Why Gutter Guards are Essential for Any Home

Why Gutter Guards are Essential for Any Home

Gutters serve an important purpose for your home. They redirect rainwater away from causing problems to basements or foundations. Unfortunately, when gutters are full of debris like leaves, they don’t always function as they should, putting strain on your roof and your home’s foundation. Regular gutter clean-out is necessary, but this can be time-consuming and dangerous to do yourself. Hiring a professional to clean your gutters multiple times a year can add up and gutters can still fill up between cleanings. Luckily, gutter guards provide long-term benefits and cut down on regular gutter maintenance.

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Avoid Clogged Gutters and Water Damage

The main reason homeowners look into gutter guards is to avoid clogged gutters. When too much debris builds up in the gutter, water cannot be redirected properly. This clog can cause water to pool on the roof or against the fascia board, causing water damage or even leaks in your home. This is a significant problem, and during a storm, the last thing any homeowner wants to do is get up on a ladder to scoop the debris out of their gutter. If you notice your gutters are clogged, you can always call a local roofing contractor like Hammerhead Roofing to clean your gutters and install gutter guards to prevent another problem in the future.

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Pest Control

One of the key benefits of gutter guards that most homeowners may not realize is they can deter pests from making nests in your gutters. In Connecticut, squirrels and birds are notorious for clogging gutters with sticks and leaves for their nests. While this behavior is most common from squirrels in the fall, protecting your gutters from pests is something you should consider year-round. Gutters can also serve as breeding grounds for mosquitoes, mice, and spiders, which no one wants hanging around their home! Roofing professionals who offer cleaning services can help you clear out the critters and protect your home and gutters.

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Minimize Mold and Mildew

Leaves, dirt, and other debris in your gutters can carry mold and mildew spores. In the damp environment of a clogged gutter, these spores thrive. This can become a real problem if the roof leaks or water spills from your gutters to your home’s siding because mold and mildew can spread from your gutters to housing materials. Mold and mildew can be tricky and expensive to get rid of and be dangerous for people with upper respiratory conditions like asthma. With the health of your family in mind, the experts at Hammerhead Roofing are happy to help with your gutter guard installation needs.

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Prevent Rust and Corrosion

Gutter guards can also be effective in extending the life of your gutters. When water sits in gutters, it can lead to rust and corrosion of the gutter material. With gutter guards, water can flow freely through the gutter and the gutters can dry out between rains, so they are less prone to rusting. While gutters do have a natural lifespan, protecting them from premature rust and corrosion can help keep them functioning for longer and save you the hassle of replacing gutters too soon.

At Hammerhead Roofing, we know clogged gutters can cause headaches for homeowners. Water damage, pests, mold, and rust can affect your home and your health — not to mention your wallet! Our team recommends investing in protecting your home by installing gutter guards and our roofing contractors are happy to offer their expert advice for the best type. Gutter guards can be installed in any season, so there is no reason to wait — contact us today to discuss options for your home and get a gutter guard installation quote!

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