When was the last time you thought about your gutters? More than likely, it was when they last clogged and stopped functioning properly. This probably led to you hiring a professional come to clean your gutters, and it may have even resulted in additional home maintenance for unexpected damage.
Your gutters shouldn’t be something you need to constantly think about, which is why gutter protection is so important. Investing in a high-quality gutter protection system can save you thousands on home repairs and gutter maintenance in the long run by keeping your gutters clog-free and carefree.
It’s time to start prioritizing proper gutter protection. Here are five problems you can easily avoid with the Carefree Gutter Guard system.
1. Water Damage from Clogged Gutters
No homeowner wants to hear the words “water damage.” Water can cause devastating and costly destruction to your home if allowed to take root. By investing in gutter protection, you’re ultimately saving money by lowering the risk and frequency of clogged gutters that stop functioning properly and allow water to accumulate.
One of the biggest dangers of clogged gutters is water collecting on the roof or pouring off the sides of the gutters improperly and causing pooling at the foundation. This can cause damage to your home’s base, leaking in your roof, and even disintegration of wood rafters and beams.
When water collects at the base of your home rather than being channeled away from the foundation through your gutter system, it can lead to significant structural issues like cracks or even shifts in the foundation of your home. This small, one-time investment in gutter protection will keep your home dry by moving rainwater away from your home while stopping debris from getting in the way.
2. Mold or Mildew from Soggy Leaves
Another common issue with clogged gutters is the mold and mildew spores leaves carry with them. Soggy, natural debris is a breeding ground for mold and mildew to take root on your home and even cause rot, not to mention detriment to your own physical health if left untreated.
Gutter protection effectively separates debris from rain and snowfall, allowing water to pour into the gutters and flow away from your house while trapping debris. Any debris that does manage to stay atop your gutter guards will easily blow away on its own, rather than soaking up water in the gutters and creating a mold factory on your roof!
3. Consistent Gutter Cleaning
Spring in Richmond, Virginia is the perfect time to clean your gutters from all the leaves and twigs that have collected over the fall and winter months. But with effective gutter protection, you won’t need to make it an annual event! Homeowners who invest in gutter protection only need to have their gutters professionally cleaned every couple of years (or less depending on how many trees are near your home), saving you money over time.
Gutter guards are also much easier to clean than unprotected gutters. In fact, more often than not, you can simply brush off any debris that has collected on top of the guards rather than scraping it out of the gutters themselves.
4. Pests and Nests
Gutters are the perfect cozy spot for squirrels and birds to set up their own homes, which is less than ideal! Gutter protection keeps these adorable but pesky critters from making themselves comfortable on your roof. The only pest near your gutters should be the occasional itsy bitsy spider climbing your downspout (and we hear the rain washes them right out!).
Not only are pest homes instant gutter clogs, but removing them becomes a bigger complication if these small creatures get too settled in their new home. Once a bird has created an active nest in your gutters, meaning there are eggs or baby chicks inside, it is illegal to remove the nest and you’ll need to contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Because of this, the only real solution to nests is prevention. Protect your gutters now so you don’t have to send the bird family an eviction notice!
5. House Fires from Dry Debris
Rain isn’t the only threat to clogged gutters. Even during dry seasons debris in your gutters is still dangerous! Dry leaves and foliage are the perfect kindling for a house fire, but gutter protection prevents this risk by blocking debris from collecting and drying out in your gutters. Rain or shine, your gutters will remain safe and ready to do their job if you invest in proper gutter protection!
Keep Your Gutters Carefree
We proudly install the K-Guard System with all Carefree gutters, utilizing proprietary hangers to ensure a strong installation that will withstand the test of time and keep your gutters clutter-free. We’ve delivered an unmatched gutter experience to the Hampton Roads and Richmond regions for more than 20 years, and we are ready to add your household to our ever-growing list of happy customers. Let your cares wash away as easily as the water drains through your gutters and contact us for a free quote.