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Are Gutter Guards Worth It? (And Steps to Take to Get Them)

“Are gutter guards worth it?”

If we have heard it once, we have hear it one-hundred times, the infamous gutter guard question.

As one of the leading residential gutter contractors in the Northern, VA area, one of the most common questions we get from homeowners as it pertains to gutters whether or not gutter guards are truly worth the cost and installation!

In this article we hope to quickly help you identify:

  1. The value behind gutter guards
  2. Issues with selecting the WRONG gutter guards
  3. What your best options are when it comes to selecting gutter guards

That being said, let’s div in and start by answering the question:

Are Gutter Guards Worth It?

Gutter guards keep the maintenance and make the cleaning of your gutters easier.

In this article’s cover photo, going clockwise, you see clean empty gutters, screen gutter guards (that are damaged) and surface-tension Raindrop gutter guards.

The initial investment of gutter guards can save you plenty of time and money over a few years of time depending on the type of guard you decide to purchase.

Whether or not you install the guards yourself or have it professionally installed, the answer to the question on whether gutter guards are worth it is not so straight forward – it really depends.

While it may keep maintenance and make cleaning a lot easier, it is NOT the ultimate solution to never having to clean your gutters again in most cases (Keep reading to see what is).

What Gutter Guards Do –

The concept behind gutter guards is simple, it’s sort of in the name.

Essentially, it is a cover placed over your gutters or an object placed inside of your gutters, to prevent any leaves, sticks, seeds, and other debris from clogging your gutters.

Correctly selected gutter guards should allow for water to easily flow and enter the gutter and drain out the house.

When clogged, gutters can overflow. If too much water gets caught in the gutters, it may overflow and cause water damage. Gutters may sag or pull away from your roof, potentially causing it to rot, mold, or cause structural damage on the home. 

Types of Gutter Guards

Similar to picking up toothpaste at the store, and coincidentally suffering from paralysis by analysis, there are quite a few varieties of gutter guards to choose from. The common gutter guards include:

  1. Brush,
  2. Foam,
  3. Reverse-curve or slit guards,
  4. Micromesh,
  5. Metal Screens,
  6. Surface Tension Gutter Guards

They each have their list of advantages and disadvantages when it comes to installing these guards on your gutters. And whether you can do it yourself or you must have it installed professionally depends on the guard.

However, preventing debris from clogging the gutters, and the amount of maintenance required to keep the gutters clean and working properly depends on the guard (You can read this article ranking the best types of gutter guards).

This is also important to note, that when deciding whether or not gutter guards are worth it, it’s best to look at the possible problems.

Problems with Gutter Guards

When deciding on gutter guards, you want to select a guard that is:

  1. Self-cleaning
  2. Requires little to NO maintenance
  3. Doesn’t cost more than $1500-$2000 for your home (single-family home)
  4. Still lets the gutters do their job.

In the list below you will see the problems with most gutter guards and what we recommend going with:

Brush gutter guards:

They are made of strong bristles and are easily installed by inserting it along the inside of the gutter and gives the rainwater a chance to flow and drain. While the installation is easy, the maintenance can be a bit of a hassle as debris such as leaves may collect alongside the bristles or at times be stuck on them. Furthermore, they don’t catch smaller debris like maple spinners or pine needles. To reach and clean the smaller debris, you must remove the brush gutter guards altogether, clean them, and reinstall them again.

Foam gutter guards:

Like brush gutter guards, they install the same way and are also easy to do so. However, just like brush gutter guards, foam gutter guards collect debris on the top of the foam. Seed may get caught inside the foam and grow vegetation, as well as mold and mildew. Foam guards are usually not a great long-term solution as they usually deteriorate after two years of use and become brittle. Cannot withstand harsh weather conditions. Lastly, you must uninstall them and reinstall them if you want to give a proper cleaning. 

Reverse-curve gutter guards or slit guards:

Cover over your gutters and move rainwater and debris downwards, the majority of these guards must be professionally installed. Some of these guards lift your roof shingles, potentially voiding your warranty. Aesthetically, they don’t look all that well since they are noticeable from the ground, furthermore, since the debris simply falls downwards, they collect underneath where the gutter is located. Debris may get caught on the slit and slowly clog the gutter. Lastly, you may have a pest issue as some bees or wasps may enter the slit and create a nest. 

Micromesh gutter guards:

They are usually a screen/filter that has holes invisible to the naked eye, are attached at the top of the gutter, allowing water to flow freely while catching debris of all sizes. Micromesh is usually installed by professionals, making them a bit more expensive than a DIY solution, but well worth the cost. Plastic frames usually fall over time, always opt for an aluminum or metal frame.

