could they really be, right? – you still have to install them correctly. All things considered, you’re much better off having a professional gutter guard installer do the project for you.

Not only will professional installation be a lot more reliable than your DIY work, but a local gutter guard service and installer is going to be able to suggest the best type of gutter system for your house in the first place. They know all of the styles, and they will consider each factor carefully when deciding their recommendation.

Here are some of the things a gutter guard service will consider when deciding the best gutter guards for your home:

Material – Gutter guards are manufactured with aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of other materials. Some are designed for temporary usage while some are built to last just as long as your gutters will. The construction plays a key role in how long the gutter guards will last.

Installation method – The style of gutter guards we would encourage for a homeowner to install on their own is the drop in kind that don’t require fastening to the gutters. However, these are not as dependable. Installing other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, can damage your rain gutters if they are not installed the right way.

Appearance – Many gutter guards boast a low profile so they aren’t visible from ground level, while some styles are visible. If that is an important requirement, you are limited on the type of gutter guard you can install, and limited even more by the type of gutters you have on your roof. If it is very important for you to have low profile gutter guards, it might be necessary for you to purchase new gutters.

Warranty – A lot of gutter guard styles will come with a short manufacturer’s warranty, but most of the aluminum types are guaranteed for at least 10-20 years. By hiring a licensed gutter guard installer in Knoxville (instead of doing it on your own), you won’t void the warranty. Gutter guards should never lift your shingles, nor should their installation void your roof’s warranty.

Another great thing about having Knoxville Gutters Plus install your gutter guards is that we’ll come back and fix them for FREE if there is an issue due to the installation from our team.

Your budget is, of course, the final factor in choosing the gutter guards you will have installed. We offer a range of options for all budgets, and will provide the benefits listed above, to one degree or another.

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