You just bought a new home. The home did not come with gutters. Should you add gutters and gutter guards? Many factors have paved the way for ingenuity, making the gutter guard a smart, cost effective, and safe choice for homeowners.
Gutter guards work to save property value and the physical integrity of a home. They protect against unnecessary maintenance expenses required to reduce hazards and avoid early replacement of gutter systems. They also reduce the possibility of life altering human injury from falls during maintenance.
There is no denying a well maintained rain gutter’s role in protecting the structural integrity of a home by systematically channeling water. When properly utilized, rain gutters protect the foundation of a home, including the ground soil around it. They curtail structural leaks in attics, basements, and storage spaces, and they can reduce aesthetic damages.
Proper channeling can even reduce concrete deterioration in driveways and patios, avoiding settling and cracking. Some insurance providers lower a homeowner’s insurance after installation.
If not properly maintained, gutters without gutter guards have the potential to cause hazardous conditions due to debris. These include: fire hazards from dried leaves and animal nests, water damage due to clogging that can damage the eaves of your home, and also clogging that could lead to leakage into your home.
If this was not enough to consider, a report released by the House.gov website (United States House of Representatives) cites unmaintained rain gutters as a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes capable of carrying the West Nile virus, which are present in the Raleigh, NC, area.
Maintenance on open gutters comes in the form of high monetary costs or dangerous do-it-yourself work. Residents in the Raleigh, NC, area can expect an average of $168 per gutter cleaning service.
The National Center for Healthy Housing advises cleaning at least two times per year, but cleaning more frequently to avoid the previous mentioned hazards and avoid having to replace gutters before their life expectancy.
This can drive costs for preventative care upwards of $400-500 annually. The do-it-yourself approach presents personal injury risk, as there are roughly 136,000 ladder accidents per year.
Gutters without gutter guards can easily create damaging and hazardous habitats while wasting money, presenting safety risks, and affecting property value. The gutter guard works to block everything but water, and it requires no maintenance whatsoever.
By using a gutter guard, the potential of hazard and damage is eliminated, it saves time, and it saves money in the long and short term, all while the homeowner relaxes in safety.