Metal screeners & screen guards:

Like micromesh, they are attached at the top of the gutter but can be clipped on the outer lip of the gutter. The holes on the metal screens allow for rainwater to flow, however, they also allow small debris to flow as well, furthermore, nuts and some leaves may clog the opening of the screen, interrupting water flow and causing it to clog. In high winds, they may be lifted and blown off. 

Gutter Guards that Work – Raindrop Gutter Guards

Raindrop Gutter guards are relatively easy to install yourself or can be installed professionally.

They are a surface-tension gutter guard that are SELF-CLEANING, yet they still let water move through and go down your downspouts. Just see for yourself:

Ranidrop gutter guards are flxible and durable!

In addition to being durable and allowing water to flow through, Raindrop guards are self-cleaning, which is why we can offer a no-clog warranty! 

The gutter guards are installed under the roof shingles and attached to the front of the gutter creating a solid surface that can withstand heavy storms. Raindrop’s design is simple:

  1. Keep the leaves out
  2. Let the rain in
  3. Last forever
  4. Zero maintenance 

Installing Raindrop Gutter Guards:

Usually, the installation can be customizable, raindrop gutter guards can be inserted underneath your shingles (as mentioned) and placed over your gutter and drilled on the outer lip of the gutter to better secure it.

Using this method, the gutter guards are at the appropriate slant to allow for water flow, yet unlike mesh guards that are flush mounts – you won’t have leaves pile up on top.

Made from its own unique blend of polypropylene, Raindrop gutter guards allow water to flow freely and have debris fall off the gutter, preventing it from getting clogged. These gutter guards are not visible and appear to be the shadow of the roof from the ground. 

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Final Word on Gutter Guards:

There are a variety of gutter guards, and truth be told you can select the wrong guard.

If the point is to protect your gutters so you don’t have to clean them, then in our experience over the years the only choice is Raindrop gutter guards.

Raindrop gutter guards are worth it and do the best to protect your home from harsh winter snow and ice and heavy rainfall. Making it a great investment to make on your home in which you can save plenty of time and money on your gutter maintenance.

Whether you decide to install it yourself or have it installed professionally (which we recommend).

Lastly, be sure to do your research and due diligence in regards to what gutter guard is best for you and your home and don’t just take our word for it.

However, we are confident, that the more you look into seeing the value of what gutter guards are worth it, you will quickly realize Raindrop is the best – and they don’t pay us to say that :)!

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Top Dog Home Pro – The Leader in Roofing & Gutters For Your Home

Whether you’re looking for roofing companies in Woodbridge, VA or a gutter company nearby – we got your covered (roofs) and wrapped (gutters)! 

All jokes aside, our #1 goal at Top Dog Home Pro is to always provide the utmost quality workmanship, with the highest quality products, and the best warranties when it comes to helping you protect the exterior of your home. 

And it’s because of that we have decided to streamline all our efforts to bring to you the most superior roofing services and gutter services in Woodbridge and surrounding areas! 

Let us take a few minutes to elaborate!

Your Experts in Roofing and Gutters

When Michael Phelps set out to become the most decorated Olympian of all time – regardless of sports – he didn’t just happen to get lucky in winning 23 gold medals and 28 total, his work ethic was unparalleled. 

One publication was quoted as saying that Phelps would swim a minimum of 80,000 meters a week, or 50 miles. He would practice twice a day for around five to six hours a day, and six days a week. 

In addition to being the best, he trained to be the best, and he became a master of his craft! That is why we have decided to focus 100% of our efforts on becoming the leading exterior remodeling company in Northern Virginia as it pertains to roofing and gutters! 

While we certainly will miss completing siding jobs, replacing windows, and installing new doors (and we still can help homeowners with this) we have decided that to be the best roofing company and gutter company, we need to streamline our efforts! 

The majority of home remodels we do involve roofs and gutters, however, we also feel that we can offer homeowners a leg up with our transparent process of letting them know about roofing and gutter services/replacements!  

Just like a dentist doesn’t also moonlight as a pediatrician and a dermatologist, focus and creating a superior service is our biggest goal!

Roofing and Gutter Services We Offer

While there are certainly plenty of exterior services your home may need and sure this list might be long, currently Top Dog Home Pro specializes in helping Northern Virginia or “NOVA” homeowners with professional roofing services and gutters services including: 

  • Residential roof services
  • New roof installation
  • Roof replacement
  • Roof repairs
  • Roof service
  • Free roof inspections
  • Roof estimates
  • Gutter replacement
  • New seamless gutters
  • Rain gutter repairs
  • Gutter guard installation

Helping homeowners understand the re-roof process and the importance of protecting your home with functional rain gutters is always our first step in helping homeowners. After thoroughly educating homeowners with transparency, we help determine the best approach. 

The best approach could mean small roof repair to fix a leak, or it could mean a new roof. Similarly, for your gutters, sometimes a simple clog is why your gutters are not working properly, or it could be something serious like rotting fascia. 

