More and more homeowners are realizing the benefits of gutter guards for ensuring an effective gutter system. Van Martin installs mesh, wire, vinyl, or aluminum guards over gutter troughs to prevent leaves and large debris from getting into gutters. Gutter guard installation can be costly, depending on the quality of the guard, but many homeowners find that the benefits outweigh the initial installation cost, and we at Van Martin concur. We have listed some of the benefits of gutter screens are below.
Clogged gutters are less likely with gutter guards.
Larger debris and leaves can clog gutters, leading to an array of problems, such as flooded basements, mold and mildew, and yard erosion. Also, clogged gutters can cause pools of water which can serve as a breeding ground for insects, such as mosquitoes. Given the danger of the West Nile virus, homeowners should be wary of such breeding grounds. Maintaining a clear path for water to flow easily is one of the main benefits of gutter guards.
With gutter guards, gutter maintenance is much easier.
Normally gutters require cleaning twice a year, in the spring and fall. Cleanings are easier and required less often with gutter screens installed. Less gutter cleaning also means less of the safety risk that comes with gutter cleaning, from working atop a ladder.
Gutter guards can prevent rusting.
If wet debris resides in rust-prone gutter troughs, the troughs can prematurely rust. Gutter screens prevent accumulating debris and therefore can prevent premature rusting.
In the winter, gutter guards help prevent freezing.
Water can seep into your home if it freezes and causes a blockage in your gutters during winter.
Gutter screens provide excellent fire protection.
For homeowners living in areas prone to bushfire, fire protection is essential. No debris sitting in gutters means that no material will catch fire from floating embers.
For more information about gutter installation and maintenance, contact Van Martin Roofing at 937-222-7855 or visit us online. We are a certified, experienced, locally-owned Southern Ohio roofing contractor.
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