Regardless of the type of problem or perhaps it’s just time for that new roof update, we can help! 

Roof Replacement Process

At Top Dog Home Pro, we know how it can be dealing with contractors.

Usually, it’s pick one of the following and sacrifice the others:

  • Affordability
  • Quality
  • Timely Work
  • Accountability

However, Top Dog Home Pro has a reputation (53+ five star reviews on Google and counting) as being one of the only companies to follow through on all of the above.

It starts with our no-hassle roofing estimation process and promise of no out-dated “High Pressure” sales techniques. Once we thoroughly help a homeowner understand our roofing process, we complete our work in a timely and efficient manner!

However, in addition to being a great company that offers high quality work, we also use some of the best asphalt roofing shingles!

We are proudly accredited with the title of CertainTeed Shingle Master Company. A CertainTeed Integrity Roof System is designed for optimum performance – no matter how bad weather conditions can get. Shingles, underlayments, and accessories are of superior quality, translating to longer-lasting roofs. 

For a look into a complete roof replacement, check out this video here:

Gutter Replacement Process

If you want to see some crazy photos of what missing or damaged gutters can do to a home’s foundation, sidewalk, or driveway – just ask.

We will spare you the visuals for now, but you can take our word for it, gutters that don’t perform due to clogs, missing gutter spikes – you name it – can be troublesome.

Your homes gutters are designed to collect rain water from your roof and channel it to the downspouts to properly dispose of it away from your foundation.

When a gutter is clogged form a birds nest or just some leaves, issues can quickly arise! None the less, we are the leader in helping homeowners in Woodbridge, Va and surrounding areas with installing new seamless aluminum gutters of the 5″ and 6″ variety.

If your gutter is falling off the house or water is rushing off your roof – tap the button below:

The Case For Gutter Guards

Other gutter options include installing gutter guards to protect your gutters long term. There is certainly no shortage of bad PR when it comes to gutter guards because truth be told – most gutter guards are awful. 

However, whether you use our gutter guard services or not, there are two keys to gutter guards to always identify: 

  1. Are they self-cleaning
  2. Can they withstand all the rain in a heavy storm
  3. Bonus: Is their a warranty?

If the answer to the first question is “No,” then it’s not a good gutter guard product. The point of gutter guards is to protect your gutters from leaves so you don’t have to routinely clean them every year. However, what is the point in cleaning the guards? 

That is simply replacing the problem with another problem. 

In that case, most competitor gutter guards that are self-cleaning (like the Raindrop guards we use) usually sacrifice in performance during heavy NOVA storms. 

The Northern, Va region is known for heavy afternoon thunderstorms in the summer, so gutter performance is a must. This is why in this video below, you will quickly understand why the roofing and gutter team at Top Dog Home Pro exclusively only uses Raindrop Gutter Guards:

On a final note, we offer a lifetime no-clog warranty with any Raindrop Gutter Guard we install! This means, that not only will you never have to clean your gutters again… you will save money in the long run!

Our gutter guards protect your gutters and increase longevity, but you also don’t have to pay for gutter cleaning anymore!

Final Word:

When you think about it from a logical standpoint, it makes sense. Top Dog Home Pro focusing exclusively on just roofing and gutters makes sense for homeowners looking for exterior remodeling contractors. 

Home renovation requires expertise.

Typically in the process of installing a new roof, we can quickly assess if new gutters are needed too, or even recommend self-cleaning gutter guards!

All of this to say, that for our loyal customers and prospective customers, we gurantee that we will make sure your home is outfitted with the best roof and gutters.

Not just in the quality products we use (Certainteed Shingles, Raindrop Gutter Guards, Custom Seamless Gutters), but in our superior workmanship and roofing and gutter knowledge!

It’s our promise!

~Luke, Top Dog Home Pro Owner

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How to Clean and Maintain Your Home’s Gutters

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I recently read that a homeowner should expect to budget 1-2% of their home’s purchase price for annual home maintenance. For example, a $300,000 home would cost the average homeowner roughly $3,000-$6,000 annually in home maintenance and renovations.

 

Not only does Top Dog Home Pro aim to provide premier home exterior services in Prince William County, we also aim to provide common maintenance tips to help you save money in the long run.

 

Today’s topic:

Gutter Maintenance & Gutter Guards

 

Why should you maintain your gutters?

 

Before getting into the most effective ways to maintain and clean your home’s gutter system, understanding the importance of gutters is a must. At first glance gutters really don’t seem that important… but they serve a huge purpose.

 

In a nutshell, the main purpose of a gutter system is to channel and funnel water off your home’s roof and a AWAY from the home. Worst case scenario, without gutters, water runoff could erode the soil around the home causing the foundation to possible be compromised.

 

On the lighter side, without a properly maintained and cleaned gutter system, debris accumulation and build up can cause unnecessary stress on gutter fasteners.

 

Read up on our Roofing Process here!

 

Recent Example: Debris accumulated at the end of a gutter where it met the home’s downspout. With all the recent rain, the water could not funnel down the down spout, therefore water was running off the corner of the home. This caused the downspout to disconnect from the gutter, and partially detach from the home. One large rain had already started to create erosion on the ground surface below.

 

Simply maintaining and cleaning your gutters 1-2x a year can decrease the likelihood of the gutters detaching from your siding or roof.

 

Common problems of improperly maintained gutters:

 

-Foundation Problems

-Moisture damage to plywood on roof/side of home

-Basement Flooding

-Shifted soil near patios & walkways

-Mosquitoes

 

While some of the problems caused by gutters might seem self-explanatory, the others might seem shocking…. Like the mosquitoes. Believe it or not, clogged gutters can result in stagnant water – a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.

 

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Additionally, water runoff that is not properly funneled away from the home can cause soil shifts that can impact the foundation, walkway, or patios adjacent to your home.

 

However, here is how to simply avoid any of the above mentioned issues.

 

How do you clean and maintain your home’s gutter system?

 

In order to reduce the chances of problems with your home’s gutters, consider the following:

 

  1. Cleaning gutters in the Spring and  Fall.

  2. Installing gutter guards

 

It is safe to assume that if you live in a area where there are more leaf and pine needles debris, such as well-established areas like Reston, Fairfax, Springfield, Woodbridge, Dumfries, etc,  you will have debris in your gutters.

 

By cleaning your gutters out in the spring and fall, you will prevent any real build-up from severely impacting your exterior home.

 

To clean your gutters, you will need gloves, a hose and most likely a ladder. Depending on the layout and height of your home, this can be an extensive project. Remember to always be safe when getting on you roof, and it is best be to give us a call if you are hesitant about checking your gutters.

 

Why use Gutter Guards –

 

If cleaning your gutter sounds like a problem or a task you just don’t have the time for, consider installing gutter guards to save time and money in the long run.

 

Sometimes customers think the price of gutter guards might be a little high. However, if you were to take the average single family home gutter guard cost – approximately $1100,  and compare that to an annual gutter cleaning – $250, in 4 years your gutter guards pay for themselves.

 

For starters Top Dog Home Pro offers a 20 year non-clog warranty, paired with a 20 year Raindrop warranty. Essentially you save 16 years of cleaning when you use gutter guards with Top Dog Home Pro!!

 

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We have teamed up with Raindrop® to deliver gutter protection and make home maintenance easier. The Raindrop® gutter guard fits on every home, roof style and gutter system and is essential in providing a maintenance free & self-cleaning gutter protection system.

 

What makes Raindrop® Gutter Guard stand out from the rest is the system’s capacity to handle any amount of water – from a spring mist to a torrential downpour.  Keeping gutters clean and free of leaves using a gutter guard, is an excellent low-maintenance method to protect your home and gutter system.

 

If you have questions about your homes gutters, don’t hesitate to fill out the contact form or just reach out to us on our Facebook page!

Adding Protection with Gutter Guards

Adding Protection with Gutter Guards

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As the seasons change, a frequent sight is people on their ladders cleaning their gutters. While a gutter’s benefit is immeasurable—protecting the house from water—its cleaning can be less than desirable. Homeowners may consider getting gutter guards, which often provide numerous hassle-free benefits.

 

The greatest benefit of this kind of system is that it helps prevent leaves and debris from blocking rain flow. This can significantly reduce the amount of time a homeowner has to spend on their roof or a ladder. Homeowners typically only need to clean out their gutters every couple years instead of twice a year.

 

Besides not having to get on the roof to clean, they can help reduce the potential for clogs, which may result in overflow down the home. These can lead to leaks in the basement and other rooms, which can create an environment for mold and mildew to grow. It can also impact a home’s foundation.

 

Since gutter guards are typically mesh, vinyl or aluminum sheets placed over the gutters, it keeps out more than just leaves. It may deter birds, insects and small rodents from making a nest. Their design typically results in minimal standing water, which mosquitos love.

 

Longevity is another potential benefit. No standing water can help the gutters age better and reduce rusting. While adding them does have an associated price tag, they often can help the drainage system last significantly longer. This could mean significant long-term savings. In the winter, proper draining can help eliminate a leak from freezing and causing damage.

 

For homeowners in areas frequently battling wildfires, these guards can help protect the home. Dry leaves and other material can ignite easily. This extra layers keeps material from settling, giving a floating ember nowhere to grow.

 

Like any purchase, the decision to install gutter guards requires research. Luckily, there are many professionals who can help a homeowner decide if it is right for their home.